Duvet Cover Vs Comforter Vs Cover Letter Samples

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

Houzz Contributor. Killy Scheer founded Scheer & Co. in Austin with the belief that a home should feel both elegant and familiar — perhaps with a dash of playfulness. Killy collaborates with clients to curate spaces that reflect their personal narratives, spirit and aesthetic.
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Throw blankets and bed scarves. These add color, texture (or both) in addition to casual coziness when tossed haphazardly (but beautifully) on the bed.

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.
Bedspread. A bedspread is the general name given to basically all pre-filled bed covers intended for use as the top layer on a bed. Comforters, quilts and coverlets fall into that category. They can be both decorative and warming, thick or lighter weight, in a variety of fabric.

They are generally used alone, with only a sheet and any blankets you need underneath, but also they can be layered for decorative purposes.
Comforter. Thick and (sometimes) quilted, a comforterdiffers from a quilt in that colors are generally dyed and patterns are not embroidered. Comforters are filled with layers of material including polyester batting (a synthetic fiber), down feathers, wool or silk. The loft (thickness) of the filling determines the weight as well as the level of insulation. Comforters are stitched or quilted to secure the filling and to ensure that it is evenly distributed. They are intended to be the bedspread, sitting on top of sheets, but again, those who want to create a layered look should go ahead and do it. There are no cardinal rules to be broken in bedding!
Quilt. Traditionally composed of three layers of fiber, quilts consist of a woven cloth top, a layer of batting and a woven back, all stitched together in decorative patterns. Different from other forms of bed covers because they are generally pieced together with many pieces of cloth, quilts are occasionally found with a single piece of fabric on the top (a whole-cloth quilt).
There are numerous classic patterns and traditions regarding the design and characteristics of quilts. Many are made or given to mark important life events such as marriage, the birth of a child, a family member leaving home, and graduations.

Modern quilts are not always intended for use as bedding, and may be used as throws, wall hangings, table runners or tablecloths.
Duvet and cover. A duvet is essentially a soft flat bag filled with down, feathers or a synthetic alternative. It is recommended that duvets are inserted into a removable cover, much like a pillow and pillow case.

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.
Linen duvet covers like these made and sold by Houzz member Tricia Rose are especially dreamy, creating a wrinkled “messiness” that looks romantic and carefree.

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.
Coverlet. A coverlet is a lightweight, non-reversible bedspread that is usually either quilted or woven. Classically designed as a decorative layer to go over thicker bedspreads, coverlets often have a thin layer of batting, making them appropriate for use as a stand-alone bed covering, depending on the weight. They can also be used as throws on a bed or sofa.

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.
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Putting together a beautiful bed ensemble can be overwhelming — and expensive. But, a few choice purchases and/or thoughtful uses of pieces you already own can easily result in a gorgeously dressed bed. Of course, just getting through the definitions of all the options is the first hurdle: bedspread, coverlet, quilt, duvet, comforter, blanket — what do they all mean, what do you use with what and how? Let's find out!

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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