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Bedspreads vs Comforters: Key Differences


December 14, 2020

What are the differences between a bedspread and comforter, and which one should you choose?

While the terms bedspread and comforter are often used interchangeably, the two are entirely different bedding options with some notable differences that you should be aware of when shopping. Depending on your reason for purchasing new bedding, one may be better suited to your needs. To help you determine whether to choose a bedspread or comforter, we’ve created this comprehensive guide with everything you need to know about each option.

What is a comforter?

A comforter is a thick bed cover that consists of several layers of fabric and filling, typically down (the light, fluffy feathers birds use for insulation) or a down alternative such as a blend of wool, cotton, and silk fibers. The primary purpose of a comforter is to provide warmth and insulate the sleeper for optimal comfort during the colder months.

What is a bedspread?

A bedspread is a lightweight and often decorative bed cover that can be used alone during the warmer months or as a supplement to a comforter during colder times. Bedspreads are great during the spring and summer months, because they provide comfort and just the right amount of warmth without making the sleeper feel overly hot. Bedspreads often feature intricate patterns and designs, which can be used to complement the style in your home.

Differences between a bedspread and comforter

While some people may choose to use a bedspread and comforter simultaneously, others may prefer to opt for only one. To help you determine which bedding option you should choose, take a look at some of the key differences between a bedspread and comforter as we’ve outlined below:

1. Warmth

As noted earlier, the key difference between a bedspread and comforter is the level of warmth they provide. Comforters are made to provide insulation and warmth during cold months, while bedspreads are much more lightweight and breathable making them ideal for warmer conditions. Depending on the weather in your area, a bedspread may provide enough warmth on its own during the winter, or you may want to use it as a supplement to a comforter for additional warmth.

2. Weight

Comforters are thick and heavy because of their layers and insulating filling, whereas bedspreads tend to be much more lightweight by comparison. It’s important to note that bedspreads can have multiple layers while still being lightweight. For example, Denali Blankets are made by sewing together two high-quality blankets, which gives them extra durability while still maintaining a lightweight profile compared to comforters.

3. Shape

The shape of the bed cover you use has a significant impact on the look of your bed and the overall style of the room. Comforters are thick and bulky which adds height to your bed, while bedspreads are much thinner which is ideal for people looking to maintain a sleek bed profile.

4. Design

Comforters tend to be relatively plain and generic in terms of design, typically coming in solid colors. Although some comforters do feature unique patterns and designs, many of them are simple so the homeowner can choose to add style through a duvet cover or bedspread if they’d like. Bedspreads tend to be much more decorative, which can be great for homeowners who want to add flair or an element of style to match their home decor.

Find the perfect bedding for your home

Bedspreads and comforters have a few notable differences which are important to consider when choosing a bedding option. Each has a unique purpose, and you may decide that one is right for your bedroom or that you should use a combination of both. Regardless of what you decide, make sure you invest in quality when choosing your bedding.

Denali offers a wide selection of luxurious, high-quality bedding options (including bedspreads and more). Our blankets are made from an ultra-soft Microplush fiber that feels like you’re wrapping up in a cloud when you sleep. Additionally, our blankets offer exceptional durability and include a lifetime warranty so you know they’re made to last. Not only do our blankets survive washing, they actually get softer over time. We offer a wide range of beautiful designs to suit any style, and our blankets feature true colors that won’t bleed (because we dye our fibers rather than printing on fabric).

Check out our luxurious bedspreads, or our other bedding to find the perfect option for your bedroom.


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