Now that you understand the bedding order, keep reading for more information on why we have fitted sheets and whether or not a flat sheet can do in a pinch. We also have some tips on the best way to put a fitted sheet on your bed when you don't have help, why we have different types of sheets, and whether they are interchangeable.
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Why Does a fitted sheet go on first?
A fitted sheet is a base for your bedding. While you can skip this step, it would mean sleeping on a bare mattress. Think about that for a minute.
How long do we keep our mattresses? Was the mattress you slept on last night purchased for you, or did you get it from a friend or inherit it from a family member? If you just moved into a dorm or a furnished apartment, do you think you want to sleep on that bare mattress? A fitted sheet protects you from other people's germs, something everyone is thinking more about these days.
Because of how fitted sheets are made, they stay put. This way, you don't go to sleep laying on a sheet and wake up on a bare mattress. A fitted sheet has elastic sewn into the four corners to allow it to grab the corners better and stay attached to your mattress.
The elastic is sewn on in such a way that it creates deep pockets to grab and hold your mattress. This keeps the bottom or fitted sheet in place, no matter how much you move in your sleep.
How does a fitted sheet go on a bed?
A fitted sheet is pulled taut and fitted around each corner to grip all four corners of the mattress for a good fit. Since some of the newer mattresses are slightly taller than the standard ones in the past, you can now purchase fitted sheets with a 'deeper' corner pocket. These deeper pocket sheets allow for a better grip on a taller mattress.
If you have a taller mattress, it is essential to buy the correct sheets. Otherwise, they may pull off during the night.
How do you put a fitted sheet on a bed by yourself?
It is easier to make a bed when you have another person to help you. Fitted sheets can sometimes be unruly. However, it is possible to put a fitted sheet on yourself if there isn't anyone around to help.
Match the Ends
The first step is to match the ends of the sheet when you pull it out of the laundry. Shaking the sheet out in front of you, match the short ends together. This will also help you layout the sheet on the bed correctly.
Give Yourself Space to Maneuver
If you've never put a fitted sheet on a mattress by yourself before, the best piece of advice is to move slowly. If you move too quickly or pull too hard, you can undo your work halfway through and have to start all over. Choose the end of the bed with more open space around it, so you have room to maneuver.
Tuck In Tightly
This ease of movement gives you the ability to make sure that both sides of the first end of your fitted sheet are very tightly tucked in. Make sure you pull the corner of the sheet down over the edge of the mattress and pull it taut. Then repeat the actions on the opposite side.
Smooth As You Go
Once you have both corners pulled over, now is the time to stretch the sheet out and pull the sheet slowly up towards the head of the bed, smoothing as you go. It is crucial to complete this at a steady pace because any sharp jerks might pull one of the corners off, and you will have to begin the whole process again.
As you reach the top of the mattress, gently pull the corner of the fitted sheet over one corner of the mattress and then over the other one.
Can I use a flat sheet as a fitted sheet?
Since fitted sheets exist, you might think that you have to use them. This is not the case at all. You've probably slept on a flat sheet that was masquerading as a fitted sheet many times and just never even knew it.
It might surprise you to learn that hotels use only flat sheets rather than both fitted and flat. More people don't ditch fitted sheets altogether because most sets of sheets include them. Because they buy in bulk, hotels have found a loophole to this.
While there are many reasons hotels use only flat sheets, the main one is probably economics. It takes more time to put a fitted sheet on, and a housekeeper would likely need help. Having to have two people to replace the bedding in every hotel room isn't cost-effective.
Also, a fitted sheet is more likely to tear when being removed quickly. Add in that a fitted sheet is harder to fold neatly so and would require more storage space. Finally, by using only flat sheets and only white, hotels ensure that they will always have the sheets they need on hand.
What is the point of a flat sheet?
As mentioned above, you can use a flat sheet for the bottom sheet, but primarily it is used as a top sheet. The flat sheet sits between the bottom sheet and the blanket, comforter, or bedspread. This provides comfort if your bedspread or blanket is made of a less comfortable material.
This sheet also keeps blankets, comforters, and bedspreads cleaner. Since these items are so much larger and more challenging to clean, this practice saves both your time and wear and tear on your comforter and washing machine.
Comforters, like the one above, are also much larger, and you might need to have it cleaned if it doesn't fit into your washing machine.
How do I make my fitted sheet tighter?
Now that you're an expert on the different types of bedding, here is one last piece of advice for your sleeping comfort. Over time, as your sheets are washed, the elastic may stretch and cause the sheets to loosen up on your bed.
To avoid this problem, you can use the sheet tighteners shown above. These hold your fitted sheet onto the mattress, plus they are adjustable so you to can pull them tighter or loosen them to accommodate an especially deep mattress.
Now that you have sorted out all the issues with your bedding, you might now be looking around at the rest of your bedroom and find it lacking. Check out some other great articles at HomeDecorBliss.com for ways to improve your bedroom: