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How Often Should you Wash your Sheets?
There’s no definitive rule on how often to wash your sheets. However, think about this. You probably wear clothes once and wash them. It seems logical to wash the sheets at least every week. Exactly how often depends on your situation. However, unofficial studies have show that college students NEVER wash their sheets. So they may go 4 years or so (unless a parent steps in). And if you eat in bed, drink in bed or otherwise utilize your bed to its full capacity, you need to wash your sheets more often.
Those who have skin issues or night sweats may have to change sheets every night. When someone in your family is sick or has the flu it’s important to wash and disinfect the sheets after they are well. Be sure to wash separately from other laundry.
Fitted Sheets can be a Nightmare to Change
Here’s a fun, lighthearted look at how standard fitted sheets can make your life miserable…
The Problem with Washing your Sheets
The issue with washing your sheets isn’t pulling off all the bedding. That part isn’t difficult to do. It’s making the bed again afterwards. And possibly the worst part is getting all the corners on the bed when it comes to the fitted sheet. If you don’t secure them you have a problem with them popping off and your sheets will get all bunched up. Sometimes you’re in a tight room and it’s difficult to get around on all sides of the bed.
QuickZip is a great concept because the fitted part of the sheets stay on the bed (you can wash them less frequently). The middle part zips off and on so that you don’t need to fuss with the corners. Plus, if you get their starter pack it has 2 fitted sheets so that you can remove one sheet and put the next one on. So you don’t have to wait to remake the bed or sleep without sheets in case they’re not dry in time.
The same goes for crib sheets. You’re more likely to have more frequent changes because babies and diapers…and it usually involves removing the whole mattress. But again, with QuickZip you can simply unzip the top (babies don’t use top sheets). This makes it so much quicker and easier to change soiled sheets, especially in the middle of the night by otherwise worn out parents.
Crib sheets come in 15 designs which you can mix or match (and are so cute). Designed to fit all standard crib mattresses (52” x 27” wide, 5” to 7” thick); Compatible with all crib flat mattress pads; 100% Cotton.
For kids who are potty training, special needs or otherwise need a faster way to change the sheets, get the QuickZip Fitted Sheet Set. It has a wraparound base & 1 zip-on sheet.
Ideal for Daybeds
If you have a daybed with a high back and sides you know how difficult it is to change the fitted sheets on this bed. QuickZip makes changing the bottom sheet surface so much easier. you don’t feel or see the heavy-duty plastic zipper since it’s covered by a flap of cotton. They have a neat and tidy look.
QuickZip Sheets in Navy Percale
Sheet Material , Colors and Sizes
Choose from the more silky sateen or the cotton percale sheets. We have the cotton percale (requested and sent to us by the company) and they’re a little thicker and feel so well made.
Sizes include: twin, twin xl, full, full deep, queen, king
Crisp, cool and light percale weave with a matte finish. 100% cotton, 200 thread count.
Made in Israel
We recommend the premium which comes with the base and 2 sheets if you don’t sleep with a top sheet. Otherwise we recommend the euro set (if you have a duvet). You can order sheets, pillowcases and duvets separately or together.
DreamCloud luxury hybrid mattress – (read our DreamCloud review) one of our top picks if you like a bit firmer mattress – announced two new products: Luxury Percale Bed Sheets and contoured memory foam pillow. This is the first bedding the company has offered. Note: we may earn a small commission when you shop through our links.
Premium Percale Weave Sheets
Made from 100% long-staple organic cotton that’s extra soft and super strong. Made to fit a deep mattress like DreamCloud’s which is 15″ deep. The pocket fitted sheet features elastic corner bands and will fit any mattress 12” or deeper.
Perfect if you like crisp, lightweight and breathable sheets.
310 TC 100% long-staple organic cotton
Classic, durable, and long lasting one-over-one-under weave
Combed for a clean, smooth finish
Percale cotton softens with each wash
3 piece set with a flat bed sheet, fitted sheet and 2 standard pillowcases (king and Cal king come with king size pillowcases) in the following sizes:
We really love that DreamCloud chose a contoured pillow – to add support. Ideal for anyone with neck pain. Also, we’re fans of adjustable pillows and are happy that DreamCloud pillows come in king size.
Sleep on the cool side with DreamCloud’s new pillow. Helps your body maintain the ideal temperature and features internal ventilation, a cool gel coating, and a cool knit outer cover. Wicks heat and moisture while you sleep.
Choose exactly the right amount of height by adding or removing premium memory foam inserts in the pillow.
