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How To Choose Quilts, Coverlets & Sets

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Ever wondered what makes a bedroom oh-so-cozy? The perfect quilt and coverlet set of course! Quilts are a timeless addition to any room, regardless of style, color, or size. Adding the matching coverlet and throw pillows will tie the room together and create a magazine-ready bedroom.

This guide will describe the difference between a quilt and a coverlet, explain how to choose high-quality quilt materials, which size quilt and coverlet you will need, and how to style your bed to perfection with matching sets.

What's the difference between a quilt and a coverlet?

You know that matching bed sets create a cozy atmosphere. But what is the difference between a quilt and coverlet?

A quilt is a relatively lightweight bedspread that usually has a woven, artistic top and a softer layer underneath. Quilts are much lighter than traditional comforters or duvets, as they only have a thin layer of batting in the middle.

Pattern Reversible Quilt Set
White Classic Microfiber Quilt Set
Decorative Quilt Set in Nude
Simple White Reversible Quilt Set
Floral Styled Light Green Quilt
Microfiber Quilt Set in Light Brown

A coverlet is a type of bedding that you find at the foot of the bed. It is an extra cover that goes over the top of the main quilt or bedspread and only covers the bottom third of the bed.

As well as being decorative, a coverlet is perfect as an extra layer of warmth and texture on the bed. Coverlets are great for guest beds as they can be pulled up in the night instead of fetching more blankets.

This style of bedding can make great bedding in summer homes and warmer climates where comforters can be too heavy.

Blue and Yellow Mandala Styled Coverlet
Eclectic Styled Colorful Coverlet Set
Elegant Blue Coverlet Set
Ruffle Skirt Bedspread Set in Grey
Reversible Coverlet Set in Cream
Dark Grey Simple Coverlet Set

How to choose high-quality materials for quilts & coverlets?

If you are investing in high-quality bedding, you need to find the best materials for your quilt and coverlet. Most bedding is sorted into natural fibers and synthetic fibers, and there are features to consider for both.

Natural fibers

Natural fibers are materials that occur naturally. This category includes materials like cotton, wool, and silk. It can also include flannel, however, this can be made synthetically as well. Natural fibers are usually more expensive options but will last longer because of the quality. Your choice of material will often depend on what kind of climate you will be using the quilt.

You will need to compare the natural fibers to decide which one you want for your quilt:

Oriental Single Reversible Silk Quilt
Floral Cotton Reversible Quilt Set
Natural Cotton Quilt in Light Pink
Simple Medium Grey Silk Quilt
Elegant Embossed Textured Cotton Quilted Coverlet
Natural Cotton Single Bedspread in Green

Synthetic fibers

Synthetic fibers have a more accessible price tag and are especially good if you have allergies. Economically, synthetic quilts are appealing, and they are still good quality. However, their lifespan is usually a lot shorter than natural quiltsand covers and can feel "plastic" before washing them properly.

Here are a few synthetic materials you might find for your quilts and bedding:

When choosing duvets, you should keep in mind that they come in direct contact with your body, and thus, you may wish to consider the choice of materials a bit more, focusing on your personal needs and conditions (e.g. allergies). As for coverlets, they are generally more decorative and are not directly on your skin, so you can play around with the design a bit more.

Synthetic Blend Acrylic Coverlet
Elegantly Boho Polyester Bedspread Set
Yellow Microfiber and Polyester Blend Quilt
Grey Acrylic Coverlet Set
Green Polyester Coverlet Set
Polyester Reversible Coverlet Set in Cream

What size quilt and coverlet do I need?

The next tip for buying quilts and coverlets is to make sure you get the right size.

Best style tips for quilts, coverlets and sets

The next step on how to choose quilts and coverlets is the style. How do you match it to your bedroom decor? How heavy should the quilt be for the climate?

We have a few style tips to help you choose the perfect bedding set: