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Quilts, Bedspreads, and Coverlets

Coverlets, bedspreads, and quilts are 3 different types of bedding. They can come in a variety of sizes and materials. Many are available in sets, solid colors, or patterns. They serve various purposes and are suitable for all seasons.

What is a bedspread?

A bedspread is a generic name that is given to bed covers that are meant to be the top layer on the bed. Different types of coverings, such as comforters, quilts, and coverlets all fall into this category. These coverings can be heavy, light, thick, or thin and can be made from various kinds of fabrics.

What is a quilt?

Traditionally, quilts are created with 3 layers. These layers include a cloth top, a layer of batting, and a woven back. All of these layers are stitched together to create unique and decorative patterns. Unlike other types of blankets and comforters, quilts are usually produced by putting together many pieces of cloth. Over the centuries, quilts have been used to mark important life events, as decoration, and as warm and beautiful bedding.

What is a coverlet?

Coverlets are bedspreads that are lightweight and either woven or quilted. They are typically thinner than comforters as they have a thinner layer of cotton batting. Coverlets are usually used as throw blankets on beds and couches or as a stand-alone bed covering. Coverlets tend to err on the simple side and are shorter than other coverings, but they have great decorative quality.

What sizes do bedspreads come in?

Bedspreads can be found in various bedding sizes, such as Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California King. General bedroom coverings like comforters and quilts will have measurements that measure longer than coverlets, as they are designed to cover the entire bed. Coverlets are typically only designed to cover the top of the mattress. Generally, bedspreads for a Twin mattress measure roughly 81 by 96 inches while a coverlet for the same bed will measure 71 by 91 inches. Queen-sized bedspreads and quilts measure 102 by 101 inches while coverlets measure 92 by 96 inches.

What materials are bedspreads made of?

Quilts, bedspreads, and coverlets can be made from many kinds of materials. Cotton is the most basic fabric. Warmer fabrics such as flannel and fleece can be added for warmth. Some bedspreads use less material, while others use more cotton batting to add additional weight. Newer technologies have even allowed coverings to be heat-producing and temperature-controlled as well.