How to Buy Quilts & Sets
When most people think of quilts, they think of small fluffy bundles that are either made of cotton or a polyester/cotton blend. While this is true of most quilts and sets, there are several other options available when it comes to choosing the material for your quilt. If you do not know much about quilts, or if you are looking for something more unique, then you may want to consider a set instead of a single piece quilt. Quilts & Sets are often much more versatile, have greater durability, and come in a wide variety of fabrics, including cotton, polyester, and even terrycloth. Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing a set of quilts to curl up with:
- Choose a solid color. While you may have loved a pastel or bright colored quilt as a child, there is now a wider range of colors to choose from, including pinks, blues, purples, tans, and oranges. These brighter colors will not fade like the colors you used to love, and you can keep them looking nice for many years to come. Another advantage is that by using solid colors, you will generally get a better value by shopping for a set instead of a single piece.
- Do not be afraid to mix and match. One of the great things about quilts and sets today is the ability to mix and match colors, patterns, and styles. While a single quilt may be all white, you can change the needles, the filler, the backing, and more without much effort. You can also vary the size of the blocks in a quilt, creating a larger or smaller piece for less money. Mix and match you get more choices, and you save money.
- Think about the material. If you are buying a quilt for yourself, think about whether you would like to have natural fibers, synthetic fibers, or a combination of the two. For example, a pure cotton quilt is nice if you are allergic to synthetic materials. There is also a difference between fabrics like flannel and chenille, which is much warmer. Synthetic materials, while lightweight and cheap, can also be heavy and hard to wash, making it a poor choice for some types of quilts.
- Quilts & Sets often come with matching receiving blankets. Look for these when you are purchasing your new quilt. Some companies even have matching tote bags, as well as other similar items. This makes it easy to carry around your quilt set while still keeping your hands warm, and your clothing dry. Not only is this good for using at home, but you can use these on a cold winter's night, too, giving you plenty of time to make your way to your cozy bed.
- Look for quality. Quilts & sets generally cost more than one piece of garment separately. A high quality blanket will be stitched together better and will have fewer flaws. If you are buying online, look for reviews of the manufacturer, as well as customer comments about their quilt. It is also a good idea to check out the company's history. If it has been around for a long time, chances are you'll be getting a good product.
- Be careful when choosing your material. Quilts & sets are commonly made with polyester fiber, a man-made fiber that can irritate sensitive skin and doesn't breath very well. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, you may want to consider another type of fabric, or a different kind of quilt altogether. Linen and cotton are two great choices when it comes to quilts, especially since they are naturally flame retardant, meaning there is little chance for allergic reactions.
- Finally, always check to see if the company ships their quilts. Some companies only ship via UPS or FedEx. This can affect your order, as these services offer overnight shipping. Other companies offer same day shipping, but may charge extra for this. It's important to find a company that offers fast delivery times, and is easy to work with, so you won't have any problems later on.