Choosing the right bed linen for you can make all the difference in sleep quality. In colder climates, outer bed linen like quilts is both beautiful and functional. Soft and warm, quilts can make you feel like you're going to sleep in a fluffy, comfortable cloud. Once you find the right one for you, it's also important to practice good care and maintenance. Here's a primer on this essential bed linen accessory.
Do You Need a Quilt Cover?
In extra-cold weather, quilts are second to none in providing a good sleeping or lounging experience. Imagine a quilt or a plastic enclosure packed to plush perfection with fill like feathers, foam or down. This loose fill gives quilts an unparalleled advantage over other types of bed linen: lightweight and effective heat insulation.
Unlike comforters, however, quilts don't come with their own protective fabric layer. Much like a cushion needs a case for proper everyday use, a quilt calls for a quilt cover to keep it draped. Quilt covers are essential accessories for anyone who already owns or is considering purchasing a quilt insert for their home.
What Materials are Quilt Covers Made From?
Quilt covers come in a wide variety of fabric and fibres. The most common type you'll find at west elm are cotton quilt covers. Cotton is a highly attractive fabric for bed linen because it allows for increased breathability, which keeps your quilt fresh. Other options for materials include both natural and synthetic fibres like Belgian flax linen, flannel, silk, tencel and velvet. For maximum comfort and quality, look for high-thread counts.
The Benefits of Using a Quilt Cover
Quilt covers are the first line of defense to ensure your quilt insert lasts a long time. They protect your quilt against dust and accidental spills so you can enjoy a pristine sleeping environment.
Another undeniable benefit to quilt covers is the sheer versatility they provide. Outer bed linen like comforters come in one determined, unchangeable pattern. Quilt covers, on the other hand, allow you to customise your bedroom decor. Because quilt covers come in a wide range of colours and materials, you can completely transform your bed linen in a matter of minutes without having to purchase several quilts to take up your closet space.
Further, you can also use quilt covers on their own?that is, without first slipping them over your quilt?to double as sheets. Compact and lightweight, quilt covers keep you snug and cosy throughout your rest.
Lastly, quilt covers are very easy to clean. Quilt inserts are bulky, making the prospect of washing them impractical. Quilt covers, on the other hand, are hassle-free. In just a few minutes, you can slip the current cover off and encase your quilt in a fresh new one. Many quilt covers are machine washable, too, which is a welcome advantage for the modern homeowner.
Choosing a Quilt Cover
The first order of business is to make sure you get the right size quilt cover. Quilt covers don't always conform to conventional sizing like king, queen, single and single. If you're in doubt, take accurate measurements of your quilt and look at the sizing chart to find the closest match.
The fit is a balancing act. Ideally, your quilt cover will be loose enough so you can put them on without a fuss. All the same, they should also not be so loose that your quilt ends up sliding around inside the cover.
Steps to Put on a Quilt Cover
Putting on a quilt cover can seem like a tricky business, but it's surprisingly easy. Just follow these simple steps and it'll be a breeze.
1. Spread your quilt on a flat surface, like on top of your bed.
2. Turn your quilt cover inside out.
3. Slide your arms inside the quilt cover until you find the top corners on the opposite of the opening. By this point, your arms should be encased in the quilt cover.
4. With your hands still holding the corners of the quilt cover from the inside, reach toward the quilt itself and grab two corners of it.
5. With a firm grip on the corners of your quilt, slide the quilt cover around your arms down the quilt itself. As you do so, the cover will no longer be inside out.
6. Once you've slipped a portion of the cover on, give the cover a good shake until the quilt is firmly inside.
How to Care for Your Quilt
Change the quilt cover as regularly as you change your other bed linen and sheets. When it's time to wash, follow the instructions from the manufacturer. It's always a good idea to use neutral cleaning products and gentle solutions for your bed linen.