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bed sheets in Poland...are them shorter ?


mauro 9 | 43  
7 Dec 2008 /  #1
Hei !

After I have seen many dormitories in Poland I noticed that bed sheets are alwasy so short....do u know why ? I must leave out my feet and I'm not that tall.

almost forgot...they have the same lenght in both sides, which sounds really strange to me.
pawian 178 | 15,893  
7 Dec 2008 /  #2
That`s intentional. They believe that when you leave your feet out, you fall asleep faster. And then you are fast asleep all night long. :):):) And your roommates as well...

It is done to prevent students from partying and doing other silly things during night time.
OP mauro 9 | 43  
7 Dec 2008 /  #3
thanks for your answer, but I haven't got the meaning...
preventing students from partying ? how u prevent student partying having short bed sheets ? don't understand :)
pawian 178 | 15,893  
7 Dec 2008 /  #4
:):):):) Let somebody else explain it to you, because it is midnight in Poland and I am turning in. I am going to leave my feet out to have a sound sleep and many nice dreams. Good night! :):):)

PS. Do you need to use bed sheets? Why don`t you follow this fashion? It was popular in Poland in 1980s..
OP mauro 9 | 43  
7 Dec 2008 /  #5
mmm :) ops...well...I have my sleeping bag as well...and I actually don't have any problems to leave my feet out :) but now I'm even more curious.
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
7 Dec 2008 /  #6
they have the same lenght in both sides

Must be because of the Polish nation growing fat, so the manufacturers decided it's time for a change :)
During my student times (15 years ago) the sheets were OK (not too short), but I didn't study in Wrocław.
polishgirltx  
8 Dec 2008 /  #7
I noticed that bed sheets are alwasy so short....do u know why ?

ah geez.... just try to adapt.... what's the big of a deal...
OP mauro 9 | 43  
8 Dec 2008 /  #8
I adapt ! just curiosity...in this forum u're quite aggressive...I'm just curious.
Cardno85 31 | 976  
8 Dec 2008 /  #9
I thought it was just me that thought this. Everywhere I go the sheets to be the exact size of the matress without any space to tuck them under and keep them secure. Seemed odd to me...but it was rather minor compared to the amount of other things over here which seem a bit strange.
nierozumiem 9 | 118  
9 Dec 2008 /  #10
Polish people, or the ones that I know, do not sleep under sheets, under any circumstance. They only use one sheet to cover the mattress, and then sleep directly under the duvet/comforter, no matter the season or room temperature.

Another related custom that I find quite strange is that two people sharing a bed always have their own duvet.

So if you were to check into a Polish run hotel outside of a major city your are most likely to end up in a queen size bed, with no sheet, and 2 small duvets.
KatowiceCalling 1 | 10  
9 Dec 2008 /  #11
Another related custom that I find quite strange is that two people sharing a bed always have their own duvet.

I love this idea, though! They overlap as you overlap leading to a kind of romantic mountain duvet.
pawian 178 | 15,893  
9 Dec 2008 /  #12
Polish people, or the ones that I know, do not sleep under sheets, under any circumstance. They only use one sheet to cover the mattress, and then sleep directly under the duvet/comforter, no matter the season or room temperature.

That`s normal, isn`t it? What do people do in other countries? Lie on one sheet and cover themselves with another? Strange..... I wouldn`t be able to sleep at all in such conditions....

o if you were to check into a Polish run hotel outside of a major city your are most likely to end up in a queen size bed, with no sheet, and 2 small duvets.

Come on, make up your mind, are sheets used in Poland or not?
nierozumiem 9 | 118  
9 Dec 2008 /  #13
They overlap as you overlap leading to a kind of romantic mountain duvet.

Hmmmm, well I kinda look at it as a form of Polish birth control, this large "mountain duvet" between you and your significant other is not exactly conducive to intimacy.

What do people do in other countries? Lie on one sheet and cover themselves with another?

Bingo! Yes, that's how beds work everywhere I've been.

Come on, make up your mind, are sheets used in Poland or not?

Yes they are, but only to cover the mattress, never between the occupant and the duvet.

And one more thing I love about Polish beds, is this idea of refering to any bed large enough for 2 people as a "marital bed"
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
9 Dec 2008 /  #14
nierozumiem

I'm not sure I understand what you're saying, so this is how it looks in most Polish houses (I'm not sure about hotels and such).

1/ Prześcieradło (a sheet put on the bed/matrass)
2/ Poduszka (a pillow usually in a sheet)
3/ Kołdra [or koc] (duvet/comforter [or blanket]) in something called "poszwa"

Poszwa (bigger) and poszewka (smaller) are sheets (usually with buttons) in which you put respectively the pillow and the duvet.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
9 Dec 2008 /  #15
/ Prześcieradło (a sheet put on the bed/matrass)
2/ Poduszka (a pillow usually in a sheet)
3/ Kołdra [or koc] (duvet/comforter [or blanket]) in something called "poszwa"

1/ Valance or flat sheet (cover the matress)
2/ pillow case (cover the pillow)
3/(optional) bed sheet (usually used in summer time in spain instead of a duvet)
4/ duvet cover (cover the duvet)

Same in any country I have visited...I think it's more about the length of the top bed sheet more than anything.
nierozumiem 9 | 118  
9 Dec 2008 /  #16
0/ pillowcase
1/ mattress pad - thick cottoney pad to protect the mattress, placed under the fitted sheet
2/ fitted sheet - sheet for covering the mattress,(and mattress pad) typically has elastic corners so as to fit snugly with the mattress
3/ flat sheet - on top of the fitted sheet, does not have elastic corners. You sleep between the fitted sheet and the flat sheet.
4/ duvet - with or without duvet cover.

In this scenario the flat sheet is always tucked into the end of the bed so it needs to be quite bit longer than the length of the mattress. As long as the flat sheet is long enough, it will stay tucked in and your feet will never stick out of the bed. If it is too warm, you just sleep between the sheets. Maybe this is just a Hotel / North America arrangement?


  • bed with fitted sheet, flat sheet and duvet

  • bed with fitted sheet, flat sheet and duvet
Cardno85 31 | 976  
9 Dec 2008 /  #17
Or if you are sleeping at my grans house:
0/Pillowcase
1/Matress Cover
2/Electric Blanket
3/Fitted Sheet
4/Flat Sheet
5/Comforter
6/Woolen Blanket
7/Patwork Quilt
8/Topsheet

Always a snug night!
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
10 Dec 2008 /  #18
In some houses (mostly in country side) people are still using a very thick pierzyna, which (according to English Wikipedia) is a Polish feathered quilt made with goose down (which is warmer than duck down).
Tommy1 - | 2  
13 Jan 2009 /  #19
I'd emerge in the morning slimed down after being squashed all night under all that lot. :)

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