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What Are Bed Sheet Straps?

Very simply put, bed sheet straps are the things that attach to the fitted sheet at the four corners of a bed so that the sheet will not come loose and slip off. This is a very useful invention. They go by quite a few names. Some of the names are suspenders, clips or grabbers. Below are a few tips on explaining some of the different types.

1. Bed sheet straps that are called suspenders look like a great big “X” on the underside of your mattress with clips or hooks on each end (An example of what it looks like-a child wearing suspenders to hold their pants up. There is that crisscross on their back.) After your fitted sheet is placed on the bed, pull up each corner just enough to grab hold of the end of the suspender that has the hook on it and attach it to your sheet corner. This will keep the sheet secure.

2. Another name for bed sheet straps is clips. There are four clips and each one attaches to the each of the end corners of the bed, holding the sheet secure.

3. Grabbers have a piece of elastic about three inches long and at the ends they have a clip. The clips attach underneath the bed corners pulling the sheet tight.

These tips should help get you started on deciding what kind of bed sheet straps would work best for you.

Sources:

“Sheet Suspenders” The Comfort Store www.sitincomfort.com/shsu.html

“Bed Sheet Clips” Bed Bath And Beyond www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?sku=10313465&utm_source=Google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=sheet+clips&utm_campaign+Broad&

“Grab-n-SNAP Sheet Straps” www.grabnsnap.com

   
What do I look for in Egyptian cotton sheets?

Egyptian Cotton is King, Er, Pharaoh

Did Cleopatra ever sleep on Egyptian cotton sheets? She might have, considering how luxurious an Egyptian cotton bed sheet is. Forget the discount bed sheet you used last Halloween to make a Caesar toga. An Egyptian cotton luxury bed sheet trumps a satin bed sheet any day on the Nile. Egyptian cotton fibers are gentler, more delicate, and longer than other cotton fibers such as Pima cotton.

That said, like Cleopatra, you need to shop around to find an Egyptian cotton bed sheet worthy of a Queen of Egypt. Conventional wisdom holds that the higher the thread count, the more luxury in your designer bed sheet. This isn't always the case. If you buy an Egyptian cotton bed sheet purely based on the thread count, you'll be as surprised as Caesar when he first unwrapped the rug Cleopatra hid in.

Cleopatra would choose a lower thread count (200 to 600) with a sateen finish, because Cleopatra knows sateen is cotton made with a satin weave. Egyptian cotton has longer threads, so you can choose a slightly lower thread count than for a regular cotton bed sheet. Make sure your Egyptian cotton is smooth and soft with no nubs or knots or rough spots that indicate lower quality craftsmanship.

Choose a fine quality designer bed sheet. After all, you are the queen of your own household. Like Cleopatra, you need a luxury bed sheet for a good night's sleep to help you be rested for the challenges of the throne!

   
How do I care for my percale sheet?

Caring for Percale

Let your sister have the satin sheet set--you'll take a plain everyday percale discount bed sheet or even a designer bed sheet with a high thread count (above 180 is standard). After all, you've always been the sensible one.

But now you're banging your head against the Maytag trying to figure out how to care for your percale bed sheet while your sister is happily snoozing in her satin luxury bed sheet. Help's on the way for you, the Girl Scout (your sister was one too but prefers those satin bed sheet sets).

Our tips for percale care:

  • Don't use bleach for those white percale sheets. Spot clean instead.
  • Machine wash in cool water with gentle, mild detergents--we like Dreft.
  • To make sure your sheets are as smooth as your sister's, pull that designer bed sheet from the dryer before it's completely toasty warm. You'll prevent wrinkles that way.
  • Dry your percale bed sheet on low heat.
  • Take a tip from all those luxury hotels you and your sister have stayed in for romantic getaways--yes, you have a spirit of adventure!

If you must use bleach, try an organic bleach instead of chlorine bleach. Interestingly, most hotels prefer 180-thread count percale bed sheet sets. Now that you know how to care for your percale designer bed sheet set, you can research how to care for satin sheets. After all, your devil-may-care sister is sure to ask you for help! But you wouldn't have it any other way.

   
Why should I choose sheets with deep pockets?

