Why I Have Twice as Many Flat Sheets as Fitted

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This sounds a bit nutty, doesn’t it? It’s a trick that I learned from my great-grandmother and I’ve found it to make a huge difference in my sleeping habits and saved me money. As the residents of Legacy Court Apartments in Midvale, Utah can attest, winters in Utah are delightfully unpredictable. As we gear up for the impending coldest months of the year, the cost to heat our homes climbs accordingly. 

In an effort to save money, our residents often turn down the thermostat overnight. Not only does this save money, sleeping at a lower temperature creates an environment that is more conducive to sleep. In fact, according to sleep.org, the ideal temperature for your bedroom for optimal sleep is between 60 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.   


That’s great, but what about the extra flat sheet, you ask? Here’s the deal – when you make your bed, add a flat sheet on top of your blankets and underneath your comforter, quilt, or bedspread to keep you warmer on cold nights. Since blankets are typically loosely woven, adding a sheet on top of them will trap body heat and redirect it back to you. Believe it or not, it really helps!  

What type of sheet works best; you ask? Or if you didn’t ask but now are filled with the irresistible drive to know which is best, here we go! For moderately cold nights, use a regular cotton or percale sheet. You can pick up single flat sheets for a great price at thrift stores, big-box discount stores (Wal-Mart or Target), or at specialty bed and bath stores. If you need to really boost your warmth, you can increase your warmth significantly by adding a flannel sheet to the mix in the following order – mattress pad, fitted sheet, flat sheet, blanket, flannel flat sheet, percale flat sheet, comforter.  

By layering your bedding, you can be warm as well as save some money on your heating bill, giving you a win-win solution for the winter months. 

If you are looking for affordable Midvale apartment rentals, please consider Legacy Court Apartments – we’re affordable, safe, clean, and centrally-located 

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