We spend around ⅓ of our lives asleep, so getting the right bedding should be a top priority. While materials and thread count matter, the first step to creating the perfect sleep oasis is identifying what type of bedding you need. There are a lot of bed coverings out there that all seem to be designed to do the same thing. Duvet, coverlet, comforter, bedspread, quilt – what’s the difference and why does it matter? We’re here to demystify the terminology so that you can dive into a perfect night’s sleep.
A bedspread is a large cover that drapes over the entire bed, including the pillows. It is typically lightweight and quilted, making it useful year round as the top layer of your bed linens. In the summer, you can use it as a decorative layer with only your sheets, while in the winter, you can add a thick blanket beneath it. Bedspreads typically only need to be washed a few times a year as they do not directly touch the body.
A comforter is a thicker, padded blanket filled with synthetic fibers or down that offers warmth as well as decoration. Comforters are typically used in conjunction with a top sheet. As they can’t be taken apart, you may need to change your comforter seasonally to achieve the right level of warmth. For example, you might use a heavy comforter in the winter and a lightweight comforter or bedspread in the summer. In general, comforters are easy to clean and can be machine-washed and dried.
A coverlet is a lightweight, decorative bedspread that usually covers the top of the bed but does not extend all the way to the floor. Coverlets work as an additional layer of warmth with your bedspread or duvet, or they can work as a light bedspread in the warm summer months. Typically, coverlets are used along with other bedding, like sheets or blankets to create a layered and visually appealing look.
A duvet is essentially a comforter where the inner layer and outer shell can be separated. The beauty of a duvet is that you can wash the outer layer very easily. This allows you to use it without a top sheet. You can also switch out the inner layer throughout the year while still using the same duvet cover.
While the word quilt inherently brings up thoughts of grandmother’s house, quilts are actually a practical bedding choice that come in infinite patterns. Quilts typically consist of three layers stitched together: a top layer, batting made of cotton or polyester, and a bottom layer called the backing fabric. Often made with intricate stitching, quilts have a classic look that fits well in traditional style homes. They provide perfect medium-level weight to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
A Good Night’s Sleep Starts at GDC Home
From the warmth of comforters to the timeless charm of quilts, there is truly a bed covering to suit every preference. Whether you’re looking for a cozy cocoon for chilly nights or a lightweight layer for the summer, we have a range of bed linens, pillows, and more at our three GDC home store locations in Charleston. We can help you create a custom bedding solution, from the bed frame on up. Start snoozing better with a bed covering that complements your sleep!
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