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Double and Normal Bed packages

As I have already described, this type of bed applies to any bed where the sleeper wishes to be able to enter the bed from either side. But in this description I will only give the details for a normal double bed. Single beds, king-sized single beds, queen-sized double beds and king-sized double beds would all take a very similar form - but with different lengths.


In this type of bed, the Velcro pieces, which keep the upper sheet and blankets in their correct positions, must all be placed at the foot of the bed – otherwise they would interfere with the sleeper entering the bed. These details will be described after the tape system.


The bedding for this bed will be attached to a set of connected tapes I mentioned in the gereral page. So the details are that there would always be four longways tapes. For double beds there would be three longways tapes – but for single beds there would only be two. The tapes for the double bed mattress are now shown on the following diagram where the tapes are all stretched out above the mattress.


The Connected Tapes that surround a Double Mattress (scale 1:20)connecting tapes on double mattress


            In this diagram, the mattress is shown below so the reader should be able to understand how the tapes wrap around the mattress. A double mattress is 190 cm long, 140 cm wide and 24 cm deep. And all the lengths shown on the diagram correspond to these lengths. The Velcro patches, at the ends of the tapes, are made to join on the side-walls of the mattress. So these patches are 24 cm long.


The bed will have a normal bottom sheet and this sheet will be kept in place by Velcro patches on the sheet’s edges, where the sheet edge crosses a tape. But we now have the problem of what size of sheet we should use.

A normal single sheet is 180 cm wide and 245 cm long. I would prefer to use sheets with a width of 188 cm because then they would then reach to the bottom of the mattress. But there are no sheets of this width. So it best to use these sheets. And there are other advantages in keeping the size of these sheets small.
            So this is the sheet we shall use. In the tape diagram, then the normal nine small patches of Velcro of length 6 cm, away from the foot of the bed, are used to attach the bottom sheet to the tapes at the edges of the bottom sheet. So these patches correspond to what a user would expect to happen.


What happens at the foot of the bed is more complex because this is where the top sheet and blankets must be stabilised as well. The reader must now look at the following detailed diagram at the foot of the bed. This diagram shows the sheets and blankets stretched out flat above the mattress as well.



A Detailed Diagram at the Foot of a Double Mattress (Scale 1:10)



double mattress foot detail


            To keep the bottom sheet out of the way, we now need to attach this bottom sheet to the Velcro just below the mattress edge. This means we will make this bottom sheet to have length 196 cm because it will be the length of the mattress - plus 6 cm down the bottom edge of the mattress.
            But the two side foot pieces of Velcro will also be put just below the mattress surface for a similar reason. I will explain this situation further later.

The top sheet will also be attached to the three longways tapes at the foot of the bed, by Velcro just above the Velcro the blankets use - i.e. 18 cm down from the mattress edge. This means that, if we wish our top sheet to reach exactly to the head of the bed, its length should be 208 cm.
            The two side-pieces of Velcro, near the foot of the bed, can also be used to further stabilise the top sheet’s position. This Velcro should also be placed on its side edges. I will also explain this situation later.


I would prefer to use blankets with a width of 200 cm because this would give us a hang of 30 cm on each side. But such blankets don’t exist. So we will use standard double bed blankets with a width of 220 cm and length 240 cm - giving us a side hang of 40 cm.
            To decide on the length of the blankets, we must decide how close to the head of the bed the blanket should lie. And people have different opinions on this subject. But for the time being, I shall assume a figure of 15 cm from the head of the bed. Now the foot of the blankets should go to the bottom of the foot of the mattress. So this means the blankets need to be 199 cm long (190 – 15 + 24). So 41 cm of blanket needs to be cut off. And three pieces of Velcro will be attached to the blankets’ bottom edges, and these will attach to Velcro on the three longways tapes at the bottom.
            This double bed can now use any number of blankets and these will be placed on top of each other. One blanket should always stay on top and this blanket will only have “fluffy” Velcro on its underneath side. But the other blankets, which lie underneath, will also have “hooked” Velcro on their topside. So the various blankets can be attached to each other and then all of them would be all attached to the foot end of the bed - via the Velcro on the tapes.


The previous diagram now shows the general picture at the foot of the bed (for one side – scale 1:10). The diagram assumes that all the various components are laid out flat in their correct position with respect to each other, on top of the mattress.
The important items to look at are the Velcro patches and the portions of the bedding that use the Velcro on the tapes (on the side of the mattress). (There is one item I will gloss over. On the sides, the bottom sheet needs to be folded up, so that it does not interfere with the placement of the Velcro for the bottom sheet and blankets below. After folding up, the sheet will naturally fall down. But this doesn’t matter.)
            You will notice in the diagram that there is 6 cm of Velcro that is not used between the bottom sheet Velcro and the top sheet Velcro. On the three foot-edge pieces of Velcro, this gap is useful because it allows a tall person’s feet to go over the foot of the bed with less resistance.
 But, for the two side-foot Velcro patches, this gap is useful for a different purpose. This gap can be used to adjust the bedding to give more-or-less room for the sleeper’s feet.
            So, if the Velcro it placed in the positions I have shown here, then the blankets and the top sheet will fall into their correct positions very easily. But there might not be enough room for the sleeper’s feet to move easily. But, if the Velcro is attached a little higher in the 6 cm gap then there will be more room for the sleeper’s feet to move.
            Or, if a sleeper wants even more freedom for their feet, then this side Velcro can be ignored completely. The material from the bottom sheet will then naturally fall down, and so this material will prevent the opposite Velcro pieces rejoining together.
 So the sleepers will have a few options as to what is best for them as regards the freedom of their feet.


This total bedding system needs some degree of access to the foot of the bed (as do all bedding systems). But some people have a perverse desire for beds with a substantial structure at the foot of their beds. And these structures can prevent easy access to the foot of the bed.

A variant of this bedding system could be made to help this problem. Thus the join of the longways tapes could be made at the head of the bed beneath the pillows (as opposed to the foot of the bed). Also the associated Velcro at the foot of the bed could be brought up closer towards mattress surface - and so allow easier access when changing sheets or blankets.



You might now also like to look back at:

either my "Home Page" (which introduces this whole website and lists all my webpages),

or  “Bryden’s Inventions(which introduces this major set of webpages),

or “A New Easy-to-Use Bedding-Package System (which introduces this minor set of webpages).


My next normal webpage is a “Easy-to-Use Single Bedding Packages.


Updated on 11/11/2016.