Filled with CertiPur-US certified flexible foam
Contours to the natural curves of your head, neck, and shoulders
Removable 1″ insert for customizable comfort
Product L x W x H: 28”x16”x7”
Weight: 6 lbs
Removable cover can be machine washed on gentle cycle with cold water. Line dry and do not bleach.
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The quality and type of mattress you have can mean all the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless one. The type of sheets you have too can affect your comfort level. And even after waking up refreshed, it’s frustrating to wake up with bedsheets that have popped off the corners.
We all know that sheets come in twin, full, queen, king. But these terms aren’t always a one-size-fits-all. Choosing the right sheets depends on the type of mattress you have. Mattress toppers can make a difference too.
Even if you know which size to get, then there’s figuring out the best sheet material. It can get overwhelming.
Read on to find out more about how to buy the best bedsheets for your mattress type.
Measuring Your Bed
Before you select a standard sheet size, you need to get out a measuring tape and get the exact measurements of your bed.
Most sheet measurements include just the surface–the width and height. But if you have a deep mattress or thick toppers, then finding the best bedsheets means including the depth.
A typical twin bed measures 38 inches wide and 75 inches long. A twin XL mattress has the same width as a standard twin but is 80 inches long. Many college dorm rooms have twin XL mattresses. However, these mattresses can be thinner, so a standard twin mattress might fit anyway. Many colleges will have the mattress measurements available on their website.
When picking out the best bedsheets for a twin, make sure the fitted sheet is 39 by 75 inches (or 80 inches for an XL). The flat sheet should measure 66 by 90 inches, which will work for either type of twin mattress.
A full or double bed measures 54 by 75 inches. If you’re a tall person, you’ll either need to sleep on a diagonal or move up to a queen. The fitted sheet for a full mattress should also be 54 by 75 inches. The flat sheet measures 81 by 96 inches.
A queen is not only wider than a full but also longer. Standard queen beds are 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. Flat sheets for a queen measure the same. The flat sheets measure 90 by 102 inches.
Many people believe that a king bed is the same as two twin beds put together. In fact, it’s the same as two twin XL beds. That’s what makes them such a popular choice for a split king adjustable bed where each person gets the mattress they want but they can be paired to move together or separately.
A king bed is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. Fitted sheets are 78 by 80 inches, and the flat sheet is 108 by 102 inches.
Some people prefer beds that are a bit longer. In that case, a California king is a wise choice. They measure 72 by 84 inches. It’s not as wide, but a few inches longer than a standard king. This is important to know when buying bed sheets. Regular king sheets won’t fit on a California king mattress.
As mentioned, the height or depth of a mattress can also make a difference when picking out the best type of bedsheet. If a mattress is extra tall, or if you have a thick topper, then you might want to go up a size for the fitted sheet.
Most boxed mattresses are 7 to 10 inches in height. But some can be as much as 16 to 22 inches high. If you have a mattress that’s more than 12 inches, then you need to find a fitted sheet that has deep pockets or sheets that are stretchy (like Purple’s sheets which fit mattresses from 9 inches up to 14 inches in height).
Pocket depth varies too. So be sure to get a sheet with the appropriate pocket depth. It’s always better to err on the larger side. Otherwise, your sheets will slip off the mattress.
Best Sheet Material
Most experts agree that cotton is the best fabric for bedsheets but it depends on how you sleep.
There are a lot of other options out there that claim to be extra soft. But if they’re made of synthetic material, including polyester, rayon, and microfiber and they can be good for athletes or anyone who sweats a lot because they’re super absorbent.
Synthetic material is durable, is often stain resistant, is sometimes wrinkle-free, and claims to be softer. However, it doesn’t breathe, and that can be bad for your skin, and also the environment.
Tencel is a great option that’s better for the environment. It’s made from fibers of eucalyptus trees which are renewable. Bamboo can be good or bad for the environment depending on how it’s made. Plus, it’s softer than most cotton sheets.
The most luxurious sheets we know of are better than a 4-star hotel. They’re made in England and they’re 600 thread count and can fit up to 19 inch tall beds. They’re the BRAND OF SHEETS THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND SLEEPS ON and bear the royal seal. They’ve been manufactured by the same company since 1861. These are the sheets we sleep on. They’re pure luxury and make you feel like royalty. Check them out here.
If you want to save money, go for a cotton blend, but be sure that the sheets are mostly cotton, at least 70%.
When buying cotton, the type of cotton you choose is a matter of preference and budget. Egyptian cotton is the highest quality sheet material, followed by Pima cotton.
