When was the fitted sheet invented?

chisueDecember 7, 2008

As I was 'folding' one today I tried to remember the first time I did this and when fitted sheets were invented. Google didn't help. Wikipedia didn't help. Any help?

(I know fitted sheets have been around for a long time. I remember a hilarious evening around 1950 when I leaped into a bed that had a *nylon* fitted sheet...and slid right out the other side, onto the floor.)

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IndianaKat

Seems it was this lady, Bertha Berman. Scroll mid-page at the link below and her name is there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bertha Berman

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 1:14PM
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chisue

Thanks, indianakat! I wonder if she profited from them. (I wonder how SHE folded them? LOL)

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 4:17PM
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wantoretire_did

What I have looked for lo these many years, is fitted TOP sheets - just fitted at the bottom. They didn't come out when you pulled them up. They were available at one time, but long ago. They were WONDERFUL.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 5:13PM
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gadgets

Thanks, wantoretire, I thought my mind was playing tricks on me when I remembered having a top sheet that was fitted at the bottom. I'd like to have that now.

Shirley

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 5:45PM
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kris_zone6

I had to laugh at the image of scooting across the sheet and landing on the floor. Here is a video of how to fold fitted sheets.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to fold a fitted sheet

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 6:26PM
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wantoretire_did

OMG - Who knew???? My hint for them is to put a "T" on the top and bottom areas with a Sharpie, so I don't have to deal with trial and error, getting it sideways most of the time.

Still want to find fitted top sheets. I guess I could sew them to fit, but can't seem to get it done........

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 6:34PM
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patti43

I did something similar to wantoretire. Only I pinned a safety pin in the upper right hand corner of the bottom sheet.

Also learned a lesson from my legally blind brother-in-law when he was visiting and washed the sheets in his room. The sheets in the guest room are tone-on-tone striped and he told me he remembered the stripes went up and down. No problem there anymore, either.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 7:55PM
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fran1523

This is so funny. When I started college in 1960, I attended a small women's school run by an order of nuns. There was one nun living on each floor of the dorm and they would come around to check our rooms and make sure the beds were made. ONe thing they looked for was that we had done those nice, neat hospital corners on the sheets. Well, I had an early pair of fitted sheets, and poor Sister Whateverhername was questioned whether or not I had sheets on the bed or was sleeping on the matress. She was amazed and surprised when I showed her the elastisized corner. She was probably also a little disappointed.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 8:27PM
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Cynic

Fitted top sheets? I can't stand having the sheets clamped in under the mattress and a fitted sheet would be worse yet. I yank those things so my feet can point in the direction they go naturally. That was one of the worst things when I was in the hospital. Those terrorists that made the beds would bind those corners down so hard just to see how much pain they could inflict. And when you're in a bed with a broken hip you don't appreciate your feet being twisted unnaturally.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 8:53PM
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linda_in_iowa

When I stay in a hotel, I always untuck my top sheet at the foot of the bed. I hate those hospital corners. At home, I never tuck in the top sheet. My feet like to be free.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 9:49PM
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frazoo

The tag on the fitted bottom sheet should go on the left lower mattress corner. Or, if you want to reverse it, then put the tag in the upper right corner. Otherwise, it's on side-to-side.
That's what I've discovered, anyway.

Leslie/KS

    Bookmark   December 7, 2008 at 11:17PM
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susanjf_gw

never had problems folding fitted sheets, until i bought jersey ones...but i LOVE them...

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 3:36AM
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dilly_dally

Thats a nice tip. I did not know tag placement was universal in the industry.

Too bad I cut mine off right as soon as they are out of the package. I hate those tags hanging out and eventually they get wrinkly and shredded from repeated washings and look terrible so off they go with the scissors.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 3:41AM
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nikki_nj

I can't stand hospital corners either! My husband is a tucker, so his side is tucked, mine isn't :) I can't fold a fitted sheet to save my life. That video is good, I've seen Martha's similar video. My problem is that most of the fitted sheets I've bought lately are elastic all the way around, not just on the corners. It looks like a giant shower cap & it is not easy to fold!

Last few hotels I stayed in didn't use fitted sheets at all, they used flat sheets tucked in. They also sandwiched the comforter or something between sheets. There's a name for the method, can't think of it. Too much trouble to do at home.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 7:26AM
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liz

I've been folding fitted sheets like that video for years...Heloise was on a talk show years ago and showed that exact same method...I'm with Nikki...the new fitted sheets with elastic all the way around does make for some strange folding! We just got a new mattress and box springs and it's deeper then a well...trying to find flannel sheets for an 18 inch mattress has been interesting at best!

