Back in 2015, we wrote a blog post on the difference between quilts and coverlets. It was a topic that drew a lot of interest, which is why we’ve decided to return to the subject with this post, where we’re answering the question “What is a coverlet?”
A coverlet is a bedcovering (usually matched with decorative pillow shams and bedskirt) with sides that hang down a few inches past the box spring but do not touch the floor while a bedspread covers the entire bed — pillows to floor.
A coverlet can be tucked in or left untucked. Since many coverlets are edged with a decorative trim or scallop edge untucking is suggested. We typically suggest adding matching shams and a bedskirt or decorative box spring cover (bedwraps) to finish the look since the coverlet does not reach the floor like a bedspread. Using a coverlet simplifies the bedmaking process as they are lightweight and less cumbersome then a bedspread or comforter.
Coverlets come in different fabrications, such as matelassé (woven on a jacquard loom, resulting in an allover texture), solids, printed or candle wicking. There are quite a few designs available in any of the above fabrications.
Coverlets vs. quilts
Coverlets may resemble a quilt, but unlike a quilt – which is comprised of several layers – a coverlet is just one layer of fabric woven in such a way that it mimics the quilting technique. The fabric used may be all cotton, cotton/polyester, bamboo (made of rayon) or pique.
Think of a coverlet as a junior version of a bedspread, as it is shorter in length and width and lighter weight. It can be used as a lightweight cover in warmer months or as a textural layering piece in cooler ones. They can also be used as a blanket.
Coverlets are available in many sizes, depending on the manufacturer. Always check the depth of your mattress before ordering a coverlet (or any top of bedding) as mattresses are manufactured much deeper now then previously.
You do not need the blanket (if you feel it would be too many layers) on the bed as you can use the coverlet for warmth. Using a blanket saves washing or cleaning the coverlet more often as a blanket can go into the washing machine which saves the Coverlet from being cleaned as often. As with most bedding, checking for stains is very important. Most coverlets can be washed and dried, depending on manufacturer’s instructions.
Of course, if you are an innkeeper, hotelier or vacation home owner where you have guests using your property, bedding will have to be properly cleaned more often.
InnStyle offers several types of coverlets, including:
To learn more about our coverlets – or any of our other bedding options – contact the InnStyle sales team. Our representatives look forward to helping you make your property a more comfortable place.