If you’re after luxury in the bedroom you’ll need to layer up. A bedspread or quilt offers a smart, clean-lined finish that a duvet set cannot.

Go traditional with silk or velvet for the most elegant of bedroom schemes; embrace the boho look with a multicoloured floral number; or go contemporary with graphic patterns in chic monochrome.  

Whichever style you choose, you’ll need to consider the weight of the fabric and thickness of the bedspread, just as you would a duvet’s tog rating depending on the seasons.

Some of the velvet quilts we tested were surprisingly lightweight while others were positively fidget-proof under their snug heaviness.

Ever wonder why you manage the best sleep in a hotel bed? We’d wager it’s the heavy bedspread.  

Think about sizing, too: most double quilts are a perfectly square 200x200cm, meaning they’ll stop short of the pillows if you allow for a 40cm drop along the sides and foot of the bed – great if you’re going for a layered look complete with breakfast pillows and scatter cushions, not so much if you’re after a clean silhouette, so make sure you opt for an oblong style if you want to cover up the pillows, too.  

Either way, it’s a doddle to make the bed every morning with the addition of a bedspread. Simply throw it over, smooth it down and it’ll give you instant structure. Because your bed is never fully dressed without one...

Made Agadir cotton reversible bedspread, grey and saffron yellow: £99, Made  

Sizes: 200x200cm 

Despite its roaring success, Made hasn’t forgotten its roots and continues to bring its pool of talented designer-makers into the spotlight. In this case, it’s textiles designer Niki Jones, whose graphic Seventies-inspired prints we love. Doublesided, the bedspread offers two-for-one style: vibrant saffron backed with soft grey and finished with a neat ballet pink hem. The bedspread is hand-stitched in India, giving a nod to traditional kantha quilts. Light, bright and infectiously cheery.  

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Soak & Sleep silver and grey ultimate silk bedspread: From £170, Soak & Sleep  

Sizes: 150x200cm, 220x240cm 

Almost impossibly soft, this classic bedspread is made from pure mulberry silk with a cotton backing that cleverly keeps it in place on the bed. The height of modern glamour, its muted metallic sheen is elegant without being glitzy and catches the light beautifully. We couldn’t wait to dive into this one for a guaranteed good night’s kip, and once we did, we tested its remarkable claim to withstand a 40 degree wash. Sure enough, it emerged as good as new.  

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Urban Outfitters yellow floral quilt: £115, Urban Outfitters  

Sizes: 200x200cm 

It may be an uber cool fashion brand but we think Urban Outfitters shows its true colours with its bohemian homewares – and we’re all for it. Fellow hippies-at-heart will love this lightweight but cosy bedspread with its sunshiny colourway and William Morris-like floral print. And with its attractive square border, we found the quilt hangs off the bed beautifully, giving it structure. But it looks even better layered up with bright scatter cushions. 

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Content by Conran green pavillion bedspread: £100, Dunelm  

Sizes: 200x200cm 

An alternative to heavy velvet but no less glamorous, this 100 per cent polyester number offers instant art deco with its delicately embossed geometric pattern and rich emerald hue. Despite being on the slimmer side, we found the bedspread to be luxuriously substantial, keeping the heat in and allowing for a proper night’s slumber. It’s also super soft to the touch, belying its modest price tag. An affordable touch of Gatsby glam.  

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Damya reversible quilted velvet bedspread: From £159, La Redoute  

Sizes: 180x230cm, 230x250cm 

Unlike the square bedspreads we tested, both the king size and double offer extra length, allowing for a neat hotel style pillow tuck. Of course, this is a matter of taste but if you’re looking to make a real statement you’ll want your bed to be dressed from headboard to foot – and then some. We loved this thick, cosy quilt for its bold colour blocking: soft sage velvet backed with complementary cotton ochre. Change it up to suit your mood. 

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A by Amara hand appliqued cotton throw: £200, Amara 

Sizes: 150x220cm   

Contrasting with our crisp white ben linen, we found this rectangular quilt in chic charcoal grey works best when draped across the bed widthwise. Crafted from the softest cotton voile, the bedspread not only gives a luxurious layered look, but adds texture, too. This one might be on the pricier side but the devil’s in the detail: its beautifully hand appliqued floral motifs mean there’s deceptively more fabric for your buck. It’s as cosy warm as it is irresistibly tactile.     

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Urban Collective structured bedspread, petrol: From £119.99, Urban Collective  

Sizes: 160x240cm, 240x260cm  

Urban Collective’s cool, understated homewares are a dream if Scandi-minimalism's your thing, and it’s easy to see why. The structured bedspreads, made from 100 per cent organic cotton, are beautifully soft with an inviting crumpled texture. The perfect choice for warmer nights, we found this lightweight bed throw to be a very welcome addition. Available in a range of creatively-named muted shades from keepsake lilac to deep lichen green. Cool in more ways than one.   

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The French Bedroom Company Angelic white bedspread: £62, The French Bedroom Company 

Sizes: 130x180cm 

Chic and timeless, The French Bedroom Company’s offering comes in snow white embroidered cotton finished with a feathery frayed edge. Adding an inviting textured layer to any bed, this versatile throw looks great at the foot of a double and will go with virtually any bed linen, whether classic or contemporary. We loved its bumpy diamond design, and unlike most spot clean only bedspreads, this one’s machine washable at 30 degrees. A win for keeping the whiteness.

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Toast quilted velvet throw: £225, Toast  

Sizes: 140x220cm  

The first thing that strikes you about this substantial throw is its obvious quality. Hand quilted in the softest cotton velvet, and backed with pure linen to ensure it doesn’t slip off the bed, attention to detail is everything. Of course, we’d expect nothing less from luxury brand, Toast, where the homewares are always thoughtfully designed and well crafted. We loved this decadent, jewel-hued layer in the bedroom, turning our nest from humble to regal in one fell swoop.  

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Harlequin demoiselle velvet bedspread throw: £189, Very 

Sizes: 170x220cm  

If you’re after chic, unpretentious glamour in the bedroom, this cotton velvet bedspread literally has you covered. Its bumpy quilted texture is created from fine pinstripe stitching while its soft metallic sheen turns the charcoal an alluring silvery grey. Another modern throw with echoes of art deco elegance, we loved this bedspread for its simple design and oblong shape, which allowed for a clean and contemporary all-over drape on our double bed.  

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Once Milano checked linen blanket: £303, Pamono 

Sizes: 140x220cm  

Think of gingham and images of circular tablecloths at the country fair are conjured – but that’s the red and white version. In black and white, the perennial print takes on a whole new meaning. Artisanal Italian brand Once Milano manages to make gingham homewares cool with this simple but striking checked linen bedspread. Beautifully hand crafted and wonderfully light, we love this altogether fresh take on the traditional.

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The verdict: Bedspreads   

Undoubtedly an investment piece, a decent quilt is rarely cheap but Made’s Agadir cotton reversible bedspread offers great value for money. And while many so called reversible products have an obviously inferior side, this graphic bed topper offers two equally arresting prints. It also manages to be both thick and lightweight, so you won’t need to pack it away in the summer months. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket  and you’re after something really special, however, Once Milano’s checked linen blanket is a thing of modern beauty, while Soak & Sleep’s ultimate silk bedspread has “wedding gift” written all over it.   

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