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The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Quilt and Coverlet Sets
What is the difference between a quilt and a coverlet?
Quilts and coverlets are types of bedspreads. They are pre-filled covers that are intended to be the top layer of your bed. Some people think that quilts are thin, but they can be thick. A quilt consists of three layers of fiber that are stitched together in a decorative design. They usually comprise many pieces of cloth. Some quilt sets have a single piece of fabric on top, rather than dozens stitched together. This type of quilt is known as a whole cloth quilt. Traditionally, quilts signify an important life event like graduation, marriage, and the birth of a child.
A coverlet, in contrast, is a non-reversible bedspread designed as a decorative layer for your bed. Most coverlets are either woven or quilted. They usually have a thin layer of batting too. Some coverlets have coordinating shams, but you don't need to match them. Another idea for using coverlets is to mix different textures for a stylish appearance.
What materials are quilt and coverlet sets made of?
Common materials for quilt sets are cotton, linen, and flannel. A flannel quilt provides softness and warmth. Some parents choose flannel quilts for their babies and young children because of these qualities. Flannel is also gentle on sensitive skin. Materials often used for coverlets are linen, wool, and cotton. Some coverlets have a mixture of linen and wool. Other materials you will find quilts and coverlets made of include polyester, silk, and cotton linen.
What types of quilt and coverlet sets are available?
Coverlets and quilts aren't just used as bedding. Some home owners like using them as tablecloths, wall hangings, throws, and table runners. There are several categories of coverlet and quilt sets you can explore, including sofa covers, chair covers, deckchair cushions, sofa throws, arm chair covers, and sofa mats.
How do you clean quilts and coverlets?
How you clean quilts and coverlets depends on what material(s) they're made of. Patchwork quilts often confuse people because they consist of numerous fabrics. Clean a patchwork quilt based on the most delicate fabric in the quilt. If silk or velvet is a material in the quilt or coverlet, you need to hand wash it, unless the care label says it's machine washable on the gentle cycle. Always look at the care label on a specific bedspread to know how to safely clean it. When no instructions are given, wash it based on the most delicate material in the bedspread.