The Buyer’s Guide to Quilts and Coverlets

The Buyer’s Guide to Quilts and Coverlets

Coverlet from JCPennys

Quilts and coverlets are often used interchangeably in referring to decorative pieces of bed coverings. If we must distinguish one from another though, we can point out some basic differences between the two. If you don’t exactly know what a quilt or a coverlet is, read this post.

Strictly speaking, a quilt is a needlework blanket made by stitching smaller pieces of fabric together to create beautiful patterns. Quilting is an American tradition, and the most intricate handmade quilts are actually considered artwork. When it comes to bedding, a quilt is basically a thicker blanket made by stitching sheets together and adding batting in between. A quilt can be purely decorative but it is often used as a blanket as well.

A coverlet, on the other hand, is a thinner and shorter flat sheet that is solely intended to be ornamental. It is not completely tucked into the mattress and is designed to let the bed skirts peek through. Much like sham pillows that you move out of bed when it’s time for you to sleep, a coverlet is only laid on top of the bed covers and is meant to be removed when turning down for the night.

What to consider when buying

One of the most important considerations when buying bed linen is thread count. Thread count refers to the density of thread fibers in a piece of fabric. A high-thread count often translates to higher quality. Fabrics with a 400-600 thread count are generally considered mid-range, while luxury bed linens are somewhere in the vicinity of 600-1000. Denser fabrics are not necessarily thicker, but they are generally softer, feel silkier and last longer. The lower the thread count, the coarser a fabric tends to be, and the less likely it is to withstand wear and tear.

For quilts and coverlets that are not meant to be used as blankets, thread count and comfort are not really important and can be sacrificed in favor of design because they are solely intended to add color and texture to your bed. However, it is very important to get quilts and coverlets in a size that is proportional to your mattress size.

When shopping for quilts and coverlets, always check the stitching and the undersides for neat and even stitches. Good craftsmanship means that an item has been made with care, and that following proper washing and drying guidelines, will last through many washes.

It is also a good idea to match your coverlets and quilts to the rest of the bed covers such as the pillow cases, the sheets and the comforter and blanket. It does not necessarily have to be an exact shade match but most home decorators prefer to keep bedding’s within the same color family in order for your bed to look pulled together.  If your comforter does not match the other bed linens, a duvet is an easy an inexpensive way to give it a new look.

For quilts and coverlets that are going to be used for children’s beds, make sure that there are no details or accents that are bound to come off when pulled, as these present a choking hazard. Beddings in flame retardant fabrics are also highly recommended.

Author Bio-Jacob Seeley is a manager at – The online retailers of memory foam mattresses. Coolflex offers a wide range of mattresses whether you are looking for a double, single or king size.

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