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Types of Bed Spreads

9/17/2013 10:32:19 AM | by Anonymous

Bed Spreads

Bed spreads are unfussy yet a classy piece of cover for your bed. Unlike quilts, bed spread lies across the bed. They are usually long enough to hang to the floor. Sometimes, people however prefer tucking bed spreads under the mattress. They are usually large enough to cover bed pillows as well. People sometimes tuck them under the front of the pillow for a tidier look. If you’re capable of cutting and sewing fabric in a straight line, you are then capable of creating your very own customized attractive bed spread.

There are a variety of different types of bed spreads available in the market. Bed spreads are suited to be a perfect fit dependent on your personal style and design of your bedroom. Some may be too casual whereas some others may come off too formal. It is best to decide upon the type of bedspread before beginning on the search for the best one.

1. Throw Bed Spreads

They are the most common style and type of bed spreads. They provide a cozy and relaxed appearance to the bedroom. They are usually long enough that reaches to the floor and yet still be able to cover the pillows. The length reaching the floor is called the “side drop” while the length covering the pillows is known as the “pillow tuck”. Throw bedspreads are typically just one, huge quilted blanket that lies atop your bed in a draped, soft style.

2. Fitted Bed Spreads

The “tailored” or fitted bed spreads shares a lot in common with the throw bed spread. They are both long enough to reach the floor and cover the pillows. Both are usually made of quilt and patterned fabric. However, the major difference is that fitted bed spreads have defined corners at one end. It is designed to fit perfectly over the corners of your mattress. These corners are tailored to lend a finished and formal look to your bedroom.

3. Coverlets

Coverlets also share similarities with the average bed spread. They are often decorative, quilted and available in either throw or fitted form. However, unlike the average bed spread, coverlets are not long enough to reach the ground. It stops around the area where mattress ends and the bed frame begins. They are made either with or without the pillow tuck. Since they do not touch the ground, they are usually in conjunction with a dust ruffle also known as a bed skirt.


Difference between Bed Spreads and Bed Covers

Bed Spreads and Bed Covers sit atop the bed, but they differ in the amount of bed they cover. Bed covers only cover a partial amount of the bed but bed spreads extends to the floor on the sides and foots of the entire bed.

Types – Bed covers includes comforters, coverlets and duvet covers. A duvet cover is a decorative cover that allows you to insert a duvet into. Bed spreads, coverlets and comforters have padding or an sewn on quilt between the top and bottom layers.

Benefits – Bed spreads do not require the use of a bed skirt as it covers only the box springs and frames of the bed completely.


Warning – You cannot use bed spreads on frames with a footboard. It will not fall to the floor correctly.

Misconceptions – Bed spreads and bed covers are sold in standard sizes. If your mattress is extra tall, a platform bed or an unusual set up will measure to make sure that the beddings will fit your bed properly.


Tip – Decorations uses a combination of bed spreads and covers when designing the bedding. Comforters and duvet covers are often folding atop the bed spread at the foot of the bed to provide visual interest.


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