Organic cotton sheets are free of chemicals. If you don’t buy organic cotton, then be sure to wash your sheets before using.
Cotton Sheet Options
Cotton sheets go by a variety of names–percale, sateen, linen, flannel, and jersey. They all have different assets.
For instance, flannel sheets are a good choice for the winter. They tend to stay warm because of their thickness. The quality of flannel sheets depends on the ounces of material per square yard, instead of thread count. A good flannel sheet will have four or more ounces.
Jersey knit is also a good winter sheet option. But be sure to check the fine print. Some jersey cotton sheets are not 100% cotton, and some are. They tend to be affordable but don’t always last as long as flannel.
For summer, many people prefer linen sheets. Although they don’t come with high thread counts, they are breathable and absorb moisture, which is great for warm summer nights.
For any time of the year, either percale or sateen cotton sheets are great. Percale sheets have a tight weave and are soft and durable. Sateen sheets have a special threading that gives them a luxurious satin quality.
Many people are under the impression that the higher the thread count the better the quality. Thread count, when indicated, means the number of threads per square inch. A higher thread count is denser, so the fabric is heavier and more durable.
But that doesn’t mean softer. Sure, you want to get at least 200 thread count, but more than 800 is overkill.
What’s more important than thread count when choosing the best bedsheets is the quality of the fiber.
Best Bedsheets to Buy
To sum up, the best bedsheets to buy are 100% Egyptian cotton organic percale sheets that have a thread count of at least 200 and the right pocket size to fit your bed. But you have some flexibility in regards to what kind of cotton and what kind of knit, fiber or weave.
It’s a good idea to have a breathable sheet for the summer and thicker sheets to keep you warm in the winter.
Finally, be sure to have a few sets of sheets that you love so that you can change your sheets every week. Once a week is ideal, but every two weeks is fine. If you aren’t in the habit of changing your sheets that often, here’s why you should.
Right now thicker mattresses are in style but there’s still high demand for lower profile beds. The industry standard height for a bed is 7 inches but today that would be considered a thin mattress. Mattresses have gotten a lot deeper in the last decade or so. Some mattresses are 24 inches deep, not including the box spring!
And, instead of a box spring, mattress retailers are selling things like a Bunkie Board, which add very little height to a bed. It’s only 1.5 inches thick.
One reason mattresses are so much higher than they were 20 years ago is people are more selective and things like a pillow top or extra foam layers which add to the height. Also, the style is a larger, thicker mattress. For some, that extra height spells luxury.
Another reason is the rise in popularity of platform beds, which have a strong enough foundation to support a mattress without box springs. So you need a thicker mattress if you want a taller bed. If you have a box spring and mattress together, they’re much higher than a standard bed.
Typically a low profile mattress is under 6 inches deep.
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Best Thin Mattress Brands
Our favorite brands for reasonably priced thinner mattresses are Linenspa, Zinus and Tochta. These are all highly rated and not expensive for the quality. Each is ideal for RVs and more…
Bunk Bed with custom mattresses in Camping Trailer
Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Low Height Mattress
Here’s why you might want a lower height mattress:
It costs less to ship a thinner mattress because they’re not as heavy.
A thinner mattress is easier to pack and move. You can fold them up and transport them easier. See this video on how we move a mattress. With a lighter bed you could move a bed wby yourself and fit it into the back of your car!
You’re short and don’t want to have to use a ladder to get into your bed. A thick mattress can be challenging to get onto or get off of. Even taller people may have problems getting onto or off a mattress that’s too high off the ground.
Your health makes it difficult to get up onto a thick mattress. Lower profile mattresses can be ideal for the elderly or those who cannot get in/out of bed easily.
For safety reasons. A child can’t easily get on/off the bed and may fall if they roll off the bed in their sleep on a mattress and frame that are near the ground.
Ideal for an RV or similar tight space.
Budget – thinner mattresses are usually less expensive.
To use on bunk beds and get more clearance space (and don’t hit your head on the bed above you or the ceiling).
For adjustable beds. If your mattress is too thick they won’t move with the head of the bed and look funny sticking up straight above the top of the frame.
For sofa sleeper beds – a thicker mattress won’t fit back into a couch when you want to fold it.
For camping, in a tent or the back of a truck (you need to pack something lightweight). Sometimes you need a thinner air mattress that’s easier to pack in and out.
Mattresses for camping
Low Profile Mattress
Want a thin mattress for the floor? Here are some great options, just click on the images below.
Scroll down if you need to find sheets for your low profile bed (or box springs).
