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Q&A: What is a coverlet?

Au Lit Q&A

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.

Lavato Houndstooth Grey Coverlet

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.

Large Waffle Slate Coverlet

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.

Lavato Spino Sand Coverlet

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.