Bedspread vs. Throw vs. Blanket: Decoding the Different Bed Covers

Decorative and functional, you can change your bed covers as often as you want throughout the different seasons. From bedspreads to throws and blankets, there is something to suit every taste and sleeping preference. 

Nonetheless, most of us spend our lives using the same sort of bed cover. As a result, we miss out on the benefits that the other types may bring. I’ll explain how the different bed coverings can provide a different kind of experience, so you know what you’re missing out on. 



If you’ve ever stayed in a luxurious hotel or a surprisingly well-decorated spare room, you’re definitely familiar with the bedspread. They are large, indulgent, style-focused material covers that frequently span the full bed and graze the floor. Bedspreads differ from other bedding toppers in that they are lavishly decorated, ornamental pieces that are more about creating an attractive look than anything else.

But despite their many bells and whistles, spreads also have a wealth of useful advantages. During the warmer months, this kind of bed cover, which is frequently lighter than throws or blankets, can be used as a lighter substitute for a quilt or duvet. In chilly environments and during colder seasons, they can also add a cosy layer of insulation.

You have many alternatives because bedspreads come in a variety of fabrics and styles. The style you select should represent both your preferences and the general design of the area. Ruffled and flowery bedspread options are perfect for adding a delicate touch to your decor. Some spreads are also more appealing with dust ruffles. For a more refined look, opt for a strongly textured cloth with a plaid or chequered pattern.

Cotton is the best material option since, unlike other textiles, it is soft and breathable. Because cotton keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, you can use your spread all year. It is a fantastic alternative for heavy use in busy families because of its ability to withstand multiple washings.

No matter the material you choose, make sure your spread is tightly woven. In addition to being more durable, tight weaves also wrinkle less than loosely woven weaves. Plus, make sure the fabric you choose is easy to maintain, otherwise, you will struggle to keep it clean. It’s common for spreads to end up on the floor during the night, so choosing one that can be easily cleaned or has stain-resistant features is a smart idea. 



Throws are the perfect thing to snuggle up with while taking naps. Thanks to their smaller sizes, throws are incredibly versatile too. You can put your favourite throw in the living room one day and then take it to your bedroom the following day. Furthermore, a throw is visually appealing. These trendy bed covers look wonderful on huge pieces of furniture, such as beds. Choose a distinct colour, a textured material, or a quirky design.

Can you cover yourself in bed with a throw? Typically, no. Throws by themselves cannot keep you warm on a chilly winter night, and they are also challenging to tuck in between layers of clothing. They are still the perfect amount of softness for a quick nap.

Throws aren’t designed to fit in between layers of bedding, so there are an almost infinite number of material options. Consumers frequently prefer a soft and fluffy fabric for their throws (which is why they make such excellent sleeping buddies). Watch out for these well-liked and plush throw blanket materials:

  • Wool: This hypoallergenic fabric is cosy yet breathable, offers increased warmth and durability, and lasts a long time if cared for properly. For these reasons, most of the throws you’ll find will be made of 100% wool. Wool throws featuring stylish plaid and pinstripe motifs can be great home décor pieces. 
  • Fleece is a polyester blanket fabric that seems fuzzy yet is silky smooth. However, fleece is a synthetic choice. And because they have less airflow than other materials, they are a better option for the colder months.
  • Cashmere: This is the term for luscious richness. Few textiles can compete with this material’s delicate touch and heat resistance. Just be cautious with this expensive fabric—it needs meticulous cleaning and maintenance. 

While throw blanket sizes vary, the usual size is around 130 cm by 150 inches. Extended-length throws featuring 20 cm or more can also be found to keep everyone’s toes toasty. It’s the ideal size for a midday nap or an armchair accent piece. 



Aside from small differences in size and purpose, blankets and throws are very similar. While throws are smaller, multi-purpose decorations that may be used in any room or outdoor environment, blankets are more commonly associated with the bedroom. 

They are made to serve as covering layers when you sleep on your bed, duvet or not. In essence, the only real difference between a throw and a blanket is that the latter is more decorative and practical, while the former is more concerned with function.

Instead of lumpy knits or fluffy fuzz, blankets often have a smooth and uniform texture, in contrast to throws. Your material options are thus limited to lighter materials like cotton, down, and synthetics. The best value is found in cotton because it is warm, breathable, and soft. For more comfort, use a blanket made of brushed organic cotton.

Do you want a blanket to keep you warm throughout the winter? The silky under feathers of ducks and geese, known as down, are perfect for the winter. Nonetheless, some sleepers could object to the added warmth or the lack of ventilation. The best materials for durable, affordable blankets are synthetics like polyester and acrylic. On the other hand, synthetic fibres are frequently rougher and even “squeaky.”

The purpose of bedding blankets is to completely enclose a bed. As a result, there is a specific match for each bed size. Although a blanket’s main purpose is to keep you warm while you sleep, you may also use it to decorate your home with amusing patterns or colours. The blanket can also be used as the bed’s top covering during the warmer months.

As you can see, there are many different styles of bed coverings. Each of these offers a unique set of advantages. Thus, consider which type would be best for you before making a purchasing decision.