Millennials like to keep things simple. When it comes to doing chores, the quickest and easiest route possible is frequently their goal. Which is why when it comes to top sheets, many are doing away with the tradition of using them all together.

Top sheets, in a past era, were once considered to be essential when it comes to making the bed the right way. However, modern bed makers are slowly doing away with them all together.

When you’re diving into your bed at the end of the day, a top sheet seems to get in the way. Younger generations increasingly are making their beds with just using a fitted top sheet and a comforter on top.

The fitted sheet seems totally necessary to protect the mattress. However, the top sheet is an unnecessary barrier between the cozy and comfortable duvet and the bottom sheet.

With a sheet set, a top sheet will often get folded up and stored in the linen closet, rarely to be seen again.

Uses for top sheets that do not include bed making include as a beach blanket or makeshift table cloth.

Reasons Why Not To Use A Top Sheet

For people who move a lot in their sleep, a top sheet often ends up in a wadded mess in the lower half of the bed. They also make it way too hot to sleep on warm days but are a blessing in the colder months.

Eager to save time, energy, and resources, some millennials feel as if a top sheet adds too much time to the process of making the bed. Straightening out a comforter adds only a little bit of time to the bed making process, whereas adding a top sheet can require a full walk around the bed.

Homemaking pro Suzanne Pollak who founded the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, finds the habit to not add a top sheet to be wrong. She described it as “disgusting.”

Top sheets can serve as a hygienic buffer layer between the comforter and the body. Some people might also decide to sleep on the top sheet, which can provide a barrier between the body and a mattress.

However, the tradition of using a top sheet is a distinctly American one.

European style bed making might typically only use a top sheet and a duvet.

When sheets were first used, they were all top sheets. In 1959, Bertha Berman patented the design for a fitted sheet which included elastic pockets that tuck around the corners of the mattress.

Older generations regard using a top sheet as a crucial part of self care. Millennials could, as Pollak suggests, “spend a few less minutes on social media” to make their bed with a top sheet.

Some bedding brands have noticed the shift in taste, and according to them, almost 40 percent of their customers only want to use a bottom sheet.

If Millennials aren’t using top sheets, then they could at least make the bed every day. Save the flat sheet for a toga party or drop cloth.


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