Fitted sheets come with deep pockets and elastic edges that help you firmly fit and affix the sheets around your mattress/bedding layers.
Benefits of fitted sheets
The major benefit of fitted sheets is that they fit very firmly around the bedding to prevent them bunching up or coming off the beds’ corners. This makes them extremely beneficial for patients and also for people who do not like bunched-up or wrinkled sheets. They are ideal for people who tend to toss and turn a lot during sleep.
Fitted sheets are ideal in kids’ rooms, as they fit firmly around the mattress so you need not worry about children getting caught in the sheets and tripping over them.
They are also ideal for elderly patients that use special beds or elevated mattresses which need the sheets to be fitted firmly around the perimeter of the bedding.
Many people also use fitted sheets as bottom sheets – they affix the fitted sheets around the bedding and put another regular sheet over the top. The top sheet can be a regular or flat sheet. You can also place a mattress protector under the fitted sheet for extra layering.
If you use such layering, then it is up to you to decide whether to remove the topmost sheet and lay down on the fitted sheet at night. This is beneficial from a hygiene point of view and for people who suffer from allergies, etc.
Some people also prefer to place a flat sheet on the mattress/over the blanket/comforters and then affix the fitted sheet around it. This helps protect the blankets and comforters and you only need to wash the fitted and flat sheets.
Disadvantages of fitted sheets
A major disadvantage of a fitted bedsheet is that it is very difficult to fold neatly. The edges are curved due to the elastic pockets and that makes them almost shapeless after you have washed them.
Also, some fitted sheets need special clips, bands, safety pins, or other accessories to help secure them to the mattress.
Finally, many people have reported sizing issues with these sheets – they are either short or too deep and that prevents them from staying put on the bed.