Bedspreads or Comforters, Which Is Best for You?

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One of the key tasks in putting together a bedroom is the selection of some sort of bedspread. This often leads to one question that seems to pop up from time to time. Is it better to go with a bedspread or to invest in a comforter set? Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. This makes it necessary to decide exactly what you want from the options available before you can make the best selection. Here are a few thoughts that can help you decide which option would better compliment your bedroom.

In terms of warmth, a comforter is a clear winner over most bedspreads. The thicker texture of the comforter makes it possible to use fewer blankets on your bed. Most comforters are filled with material that is also relatively lightweight in nature. As a result, a comforter does not weigh down on anyone sleeping in the bed, a factor that may be important if the individual does not like the feeling of heavy covering.

Comforters also offer an advantage when it comes to making the bed in the morning. Because comforter sets normally come with pillow shams and a dust ruffle, all it takes to make the bed is to straighten the comforter and toss the pillows into place. For people who have busy lives and little time to devote to routine household tasks, the comforter is a great way to leave the bedroom neat and tidy without investing a lot of time.

A comforter is also likely to fit into more contemporary room designs than a bedspread. Often, the fluffy texture of a comforter adds a touch of softness to contemporary room designs where there are many angles and furnishings that may be more simplistic in design. The texture of the comforter helps to ease the severity of the lines around the space and help the room to look more inviting and attractive.

While comforters do offer more warmth and convenience, there are several good reasons to go with a bedspread. One has to do with the practical matter of upkeep. Many types of spreads can be laundered in the home washing machine, then dried in the dryer or hung on a clothesline outside. By contrast, many people take comforters to professional laundries or cleaners, a task that takes time as well as money. The ease of maintenance makes the bedspread a more practical option for beds assigned to children.

There is also the matter of purchase price. While it is possible to buy inexpensive comforter sets as well as expensive bedspreads, you should keep in mind that a good quality bedspread does not usually cost as much as a good quality comforter. This may be an important factor if the bedroom decorating is being done on a tight budget. Since both spreads and comforters come in all sorts of patterns and colors. It is possible to find an affordable bedspread that is attractive as well as cost efficient.

In some decorating schemes, the bedspread emerges as the clear winner. This is often the case when the room is decorated using period furniture. For example, rooms that feature an iron bed from the early twentieth century should look more at home with a bedspread than a comforter set. The spread is also a better option if the idea is to create a minimalist feel to the space. This is because bedspreads tend to be flat or feature only a limited amount of elements to add texture; it preserves the lines of the room without imposing angles that may clash with the general look and feel of the space.

For some people, the selection of a bedspread or a comforter has nothing to do with the d├ęcor of the space, or practical matters such as warmth or cleanliness. Often, the choice is determined by nothing more than the personal preferences of the individual. People who grew up in homes where comforters were routinely used on the beds tend to think in terms of comforter sets when selecting their own bedding. At the same time, people who were raised in homes where bedspreads were the norm often look to what is familiar when beginning to shop for their own bedding.

With this in mind, look at what you want to get from your choice of bedding. Do you love the feel of a comforter? Perhaps you are the practical type who prefers to toss the bedding into the washer rather than take it to the cleaners. By examining your own desires for the space, it can be relatively easy to determine which type of bed covering brings you the most satisfaction. Both the bedspread and comforter are both great options but it mostly comes down to aesthetics or the amount of warmth needed.

Cynthia Andrews is a freelance writer who writes about home decoration, often discussing a specific item such as bedspreads.

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