Frequently Asked Questions

What is your store address?

The Bates Mill Store Retail Location is located at 904 Main Street in Monmouth, ME. The hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am – 3pm and Friday, 9am – 12pm. We are also happy to arrange appointments for you to come in outside of these hours as well. In addition, we have sales & open houses throughout the year that you can learn about by following us on Facebook.

What is the difference between a bedspread and a coverlet?

A bedspread is made to reach the floor, while a coverlet is made to showcase a bed skirt underneath. The standard drop of a bedspread measures 21″, while the coverlet only falls 12″.

What are the standard sizes of bedspreads?

  • Twin: 80″ x 110″
  • Full: 96″ x 110″
  • Queen: 102″ x 116″
  • King 118″ x 120″
  • Standard Drop Length of Bedspread: 21"

What are the standard sizes of coverlets?

  • Twin: 66″ x 102″
  • Full: 78″ x 102″
  • Queen 84″ x 110″
  • King 102″ x 110″
  • Standard Drop Length of Coverlets: 12"

Do I have to purchase shams?
No, all our bedspreads and coverlets are designed to be used with or without shams. We have designed our bedspreads to allow 15″ for the pillow tuck.

Are there other products to match my bedspread or coverlet?

Many of our classic styles come in a variety of different products including bedspreads, coverlets, pillow shams, throws and curtains. Shop all Bates Collections by Style.

I'm looking for heavyweight bedspreads and blankets for the Fall and Winter. Where can I find these?

Browse our heavyweight bedspreads and blankets which are perfect for the colder months of the year or those of us living year round in cooler climates.

I'm looking for lightweight bedspreads and blankets for the Spring and Summer. Where can I find these?

Browse our lightweight bedspreads and blankets which are perfect for the warmer months of the year or those of us living year round in warmer climates.

Can I wash my bedspread?
Yes. Of course you need a large washing machine, but our products are all machine washable. We recommend a gentle wash cycle with warm water. Do not use any bleach or detergent with bleach additive. Tumble dry with low heat. Remove promptly to avoid wrinkling. Learn more about how to care for your Bates products (old and new!) here.

How much shrinkage can I expect if I wash my bedspread or coverlet?
Our products are preshrunk. You can expect no more than 2% shrinkage, if any.

Are these bed covers completely made in the USA or imported as unfinished goods and completed in your mill?
Each product we sell is proudly 100% manufactured in the United States by skilled craftsmen.

Do you make custom sizes?
Yes, custom sizes are available for most styles. Due to the increasing thicknesses of mattresses, our standard bedspreads may not fit all beds properly so we are happy to work with you to make a custom bedspread. Learn more here

Custom size bedspreads are not eligible for any discounts or promotions. 

Are accessories like curtains and pillows available?
We are working to add these products to our standard line. If you just can’t wait, please call our customer service department 1-800-552-2837 and perhaps we can get some made for you. **UPDATE** Curtains are now available under Accessories!

What if I don’t like the fringe offered on the bedspread or coverlet?
You can special order the fringe on your bedspread or coverlet purchase. Please note that changing a fringe style may affect the dimensions of the bedspreads. A customer service representative will assist you if you have any questions. To place an order with custom fringe, please call 1-800-552-2837.

How long should my bedspread last?
With proper care, your bedspread should be a treasured heirloom for many years. We receive calls from people who have had their bedspreads for over 30, 40 and 50 years… and are buying another spread not because it wore out, but because they deserve a new spread.

What colors are available?
White and Antique are the standard colors for all bedspreads. In our Matelasse Collection, 2-tone colors are also available, including Linen (also known as old antique), French Blue (on natural), Wedgewood Blue (on white), and Sage (on natural). In our Terry Collection,  2-tone colors are also available, including Linen, Maroon (on natural), Wedgewood Blue (on white) and Sage (on natural). We are constantly developing new designs and colors. Swatch cards are available to help you decide on the perfect color.

Please also note that although every effort is made to photograph our items accurately, we cannot guarantee every computer monitor will accurately depict the actual color of the merchandise perfectly. Please feel free to request swatches if you prefer to have an in-person look at the available colors prior to purchasing.

What is the difference between French Blue and Wedgewood Blue? 
The blue thread in both the Wedgewood and French blue is the same color. The only difference between the two is that the Wedgewood Blue has a blue background with a white design, while the French Blue has a blue background with an antique design

What is the difference between a Matelasse and a Terry?
In the Matelasse style, the design is woven directly into the bedspread. If you were to run your hand across the top of a Matelasse bedspread, you would feel a smooth, soft surface. The design on a Terry bedspread is created when loops of chenille cotton are pulled upward from the fabric. If you were to run your hand across a Terry bedspread you would feel the soft loops. Swatch cards of each fabric type is available. Call customer service at 1-800-552-2837 or request a brochure online.

Terry Weave Swatch (Color: Sage) Matelassé Weave Swatch (Color: Sage) Terry Weave Bedspread (Color: Antique, Style: Martha Washington's Choice) Terry Weave Bedspread (Color: Quartz, Style: Abigail Adams)

Examples from Left to Right: Photo (1) - Terry Weave, Photo (2) - Matelassé Weave, Photo (3) - Terry Weave, Photo (4) - Matelassé Weave

Are there Referral Programs available for customers?

Yes, please learn about our Refer-A-Friend Program here.

Textile Terms:
MATELASSE: A soft, double or compound fancy-woven fabric with a quilted appearance usually woven on a Jacquard loom. Our matelasse designs include Queen Elizabeth, Abigail, Heritage and Cape Cod among others.

CANDLEWICK: Fabric woven on jacquard looms to create fluffy tufts of soft cotton yarns closely arranged in continuous lines or spaced at intervals to create a design. Often called chenille (which is a type of very soft yarn), the name candlewick refers to fabric loops as being similar in length to the “wick of a candle”. Our candlewick designs are made of terry loop fabric.

CHENILLE: A very soft yarn used as filling in fabrics with a fuzzy appearance.

TERRY: A cotton fabric having uncut loops on one or both sides made on a dobby loom with a terry arrangement or on a Jacquard loom. Our Martha’s Choice bedspread is of terry construction and soft like chenille.

JACQUARD: A system of weaving using a pattern mechanism to permit the production of large, intricate designs. The weave pattern is achieved by a series of punched cards. The process is similar to the way a player piano works. Thousand of “punch cards” are required to weave one bedspread woven on a jacquard loom

DOBBY: A mechanical attachment on a loom to to weave small, fancy designs.