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A Tiny But Significant Change in Fitted Sheets

Have you ever struggled to figure out which way to put a fitted sheet onto a mattress, particularly a queen-size mattress? Queen mattresses and their fitted sheets are fairly close to square, so inevitably I end up putting the sheet on incorrectly the first time around.

While not an earth-shattering problem, it was annoying.

And then someone had a brilliant idea and made a tiny but significant change to fitted bed sheets.

"Top or Bottom" tag in fitted bed sheet. November 2021.
“Top or Bottom” tag in fitted bed sheet. November 2021.

Some fitted bed sheets now come with a tag that says “Top or Bottom” to indicate which way to align the sheet on the mattress.

I noticed this change with the past couple of sheet sets I’ve purchased. I also found the same tag on our mattress cover.

"Top or Bottom - Queen" tag on fitted mattress cover, October 2021.
“Top or Bottom – Queen” tag on fitted mattress cover, October 2021.

Often, small changes in design can have the greatest impact. I’d like to shake the hand of (or share a pandemic-era elbow bump with) whoever came up with this “Top or Bottom” tag and thank them for saving me from the frustration of misaligning fitted sheets.

Thoughtful comments welcome.