Ancient people did not care about bed linen, they slept on skins and covered themselves with them. In the warmer regions, sheets and blankets were served by leaves and grass. In the Middle Ages, our ancestors slept on straw mattresses, covering them with barbed wool and coarse cloths. Fashion for bed linen appeared only in the fifteenth century, it was then that the beds began to cover the fabrics. The sheets were made by hand and decorated with exquisite lace, to afford such a luxurious and expensive thing could only the rich. Only in the eighteenth century sheets and pillow cases became available to other segments of the population. In those days, sets of bed linens consisted of three or four sheets of different fabrics and six pillowcases on pillows of different sizes.
There are a variety of sizes of bed linen. In different countries, there are standards for bedding. If we are accustomed to square and rectangular cushions with a long side of 70 centimeters, then abroad, in the course of the cushion from 30 to 40 to 80 by 80 centimeters. The same applies to the size of mattresses and blankets. The size of the bed linen is always indicated on the package. In order to choose a suitable kit, you need to know the size of the bed and the size of the blanket and pillows.
The sizes of bed-clothes. Domestic classification
The sizes of bed-clothes which are let out by the Russian manufacturers:
- sets for children's beds;
- sets for one and a half beds;
- for double beds;
- Euro size sets;
- Family kits.
In all sets, except for children, includes a sheet, two pillowcases, a duvet cover. The set of bed linen, which is called "family", includes another extra duvet cover, so that it suits the owners of a large bed, who like to sleep under two different blankets. Well, those who used to relax, embracing, fit bed linens "euro size". In one category, the sizes of bedding can be different, so you need to know the exact measurements of your own pillows and blankets, carefully read the manufacturer's information on the package.
The sizes of bed-clothes. European classification
Foreign representatives of light industry label bed linens as follows:
- "children" or "baby bed" - a set for a crib;
- "twin", "single" or "1-bed" - a single set;
- "extra long single" or "1,5-bed" - one and a half pack;
- "double", "full" or "2-bed" - a double set;
- "king-size" - a set for a bed of very large size.
The "fitted sheet" designation indicates that the set with bedding includes a stretch sheet on the elastic band. It is very convenient to use, because it is securely fixed on the mattress, it does not stray and does not require ironing.
In different countries, bed linen is different in size and has its own characteristics. So, for example, Americans do not use ordinary duvet covers. Their sets include a special sheet, which is fastened to the blanket with the help of buttons or zippers. I must admit that this is very convenient.