Types of bedspreads and how to choose them

Bedspreads are a decorative covering for the bed that are generally lightweight. These coverings can either be used by itself in warm weather or with a comforter in cold weather.

Bedspreads are a great addition to beddings and can aesthetically raise the style quotient of your bedroom. Bought and used correctly, bedspreads can make a big difference to your quality of sleep.

Bedspreads may look bulky and feel dense but are easy to wash and are pretty light. It can be sufficiently warm in a mild winter’s night and cool and comfortable on a warm night.

Densely woven, the fabric of a bedspread is not easy to tear and the thick batting doesn’t allow it to get crumpled and ball up easily. These materials are very durable and can keep their shape for many years. Most bedspreads are machine-washable, but you’ll need to be mindful of the care instructions included in the packaging.

A bedspread is very different from a coverlet in terms of its coverage. While a bedspread covers up the entire bed – pillows included – and reaches down till the floor, a coverlet is smaller and goes barely past the boxsprings.

Bedspreads can come in many styles and varieties like rustic, candlewick, Indian, quilted, Scandinavian, beachstyle, Asian, Southwestern, Victorian, tropical and so on. The fill can be either cotton or polyester and come in sizes like California King, Full and Double, King, Queen and Ultra King.
Some bedspreads also are reversible.

Bedspreads should also not be confused with comforters. Comforters are more insulated and provide a warmer covering. A bedspread may offer some warmth but is not ideal on a cold night. It makes good sense to own both if you live in an area with varied seasons. A bedspread also offers a neater and better look to your bed because it drapes well – better than a comforter which gives a billowy look to it.

Buying a bedspread is not the easiest thing to do especially if you want to give your bedroom a completely different look. With varied designs, styles and materials available from many retailers and online stores and at different prices, it can be confusing and overwhelming. But don’t just head out to the nearest store or site to make this important purchase. Do it in January or August. Yes, you read that right. There is a best time to buy linens and that is in these two months. The “white sale season” in January sees heavy discounts in retails stores on towels and bedding. This is the best time to stock up on these essentials and get them at a very good price.

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