When shopping for linens for your bedroom, it is very easy to get confused thanks to the many different names given to what appears to be essentially one and the same thing. Comforters, bedspreads, duvet covers could all mean the same thing as they all fall under the bed cover family, however, upon close scrutiny you will realize that each is distinctive in its own way.
Bedspreads and comforters are both bed linens that make up the top layer of a bed, and which are meant to cover all underlying bed spreads such as blankets and bed sheets. However, each has its own unique features hence the difference in names.
The first notable difference between a bedspread and a comforter is the size. A comforter is designed to cover the top mattress, hence will mostly sit atop your bed, visit this site for more info. A bedspread on the other hand is designed to cover the whole bed and spread downwards to cover the box spring. What this therefore means is that a comforter is significantly smaller than a bedspread and will need to be used alongside a bed skirt so as to be able to effectively cover the box spring area.
Both bedspreads and comforters however, are designed for specific bed sizes including queen, full, twin, or king size beds, but of course the sizes in each category would significantly differ.
The second notable difference between these two is that comforters are meant to stay on the bed at night or simply when the bed is in use. Comforters are always extra thick thanks to their functional role of providing the much needed warmth especially during the nights. On the flip side of the coin, bedspreads are mostly ornamental and are used during the day and removed at night. Note however that bedspreads can be used for additional cover during a cold night, but they aren’t as durable as their counterparts.
Perhaps the reason why most bedspreads are not mostly used when someone is using the bed is because they are made of delicate materials and fabrics which may not withstand regular use and soiling, and besides, the cleaning instructions are also very complex.
The last notable difference between bedspreads and comforters is the fact that comforters are reversible and quilted, whereas bedspreads are not. While some people would spread both the comforter and the bedspreads, comforters are generally folded or kept in a closet during the day so as to be used at night once the bedspread is removed.
It isn’t uncommon to find duvet covers speciously tagged as ‘duvet’ but in the real sense they are not a stand-alone bed linen such as a bedspread or a comforter. Duvet covers are mostly used in conjunction with comforters, and rarely with bedspreads.
This is because they are mostly made with one end open to help you insert your comforter, before closing the open end with buttons or Velcro. This way, it would be easy to wash the duvet cover on a frequent basis instead of washing the whole comforter which in turn lengthens the lifespan of the comforter.
Duvet covers further allow for regular decorative changes, because a comforter can be used with a duvet cover or not, or with several covers that are changed regularly with the changing moods so as to achieve different themes in the bedroom.