Sheets With Deep Pockets

Your pockets may not be deep, but your well-meaning best friend tells you that you should have a bed sheet with deep pockets. Doesn't that sound a little pricey? Not at all. Deep pockets are those thick corners of fabric that make folding your fitted bed sheet frustrating.

But difficult folding aside, deep pockets simply help your discount bed sheet fit your pillow top mattress better. You don't want your sheet to constantly slide off in the middle of the night. For a 14-inch mattress, try an 18-inch deep fitted luxury bed sheet. If your mattress is a king or a cal king (also known as a western king), a fitted satin bed sheet will fit one or the other, not both, since the Cal king is longer.

If you're choosing kids' bedding or baby bedding, you probably don't need a fitted bed sheet, but for adult mattresses, a luxury bed sheet with deep pockets is ideal and doesn't cost much more than a flat bed sheet. You'll spend more money trying to replace a sheet that doesn't fit properly. Trust your best friend's advice. After all, she did help you avoid disaster with that couch-potato boyfriend.

   
When does down bedding look flat and dull?

Down Bedding Looks Flat

Down bedding dull and flat? Yes, even the fluffiest down comforter and bedding can make visions of flannel dance in your head. It may be the luxury down bedding cover or the fabric color. Some tips to prevent your discount down bedding from being as unexciting as shaving lather:

  • If you have monochrome black or cream or bland white, invest in a rich cranberry throw and re-cover your pillows with cranberry. How about cranberry sheets?
  • Goose down bedding looking as lumpy and unappealing as your mashed potatoes? Southern Living suggests a quilted coverlet on top of the bed and piling the down bedding comforter in thirds at the foot.
  • You can never have too many pillows! Pile uniformly firm or fluffy pillows in coordinated colors across your down comforter and bedding.
  • Try a chenille fuschia throw and fuschia silk duvet cover with cream sheets to brighten up your goose down bedding.
  • Don't forget to keep fluffing every day! When all else fails, fall back on flannel.

   
How many bed sheet sets should I buy per bed?

How Many Bed Sheet Sets?

You have extra umbrellas, extra napkins...aren't you overdoing it with an extra bed sheet set? Not at all. You choose a high quality percale or linen discount bed sheet set. The thread count and the deep pockets will make your bed sheet set last for years, especially since you got a discount designer bed sheet set.

However, bedding experts recommend you buy three discount designer bed sheet sets or discount luxury bed sheet sets. Keeping your discount bed sheet sets fresh will make your bed more comfortable. With a three-bedroom house, you might think you can't afford three designer bed sheet sets. Don't skimp on the price. After all, you buy umbrellas and napkins in bulk, right? You can afford to splurge, especially on bed sheet sets for the guest room.

Kids' bed sheet sets are inexpensive, and you can buy one plain bed sheet set in adddition to the Toy Story discount bed sheet set. Store bed sheets in airtight space saver bags or mesh bags to prevent mildew, mold and allergens from seeping in. Luckily, you bought extra space saver bags too. Doesn't it feel great to be well prepared?

   
Do types of down bedding have to match?

Matching Down Bedding Types

You're known for mismatch--crystal champagne flutes with earthenware bowls. So you think that buying discount down bedding, throw pillows and down pillows, to match your high quality luxury down bedding comforter, will work equally well. Actually, either strategy screams for a Queer Eye For the Straight Girl/Guy makeover. Hungarian or Siberian goose down bedding shouldn't be paired with synthetic down bedding or down bedding that doesn't have identical construction or fill weight.

A small-panel down comforter and bedding should be uniform, as should large-panel luxury down bedding. Call us purists, call us fussbudgets, but if you have down bedding pieces that don't match, you may not get that all-around fluffy sense. Don't buy luxury or discount down bedding with young goose feathers and then add better quality mature goose down bedding.

Half your down bedding ensemble will wear out and look incongruous. Sell that other down bedding ensemble and buy a complete luxury discount down bedding set. While we agree champagne goes with everything, presentation is most important, so buy the most complete down comforter and bedding set you can.

   
How do I care for my satin sheets?

