An old friend returns…
Now here’s a real blast from the past- the bedspread!
For those under 40 here’s a quick history lesson. The comforter has not always existed. Back in the olden days, this is what everyone had on their beds. The whole “comforter” thing started in the 70′s and it virtually brought an end to the popularity of the bedspread. As a result, they all but disappeared from retail stores. The only place you could find a real bedspread was in a cheap motel room, and you know how appealing cheap motel beds can be… Well, good news for all you old fashioned folks- nice bedspreads are back and actually surging in popularity. Here’s a quick run down of the pros and cons of bedspreads-
Pros- Bedspreads are easy to manage. Making the bed could not be easier. Just pull, fold and tuck and you’re done. You don’t need pillow shams or bedskirts.
Bedspreads are lightweight. This is especially nice for warmer climates and ladies of a “certain age”.
Bedspreads are easy to store. Since they are not big and fluffy, they can easily be folded and kept in the linen closet when not in use.
Bedspreads bring vintage charm. A simple bedspread looks fabulous on an antique bed. Just add a few vintage pillows, maybe an old quilt folded at the bottom- perfect!
Bedspreads are easy to launder. Well, at least they are easier to launder than a comforter. They can usually be thrown into the washer- but it will require a big one! Comforters often need dry cleaning which can be a pain.
Bedspreads have a graceful look. Traditional bedspreads have rounded corners at the foot of the bed. This gives a lovely drape that you just don’t see with a comforter or quilt.
Cons- Choosing a bedspread to fit your bed can be tricky. Since bedspreads generally are not used with bedskirts, it’s important to choose a spread that will hit at the floor or just short of it. This can be tricky due to the depth of your mattress. The old carpenter’s rule holds true here- measure twice, cut once. Or in this case, measure twice, order once.
Bedspreads are not fluffy. This could be a pro or a con actually. Just something to consider if you are switching from a comforter to a bedspread. Some people have a hard time giving up the nice cozy feel of a comforter.
Bedspreads are not reversible. Unlike most comforters, only one side of a bedspread is decorative. The backing is generally a plain white cotton or polyester fabric. Some styles, like the one pictured above, are woven so they do not have a separate backing, but the reverse side does not have the same decorative pattern as the front.
Well, these are the basic things to consider regarding bedspreads. If you would like to see a few cool styles, check out our Old Fashioned Bedspread department at Retro Barn County Linens. We have several American made classic styles to offer. Choose from classic matelasse patterns, the nubby textured American Tradition spread, or the new Shabby Chenille styles that will soon be available in lots of colors. Bedspreads are a classic that will never go out of style!