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 7:41AM
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nikki_nj

Triple sheeting is what the hotel method is called!

I know Liz, it's a pain! I usually use the same set over and over because I can't fold. Or I roll it in a ball and stuff it in the closet :)

    Bookmark   December 8, 2008 at 8:00AM
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dorothy_oahu

That's how I always folded fitted sheets UNTIL I got some of the newer ones that have elastic all the way around. What a pain to fold they are!

And I could NEVER bend over a bed like that and fold a sheet. My back would be screaming!

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 2:00AM
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danihoney

Oh I love this thread. I feel so much better about myself now!

My grandma was the ONLY person I had seen that could fold a fitted sheet into the most perfect rectangle. My whole life I tried and usually wound up just rolling them around my fists and stuffing them into the closet, (Nikki I lol at your comment).
One day at the very beginning of my relationship with now DH, we were doing laundry together and I watched him take out the fitted sheet and fold it into the most perfect little rectangle. I was in awe. I just said "Oh Nanny's gonna LOVE you!" She does too. Over the years I've gotten better at folding them but I don't put too much pressure on myself.

Susanjf- aren't those jersey sheets a pain? I have some and have given them as gifts. I put a little note in and say "don't bother trying to fold them neatly, you'll make yourself crazy."

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 3:29AM
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joyfulguy

I've been thinking of getting out the sewing machine to perform on the top sheets to make them fitted.

My toes say that they dislike being ventilated ... in a cold room in winter!

I sympathize!

ole joyful

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 7:40AM
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zeetera

Liz, I just bought a set of flannel sheets for the first time last week and I'm hooked. They're deep pockets too, in fact deeper than my already tall mattress, but I'm not sure if they would fit an 18". They were a bit pricey but I'm loving them!

I've bought the fitted comforters from Domestications. They call them bunk bed covers, if it's the same thing.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 10:10AM
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FlamingO in AR

I love fitted sheets, but I hate the ones with the elastic all the way around. In the dryer, they suck up the pillow cases and the other sheet and it becomes a huge, damp ball. I'm constantly having to free the cases and then the sheet and dry them separately.

I'm good at folding normal fitted sheets, these new ones are more challenging, especially in a king size, which all my sheets are. However, you don't have to spread them out on the bed to fold them, I dump all our dry stuff on the loveseat and stand behind it and fold, just running my hands down the sides of the sheets until I find the corners.

What really annoys me about sheets is that the length and width of our bed is only 2" different, so whenever we make the bed, unless the sheets have a pattern, chances are the first try is wrong when fitting on the fitted sheet. Phooey! I can't ever remember where the tag is supposed to be, maybe I'll mark them with a Sharpie next time. Toe, Toe. Head, Head. Or should that be Toe, TOE. lol

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 11:32AM
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chisue

I'm glad my question drew so many fellow sufferers. The day I spend time making perfect rectangles of fitted sheets... has yet to arrive! (But thanks for the video link. I love to see men do housework.)

My 'big slide' took place on Cape Cod where my family and another were vactioning together. My mom though she'd found something wonderful and toted a new pair of nylon twin sets all the way from Chicagoland. The first night my same-aged pal and I leaped into bed we *both* did the slip and slide. Our mothers came running after hearing the twin 'thumps', to find us hysterical with laughter. Later we realized that not only did you have to 'hold on' to stay in bed, but these things were HOT. They didn't make it off the Cape.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2008 at 2:26PM
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DanJackson

â¢Posted by wantoretire_did (My Page) on Sun, Dec 7, 08 at 17:13
What I have looked for lo these many years, is fitted TOP sheets - just fitted at the bottom. They didn't come out when you pulled them up. They were available at one time, but long ago. They were WONDERFUL.

wantoretire_did If you know how to sew or know someone who does, you can always add elastic to the bottom of your top sheets... or even have the hem of the top sheet sewn to the fitted bottom sheet

    Bookmark   January 1, 2015 at 11:20PM
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sheilajoyce_gw

My older son does a beautiful job of folding fitted bottom sheets into neat, flat perfect rectangles. I am amazed but just cannot do it.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2015 at 2:13AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Fitted top sheets have always been available; easier to find now with the internet. "Onsies" are also available.

Here is a link that might be useful: fitted top sheets

    Bookmark   January 2, 2015 at 4:56AM
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