What is a top sheet? And do you need one?

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A top sheet is a flat sheet that goes between you and your duvet cover or blanket. It is essentially a rectangle of cloth often with a decorative edge which is oversized for your mattress.

So when making your bed you would:

  1. Put a mattress protector over your mattress.
  2. Put a fitted or flat sheet on top of your protector.
  3. Add a top sheet on top of the bottom sheet.
  4. Put your duvet or blanket on top of your top sheet - Your duvet will be in a duvet cover.
  5. You then sleep between the top sheet and the sheet that covers your mattress.
To keep cool when sleeping in very warm weather, you may decide not to have a duvet or blanket at all and instead just sleep under your top sheet.

 

Top sheets v flat sheets

A top sheet is sometimes called a flat sheet. They are essentially the same thing but used in slightly different ways. To learn more, read our flat sheet guide.
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Our top sheets have handy feet labels so that you know which way around they go.

 

Why you should use a top sheet?

We are often asked what are top sheets for? There are two reasons people use one:

 

Hygiene

The main aim of the top sheet is to keep your blanket or duvet cover cleaner for longer. A top sheet provides an extra layer between you and your duvet, meaning that your duvet needs washing less often.

 

Temperature regulation

When it’s really warm you may just want a top sheet and nothing else. Hot sleepers and those who live in warmer climates often use a top bed sheet as the only upper bedding layer.
It is also said that in the winter a top sheet can keep you that bit warmer. Though we personally think this is negligible, especially if you have a top quality duvet.

 

Are top sheets popular?

They used to be a staple in bedrooms but top sheets are less common than they used to be. Mainly because most people now sleep with a duvet so extra sheets are not really necessary.

 

Where to shop for high quality top sheets?

If you’re looking to buy a reliable top sheet brand, check out our luxury Egyptian cotton top sheets edged with single silky marrow stitch piping to match our cotton bedding.

 

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Published: 4 July 2024Last modified: 17 July 2024





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These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm (36 x 75")
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm (53 x 75")
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm (60 x 78")
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm (72 x 78")

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Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to use a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season 13.5 tog 4.5 tog + 9 tog Very warm
All season 11.5 tog 2.5 tog + 9 tog Warm
All season 7 tog 2.5 tog + 4.5 tog Lower warmth

 

Duvet fill weights

Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre). For example view our 9 tog king size goose down duvet for more duvet details.

Fill weight (not total duvet weight)
Single All seasons - 788gsm
9 tog - 486gsm 
4.5 tog - 302gsm 
2.5 tog - 220gsm
Double All seasons - 1168gsm
9 tog - 720gsm
4.5 tog - 448gsm
2.5 tog - 320gsm
King All seasons - 1478gsm
9 tog - 911gsm
4.5 tog - 567gsm
2.5 tog - 400gsm
Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
9 tog - 1030gsm
4.5 tog - 641gsm
2.5 tog - 480gsm

 

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Our pillows come in two sizes and two firmness options. (Width x length.)

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm

 

Bed linen sizes

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm

 

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Topper & mattress protector sizes

Our mattress protectors are deep fit, up to 40cm mattress depth. Choose the same size topper or protector as your mattress size. (Width x length.)

Topper / protector size Mattress size
Single 90 x 190cm 90 x 190cm
Double 135 x 190cm 135 x 190cm
King 150 x 200cm 150 x 200cm
Super king 180 x 200cm 180 x 200cm 

 

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