Stuck On Satin

Satin sheets aren't just for the Donald Trumps and Warren Buffetts of this world! You too can buy satin discount bed sheet sets made of polyester or acetate. For just a moment, stop fantasizing about that Sunday morning sleeping in with the kids at Grandma's and Grandpa's.

If you want your satin sheets to last through many breakfasts in bed, choose a satin luxury bed sheet with a nylon or polyester base. You can generally pick up a satin designer bed sheet without breaking the bank--just be sure to feel the sheet for nubs and knobs, and of course, for luxury softness.

How do you care for your satin designer bed sheet to make it last until your fiftieth wedding anniversary? You can machine-wash a nylon-based satin bed sheet, but should hand-wash a satin bed sheet made of polyester whenever possible. Silk and acetate can generally be hand-washed, although bedding experts recommend dry cleaning for a satin luxury bed sheet. Also, if your penthouse has an ocean view, don't choose silk and nylon for your designer bed sheet.

Strong sunlight coming into your bedroom will cause your satin bed sheet to fade. If you don't want heavy curtains and must have a silk-based satin bed sheet, try shutters with slats you can adjust. You may not sleep in the Trump mansion, but you can sleep like a million bucks on a satin luxury bed sheet.

   
How do I know which way the bedsheet goes on my bed?

Putting Bedsheets on Correctly

Using a permanent marker, make an X on the back part of the sheet that hangs down. Now when putting the sheets on, just look for the X and you'll know immediately which way it goes.

   

Tips When Buying Adjustable Bed Sheets

Enjoying the adjustable bed you have just bought is like a dream come true. With all the new features, waiting to use it is hard. After putting your standard sheets on your new bed and adjusting it, the sheets kept coming off. Buying adjustable bed sheets is the way to go. The tips below should really help you get an idea on what to look for when shopping for your new adjustable bed sheets.

While purchasing your adjustable bed, make sure you write down the size of the adjustable bed sheets. The size may vary from your standard size sheets. Their thread count is the same as with standard sheets. The higher the thread count, the softer they feel.
When checking out the fitted adjustable bed sheets, there are some differences. For them to stay on the bed properly, there should be extra fabric on the sides of the sheet. This helps the sheet to pull tighter around the bed while it is adjusted. Look for elastic around the corners. The elastic grabs the corners so they will stay on tight. The fabric on most standard sheets are usually just gathered at each corner.
Many places will make the end of flat sheets fitted so they can stay on the end of the bed. They can also sew the ends of the flat and fitted adjustable bed sheets together to keep the flat sheet secure.

With these tips, feel at ease and enjoy your shopping trip.

Source:

“Sheet Education” www.goldenrest.net

   

What Are Bed Sheet Straps?

Very simply put, bed sheet straps are the things that attach to the fitted sheet at the four corners of a bed so that the sheet will not come loose and slip off.

Bed suspenders look like a great big “X” on the underside of your mattress with clips or hooks on each end (An example of what it looks like-a child wearing suspenders to hold their pants up. There is that crisscross on their back.) After your fitted sheet is placed on the bed, pull up each corner just enough to grab hold of the end of the suspender that has the hook on it and attach it to your sheet corner. This will keep the sheet secure. Bed clips attach to each of the end corners of the bed, holding the sheet secure. Grabbers have a piece of elastic about three inches long and at the end they have a clip. The clips attach underneath the bed corners pulling the sheet tight.

   

Tips When Buying Adjustable Bed Sheets

Enjoying the adjustable bed you have just bought is like a dream come true. With all the new features, waiting to use it is hard. After putting your standard sheets on your new bed and adjusting it, the sheets kept coming off. Buying adjustable bed sheets is the way to go. The tips below should really help you get an idea on what to look for when shopping for your new adjustable bed sheets.

While purchasing your adjustable bed, make sure you write down the size of the sheets needed as the size may vary from standard sized sheets. For them to stay on the bed properly, there should be extra fabric on the sides of the sheet. This helps the sheet to pull tighter around the bed while it is adjusted. Look for elastic around the corners. The elastic grabs the corners so they will stay on tight. Many places will make the end of flat sheets fitted so they can stay on the end of the bed. They can also sew the ends of the flat and fitted adjustable bed sheets together to keep the flat sheet secure.

   
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