Coverlet, Duvet, Quilt, Comforter: What's the Difference?
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 Putting together a beautiful bedroom ensemble can be overwhelming — and expensive. But, a few choice purchases
and/or thoughtful uses of pieces you already own can easily result in a gorgeously dressed bed. Of course, just getting
through the definitions of all the options is the first hurdle: bedspread, coverlet, quilt, duvet, comforter, blanket —
what do they all mean, what do you use with what and how? 

Bedspread. A bedspread is the general name given to basically all pre-filled bed covers intended for use as the top
layer on a bed. Comforters, quilts and coverlets fall into that category. They can be both decorative and warming,
thick or lighter weight, in a variety of fabric. They are generally used alone, with only a sheet and any blankets you
need underneath, but also they can be layered for decorative purposes.

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Comforter. Thick and (sometimes) quilted, a comforter differs from a quilt in that colors are generally dyed and patterns
are not embroidered. Comforters are filled with layers of material including polyester batting (a synthetic fiber), down
feathers, wool or silk. The loft (thickness) of the filling determines the weight as well as the level of insulation. 

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Comforters are stitched or quilted to secure the filling and ensure that it is evenly distributed. They are intended to
be the bedspread, sitting on top of sheets, but again, those who want to create a layered look should go ahead and do it.
There are no cardinal rules to be broken in bedding!

Quilt. Traditionally composed of three layers of fiber, quilts consist of a woven cloth top, a layer of batting and a
woven back, all stitched together in decorative patterns. Different from other forms of bed covers because they
are generally pieced together with many pieces of cloth, quilts are occasionally found with a single piece of fabric
on the top (a whole-cloth quilt). 

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There are numerous classic patterns and traditions regarding the design and characteristics of quilts. Many are made
or given to mark important life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, a family member leaving home, and
graduations.Modern quilts are not always intended for use as bedding, and may be used as throws, wall hangings,
table runners or tablecloths.

Duvet and cover. A duvet is essentially a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers or a synthetic alternative. It is
recommended that duvets are inserted into a removable cover, much like a pillow and pillow case. Duvets and
duvet covers are designed to be used alone (with no sheets) because the insert can be removed and the outer
"bag" can be laundered, but many people use them with sheets anyway. 

Many people like duvets because they reduce the complexity of making a bed, as it is a single covering instead of
the combination of bed sheets, blankets, quilts and other bed covers.

Duvet covers often come with the option of matching shams, but mixing it up is an easy way to create a gorgeous
bed that looks like it was effortlessly tossed together.

Coverlet. A coverlet is a lightweight, non-reversible bedspread that is usually either quilted or woven. Classically
designed as a decorative layer to go over thicker bedspreads, coverlets often have a thin layer of batting, making
them appropriate for use as a stand-alone bed covering, depending on the weight. They can also be used as
throws on a bed or sofa. 

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Due to their size and decorative quality, they are not designed to achieve a pillow tuck, as some bedspreads are
. A coverlet often has coordinating shams, but again, it is most certainly not necessary to match. The design in this
photo shows how a simple setup with several textures can be absolutely stunning and fuss-free.