Bedspreads vs. Comforters

Bedspreads vs. Comforters

two beds, one with a bedspread and one with a comforter
The covering you put on your bed can affect the style of your bedroom as well as your comfort when you're sleeping. If you're trying to choose between a comforter and a bedspread, consider the differences between the two. The features of one may make it more appealing to you over the other. Read on to see whether a bedspread or comforter is the perfect choice for your bed.
two beds, one with a bedspread and one with a comforter

What Is a Comforter?

A comforter is a thick, warm bed covering made of breathable fabric casing that’s filled with insulating materials such as down, down alternative, or polyester. Polyester is the most popular fill type for fashion comforters, while basic comforters often use down or down alternative.


What Is a Bedspread?

A bedspread is a lightweight, decorative bed covering that can be used alone in warm weather or as a decorative addition to a comforter in cold weather. Bedspreads are ideal bed coverings during spring and summer months and add an extra element of style to your bed during fall and winter.


Warmth & Weight

The main difference between a bedspread and a comforter is that comforters are more insulated. This means that a comforter has more height and offers more warmth. A bedspread offers some warmth, but it might not be practical for cold weather. Owning both a bedspread and a comforter is smart for staying cozy in different seasons.


Shape & Size

Bedding can change the look and shape of your bed. For a crisp look, a bedspread drapes well and conforms to the shape of your bed. Comforters offer a billowy look that softens the shape of your bed and adds height. Size-wise, both bedspreads and comforters are available in multiple bed sizes.


Colors & Styles

Bedspreads and comforters offer style in different ways. Bedspreads provide more options by way of stitching and scalloped hems. With comforters, you can always dress them up with a duvet cover to add style to an otherwise practical piece of bedding.


Patterns & Stitching

Bedspreads often have quilt-like stitching that adds to the aesthetic and style of the bedspread. Comforters use box stitching to create insulated compartments for down or alternative filling.