Remodeling your bedroom or purchasing new bedding is often something of a challenge, especially with all the different terms for bedding pieces, such as coverlets, quilts, and throws. In order to successfully stock your bed, you need to know the differences between these items and the uses for each one.
Coverlet is a general term used for any bedspread that covers the top and sides of a bed. Some quilts are considered coverlets, but more often than not, coverlets are made of thinner materials than quilts and are items that merely cover a bed. Often coverlets are more decorative in nature, giving your bed a pulled-together look that matches with your pillow shams or bed skirt.
Quilts are made of padding sewn between two pieces of material and are more functional. Although quilts indisputably provide beauty to your room, they primarily provide warmth with their heavy thickness. Quilts come in many sizes as well and do not necessarily have to cover an entire bed. Throws, on the other hand, accent your bedroom or even living room decor. Throws are smaller than blankets and coverlets and are used primarily for decoration or for lounging. Because you do not normally sleep with throws, they often come in less durable and softer fabrics.
Although coverlets, quilts and throws serve different niches in modern bedding, these niches sometimes intersect. For instance, quilts come in coverlet sizes with matching shams. In this case, a quilt replaces a coverlet. Your use of these three blanket basics also depends on the season when more layers give you more warmth.