What is a Flat Sheet?

What is a Flat Sheet?

When creating the perfect luxury bedding ensemble for your bedroom, sheets are at the top of the list of things we love. Afterall, making the perfect bed starts with an amazing set of luxury sheets.  
No matter whether you like to make your bed at home using a luxury bed sheet set that contains a top sheet and a fitted sheet, or prefer to buy individual flat sheets vs fitted sheets; both offer a comfortable and cozy night’s sleep in your home bedroom. 
Before deciding which type of bed sheets will work best for you, it is important to know a little about what a flat sheet is used for and how to put a flat sheet on your bed. It is helpful to know what a flat sheet is, if you even need one, and if having a flat sheet on your bed is a good choice for you.

What is a Flat Sheet?

A flat sheet, also commonly referred to as a top sheet, was originally designed to be placed between you and the blanket on your bed. A top sheet is basically the same as a bottom sheet, except that it is placed over you when you sleep, and it is not designed with elastic corners like fitted bottom sheets.

While the bottom, often fitted sheet, protects the mattress, the top sheet protects the bed covers on top of it like blankets, duvets, and comforters. But there are also a variety of other uses for luxury flat sheets in your bedroom as well.

What is a Flat Sheet Used For?

Flat bed sheets can be used to protect your luxury bedding and mattresses and they can also give you a comfortable, soft surface to sleep on, but there are so many other ways to use these luxury bed sheets, as well. Here are a few ways flat sheets can be used in your bedroom for the ultimate comfort and design style.

How to Use Flat Bed Sheets in Your Home

  • Layer of Comfort – With the increasing popularity of duvets, flat sheets are now a popular choice to use as a luxury layer of comfort between you and your duvet or comforter.
  • Instead of Blankets – In warmer climates or during the summer months, many people use a luxury flat sheet instead of a blanket for a cool and comfortable night’s sleep.
  • Decorative Bedding - Flat sheets with decorative trim or borders should be placed on your bed upside down or folded down, so that when the bed is made, the decorative finishing of your beautiful sheets is displayed to highlight your bedding.   
  • Over Your Mattress – A flat sheet can be used instead of a fitted sheet directly over your mattress. Simply fold and tuck the corners under the mattress to make sure it stays in place well. 
  • As a Top Layer – Many people use flat sheets instead of a duvet cover or comforter as the top layer of their luxury bedding ensemble. Soft and luxurious top sheets make wonderful bed toppers that feel as good as they look.

Flat Sheet vs Fitted Sheet

When it comes to bed sheet sets, most typically contain a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and pillow cases. The sheets are commonly referred to as the top sheet and bottom sheet in the set. The bottom, or fitted sheets go directly over the mattress, so they are the sheet that you lie on. The top sheet, or flat sheet, goes over you and under a duvet, blanket or comforter.

Here are the main differences between a flat sheet vs fitted sheet to help you see which works best for you.

  • Flat Sheet – The flat sheet is most commonly used as a top sheet to cover up with and has been around since the 15th century when sheets were first invented! It is, by design, a simple rectangular piece of cloth that in addition to being used as a top sheet, can also be used as a bottom sheet, when tucked under the mattress as a luxury layer between you and the mattress.
  • Fitted SheetFitted sheets were invented in the 50's and were a huge success due to their ease of use vs flat sheets. Instead of being folded and tucked under the mattress like flat sheets, fitted sheets, included an elastic hemmed pocket to help keep the sheet firmly in place on the mattress to prevent it from becoming untucked.

When buying sheets, you are probably safe to estimate a size when choosing flat sheets, due to their loose and generous fit. It is important, however, to remember that you need to know the size of your mattress when buying fitted sheets, as they are made to fit the mattress size precisely. Most sheets can be purchased by twin, full, queen, and king sizes, which are created to fit most modern mattresses.

How to Put A Flat Sheet on a Bed

Properly putting a flat sheet on your bed is a pretty simple task. When using the flat sheet over your mattress, it should fit snugly over the mattress. Close attention is needed to ensure that the flat sheet is tucked between the mattress and the box springs, so it will not come unattached while sleeping. In addition, the flat sheet can be used as a top sheet, which can be added while making your bed, between the bottom flat or fitted sheet and the duvet or comforter.

A great bedding tip for how to put a flat sheet on a bed is to use the flat sheet for a unique and comfortable technique called triple sheeting. This is a popular technique with luxury hotels, where you layer your duvet between two luxury flat sheets, with a fitted sheet as the bottom layer. This provides the ultimate luxurious sleep experience, cushioned between luxury sheets and a divine duvet!

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