Why use both a fitted and flat sheet?


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Some people prefer to use a flat sheet, some prefer not to.

As with many things in life, there is no right or wrong on this preference. There are benefits and drawbacks to each arrangement.

Why forgo the flat sheet?

  • A flat sheet is one more thing to fuss with when making the bed and one more thing to get tangled up in.
    • When traveling in Europe, you will find many hotels do not use flat sheets.
  • From a hotel’s perspective, this makes sense on a few levels.
    • Less merchandise to buy and inventory (hotels typically have 3 to 4 sets of sheets for every bed).
    • Fewer sheets to launder – which correlates to $$$.
    • It takes less time to make the bed – which correlates to $$$.
  • These hotels typically use a down comforter & duvet cover. The duvet cover gets washed with each new guest (or at least they should – if they don’t).
  • Sleeping without a top sheet takes a little weight off you & might feel less constrained.

A drawback with not using a flat sheet is the duvet cover will soil quicker. Therefore, it needs to be cleaned more frequently.

The benefit of using a flat sheet is, you don’t need to launder your duvet cover as frequently.

  • It is much easier to wash a flat sheet than a duvet cover.
  • Its more challenging to stuff a duvet and duvet cover, than placing a flat sheet on the bed.
    • If you are changing your bedding every week, this is something to consider. 

Many bed sheet manufacturers sell their products in sets so there is no choice - the flat sheet comes with the set.

  • At Vero, we sell our linens in individual pieces so you can select only the items you want.

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