What Is the Purpose of a Flat Sheet?
When you purchase a bedding set, it often comes with pillowcases, sham pillowcases, a fitted sheet, a flat sheet and sometimes a comforter. Many people know where to put most of these linens, but the flat sheet throws some for a loop. What is the purpose of a flat sheet? Flat cotton sheets can be a versatile piece of bedding.
Use It as a Liner for Your Comforter or Duvet
For the most part, flat sheets, also known as top sheets, are used as a sort of additional covering and liner between the person sleeping and the comforter, duvet or other blanket providing warmth through the night. The layering for making the bed usually goes: mattress pad (if you have one), fitted sheet, flat sheet and comforter. You place the flat sheet the same way you place your comforter, allowing you to climb under the covers when it’s time for bed. The human body loses a lot of moisture when sleeping, so using a flat sheet as a top sheet could help protect your nice duvet or comforter from body fluids.
Light Covering in Warm Seasons
In some areas of the world, the warm seasons are so warm that using a comforter or heavy blanket covering while sleeping is uncomfortable. If you live in an area where it gets particularly warm at night, you can forego the use of a heavy blanket or comforter and just use a flat sheet as your sleep cover instead. These sheets tend to be light and breathable, making them a perfect light covering on particularly warm nights.
A Bottom Sheet in a Pinch
If for some reason you do not have a fitted sheet, then a flat sheet can serve as your bottom sheet. You can make hospital corners by pulling the sheet beyond the edge of the bed and pulling it taut around the corner while carefully raising the top to make a triangle. You then fold the raised triangle down over the taut part of the sheet and tuck the loose ends under the mattress. Do this for all corners.
A flat sheet serves many purposes for your bed. If you’re looking for a new way to use your sheet, try using it as a liner, light cover or bottom sheet.