Custom Bedding – Duvet vs Comforter vs Bedspread – What’s the Difference?

So you’re ready to order new custom bedding and just not sure what’s what? Let’s go over the differences in types of bedding.

A comforter is quilted and comes just past the bottom of the mattress. It can be tacked evenly or completely quilted. Sometimes a pattern is “outline quilted”, where the quilting highlights the print of the fabric. Many quilting patterns are available. The batting inside can range from very thin to quite thick and lofty.

A duvet is like a large sack that you place the duvet insert into. There is an opening at the top of the duvet so the insert can be removed and replaced easily. Ties hold the insert in place. The opening uses either buttons or an invisible zipper closure. (I prefer the invisible zipper.) Duvet inserts come in a variety of weights and warmth. A duvet can have a more relaxed look on your bed, as the duvet insert “floats” on your bed.

A Bedspread typically comes all the way to the floor and does not require a dustskirt. It is usually quilted in the same manner as a comforter. A new Skirted Bedspread style has become popular over the last few years. This uses flat fabric for the surface of the mattress (quilted or unquilted) with a gathered skirt falling from the edge of the mattress to the floor. It provides a more graceful look and adds a look of softness to the bedding.

All bedding styles can be made formal or casual, with multiple fabrics and trims, or kept clean and simple. Coordinate pillows and throws to make your bed a beautiful focal point in your room!


Quilted comforters provide a beautiful and easy covering.


A Duvet gives a clean look without quilting lines of a comforter.