I gotta old "full" bed/mattress circa maybe 1970. Ancient "full" fitted
sheet fits well but it's pretty much worn out.
Last year I go to JC Penny, get a nice "full" 250 thread count sheet set,
and find the fitted sheet is an extreme PITA to put-on, take-off. Nice material,
too much of it. The fold-under part is about 15", way too much for my 6"
I picked up a Martex sheet set, read the sizes, and I'm afraid to un-package
it (nobody in this world or the next can get it back in the package, back
on the shelf if returned).
Old Mattress 6 x 54 x 74 "
JCP sheet 54 x 75
Martex sheet 54 x 76 max 15" deep
Question: Are there multiple "full" bed/sheet size standards?
Are the sizes for beds from the 70's different from those made in 90's, etc??
How can I find a "full" sheet-set that properly fits my old bed?
If writing from the USA, consult the US National Bureau of Standards.
(I am no longer up to date but it used to have a housewares branch.)
Your measurements above are so near enough to each other
that department stores would treat them as identical. But
European standard sizes differ somewhat, e.g. Ikea introduced
some European sizes in the 1970s but later abandoned them
i.e. now sells only US standard sizes.
You must locate a store that sells bed linen and nothing
else. We do not know where you live.
I used to sell mattresses.
Mattresses nowadays are much thicker than they used to be. Sheets are
made for new mattresses.
The Penney's sheet will probably fit OK. I bet they'll take them back
if you aren't happy.
Remember that the sheets will shrink some. Wash and dry on hot to
accelerate the process.
Even with the mattress being 40 years old, 6" was a real cheap mattress in
those days, I was there.
Something that old would be deteriorating internally, any foam in it would
be crumbling, and could be full of dust mites and/or mildew.
Get rid of it and replace it with something current.
I'm sure it's fine. I had an old one recently donated away. It had a thick
box spring and the mattress on top was a firm one of about that.
Grin, all you need is to check the packages. You want the cheaper ones and
they wont be marked 'deep'. Check and the 8 inch 'deep' will work. If you
cant turn in the one or so 'extra deep' you now have, all isnt lost. You
can fix them 2 ways that are easy.
1-easiest- those elastic straps with clips sewn on each end (some made for
bed fitting, others can be found that guys sometimes use to hold shirts down
and clip to your socks. Sounds wierd, but military dressup leads to a few
2- almost as easy- - if handy with needle and thread, 4$ worth of elastic
at a sewing goods store and some clips you sew on will work. If not handy
with sewing, large diaper safety pins (you will need to sew down the elastic
where you cut it but can just pin it in place after that).
At a diagonal where the bottom fitted part is too big, you just cross this
with one at the side and up about 1.5 ft, and the other to the bottom (about
1.5 feet). This will pull the sheet neatly in. Got too much elastic? Just
back it over to 2ft.
Alternates, elastic that runs all the way under and goes just side to side.
Hard to do a bit on a double bed, easy on a single.
Trick learned on Navy ships where sheets are for single beds but matresses
are 4-6 inch thick and only about 1/2 to 2/3 as wide as a normal single.
Gotta get creative to make a standard single fit right.
The kitchen/bath shops carry a fair variety of thicknesses for a hefty
price. If you find a sheet made for
a mattress close to your size, it wouldn't be difficult for someone with
a sewing machine to alter it to fit.
It probably would just be a matter of sewing up two corners with a
sharper curve on the bottom side.
A futon shop might carry something closer. I have a mattress about the
same age, probably about 8"
thick and have found sheets for it.
If the only sheets you can find have mattress "pockets" that are too
deep for your mattress, check out "bed sheet straps" to hold the corners
tight. For example:
I've not used them but I've seen them advertised every now and then over
Well, thanks are rendered to both of y'all.
But the main problem is not holding the sheets tight. It's getting
the fitted one
on and off the bed, which is against a wall on one side. Ya hafta
reach way far under the mattress ... my bad back doesn't help ...
I'll try a super-duper-cheap sheet-set first. Hell, the Martex set
was only $15 at the closeout store (and it's 15" deep and very
substantial). Maybe I need a $6.98 set. :-)
Ohh, not fun. I have a back like that. We shifted the bed so there's a
small walkway against the wall so I can change the sheets. Also Don can get
in easier without having to crawl up the foot or over me ;-)
Grin, yup! The other way (assuming shifting the bed away from that one wall
a bit isnt workable for you) is to use those same bedsheet grabbers, but
just on the open sides where you can reach, to hold the extra material on
I'm sure that those are not the sizes of the sheets. 54 * 75 would
leave no fold under at all.
Read a book (or check it out on line) called "Home Comforts" written
by a woman (Lyn something-or-other IIRC) who takes her old fashioned
knowledge and applies it to household items like sheets. She sets out
the standard sizes and explains variations such as for extra-long
twin. She also bemoans the search for high thread count at all costs
and says that 200 count percale is much longer lasting, easier to
wash, etc. Apparently it's what the hospitals use.
On the subject of your fitted sheet not fitting, why don't you use a
flat sheet for the bottom as well. The labor-saving of a fitted bottom
sheet is minimal. I have the opposite problem: the bottom sheet won't
stay tucked in at all (fitted or otherwise) so I've had to go to a one
size up (Queen instead of Full) flat. It makes a lot of difference. In
future I'll go for Queen for top and bottom on all my beds (They're
supposedly Full size).
You might also be able to find a "mattress topper" or a thick mattress
pad. They could help to make the mattress taller, and hopefully more in
line with the "newer" sheet sizes. I once bought a very "poofy" mattress
pad and it almost made the mattress too thick, at least for the older
sheets I had at the time.
Me too. If the sheet has enough tail to tuck under, it needs no
elastic. But that works best if the mattress is very firm. On a soft
mattress, the sheet may work loose pretty quickly. Another
alternative is to buy sheets at estate sales or thrift shops, or at
boutique shops. Anything but a big box store. In those places, you
can measure everything before you buy.
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