What Is a Fitted Sheet

What Is a Fitted Sheet

When it comes to bedding, every little detail counts for the ultimate comfort, and the bedding makes no exception. Do you sleep cool? Do you like your sheets to be tightly tucked in? Are the fitted sheets a better option than the flat sheets? How to tell the difference?

Are all the sheets the same?

The variety of mattresses is impressive, which is excellent as finding one that matches your needs completely is possible. Apart from the side that you may get confused with all the diversity, finding the sheets matching the mattress of your dream is another process to face. The more you know about the sheets, the easier is going to decide which type should you choose so that you can get the best out of your mattress.

What are the fitted bed sheets (in a nutshell)?

Fitted bed sheets


Fitted bed sheets are big pieces of fabric that are designed to fit tightly over a mattress. Thanks to the elastic band sewed into the seam of the fabric, a fitted sheet isn’t going to come off your bed, no matter how much you may be fussing at night.

It’s the elastic within the build that makes the sheet capable of hugging the corners of the mattress. You can move and fuss throughout the whole night, as the fitted sheet is going to stay in place.

What are the benefits of fitted sheets?

Even if staying in place is enough of a reason for most of us to get fitted sheets, here are the main advantages of this type of sheets:

  • Protection

A fitted sheet is going to protect the mattress for regular wear and tear, expanding its lifespan. When we mean wear and tear, we include various types of stains (food, liquids, or bodily fluids), tears, and rips.

We all know that the mattress is the priciest part of the bed and it should last for at least ten years, but you do need to take good care of it

  • Snug fit for creating a smooth sleeping surface

As long as the fitted sheet matches the size of the mattress, you shouldn’t worry about the sheet shift away from its corner, but rather fit tight with no wrinkles whatsoever. You need to measure the bed and the fitted sheet correctly, pulling the sheet snugly over all edges of the mattress. Your goal is to obtain a flat and smooth sleeping surface.

  • Easy removal

Despite the fitted sheet fitting snugly over the mattress, you should only need to pluck one of its corners for removing it. The easy removal speeds up the things on the laundry day. Remember how difficult is to remove the quilted mattress cover? Not only that it’s heavyweight, but it’s also strenuous to remove it, mainly when it’s covering the whole mattress.

It’s not a big deal to launder the fitted sheet at home, so no need to go to a pricey dry-cleaner. You only need to go over the cleaning instructions of the fitted sheet.

What’s the difference between the fitted and the flatbed sheets?

flatbed sheets

Flatbed sheets are also impressively large pieces of fabric that you may spread over the mattress. Unlike the fitted sheets, the flatbed sheets don’t have elastic for fitting snugly over the corners of the bed. They feature a stitched seam around the margins, not allowing the fabric to unravel at night.

The majority of flat bed sheets are made of threads woven together for resulting the large piece of material, which explains the seam on the margins.

The flat sheets are more versatile than the fitted sheets as you may tuck them under the mattress for a snug fit or lose on the bed. The main downsides come from the fact that the flat sheet may get untucked from you moving at night. More often than not, it’s going to become all tangled around your legs and feet. A light sleeper is going to feel the discomfort fast, trying to “escape” from it in the morning.

Without insisting on the details too much, here’s why you should use flat sheets:

  • They ensure efficient temperature control
  • You can use it for protecting the fitted sheet and the comforter
  • It acts as a barrier for the skin against skin allergens or regular irritants.

How to choose your fitted sheets?

It’s useless to pay an impressive amount of money on a mattress if you’re using lousy sheets that make you fuss and turn throughout the whole night.

Here are some aspects to take into consideration when you go shopping for fitted sheets:

  • Select the right size of the sheets, matching the mattress perfectly.

When the corners don’t fit right, they’re not going to work on the mattress. If you own a double bed, you should always buy the double bed fitted sheet.

  • Check the height of the mattress too.

The height of the mattress counts as well, and the fitted sheets need to be deep enough. Are you also using a mattress topper? If so, don’t forget that the mattress is going to become higher, rending the need for the fitted sheets to be deep enough for both the bed and the mattress topper.

  • Look for high-quality materials for the sheets

Cotton blend and 100% Egyptian cotton bed sheets feel soft against the skin and present better ventilation than 100% synthetic fabrics. It’s not very complicated to take care of this type of fitted sheets.

  • Take a look at the colors too

You want the fitted sheets to coordinate with the colors of the items of the bedding. White and cream are highly popular as they’re straightforward to match with various color combinations. A creative consumer can also have a go at some with the more colorful options, as they are so many.

  • The details

You can find fitted sheets that come with elastic all the way around, whereas others may only have elastic at the corners. It all depends on how tight you want the fitted sheets to stay on your mattress.

Some sheets also feature useful labels that list the mattress size they match, eliminating the risk of you trying to fit a double sheet onto a California King size. Another label and also show which corner you should begin with covering. Rotating the sheet a couple of times until you get it right is no fun way to spend your night.

How to fold a fitted sheet?

fitted sheet

One of the biggest challenges when it comes to the fitted sheet is folding. Somehow, it’s the price we pay for the tight fitting.

To make it easier for you, here are the steps to take for doing it right:

  • Stand up and hold your sheet by two close corners of one of the shorter margins. Make sure that your fitted sheet is inside out and continue with placing one hand in both the two corners.
  • Move the right hand to the left, folding the corner from the right hand over the left corner. If you’re doing it right, the edge on top should be right side out on this step.
  • Reach down and take the corner that is close to the one it was in the right hand (it’s supposed to be hanging in front). Continue with folding it over the left two corners. The third corner should be inside out.
  • Get the last of the corners up, folding it over the other corners. Is it right-side out? If so, you’re doing great!
  • Place your folded sheet on a flat surface; remove any wrinkles, and shape it down nicely.
  • Continue with folding the two margin so that you can no longer notice the elastic.
  • Go on with folding the sheet into a rectangle and folding until you get the intended size for the square.

Should you iron the fitted sheets? If so, what’s to remember for best results?

Ironing the fitted sheets may be as annoying and challenging as folding them. As long as you’re patient and determined about it, it shouldn’t be challenging to do it:

  • Begin in the corner

Hold one of the corners in your hand, pulling it over the small end of your ironing board. It’s better that you begin on one side of the corner, ironing it with medium heat from the elastic to the corner point.

Smoothly side the corner over, ironing from the edge to the corner point until you’re done with smoothing the whole corner of the fitted sheet. Do it  for each corner.

  • Go to the middle as well

You also have to iron the middle part of the sheet. Adjust its placement on the ironing board and iron nice and smooth every elastic edge you meet. You can now turn up the heat and use the medium-high temperature setting. You can also use steam for getting rid of all the wrinkles.

The bottom line is that you should always begin with the corners on medium heat. You may not obtain the most perfect results, but you should iron the fitted sheet for eliminating the difficult wrinkles from the elastic corners.

What’s the final thought?

Fitted sheets are a great option to consider for your bedding, providing the smooth and perfectly flat sleeping surface that you’ve been dreaming. As long as you’re paying attention when buying, using, ironing, and taking care of them, you should be able to enjoy the benefits and minimize the downsides of fitted sheets!

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Other resources

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What is the purpose/benefit of a fitted sheet? – Soak&Sleep