What’s the better way to make your bed, with a flat sheet or without? This is the great bedding debate.
Whether you swear by perfect American-style hospital corners or whether you join the Europeans in asking, “what’s the point?” we know everyone has strong opinions on this bed linen. Before we settle this debate once and for all, let’s get on the same page about what the purpose of a flat sheet and a fitted sheet really is. First, we need to answer the important questions: What is a fitted sheet? And what is a flat sheet?
What is a Fitted Sheet?
Less controversial than the flat sheet, the purpose of the fitted sheet is to cover the mattress. When covered in an organic Boll & Branch Fitted Sheet, you can ensure a soft, smooth sleeping surface. Plus, firm elastic and deep pockets ensure a snug fit on even the most plush mattresses!
What is a Flat Sheet?
The Boll & Branch Flat Sheet, also called the top sheet, is placed on top of the fitted sheet, and in between yourself and your blanket or duvet cover. Its purpose is both to keep you warm and to protect your blanket or duvet cover from getting dirty. However, it does take some extra time to make your bed, especially if you like to tuck in both sides. And if you’re sleeping with a flat sheet, you’ll of course want to make sure you’re washing it regularly, like you would with the fitted sheet.
The Great Debate: Flat Sheet vs. Fitted Sheet
On one hand, sleeping without a flat sheet helps remove an extra step in making your bed and gives you one less sheet to wash on laundry day. But without using this protective layer between yourself and your duvet cover, that means you’ll need to wash your duvet cover more frequently. What difference does it make sleeping with or without a flat sheet? We surveyed the Boll & Branch staff and asked them to tell us which sleeping method they prefer. Here’s what we found.
Flat Sheets by the Numbers
The majority of the Boll & Branch team is in the pro-flat sheet camp. And we agree with our sleeping partners—at least most of the time.
Do you sleep with a flat sheet?
Does your partner agree with your bed-making style?
We Like Routine, But We’re Also Open-Minded
Many of us choose our bed-making methods simply because we’ve always done it this way. But we’re not 100% stuck in our ways either!
When did you start making your bed this way?
Would you ever change your mind and make your bed a different way?
The Pro-Flat Sheet Argument
“The flat sheet is smoother and cooler than a blanket. Love it!”
The Anti-Flat Sheet Argument
“Since discovering the ease of not using a flat sheet, I have become more inclined to make my bed this way. And it helps if a you’re a hot sleeper.”
Our Sheet Sets are the best value, as they come with a Fitted Sheet, a Flat Sheet, and Pillowcases. You can make your bed both ways and decide what you like.
Finally, no matter which way you make your bed, you’ll need a Duvet Cover to finish the final look.