Reaching for a bedspread during the night can be an uncomfortable experience.
If you do sleep with a bedspread, you probably use it as your sole source of warmth when feeling cold without extra layers on.
However, this behavior can lead to discomfort and problems due to the humidity your body produces when you sleep.
If you don’t want to toss your bedspread out but have a comforter or blanket that’s warm enough for you on its own, consider stashing it in a basket, closet, or storage bed during the night.
Your bedspread will appreciate the rest and you’ll find it much easier to reach for something that’s not as cumbersome at night.
This blog post provides tips on what you should do with your bedspread when it’s time to sleep.
Do you sleep under a bedspread?
Some people love bedspreads, some don’t care either way.
However, it’s not always clear what are the pros and cons of using a bedspread.
Why you should use a bedspread:
Bedspreads can help keep your comforter clean by covering it up, so if you have kids or pets, this is an advantage.
It also adds color to the room and decoration. If you enjoy redecorating your home, this is an advantage as well.
Why you should not use a bedspread: Bedspreads are often woven, so depending on the material, they can make your duvet too warm or be uncomfortable.
Also, if you have a comforter, there’s no need for an extra layer of cloth unless the temperatures are extremely low such as during the winter.
I’m generally cozy with or without a bedspread, but if I were to use one, it would have to be a lightweight cotton bedspread.
Although a bedspread can add a lot of color to a room, I prefer lighter colors so it’s not overwhelming.
It’s really a personal preference, so you should decide for yourself whether or not to use a bedspread!
What to do with bedspread at night
I don’t know what your night routine looks like, but there comes a time every morning when in my sleepy haze I’m staring face-to-face with the bedspread. The bedspread and I, we’ve not been very good friends in the past.
The way it falls to the sides of my bed is more like a curse than an accident. A punishment for something I must have done wrong. It has plagued me for years now. After all, if you aren’t supposed to look, and it’s keeping me awake, what choice do I have but to stare?
Let’s just say it’s not a pretty picture. I can’t even describe it to you in words, or you might be able to see it with your mind’s eye.
In some cases, the bedspread is tightly tucked around the mattress as if this were some kind of military academy. In other cases, it’s been pulled to one side and a little foot is peeking out from underneath. I think an air bubble might even be trapped under there somewhere. Given half a chance, that thing would suffocate me.
Fortunately, there is a solution. And like the bedspread itself, it’s something I was skeptical about before I tried it myself. But now that I’ve gone down this path, I can honestly say my life has never been better. The secret was getting rid of the bedspread entirely.
I know it sounds crazy, but just think of all the benefits. You’ll finally be able to tuck in your sheets tightly with a sense of satisfaction you haven’t felt since childhood. The air circulation under your blanket will leave you feeling cozy and warm instead of trapped. And I can’t stress this enough: no more bedspread in your face.
For the skeptics who would not like to take this journey with me, I understand where you’re coming from.
You can still try the bedspread alternatives like adding a duvet or comforter to your bedding ensemble.
In this case, instead of forgetting about completely, fold it up neatly and place it in any of the following:
- basket or plastic storage bins
- chest or storage bed
- closet or wardrobe
- shelf or storage headboard
How to use a bedspread to adorn a bed
A bedspread is the best way to dress a bed for summer or winter.
A bedspread should be first washed, dried, and ironed before dressing your bed.
Most comforters need to be dry cleaned; because of this method’s hassle, it is common to wash the spread either every time you change your sheets or once every three months.
For cleaning, one must use a relatively mild soap and wash the spread without any bleach.
After washing, it should be dried in an electric dryer on low heat; air drying will cause your bedspread to shrink and lose color.
Once washed and dried, it can be ironed using a steam setting or with a warm iron (not hot enough to melt the fabric). After ironing, it is ready to be placed on your bed.
A single bedspread can also be used in a child‘s room if it is not too big for the bed.
When buying a single bedspread for a child or a guest room, make sure that its pattern does not overwhelm a smaller space.
Also, be sure to keep it simple because a child or guest will likely not appreciate the amount of detail that goes into an adult bedspread.
Most bedspreads have either a cotton or polyester cover with another layer of insulation, usually down feathers for warmth and comfort, in the interior layers.
The beauty of this type of spread is that it can be used as a blanket and comforter in one.
Bedsheets and blankets must all be washed frequently, but they cannot provide the same warmth and texture as a bedspread.
If you want to dress your bed without spending too much time on cleaning, invest in a good quality bedspread.