How to Layer a Coverlet Like a Boss
Posted on 02 September 2018
I was so excited to get my first coverlet for my master bedroom. I’ve used a duvet for our whole marriage (16+ years now) but am going to be honest, I wasn’t sure exactly what a coverlet was and how it was used but when I spotted this Herringbone Pattern Coverlet on Linens & Hutch, I decided to give it a whirl.
I did some research on layering a coverlet to see what I preferred but since I love my existing duvet, I figured out how to layer a coverlet with a duvet to fit my style. I’m definitely not a professional bed maker but I do love an inviting bed and now mine is super cozy. If you’re looking for tips to style a coverlet too, hopefully this helps you!
What is a Coverlet?
Is a coverlet a quilt, a comforter, why are there so many names for blankets!? A coverlet is simply a lightweight, non-reversible bedspread. It’s typically woven or quilted. The purpose is to add a decorative layer over thicker comforters or duvets. Since they often have a thin layer of batting in them, you can use it as your main blanket over sheets. I get cold easy so I prefer my duvet, even when it’s triple temps at midnight here in Phoenix. #whatswrongwithme
How to Layer a Coverlet
After playing with different looks, I decided the look I prefer is to simply triple fold a coverlet and lay it across the duvet-made bed. The Herringbone Quilted Coverlet provides texture to the bed and dresses it up. I love how bright the bedding is now and the muted pinks from the sheets. Want to copy the look? Here’s a step-by-step on how to layer a coverlet with a duvet:
- Place the fitted sheet on the mattress, making sure it’s nice and tight.
- Lay the top sheet (design side down) over the fitted sheet. Tuck the bottom corners in, if you prefer, I like mine open for my feet to “breathe”.
- Lay the duvet over the top sheet.
- Triple fold the coverlet, lay across the middle of the bed.
- Fold back the duvet and top sheet 14-16″ down, making room for the pillows.
- Style your pillows to your preference.
Is that helpful? There are several ways on how to use a coverlet on your bed, this is the one I found easiest, to just add it to how I normally make my bed. If you want to sleep under the coverlet and not the duvet, I would simply swap places with the coverlet and duvet so your coverlet is folded down with the top sheet and the duvet is triple folded in the middle of the bed.