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 Bedspread?
Bedspreads 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.
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.
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