Choosing Sheets for a Comfortable Fit.
If you are using a hospital bed, or are considering getting a hospital bed at home, what should you do about choosing sheets for the mattress?
Hospital bed mattresses are not the same size as a king size, queen size, full, or twin- size mattresses. Generally, a hospital bed mattress will measure 36 inches wide x 80 inches long. Some mattresses can be extended to 84 inches of sleep surface. There are wider mattresses for bariatric hospital beds, however. Before getting sheets, determine the mattress measurements.
You will soon find that twin sheets won’t fit a twin hospital mattress, however. A twin-size regular bed mattress measures 39 x 75 inches typically.
You will have to use a twin XL sheet to fit a hospital bed mattress. They may also be called extended twin or extra-long twin.
Fitted for Hospital Bed Sheets
The measurement of the fitted sheet is most critical for fit on the mattress and comfort for caregiver and patient. It is impossible to stretch the fitted sheet if it’s too short. Using a fitted sheet that is too long means that it will be difficult to tuck in under the mattress on a hospital bed. Any sheet that is too long and drops to the floor can cause a trip hazard for everyone.
A twin extra-long fitted sheet commonly measures 39 inches wide x 80 inches long. Depth of the mattress also determines the fit of a fitted sheet. Most hospital bed mattresses have a depth of 6 inches, but there are some that are even thicker.
A gel cover or a foam topper over the mattress on the hospital bed increases the depth of the mattress, and you will need a deeper corner or pocket on the fitted sheet. A good foam topper can create additional two or more inches of depth to account for when placing a fitted sheet on your mattress.
Before selecting your sheets, it is important to know the depth of the mattress, plus the gel cover or foam topper. Below are common mattress depth dimensions from a sheet manufacturer to use as a guide.
Standard = 7 to 9 inches
Deep = 10 to 15 inches
Add more to account for the increased depth of a foam topper. Check the measurements of the mattress and topper together.
If you want to save some money on sheets, then you might choose to use a fitted sheet that is a twin XL with a flat sheet that is a twin full sheet. A standard twin flat sheet (typically 66 x 96 inches) or full flat sheet (typically 81 x 96 inches) will fit the extra- long bed as the top flat sheet. These could be chosen in coordinating solid colors, or coordinating patterns and colors. No one will guess that they did not come as a set from the store.
Where can you buy twin XL when choosing sheets? Most stores that carry bedding will carry a variety of sheet sizes year around. I can usually find a good selection of twin XL sheets in the early fall of the year when shoppers are looking for sheets for dormitory beds or kids’ beds before school begins.
So, the measurements of the hospital bed mattress, plus the depth of any topper on the mattress, are what you need to determine the sizes of the sheets you need.
Choosing sheets that really fit the bed will make bed-making easier.