What Are Top Bed Sheets And Do You Actually Need One?
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Most, if not all elderly, feel that a bedding set isn't complete unless it includes top bedsheets or flat bedsheets. Even though top sheets are just rectangular pieces of cloth that lie flat on your mattress and can be folded easily in their most basic form, some people believe that it is important to have top bed sheets or flat bed sheets to complete their bedroom.
In this article, we will discuss top sheets in detail to help you decide whether you should use one.
What Are Top Sheets?
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Top sheets or flat sheets are sheets that are meant to be placed on top of your bed. They can be tucked under the bottom corners of your bed to keep them in place as they are more likely to shift around. Compared to fitted sheets, flat ones don't always stay in place because they are not flexible and cannot grasp onto the bed properly.
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Top bed sheets are placed just below the comforter or blanket, and it is the material that will be used to cover your body when you sleep. Top sheets are placed underneath the duvet, which helps to keep the duvet and duvet cover clean and free of stains.
If you’re using a fitted sheet, a top sheet will also be able to protect the bottom sheets. You just have to place it over your fitted sheet and beneath the duvet. A top sheet can also serve as a protective layer for your primary bedding - whether it be a comforter, duvet, or blanket.
The top bed sheets also provide the top covering with an extra layer of protection separate from the body. You can use a top sheet to protect the most costly top covering from staining or ripping if you have been hurt or have skin conditions that result in excessive sweating.
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A top sheet might assist sleepers in maintaining a comfortable body temperature. Top sheets can help you regulate your temperature, which is a prominent feature and notable benefit. They are a pleasant addition that can absorb dampness and excess moisture.
Moisture-wicking bedding allows you to sleep better, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed and renewed. On humid, hot evenings, a top sheet may effectively keep you safe from irritants. Moreover, moisture-repellent characteristics are inherent in some textiles. Hot sleepers may avoid waking up soaked in night sweats, especially during summer.
At the same time, a top sheet can help you to stay warm during harsh winter months. A top sheet may provide not only more warmth and comfort to your bed but also additional protection for your delicate skin when used along with a thicker blanket or comforter.
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Top sheets will not remain in the same position, and will usually end up gathered or crumpled at the foot of the bed. This will cause anyone who is using a top sheet, to slow down in the morning when they make their bed. In this context, a fitted sheet can provide a more convenient and streamlined bed-making process.
Some people deem flat sheets unnecessary. So if you're very particular with the budget, these might not be a priority in your bedroom essentials list. Moreover, additional sheets mean extra laundry costs as well.
Should You Have A Top Sheet?
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Whether or not you should buy one boils down to your preferences. Top or flat sheets may not be an absolute necessity, but they can be beneficial when you want to:
- Keep your duvet covers clean and prevent them from becoming soiled
- Get a more relaxed and comfortable night’s sleep, especially when the temperatures are high
- Have sheets that are much easier to wash frequently, compared to duvets, for hygiene purposes
Common Materials Used For Top Sheets
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When it comes to choosing bed sheets, softness, smoothness, breathability, sustainability, and affordability are usually the top considerations. It is worth looking into each material to see which type perfectly suits your needs.
Here among the materials used to make top sheets and bedding sheets in general:
If you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, sheet sets made of soft materials such as TENCEL™, silk, cotton, or linen can help you relax through the silky feel of linen sheets that absorb moisture well from your skin. Thus, you should be looking for bed sheets that are ideal for sensitive skin.
A top sheet can keep symptoms to a minimum and protect you from dust or dry air, which can induce flare-ups when the cloth repels overnight water generated by night sweats or other causes.
Top Sheet Vs Fitted Sheet
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You may be wondering, what are the differences between a top sheet and a fitted sheet?
Top sheets are just rectangular pieces of cloth that lie flat on your mattress and can be folded easily in their most basic form hence they are also known as flat sheets. Meanwhile, fitted sheets, also known as bottom sheets, feature elasticated edges that allow them to be easily dragged over the sides and corners of the mattress by simply just folding and tucking to make a secure, tight-fitting sheet on which to lie down and sleep. However, due to the edges, they are difficult to fold nicely.
A fitted sheet, whether made of TENCEL™ fibers or long staple cotton, serves as a protective barrier for your bed. Its smooth feel and even surface offer you an additional layer of comfort while you sleep each night.
Top Sheet Vs Flat Sheet
A top sheet is the same as a flat sheet, but the top sheet is placed over the person sleeping on the bed. Flat sheets can refer to both top and bottom sheets. The bottom one protects the mattress, the top sheet protects the bed covers laid over it: comforters, blankets, quilts, etc. On hot nights or in warmer climates, top sheets can be used instead of blankets.
How To Use Top Sheets
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- Place the hem side of the top sheet at the head of the bed.
- Make sure that the seams are up, or the silky side is bed down.
- Pull your comforter, coverlet, or quilt up to meet and cover the top sheet evenly.
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Weavve's eco-friendly TENCEL™ Lyocell bed sheets are not only soft and silky smooth - they're also extremely cooling and moisture-wicking! Using fine single-ply threads woven into a 400 thread count fabric, these premium hypoallergenic sheets allow your skin to not breathe easily.
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