Fitting snugly around the mattress, fitted sheets offer comfort and convenience in your bedroom, and with a huge range of sizes, colours and styles available they can also have a big visual impact on your sleeping space.
As mattresses and duvets come in different sizes, so do fitted sheets. That’s why you always need to check the size of your mattress and duvet before buying sheets. As a rule, fitted sheets come in single, double, king and super king sizes but the actual dimensions might vary by a few centimeters here or there. Check the labels on your mattress and duvet if you are not sure, or failing that, get the tape measure out and see what size your existing items are. Fitted sheets come with elasticated corners so there will be some stretch and give in the material, but they are only really supposed to fit snugly to the size of mattress for which they were intended.
How to choose styles for fitted sheets?
As well as different sizes, fitted sheets come in a huge selection of different colors, material choices and styles. A fitted sheet is technically the sheet that fits over the mattress, with the elasticated corners providing enough giver to fit snugly and hold tight even when sleeping. However, fitted sheets often come as a set with matching duvets and pillow cases. These sets will have a big impact in your bedroom, drawing the eye with colors and patterns. Better still, they can be quickly and easily changed, so having a few sets is a great way to mix things up with your bedroom design scheme.
The advantages of fitted sheets
The main advantages of fitted sheets are that they don’t come loose when you are sleeping. Unlike flat sheets which need to be neatly tucked under the mattress, a fitted sheet uses its elasticated corners to create a snug fit. This offers protection to both the sleeper and the mattress and helps to cut down on cleaning. It also makes it easier to change if you have bedside tables.
What is a fitted bed sheet?
A fitted bed sheet is one that comes with elasticated corners so that it fits snugly over the mattress and does not come loose. It’s an alternative to flat bed sheets which need to be tucked under the corners of the mattress.
What's the difference between fitted and deep fitted sheets?
Fitted sheets are generally the standard depth of most mattresses, which is usually around 20 to 25cm. However, some mattresses are designed to be much deeper depending on the materials used and the design of the bed. Deep fitted sheets are those designed to fit these deeper style mattresses.
How do you fold a fitted sheet with elastic all around?
It can be a little tricky to fold up a fitted sheet, as the elasticated corners and edges tend to curl up and not lie flat. The best thing to do is fold the sheet over in the middle and then again to make one neat corner. Then try as best as you can to fold in the elasticated edges and press flat before putting away.