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Bedspreads, Coverlets, Comforters And Duvets: Whatês The Difference?

When shopping for bedding, you’ll find several different types of bed coverings: bedspreads, coverlets, comforters, and duvets. Within those types are different styles. Knowing the differences will help you choose one when you make your purchase.

  • Bedspread
    A bedspread is covering that flows down to the floor and has extra fabric that’s made to tuck over the pillows. Bedspreads give a formal appearance to the bed. Bedspreads are available in throw types, which are loose at the bottom, and tailored types, which have a fitted, boxy shape.

  • Coverlets
    Coverlets differ from bedspreads in that they do not extend to the floor. They can have extra fabric to tuck over the pillows, but don’t always. They are also available in throw and tailored styles.

    Both bedspreads and coverlets are made from cotton and cotton blends that usually feature some quilting. Most bedspreads and some coverlets require dry cleaning. Depending on the fabric, some coverlets may be machine washable.

  • Comforters
    A comforter, like a coverlet, does not touch the floor. They are not made to tuck over the pillows and are usually thicker and more quilted than coverlets and bedspreads. Comforters are meant to be used in addition to or in place of blankets.

  • Duvets
    A duvet is a comforter that is made from down-proof fabric and filled with down, although they can be filled with hypoallergenic down alternatives. Duvets do not flow to the floor and are meant to be used as a warm layer while sleeping.
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