Coverlet, Duvet, Quilt, Comforter: What's the Difference?
Learn the basics of great bedding options and how to use them for great comfort and style
In this design, a coverlet is wrapped over a duvet and duvet cover to tame the inevitable puffiness. A throw blanket at the end of the bed adds just enough texture and an additional layer to make the composition interesting and inviting.
They are generally used alone, with only a sheet and any blankets you need underneath, but also they can be layered for decorative purposes.
Modern quilts are not always intended for use as bedding, and may be used as throws, wall hangings, table runners or tablecloths.
Duvets and covers are designed to be used alone (with no sheets) because the insert can be removed and the outer “bag” can be laundered, but many people use them with sheets anyway. Many people like duvets because they reduce the complexity of making a bed, as it is a single covering instead of the combination of bed sheets, blankets, quilts and other bed covers.
Duvet covers often come with the option of matching shams, but mixing it up is an easy way to create a gorgeous bed that looks like it was effortlessly tossed together.
Due to their size and decorative quality, they are not designed to achieve a pillow tuck, as some bedspreads are. A coverlet often has coordinating shams, but again, it is most certainly not necessary to match. The design in this photo shows how a simple setup with several textures can be absolutely stunning and fuss-free.
What is a Duvet Cover?
There is some confusion in defining a duvet. Some people call it a "quilt", "bed spread", or "comforter".
What is a Duvet Cover vs Comforter Cover
The origin of the word "duvet" dates back to the 1750s. It’s a French word meaning "down". According to Dictionary.com, a duvet is usually a down-filled quilt that often has a removable cover. A quilt is defined as: a coverlet for a bed made of two layers of fabric with some soft substance, as wool or down between them and stitched in patterns or tufted through all thickness in order to prevent the fill from shifting.
It is easy to understand why there is confusion between a "duvet" and a "comforter". They are not necessarily the same thing; however, depending on where you are from, it is possible that these words interchangeably.
Duvets Differ From Comforters
At Pacific Coast® comforters are different but complementary. A duvet is a cotton shell and does not provide warmth. It covers a comforter, similarly to the way a pillowcase covers a pillow. The purpose is to keep your down comforter clean and add a decorative touch to your bed. They are 100% cotton, available in variety of colors in 300 or 600 thread count fabric, with a zipper closure. There are three different styles that fit almost all comforters of all sizes; luxury, oversized, grand. The luxury size is also known as traditional size.
A comforter is type of blanket, that does not tuck, made from a cotton shell that is filled with down and stitched in box or diamond designs providing a layer of warmth for sleepers.
So What's a Protector?
Protectors are a similar product but they tend to serve a more functional purpose. For example, the AllerRest® comforter protector is made with AllerRest® fabric which blocks dust mites and other allergens. Also, comforter protectors are generally only available in white.
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