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What is a Coverlet and What are its Types?

What is a Coverlet
A coverlet is a lightweight bedspread. It is mainly used for bedroom decoration. Apart from this, it also behaves as a cover for the bed sheet. Many people, however, are still not aware about the usage of a coverlet.
Niharika Arya
Last Updated: Oct 03, 2018
The term coverlet was known to people for many years in the early 19th century. The word coverlet is derived from the old French word covrir which means 'to cover' and lit means 'bed'. They are also called 'coverled'. They can also be used as blankets, and their light weight makes them very useful and convenient to carry during picnics, traveling, etc.
About Coverlet
A coverlet is a lightweight blanket kind of cloth which can be put over the bed. It serves for bedroom decoration more than providing warmth.
Coverlets can be found in linen, silk, wool, and cotton. Coverlets can be made in many designs. You can find some with geometrical shapes, with messages, or you can get them customized. They are also used to hide the thicker layers of the bedding. As coverlets do not provide much insulation, it is better only for cool areas and for traveling.
Types of Coverlets
Coverlets can be broadly classified into two types; woven and quilted. Both types serve similar purposes, though they are different from each other in style and thickness. You can better understand this with the following given explanation.
Woven Coverlet
Woven Coverlet
A woven coverlet is basically used for home decorating. It is made up of light wool.
You can also get woven coverlets in other fabrics like silk and linen. They are woven with various colors and in different symmetrical or geometrical designs. It is also made from coarse, scratchy materials. This type of coverlet is further divided into overshot weave coverlet and double cloth coverlets.
Quilted Coverlet
Quilted Coverlet
Quilted coverlets are thin and lightweight. They have a thin layer of batting between the upper and lower layers of the cloth. It can also be used to cover the old blankets. You can get quilted coverlets in various designs and colors. They are highly decorative and useful too.
What is a Coverlet Set?
coverlet set
If you buy only the coverlet then it may not serve its purpose completely, as it is used to decorate and beautify the room. Therefore, you need to have a whole coverlet set.
The coverlet set may consist of a coverlet, pillow shams, cushions and bed skirt. Pillow sham is the pillow cover which matches the coverlet and bed skirt is fitted under the mattress which hangs down to the floor and gives it a royal look. These upholstery can be easily removed and washed.
You can buy the coverlet alone, but if you want to give your house a beautiful and entirely different look, then it's better to go for a coverlet set. You can get many designs in different price ranges. Hence, you can go for the one which suits your budget and your requirement.