Should you ditch your top sheet? The Experts Debate the Pros and Cons

This article discusses the pros and cons of sleeping with a top sheet and explains why a silk duvet cover from Mulberry Park Silks is a wonderful alternative for those who don’t like a traditional flat sheet. Read on for expert advice on the top sheet debate.

Here at Mulberry Park Silks, we really love what we do. After all, we spend our days sharing all the benefits of pure silk bedding for health, wellness, and better sleep. Helping our clients choose their perfect bedding set is one of our great pleasures. And that means staying on top of developments and trends in sleep, bedding, and health. So today we’re wading into a hot topic in the world of luxury linen: Do you really need a top sheet?

The short answer is that it comes down to personal preference. As advocates for luxurious and comfortable bedding, we understand the importance of finding the perfect sleep setup. Whether you're a die-hard fan of top sheets or prefer to skip them altogether, we've got the information you need to make the right choice for your sleep style.

The Benefits of Using a Top Sheet

One of the primary arguments in favor of using a top sheet in your bedding bundle revolves around hygiene. 

“Top sheets provide an important bedding layer between your skin and blanket, quilt, or duvet,” says Helena, Associate Brand Manager at Fine Linen and Bath, a luxury home textile and bed linen retailer. “It may not be pleasant to consider, but your sheet set traps bacteria and dead skin that come out with regular washing. Depending on the material, cleaning a comforter or duvet cover can be more involved.”

Dark haired model sleeps in white silk bedding, wrapped in a shiny silk top sheet

Using and regularly washing your top sheet helps protect sensitive skin and minimize allergies. Top sheets also provide an additional layer of extra warmth to your bedding ensemble. Finally, top sheets can make a beautiful design statement with a “finished” look when the bed is made, particularly with bed sheets that feature embroidery or other design elements

Reasons to Skip a Top Sheet

For some sleepers, using the extra layer of a top sheet can be more of a hassle than a help. If you’re a hot sleeper, that top sheet may be a bit too warm. Similarly, a person that’s a restless sleeper is going to be prone to kicking the top sheet down to the foot of the bed, which creates additional work making the bed in the morning. Also, for those of us who sleep with taller partners, the frustration of dealing with untucked sheets is a daily hassle. Skipping the top sheet and opting instead for a duvet cover means making the bed is a breeze. This also allows for airing the bed out a bit more easily (check out our recent blog on Lüften, the German practice of opening a window to infuse the bedroom with fresh air).

Silk Bedding: Ideal Rest and Wellness

Whether you’re “team top sheet” or not, you should definitely be sleeping on a set of pure silk sheets from Mulberry Park Silks. Among all sheet materials, silk stands out for being versatile, luxurious, and healthful:

  • Hypoallergenic to resist mold, dust, and mites.
  • Non-irritating to sensitive skin.
  • Helps skin and hair retain moisture (cotton sheets are naturally absorbent and can pull moisture away from your skin and hair, while protein-based silk fabric promotes hydration).
  • Prevents sleep wrinkles and minimizes bed head, tangles, and frizz (the smooth surface of our silk charmeuse sheets is virtually friction-free, softer than even Egyptian cotton sateen sheets).
  • Luxurious. For more than four centuries, silk bedding has been prized for its luxurious look and feel.

Silk Duvet Covers: Perfect With or Without a Top Sheet

Model in Duvet Cover Sage

Our silk bedding collection includes a pure silk duvet cover, which is a wonderful way to get the many benefits of sleeping on silk even if you choose to forgo a top bed sheet. Made from luxurious 22 momme silk, our duvet covers come in seven stunning colors and are available in both full/queen and king sizes (coordinating pillow sham also available). Pair a duvet cover with our silk flat sheets (which are available to purchase as separates) for a bedding ensemble that's as beautiful as it is comfortable. Our silk duvet covers offer all the benefits of sleeping on silk, including keeping your hair and skin hydrated, being non-irritating, hypoallergenic, and resistant to mold, allergens, and dust mites. Just as important: our silk duvet covers are easy to wash; treat them like silk top sheets and launder them along with your fitted sheet.

Mulberry Park Silks: Your Trusted Source for Silk Sheets and Bedding

Where you purchase your silk bedding matters. At Mulberry Park Silks, we pride ourselves on being your trusted source for high-quality silk bedding and accessories. All of our silk sheets are made with 100% pure mulberry silk in Grade 6A, the highest on the market. Our silk sheets are also OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) for safety. We offer sheets in 19, 22, and 30 momme weights, which are clearly and transparently labeled. As a US-based company with a warehouse, corporate offices, and customer care team located in Branford, CT, we are always here to assist you with any questions or concerns. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we're dedicated to providing you with the best silk bedding experience possible.

Mulberry Park: Accessible and Affordable Luxury Silk

We founded Mulberry Park with one simple mission: to design the highest quality silk items in the market and offer them at an affordable price. And we've done just that, with a full range of silk products made from 100% pure mulberry long strand silk fabric. The silk fabric used for our silk sheets and silk pillowcases has also been OEKO-TEX® Certified (Standard 100) to be free of chemicals.

Visit us online or call us at (800) 860-1924 to learn more about our silk sheets, silk pillowcases, duvet covers and shams, and real silk accessories including sleep masks, travel pillows, and silk hair scrunchies.