When we talk about complete bedding, this automatically includes the fitted sheet. If the theory is that all models look the same, this is not the case from a practical point of view. The difference is not only in size and colour. Here are the essential tips to make a purchase perfectly suited to your needs.
The different existing materials
You should know that fitted sheets made in UK or abroad are made from natural or synthetic textile fibres.
Cotton is at the top of the list, thanks to its ability to absorb moisture. It is a soft textile that can be used in any season. Its only downside is that it creases pretty quickly.
Egyptian cotton ensures the manufacture of quality house sheets. The touch is silky and pleasantly soft.
Natural (cotton) combed sheets have threads with increased resistance, which ensures great durability over time. The combing phase ensures the elimination of the shortest fibres.
The finite is recommended in the winter because it brings warmth to the sleeper. As the fibre is thicker, the sheet wears out more quickly than models designed in the materials mentioned above.
Cotton jersey is a soft material that helps protect the mattress. However, it can wear out quite quickly.
A symbol of refinement, silk is sometimes used to make high-end 40cm extra deep fitted sheets. It is an exceptionally absorbent material, pleasant to the touch and provides an incredible feeling of well-being. Silk fitted sheets are a little more expensive than more “classic” textiles. Linen is light, indestructible and breathable at the same time. It is advisable to take dimensions slightly larger than the bed as the fabric may shrink slightly in the wash.
Polyester is hard-wearing and wrinkle-resistant. However, it does not have the same absorption qualities as natural materials. It is, therefore, not recommended for people who sweat a lot during their sleep.
The satin fitted sheet is particularly appreciated by those who wish to sleep peacefully (provided they know how to sleep well ) without the risk of messing up their hair. It is also a very soft material. However, satin tends to slip.
Polycotton (a blend of cotton and polyester) is prized for its moisture-wicking quality. It also provides a good level of comfort. Regular replacement is recommended because wear and tear can appear more or less quickly, depending on the stresses to which your synthetic fitted sheet is subjected.
Several categories of fitted sheets
The fitted sheets have been designed to ensure the protection of the mattresses. However, this role can only be duly fulfilled if you opt for a model that fits your needs. For starters, there are classic fitted sheets. They are made to dress thick mattresses of 25 to 30 centimetres. The elasticated outline allows you to adjust the position of the sheet. Next, come fitted sheets for mattress toppers. Also called “topper mattresses”, these models are available in several versions to adapt to mattress toppers with a thickness of 8, 10 or 12 centimetres. If you have an electric bed with a lifting head, it will be imperative to offer you a fitted sheet with a split head. The angular height is also designed to adapt to changes in the bed’s position without the risk of accelerating the wear of the sheet.
The fitted sheet must have two splits at these precise levels if you have a bed with a liftable head and foot. You can adjust your position without fear of tearing your bedding accessories. You’ve probably heard of waterbeds before. Well, know that they need specifically fitted sheets. As the mattress deforms when you lie on it, it is essential that the cover is also extensible to adapt to these changes in shape.
Some sleepers combine thick mattresses and mattress toppers. In this case, you can get separate covers. Just turn to fitted sheets specially designed for “boxspring” beds. It is thus possible to cover a mattress + mattress topper set of at least 35 centimetres. Pay attention to the mattress protectors that come under your fitted sheet. These protections combine classic materials (especially on the edges) and waterproof materials. This is an excellent option to prevent liquids or stains from soiling your mattress, causing premature deterioration.
Thickness: fundamental element of fitted sheets
It is essential to offer you a fitted sheet fashioned in a thick textile. You cause friction that could quickly tear a thin fabric at the slightest change of position. But other elements refer to the notion of thickness.
Before making your purchase, measure your mattress accurately. The reference dimensions for the tray (top) of your standard cover: are 90 x 190, 140 x 190, 200 x 200, etc. The thickness of the mattress determines the depth of the cap. By “cap”, we mean the part that keeps the in place. It is, therefore, not necessary to take a height corresponding to the mattress’s thickness insofar as it is necessary to provide what is called return. This is the part that slips under the mattress and corresponds to an average of 5 to 7 centimetres more than the thickness of the latter.
If you have a mattress with a thickness of 23 cm, then you need a cap of 30 centimetres. Otherwise, you will find it challenging to hold your cover in place.
Choosing the suitable fitted sheet means selecting the material that suits you while opting for a model adapted to your type of mattress. Pay attention to the tray’s dimensions and the bonnet’s depth, ensuring optimal quality for your bed linen. In addition, it is strongly recommended to opt for a house sheet made in France. The manufacturing techniques will provide you with optimal well-being and guarantee excellent durability.