Flat Sheet Or Fitted Sheet: What’s the Difference?

Flat Sheet Or Fitted Sheet: What’s the Difference?

If you’re looking to understand the difference between a fitted sheet and flat sheet you’re not alone. It’s a common question we hear, but today after reading this blog you’ll know exactly which bed sheet is right for you.

What’s the difference between flat sheets and fitted sheets?
As their names suggest, flat sheets are flat, simple, rectangular pieces of cloth that lie completely flat on any surface. Fitted sheets on the other hand have elasticated corners that allow them to be pulled securely over a mattress and ensure a snug fit. Both flat sheets and fitted sheets actually serve two very different purposes, which we will now explain.

What are fitted sheets used for?
A fitted sheet(also known as bottom sheet) is traditionally used to cover and protect the mattress. This is the sheet you lie directly on top of, and the only thing sometimes used beneath them is an additional mattress stain protector. Due to the elastic edges, these sheets don’t fold very well for storage.

What are flat sheets used for?
A flat sheet(also known as top sheet) is traditionally placed on top of a fitted sheet to protect your duvet covers and blankets from getting dirty during sleep. You lie between the fitted sheet and flat sheet with the flat sheet acting as a barrier between your skin and the duvet cover. The idea here is that you wash the flat sheet regularly without having to wash the duvet covers so often. Additionally they serve a decorative purpose too, making a bed appear more welcoming, hence you rarely find a bed in a hotel without one.

Why do hotels use fitted sheets only?
Although flat sheets and fitted sheets have their own unique use case, you may have noticed that lots of hotels tend not to use fitted sheets - opting instead for two flat sheets. A flat sheet is perfectly capable of serving the purpose of a fitted sheet, so this is done for practical reasons. Fitted sheets with their simpler design, can withstand more wear and tear - no elastic to wear out. Additionally, with so many beds to make and sheets to launder, it’s just simpler from an inventory and logistics perspective to have uniform sheet types. A flat sheet can be Flat sheets can be easily pressed and folded whereas fitted sheets prove more challenging.

Should you buy a fitted sheet or flat sheet?
Now you know the difference between flat and fitted sheets, you need to make sure you’re choosing the right ones to suit your needs. With fitted sheets it is important you choose the correct size for your mattress, as the fitted corners will not work properly otherwise. If you have a double bed, for example, you will need a double fitted sheet. The rules with flat sheets, on the other hand, are a little more relaxed. Whether you’re using it as a mattress or duvet protector, you could get away with using a queen or king-sized flat sheet for a double bed.

If you’re looking for some new and more sophisticated bed sheets then you’ve come to the right place. We sell a variety of luxurious 100% Egyptian cotton and Mulberry silk bedding sets that really make your bed look and feel extra special. Take a look at our collection today, and don’t worry, all of our product descriptions specify whether the set comes with a flat sheet or fitted sheet!

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  • Cameron Campbell