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Old 01-22-2005, 12:29 AM   #1
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Fitted Sheets that don't fit

Airstream beds often are a few inches different in size than standard queen, full or twin size beds, and apparently there are special sheets that you can buy just to fit your A/S.

I'll be getting my 22 ft CCD shortly - and I've decided to use an OLD trick with standard fitted sheets. Today's fitted sheets are designed for mattresses that can be 14" to 17" thick so these sheets will probably be wrinkled messes on an A/S mattress without a little help. I've gone to my local fabric store and bought six good old fashioned garter belt garters - and a few yards of elastic. Sew the garters on each end of a piece of elastic then clip them to the bottom of the sheet on the far side, stretch to the near side and clip on again. (Think bungee cords that don't rip your sheets.)

You can bounce a quarter off of the tightly stretched sheet and it will stay unwrinkled under you all night. Makes it easier to make up the bed in the morning too.

I'm thinking that since my bed is in front, positioned sideways, I may even clip in the far side of the top sheet to make it easier to make the bed in the A.M. Am I creative or just lazy?

Tin Lizzie

PS - a woman who sews is NOT a "sewer", she is a seamstress or a tailor.
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Old 01-22-2005, 09:20 AM   #2
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I bought my summer sheets from Airstream and they fit just fine without any tensioners. Top and bottom are joined at the foot and there are velcro tabs there so that they slip on more easily.

In the winter, I use some flannel sheets from Sam's. They fit fine widthwise, but are a bit long. The extra length just tucks in at the foot and doesn't bother us. I like the extra long top sheet because I lilke plenty of sheet up around my ears when I turn the heat down at night.
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Old 01-22-2005, 11:50 AM   #3
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We have the rear twins so the sides hug the walls. I tried the sleeping sack/bag solution and found it too confining. I now use regular bedding, found a 12 volt/110 electric combo matress pad and flannel sheets with flannel back cotton blanket from Pennys and sleep snuggly these winter months. I use the suspenders system too. Cudos to you Paula and your handcraft skills. I purchased my bed suspenders at Wallmart or Bed Bath and Beyond and have two full length elastic suspenders run diagonally from top right to lower left corner and vica versa with the other. The fitted sheets stay put. I used to include the top sheet and blanket in our SOB in the cinching going half way up from the foot widthwise and bed making was minimal. With our setup now we like the top sheet and blanket free to poke out a hand, arm or foot as desired and only need to smooth them flat and push between bed and wall which also helps kill the draft that comes up from the bed and wall.



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Airstream beds often are a few inches different in size than standard queen, full or twin size beds, and apparently there are special sheets that you can buy just to fit your A/S.

I'll be getting my 22 ft CCD shortly - and I've decided to use an OLD trick with standard fitted sheets. Today's fitted sheets are designed for mattresses that can be 14" to 17" thick so these sheets will probably be wrinkled messes on an A/S mattress without a little help. I've gone to my local fabric store and bought six good old fashioned garter belt garters - and a few yards of elastic. Sew the garters on each end of a piece of elastic then clip them to the bottom of the sheet on the far side, stretch to the near side and clip on again. (Think bungee cords that don't rip your sheets.)

You can bounce a quarter off of the tightly stretched sheet and it will stay unwrinkled under you all night. Makes it easier to make up the bed in the morning too.

I'm thinking that since my bed is in front, positioned sideways, I may even clip in the far side of the top sheet to make it easier to make the bed in the A.M. Am I creative or just lazy?

Tin Lizzie

PS - a woman who sews is NOT a "sewer", she is a seamstress or a tailor.
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