When putting together your dream bed, you have many options when it comes to the top of your bed. This statement piece is important not just to bring your bedroom together in terms of design but also to ensure you sleep in utmost comfort. In this article, we'll explain the difference between your many options: Bedspread, Coverlet, Duvet, Quilt, and comforter.


Hampton Roads Bedspread.


Bedspreads are our expertise. Bedspreads are typically woven bed covers that not only cover the bed but fall all the way to the floor. Bedspreads are great for folks who want a traditional look in their room as well as a larger size cover to sleep under compared to the other options available. They came come in a variety of weights and are often layered with sheets and blankets as needed.

Martha Washington's Choice Coverlet.


Coverlets are also a specialty of Bates. Coverlets are similar to bedspreads in that they are typically woven (though sometimes are quilted), however, rather than falling all the way to the floor - they fall midway. In addition, they usually don't have the length for a pillow tuck like you would see with a bedspread. Those who love the weight and feel of a woven but don't want the traditional look of a bedspread would be happy to consider a coverlet.

Duvet & Duvet Cover

Duvets are light pillow-like bags filled with down, feathers or synthetic filling. They are designed to be used with a cover that is typically easily washable. They are meant to be used on their own without sheets making them a rather a great comfortable option for the minimalist.


Quilts typically consist of 3 layers - woven cloth on top and bottom with a filling layer in-between. The top of the quilt typically has many pieces of fabric stitched together to form a complex or more simple pattern. They are designed to be used with sheets and other blankets for warmth.


Comforters are similar to a quilt but their designs and colors are usually achieved by dying versus stitching pieces of cloth together. They feature a variety of filling options including down, feathers, or synthetic fillings. Like quilts, they are designed to be used with sheets and other blankets for warmth.

Hampton Roads Shams & Hampton Roads Throw. Source: Sunset on Seneca Bed & Breakfast

Throws, Pillow Shams & Bed Scarves

To add a splash of color or to change your room's look, a great option are accessory pieces like throws, pillow shams and bed scarves. Throws can be laid at the foot of the bed like a bed scarf or they can be laid stylishly across the bed. Pillow shams can also add a nice touch of color and decoration to bring the whole bed together.

Have any design recommendations or have your own secrets to styling your bed? Share in the comments!

March 14, 2016 — Adrienne Beacham


Constance York said:

Yes I make quilts and comforters for the last year I really enjoy it for my family and friends

Arnie said:

I am used to bedspreads that not only fall all the way to the floor but they are longer on the top to fully cover the pillow. I miss those days when you could go into a store and buy a TRUE bedspread that covers everything.

Naw Archery said:

Very detailed n good explanation. Now I learn what I am looking for. Thanks

Lynda said:

This is great information. Thank you

Jim Kilmartin said:

Hi, do you make down comforters?


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