What is a Coverlet for a Bed?

What is a Coverlet for a Bed?

Are you thinking about buying a new bedding set? There are so many different types of bedding that it can sometimes be difficult to choose because they all have overlapping functions. For example, coverlets, duvets, comforters, and blankets.

However, coverlets have become a popular choice in bedding in recent years because of their versatility and aesthetics. In this article, we’ll explore what coverlets are, how they differ from other types of bedding, how to choose and use them, and more.

What is a Coverlet?

Curved Stripe Flax Reversible Coverlet Blanket

Coverlets are lightweight decorative bedding, usually woven or quilted. They date back to the 18th century.

Coverlets have evolved with the changing fashion trends. Today, coverlets come in a variety of materials, colors, and patterns, from simple and modern to traditional and elegant. They can satisfy different tastes and preferences. They add an elegant and gorgeous touch to your bedroom.

What are Coverlets Used for

Coverlets can be used to decorate your bed. The unique designs and colors on the surface of the coverlet can enhance the overall look of the bedroom.

In warm weather, coverlets can be used alone, and in colder weather, coverlets can be draped over a quilt or blanket to add extra warmth. They can be used all year round. Practical and beautiful.

During the day, coverlets can be used to cover the bed and protect the bedding underneath from dust and dirt.

Materials for Bedspreads


Flax has unique breathability, moisture absorption, and durability. Therefore, linen has a longer lifespan than general materials.

Flax fibers come from the stems of the flax plant and need to be processed through multiple steps, including soaking, drying, combing, and spinning. Due to the many processes and good performance, linen is often positioned as a high-end product, and its market price is naturally higher than ordinary cotton products

Bamboo Fiber

Pure Cotton Ginkgo Leaf Decorative Coverlet

Bamboo fiber is a sustainable and environmentally friendly material known for its excellent softness, breathability, and durability. Bamboo fiber is extremely soft and smooth, providing a silky touch.

Our bamboo fiber double-sided coverlet is breathable, sweat-wicking, soft, and comfortable, and is woven with 60 fine grit. Bamboo fiber is naturally resistant to bacteria and fungi and can reduce the occurrence of odors. Suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies. Perfect for use in summer.


Microfiber is made of synthetic fibers. This synthetic material is particularly warm and soft. It is usually cheaper than natural fibers and is not easy to wrinkle and stain.

However, microfiber is more likely to absorb dirt and grease, so it needs to be washed regularly.


Cotton fibers are naturally soft, and the fabrics made are comfortable to touch and suitable for direct contact with the skin, making them very suitable as bedding. Ownkoti's pure cotton ginkgo leaf decorative coverlet combines practicality with elegance. It features a striking ginkgo leaf pattern that is both stylish and eye-catching.

  • 100% organic cotton woven.good breathability and water absorption
  • IWS (International Wool Secretariat) certified
  • Made in environmentally friendly facilities, and produced in safe and socially responsible workplaces
  • Eco-friendly: free from harmful chemicals without damage to the environment, ideal for family use
  • Easy to clean, dries quickly, no lint, no pilling.

We also offer a set that includes a bedspread and two pillowcases, making it easy to give your bedroom a new look.

Ginkgo leaf pattern

How to Choose Your Coverlet

When choosing the right coverlet for your room, there are several important factors to consider.

First, consider the size of the coverlet and your bed. The sizes of the bedspread will be marked, and you just need to measure the dimensions of your bed. Make sure the coverlet fits properly and completely covers the mattress without bunching up in the corners or hanging too low.

Next, consider the material of your coverlet. Choose based on your needs and budget.

  • Cotton sheets: soft and breathable, suitable for year-round use, and affordable.
  • Linen sheets: have good breathability and moisture absorption, very durable, but more expensive.
  • Bamboo fiber sheets: favored for their environmental protection, antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties, slightly more expensive.
  • Microfiber sheets: affordable, not easy to wrinkle and stain, but need to be washed frequently to keep clean.

Finally, the color and pattern of the sheets should coordinate with the overall decoration style of the bedroom.

For a minimalist or modern bedroom, choose plain or simple patterned sheets.

For a bohemian or diverse bedroom, consider choosing colorful and richly patterned sheets to add visual interest and personalization.

If you are unsure, our Ginkgo Leaf coverlets offer a variety of options, from classic, understated designs to bold, colorful patterns, ensuring that they complement any decoration.

How to Make a Bed With a Coverlet

Creating a beautiful layered bed with a coverlet is easy and stylish. Here’s a quick guide:

  • Start by placing your fitted sheet on top, making sure it fits snugly against your mattress.
  • Then place your flat sheet on top, tucking the edges neatly under your mattress.
  • Fold the coverlet in half vertically, with the folded edge facing up, at the foot of your bed.
  • Smooth the coverlet flat and tuck the top edge under your pillows at the head of the bed.
  • Pull the coverlet up over the top of the bed, making sure it’s aligned in the center of the bed.
  • Fold the coverlet down over the top of the bed for a neat, layered look.
  • Finally, add pillows and decorative shams to complete your bed.

Coverlet vs Blanket: What is The Difference

Blankets are single-layer fabrics made of fleece, wool, cotton, and synthetic fibers. They generally do not have complex patterns and are used primarily for warmth and comfort.

Blankets are more versatile than coverlets, for example, they can be draped over legs or shoulders, or placed on a sofa or chair for extra softness and warmth. Coverlets have complex designs or embroidery on the surface. They are more decorative than blankets.

Coverlet vs Quilt: What is The Difference

Orange & Blue Pattern Six Layers Cotton Quilt

Cotton Quilts are designed with three layers: bottom, middle, and top. The middle layer is often filled with cotton, down, or synthetic fibers. Soft down provides more air insulation and good warmth retention.

Coverlets do not have the middle insulation of a quilt. Quilts are designed to keep you warm, while coverlets are more elegant and beautiful. Compared to quilts, coverlets have a wider range can cover the entire bed, and can hang down to the edge of the bed. They are also easier to maintain.


Whether you want to add extra warmth or style to your bedding, a coverlet is a versatile addition to your bedding. You can use it with a blanket, quilt, or duvet to add a different style to your bed.

If you are looking for a new coverlet or other home bedding, browse our collection of quilts, blankets, sofa covers, and shower curtains.

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