If you’re looking for a camping or RV mattress that can be custom built for your exact space/size or shape, check out Totcha ** here’s our Tochta RV mattress review ** They give you instant price quotes online and come in a variety of thicknesses. Despite being made for RVs, they are very reasonably priced and can be used anywhere like the back of your truck, SUV or even just for your everyday mattress.
Low Profile Box Springs
Looking for box spring & mattress for very low bed? You can also lower a mattress profile by adding a low profile box spring, base or platform.
Standard sheets will be too deep for a thinner mattress, so you’ll need low profile sheets and a low profile mattress protector. This one from Amazon Basics is a great price that can’t be beat. Now your sheets and protector won’t be loose and come off the bed. Who wants to wake up to a wad of sheets?
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Purple is known first and foremost for its mattresses, but it also has bedding products like mattress protectors, pillows and sheets.
Purple bed sheets are extremely soft and made with breathable fabric to keep you cool. They’re also moisture wicking.
There are no seams at all in Purple sheets.
The stretchiness allows the mattress (including the polymer layer) to move with you in your sleep.
When we say these are stretchy sheets, we mean it. Stretchier than a yoga instructor! Could outstretch Stretch Armstrong! Yes, Purple sheets could win a world’s record for being the stretchiest sheets. And that means they fits so many mattresses, short/tall, flexible/inflexible top…AND they hold mannequins!
Normally we’d say that your sheets don’t need to be the same brand as your mattress. I mean, who buys or raves about Serta sheets? We haven’t heard anyone. However, Purple is different. It’s a unique mattress with a flexible polymer layer right below the cover and in this case you should consider the brand name.
Buying non-stretchy and/or tight sheets will create a drum effect and negate much of the benefit of The Purple Bed. With the new beds (Purple2, Purple3 and Purple4) Purple even made their mattress cover stretchy. We predict that any future change to the original Purple mattress will include a stretchier cover.
At $114 for their queen-sized sheet set, you’re getting a pretty good deal. Before Purple came out with their own sheets they recommended the Sheex brand which comes in much higher at over $160.
I tried Purple’s sheets and can see why they recommend them – especially for the thicker new Purple mattresses. Btw, the Purple sheets are made to fit all of their beds with room to spare – they’re made to fit beds up to 16 inches high.
Purple Mattress Sheets
The Puple sheets comes with one flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two standard size pillowcases (one pillowcase for twin XL sizes). It’s available in 4 colors – mostly white and beiges except for one exception – the color purple. We tested the white, but we sort of wish we’d tried the purple ones.
What makes these sheets so stretchy? They’re not cotton. Instead they’re made with 10% Spandex, 90% Bamboo-derived Viscose (which is like a rayon). It gives them a delicate feel like they will easily tear or pile, yet they are strong.
The sheets are easy to put on. thick stretchy elastic on the inside of the fitted sheet is rubberized, letting it grip onto the mattress and leaving little room for the sheets to move around.
If you’d like, you can wash the sheets before your first use but it’s not necessary. They are made to be stain resistant but they’re not stain proof. Just be sure to follow the instructions to machine wash in cold water and DO NOT PUT IN THE DRYER. If you dry these in the dryer you’ll ruin them. Instead Hang to dry or tumble dry NO HEAT. For this reason you may want a backup set.
Bamboo fiber is naturally breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin. Unlike cotton, bamboo fabric allows moisture to evaporate into the air quickly. Combined with the grid of the polymer, you get maximum airflow for a mattress. Since the top of the Purple mattress isn’t a solid surface like most mattresses, it allows more airflow through your bedding.
Cons of Purple Sheets
If there was anything we didn’t like about purple bed sheets it’s that some may find them overly stretchy. They can ball up towards the base of your bed or you can get wrapped up in them. Some people will love the feeling of being hugged by their sheets. Others may want to try something like jersey knit sheets instead. These are sometimes called t shirt knit. They’re stretchy, but less so. They’re also a little thicker. And although they’re priced lower, they won’t have the moisture wicking of the Purple sheets. You know how well tshirts hold up at the gym? If you sweat at night you’re going to want to spring for the Purple sheets.
No More Sliding Off the Corners
Purple uses an industrial elastic so your sheets stay on all night. That’s a big deal if you’ve ever dealt with regular sheets that pop off the corners of your mattress. Along with the Purple mattress protector, they’re easy to put on and they stay on.
Purple Sheets Thread Count
Purple sheets don’t have a thread count as there is no cotton in them. They’re perfect sheets for summer and warmer climates, or if you tend to sleep warm.
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