One of the biggest debates to come out of the year has been whether the flat sheet (also known as the top sheet) is a necessary linen or an archaic money trap. It’s a debate that has been going on for many years but we have never been able to reach a conclusion.

So, what is the actual point of a flat sheet? Are they as useless as millenials say they are? Or is there something to having that extra layer? We asked the team and this is what they had to say.


Did you know that humans can produce up to 100 litres of sweat a year? Considering we spend about a third of our life in bed, we can only imagine how much of that ends up in our sheets. Bedsheets are the perfect breeding grounds for fungi, bacteria and dust mites, but using a flat sheet can prevent all that nasty from getting to your comforter.

Cleanliness aside, flat sheets are just great for sleeping. They provide extra warmth in the winter months, they make your bed look nicer, and they give you that comforting feeling of a warm hug. Plus, if you’re an interior designer, a flat sheet is essential for the perfect well-made bed look.

Even if you don’t want to use a flat sheet all the time, you can’t argue that having one that you can use on its own in summer is a bad call.


Flat sheets only do an average job at keeping things clean. Unlike the fitted sheet, who’s goal is to protect the mattress, the flat sheet rarely stays put. For many it ends up a tangled mess on the bottom of the bed. Is it really protecting anything, or is it just giving you an excuse not to clean the doona so often?

For that matter, experts say you should be washing your bed at least weekly for better sleep hygiene. If you’re already regularly washing all your bed sheets, what’s the point of the extra laundry?

Finally, we don’t need flat sheets to protect the quilt, because we already have a quilt cover which was invented for the exact same reason.

If you are trying to lead a minimalist lifestyle, the flat sheet will not bring you joy!

Where does Cosy Club sit? We’re #TeamFlatSheet of course! But whether you need to use one is ultimately up to personal preference.

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