Totally fluffy thread...
I know there are reasons for using a top sheet and I used one all growing up. But I don't now, I don't even buy them for my bed. My husband got me started on this ;) My kids don't use them either. In fact they've always bugged me but they really bug me now.
But here I was making up the guest bed again today and I always put a top sheet on the guest bed. But I know our guest won't use it. We just had a house sitter and they didn't use it. Our guest in May didn't use it (well I'm making some assumptions here. I don't go in their room while they are sleeping or visiting but when I go to change the sheets it's usually stuffed at the bottom of the bed and our guests have pulled the covers back up).
Most of our guests at Christmas didn't use them, except for my parents. My parents always use a top sheet. Of course my mom is also one to "strip the bed" whenever she stays over at someone's house so they don't have to do it ;) And none of the people who don't use a top sheet strip the bed, which doesn't bug me... I just thought it an interesting correlation.
Do you use a top sheet? Do most of the people you know use one or not? WHY or Why NOT?
The reason I continue to use one is that taking our duvet cover off and on is a pain, so I'd rather spare myself that chore most weeks by just washing the top sheet, and only washing the duvet cover once a month or so.
I don't know what my friends do in this regard. I know my mom uses a top sheet.
As a guest, I would either make the bed the way the host had it when I arrived (so, with the top sheet nice and smooth in your case) or strip the bed -- I think it's odd to leave the sheet bunched at the bottom of the bed even if they didn't use it. It wouldn't bug me if my guests did that because I'm just going to strip the bed anyway, but as a guest I wouldn't do that.
I use a two flannel sheets that I sewed together all the time, adding comforters as needed. Dh only uses a sheet or a comforter. Dd likes both. Ds doesnt even care if he has sheets on his bed.
Yes, I use a top sheet. Basically, this:
Also, a top sheet gives me a little more flexibility for controlling warmth. If I wake at night and I'm too hot, I'll just throw off the top covers (blankets and duvet) and sleep under the top sheet. In the summer, all I need is the top sheet, so I turn down the top cover (usually a cotton quilt) at night and just leave the top sheet on the bed.
And I always strip the bed in hotels or guest rooms before I leave.
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Yes my guest bed has all the fixings just none of us like them on our own bed. I actually have a special comforter/sham set that I only put on our bed if I think someone will see the bedroom (and I hide everything under it) otherwise it stays in a bag in the closet
I hate, hate, hate having my feet flailing loose with the top sheet flapping about over them. I will get up and re-make the bed if that happens (drives DH crazy). Otherwise I will have a night of disturbed, restless sleep.
Oddly, both dc like having the top sheet untucked at their feet. They don't bother to make their beds with hospital corners. Whereas my hospital corners would make Florence Nightingale proud.
I can make a decent bed though just depends on who is getting it. My mother requires crisp corners and all the fixings. Well she probably doesn't require it, but in my *child* brain she does
Nope. Though, when I am no longer cosleeping, I will probably return to the grown up world of top sheets. For now, I use a comforter only and wash it a lot. I had a kid who was heck bent on tangling in the sheet when he was little, and ripped it off the bed after a scary incident. I haven't had one since, and it is two kids later.
Yes. The point of the top sheet is to minimize laundry. Blankets and comforters are bulky and harder to wash. It takes more energy to dry them. Or the newer fuzzy fleece ones sometimes don't wear well with frequent washing even though they are light weight and synthetic so they dry fast. Sleeping sandwiched between sheets means the sheets can be washed regularly and the blankets can be washed seasonally (every few months.) Plus, I like how soft all-cotton sheets feel:-)
Oh my gosh, me too!! I also have to make sure the top of the sheet is folded back over the edge of the duvet -- it drives me crazy to just have it flopping loosely under my chin. My poor DH has finally adopted a bemused tolerance for my sheet-straightening antics at bedtime.
We use a top sheet. I really don't like washing the feather duvet frequently. I think it looses feathers, kind of plays havoc with the front loader washing machine when it's on the spin cycle, and takes a great deal of energy to dry.
We don't have a clothes line, another thing to add to the chore list!
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no, we don't use one regularly. I always did until I got married. My dh can just kill the bedding in the middle of the night it is as if he feels trapped or something and that sheet would get all twisted up. I don't have duvet or anything like that, just a variety of blankets. The blanket that is next to our bodies gets washed a lot. It is a lightweight blanket though and not much different than washing a top sheet. However it is a bit heavier than a top sheet and doesn't get all tangled up. That said, dh needs his feet untucked and I like mine all wrapped up. My kids seem to take after their dad (except one). Two want to sleep on top of everything with just a throw blanket on top of them.
Always use a topsheet. Sheets (bottom and top) are like underwear for the bed. Going w/o a topsheet is like going commando and means you need to wash your blankets/comforters/bedspreads (jeans/pants) more often.
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The purpose of top sheets in my house is an emergency back up sheet if the baby's diaper leaked on all the fitted sheets and I haven't washed them yet. I didn't buy all these soft, cozy blankets to not get to curl up with them and feel their texture when I sleep! Also, I can't stand sleeping in a "made" bed, and I only sometimes can tolerate even sharing a blanket with dh. My blankets are combination warmth and "moldable body pillows". I actually prefer bunching up a corner of a blanket under my head over a traditional pillow, with the rest of the blanket scrunched up behind my back, with an "as needed" amount pulled on top of me. That's for side sleeping, and the arrangement varies with my sleep position. None of this is at all compatible with top sheet use, and like I said... I buy soft blankets because I like their texture against my skin.
Oh my gosh, you're going to give me hives! After reading that I need to go snap, tuck, and smooth all the sheets in the house.
Kinda squicked me out, too, but I do understand wanting soft texture against the skin. I do like my warm flannel sheets in the winter and that reminds me I should switch over to them now.
"All you fascists are bound to lose" — Woody Guthrie
No top sheets in this house! We all use just the bottom sheet. Back when I was a serious quilter, I would buy 100% cotton sheet sets, use the top sheet as backing, and include the fitted sheet and pillow covers with the quilt.
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