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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
How many sets of linen do you need to keep on hand? While it's a common enough question, there doesn't seem to be a consensus on exactly how many bedsheets are really needed for the average household. Depending on the family and its "housekeeping" routine, everyone seems to have their own rule about how many extra bed linens should be purchased. What works for one family may not work for another, however.

So, How Many Sheets Per Bed, Really?:

A good rule of thumb is to have, at the very least, two sets of linens for each bed in the home, with three sets being optimal. Some families that have the budget and storage space prefer to keep several extra sets for seasonal temperature variations, color coordination and for guest beds. Keep in mind most households have different bed sizes and will need different sheets to accommodate those sizes; a queen-sized set will not fit a king-sized bed, and vice versa.

Depending on the size of the household, extra bed linens can quickly add up; for example, if there are two twin-sized mattresses with two standard pillows and one queen-sized bed with large pillows, there should be a minimum of six sets of linens(four twin-sized and two queen-sized) in the linen closet or dresser.

What About Blankets and Comforters?:

As with sheets, there should always be at least two spare blankets of the appropriate size per bed. This means if something is spilled on one set of blankets (or sheets), there is always a fresh set ready to be put on the bed, provided it has been laundered already. If the budget allows for three blankets per bed, this provides even more leeway in terms of having a fresh set ready for use.

The next time you find yourself asking "how many sets of linens do I need per bed?", remember: at least two (preferably three) sets of appropriate size per bed, including extra blankets. This can prevent the hassle of having to launder soiled sheets in a hurry before everyone turns in for the night.

by: Palmetto Linen