Nothing quite beats the feeling of going to sleep in a bed that has freshly laundered sheets. But is this feeling of pure bliss marred because your sheets are always creased?
Or worse still, do you find it uncomfortable or just downright annoying to lie directly on a sheet with a crease?
The good news is it’s possible to stop your bedsheets from creasing almost completely! And it doesn’t involve hours and hours of ironing either.
What material are your sheets made from?
Everyone loves the silky feel of pure cotton sheets, but they do have a tendency to crease easily. If you opt for a polyester cotton mix instead, you should notice fewer wrinkles in your bedsheets.
But what if you can’t do without the luxury of pure cotton? When they are new, pure cotton sheets are quite stiff and starchy, so they do crease more heavily.
Regular washing once a week, with fabric conditioner added to the load, should help to soften cotton bedsheets, reducing the number of creases.
Flat sheets or fitted sheets?
In luxury hotels, flat sheets are traditionally used as the layer directly on top of the mattress, the one you will sleep on.
The flat sheets are tucked underneath the mattress using smart hospital corners so that they are fully secure and fit smoothly.
But in a busy household, fitted sheets are a great alternative. Their elasticated corners mean they are simple to put on the bed, there’s always a snug fit and they’re easier to iron too.
If you want to try fitted sheets, check the height of your mattress first. You may need to buy extra deep fitted sheets if your mattress is luxuriously high, so look at the measurements carefully.
How to prevent creases in bedsheets
In order to prevent creases in your bedsheets after they are washed, don’t leave them in the washing machine for hours on end.
Remove the sheets from the machine as soon as the cycle has finished. Then shake out each sheet so that none of them are clumped together.
Ideally, bedsheets should be dried outside on a clothes line. This means they will be dried flat so they won’t develop too many wrinkles.
But in cold or wet weather, it’s not possible to dry sheets outside so most people would use a tumble dryer instead.
Don’t be tempted to put too many sheets into the dryer at once as they won’t have space inside to move around.
Try adding some tumble dryer balls or a couple of clean tennis balls to the drum. This should help separate the bedsheets in the dryer.
You will still need to iron your sheets, whether they are fitted or flat. But if you iron them when they’re still slightly damp, the process will be much easier.
So, how do you stop bedsheets from creasing?
Change the bed every single week, opt for fitted sheets that are made from polyester cotton, air dry the sheets when possible, and iron them when they are still slightly damp.
To stop them creasing when on the bed, make sure you are using the right sheet for your mattress.
Memory foam mattresses have issues with sheets loosening and then getting creased or loose after you have spent the night in bed.
For memory foam, buy a large flat sheets that you can tuck under the mattress, the weight of the mattress on top will stop them from springing out and creating uncomfortable creases, lumps and bumps.