Q&A: What is a coverlet?
Everyone knows the components of a great bed: sheets, duvet cover, pillowcases, and shams... but is that all? There's one aspect of a beautiful bed that's often overlooked: the coverlet. Have you ever wondered what on earth it is, why to use it, and how to style it on your bed? We've answered your questions below.
What does a coverlet look like?
Coverlets are single-sided blankets that are typically lightweight, and made from a woven or quilted material. You can often find coverlets folded underneath a duvet, or folded at the foot of the bed. You may already own one and not even realize it! They're known by many names - you may call yours a blanket cover, blanket, or matelasse.
Why should I use a coverlet?
From decorative to practical, the coverlet has many uses. Practically speaking, the coverlet acts as a good in-between between your duvet cover and sheets. It can be used as a lightweight blanket in the summer, or as a lighter-weight topper for warm sleepers.
It's also used for decorative purposes, especially when folded underneath a duvet. Quite simply, the more layers of texture you have on the bed, the more finished and inviting it will look.
How should I style my coverlet? Does it need to match my duvet cover?
This is completely up to you! However you choose to style it, a coverlet works by adding depth, complexity, and texture to your bed. We often style ours on a bed by placing it on top of your flat sheet, and tucked into the mattress. We then put the duvet cover on top, allowing the coverlet to peek out - adding a hint of style to your bed. It's the perfect finishing touch. It doesn't need to match - we love seeing your coverlet with an unexpected colour or material.