Difference between Quilt and Comforter
By Theydiffer - June 6, 2016

How many times were you scolded back home after asking for something to cover yourself while you slept, and didn’t know whether it was a quilt or a comforter? Or did it ever happen when you were in a store, looking for something to spread on the bed and you didn’t know what to ask the shop assistant for? Well, then it’s time you knew which is which and how to tell them apart.


Close up of a white comforter, spread out on a bed

A comforter is a soft flat piece of bedding, filled with fibers, intended to keep us warm in winter and cool in summer. The filling can be wool, feathers, silk or polyester, while the shell of the comforter can be made out of cotton, silk or other fabrics and blends. Usually, the comforter needs a cover to insure its proper maintenance in view of prolonged use. The patterns of the comforters are wide squares or diamonds which allow the inner filling to stay soft and puffy. The cover is dyed and the pattern is not embroidered.

Quilt vs Comforter

So what is the difference between a quilt and a comforter?

While both are pieces of bedding, the quilt has more of a decorative role as it can be embroidered, it can have special and intricate stitching and other types of embellishments as it only goes on top and there are no worries about being affected by the accessories. The comforter is the practical piece and it usually needs a cover. The quilt can be placed on top of the comforter or can even be displayed in other places in the house. Both are quilted and can keep you warm, but comforters are thicker and can also keep cool during summer. Quilts can also have a symbolic value, can be given as gifts and are part of the culture and tradition of many countries.

Comparison Chart

Decorative piece of beddingPractical piece of bedding
Is a quilted three layered textile coverletIs a quilted coverlet with filling and a shell
Can have a variety of designs which are stitched over or embroideredThe shell cover is industrially dyed
Can be used to decorate other parts of the house such as the living room and can be hung on the wallsNeeds a cover for proper maintenance and is usually covered by the quilt
Most countries have a form of decorative quiltUsed by people around the world without having a cultural value