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Bedspread, Throw or Blanket?

Bedspread, Throw or Blanket

What you sleep under and the way you dress your bed affects not just the quality and comfort of your sleep but the look of your bedroom. One choice you no doubt have stumbled upon at some point in time is the classic “tool” of the bedspread.

There are of course differences between bedspreads, throws and blankets and what appeals to one person may not necessarily appeal to the next. In this article, we are going to look at these differences, and allow you to make the choice of a bedspread, throw or blanket for your own bedroom.

What is a Bedspread?

Bedspreads (some people use beadspread and other bed spread!) have been around forever, and although they have evolved over time, they are still typically the same there were a hundred years ago:

  • Generally, they are bed covers that are woven, and that covers the whole of the bed, falling right down to the floor.
  • They are great for traditional bedrooms, and for people that like to sleep under a large-sized and slightly weighted cover.
  • Bedspreads are available in a wide range of sizes and depending on the time of year, they can be used in conjunction with sheets and blankets or just a sheet.
Sado Pink Bedspread

Sado Pink Bedspread

133,00 incl. VAT
Mid-weight, gorgeous soft pink velvet bedspread.
Dual Grey Bedspread

Dual Grey Bedspread

143,55 incl. VAT
Incredibly soft, warm grey velvet bedspread.

In summer, a bedspread used with just a sheet is perfect for sleeping under – especially if you sleep with some air conditioning. In winter, used with both sheets and blankets, a bedspread will keep you warm and snug. 

Nowadays, as well as traditional, woven bedspreads, you can find covers for your bed made from a wide variety of fabrics in decorative designs suitable for both adults and children. The idea for covering your bed in summer and spring, a bedspread will also provide you with extra warmth in winter.

So, basically, a bedspread is a cover for your bed that is used to dress it, but that can also be used to keep you warm. Coverlets and comforters also fall into the same category as bedspreads, these also vary in thickness, size, and weight. Coverlets, like bedspreads, can be used for warmth, layering, and for decoration, and are usually used together with a combination of sheets and blankets.

Bedspreads are used both for decoration and for warmth in the colder months. They are a layer of your bed that can be used during all seasons, with sheets and blankets in winter and with a simple sheet in spring or summer.

What is a throw?

Throws are not only a decorative element in the bedroom, they also provide great warmth. 

Vogue Duck Egg Throw

Vogue 150 x 180 Throw

34,50 26,00 incl. VAT
Beautifully soft duck egg blue, striped, textured throw.

Measuring up smaller than a blanket (usually around 1m x 1.5m), a throw is perfect to throw on the end of a bed or have close to hand for example on your bedroom chair for those colder nights where you need to grab an extra layer. They come in a variety of fabrics including cotton, silk, wool, or man-made fibres like microfleece. 

The type of fabric used will affect the durability of the throw and its longevity. 

A throw is often used to protect a chair or can be put on a bed if a pet sneaks up there to sleep! If that’s the case, it’s best to choose a throw that can be easily washed.

What is a blanket?

This seems like a really dumb question – but it is well worth asking. Blankets, are much larger and created to match the size of the bed. Blankets are normally used only for beds or other sleeping areas since their size corresponds to the sizing of sheets.  They are the alternative to the duvet.

Their primary function is for warmth and they’re seldom used for decoration, but often under bedspreads or a duvet. You can add extra layering to insulate your bed with a blanket, where a throw simply wouldn’t do the trick, primarily because of its size, although a throw folded in half and put at the end of the bed is a great idea for warming cold feet and of course, adding a subtle touch of style to a bed.

So…to summarise what is the difference between a bedspread, throw and a blanket?


  • Lightweight and often quilted design
  • Designer to cover the whole of the bed
  • Can be used in the summer with a flat sheet for sleeping on warmer nights 


  • To be used on the bed with or without the addition of a duvet 
  • Generally the size of your bed
  • Available in a variety of colours and fabrics 


  • Provide great warmth – perfect for having at the end of the bed to pull out when the weather gets colder
  • Smaller than a blanket 
  • Available in a variety of fabrics and colours

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Bedspreads, Throws, and Blankets

What is the main difference between a bedspread and a blanket?

Answer: The main difference is their use and size. Bedspreads are decorative covers that cover the entire bed and can be used for added warmth, whereas blankets are primarily used for warmth and often match the size of the bed.

Can I use a throw as a bedspread?

Answer: Throws are typically smaller and meant for decorative purposes or additional warmth. They are not designed to cover the entire bed like a bedspread.

Are bedspreads suitable for all seasons?

Answer: Yes, bedspreads can be used in all seasons. In summer, they can be used with just a sheet, and in winter, they can be layered with sheets and blankets for added warmth.

How do I choose the right material for a bedspread?

Answer: The material of a bedspread depends on your needs. Cotton is breathable and suitable for summer, while materials like wool or quilted fabrics provide extra warmth for winter.

How do I care for my bedspread?

Answer: Most bedspreads are machine washable, but it’s important to follow the care instructions on the label. For delicate fabrics, consider using a gentle cycle and cold water, and air drying to maintain their quality.

Can bedspreads be used with duvets?

Answer: Yes, bedspreads can be used with duvets. They can add an extra layer of warmth and style to your bedding ensemble.

What is a coverlet, and how is it different from a bedspread?

Answer: A coverlet is a lightweight, decorative fabric cover that does not reach the floor and is usually used with a bed skirt. Bedspreads, on the other hand, are designed to cover the entire bed, including pillows and reaching down to the floor.

Are there specific bedspread sizes for different bed types?

Answer: Yes, bedspreads come in various sizes to match different bed types, including twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Ensure you choose the correct size to fit your bed properly.

What are the benefits of using a throw?

Answer: Throws add a decorative element to your bed or furniture, provide additional warmth, and can be easily washed. They are versatile and can be used in various settings around your home.

How can I style my bed with a bedspread?

Answer: To style your bed with a bedspread, you can drape it evenly over the bed, ensure it covers the pillows, and allow it to fall naturally to the floor. You can also fold it at the foot of the bed for a layered look.

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