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Comforter Sets Buying Guide


When itís time to make a change in your bedroom decor, buying a comforter set is one-stop-shopping. You get everything you need to transform your current ho-hum bed into a beautiful focal point for your room.

Comforter sets take the guesswork out of decorating by packaging several essential bedding elements together: comforter, matching pillow shams and sometimes decorative pillows and a bedskirt. Everything is coordinated, making your job that much easier. Pick a style that suits you and all the details will be taken care of.

Each set is packaged by size: twin, full/double, queen, king and California king, so youíll have the correct amount of pieces to complete your bedding look. Measure your bed, find the proper size and pick your favorite style. Then simply add a coordinating sheet set and your bed is made.

No matter what style or color combination you are looking for, you can find a comforter set that will work perfectly in your decorating scheme. Sets come in modern, contemporary and traditional styles with a multitude of colors and patterns. A variety of fabric choices are available as well. From luxurious Egyptian cotton and sensuous silk to casual denim, comforter sets offer a wealth of options. Childrenís comforter sets feature bright colors, fun patterns and some of kidís favorite cartoon characters.

A great comforter set can be the inspiration for a total bedroom redo. Pick up the predominant color as your wall color and echo the accent colors in artwork, area rugs and curtains.


When shopping for bedding, youíll 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 thatís 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 donít 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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