What are flat sheets?
Flat sheets are flat, simple, rectangular pieces of cloth that fold easily and lie completely flat on any surface. They are the normal day to day sheets we use in our homes.
What are fitted sheets?
Fitted sheets have elasticated corners that are designed to be pulled over a mattress to ensure a snug, making it tight and – they also do not lie flat and are difficult to fold. They are mostly used in hotels or hospitals although some people use them in their homes as well.
Fitted sheets are also known as bottom sheets while flat sheets can be referred to as top sheets.
What are flat sheets and fitted sheets used for?
Traditionally, fitted sheets are the ones used to cover and protect the mattress. These are the ones you lie directly on top of, and the only thing sometimes used beneath them is an additional mattress protector. Sometimes, people opt out of using the mattress protector and just use the fitted sheets instead.
Flat sheets on the other hand are traditionally placed on top of the fitted sheet, but beneath duvets and blankets. It is there to make the bed appear more inviting, and to protect the mattress protector if used from getting dirty.
How to choose between flat and fitted sheets?
Now you need to know how to pick the right flat and fitted sheets for you. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing your sheets.
- Size of your bed
The wrong sheet will not work because it needs to grip the bed properly. With fitted sheets, it is very important you choose the correct size to exactly match your bed.
If you have a double bed, for example, you will need a double fitted sheet. You also need to pay attention to the height of your mattress and whether or not you’re using a mattress topper. Thicker mattresses need deep fitted sheets to ensure the sheet fits around the mattress and stays in place.
Colour is important when choosing flat and fitted sheets, as they need to harmonise with the colours of the rest of your bed linen. Classic colours like white and cream are the easiest to match up with almost any colour scheme, making these the most popular.
However, you can create a variety of harmonising colour schemes with your bedding if you want to opt for something a little more exciting.
The good news is that flat and fitted sheets are easy to find in a wide range of colour collection.
Choosing high-quality cotton bed sheets for both your bottom sheet and the top sheet is very important for comfort, as your skin comes into contact with both.
Cotton blend and 100% Egyptian cotton bed sheets are soft on your skin and much more breathable than 100% synthetic materials, and are still easy to wash and care for.