The Difference Between Flat And Fitted Sheets

by Dylan Bowen August 17, 2022 2 min read

The difference between flat and fitted sheets

Finding the right bed linens and trying to work out which bed sheets are right for your bed can be tricky. In this blog, we are going to discuss the different types of sheets that are out there for you to choose from.

What is a fitted sheet?

A fitted sheet is a piece of material that have elasticated corners that are designed to sit on top of the mattress and underneath when you are lying in bed. The elasticated corners of the fitted sheet enable the sheet to be fitted tight around the mattress this is beneficial as it stops the sheet from moving around whilst you are in bed. The main purpose of a fitted sheet is to provide a layer between you and the mattress. This layer helps to keep the mattress clean and fresh which is important as mattresses are incredibly difficult to clean. Fitted sheets are much easier to clean and replace.

What is a flat sheet?

A flat sheet is a large sheet that is placed between you and the mattress. The purpose of a flat sheet is the same as a fitted sheet and that’s to protect the mattress. If you regularly change and clean your fitted sheet then your mattress should stay clean and fresh for longer. Flat sheets are also used for decorative purposes too, many people use them to help make their beds look more welcoming and cosy. Flat sheets also help to control your body temperature, they can help you feel nice toasty and warm when it’s cold and can be used on their own without the duvet when you are feeling warm and stuffy.

Do you need both?

The answer to this question is subject and entirely your own choice. The majority of people opt for fitted sheets as they are more secure and don’t move around but still have the option of flat sheets as more of a backup. There is a lot of debate on whether flat sheets are really necessary, with some people absolutely swearing by them and others thinking they are a complete waste of time. Regardless, of which you prefer whether that is fitted or flat I hope this blog has helped you differentiate between the two.

Dylan Bowen
Dylan Bowen


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