BEDDING COVER AND METHOD OF MAKING BED WITH SAME

- WestPoint Home LLC

The disclosure is directed to a bedding cover that allows for the easy and rapid insertion of a blanket or duvet and an easy, rapid method of making a bed using such a bedding cover. The bedding cover is durable with a type of closure that does not reduce the longevity of or damage the bedding cover despite multiple launderings. A kit containing a container and the disclosed improved bedding cover; and optionally, at least one of: a mattress sheet or bottom sheet; a pillow case; a dust ruffle; and a blanket or a duvet.

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Description

TECHNICAL FIELD

This disclosure is directed to bed linens, more particularly an improved bedding cover, method of making a bed with the improved bedding cover, and a kit including the improved bedding cover.

BACKGROUND

A duvet is a type of bedding that may be filled with down, feathers, wool, silk or a synthetic alternative. The duvet typically has a rectangular shape sufficient to cover the length and width of a bed with additional overhang. A duvet may have a protective cover known as a duvet cover which is similarly shaped to the duvet. Using a duvet and a duvet cover reduce the cumbersome combination of sheets, blankets, quilts, or other bed linens typically used to make a bed. A duvet inside a duvet cover acts as a top sheet and blanket in one. In addition to a bed's pillow cases and bottom sheet, only the duvet cover, and not the duvet itself, require laundering on a frequent basis. Yet, a disadvantage of using a duvet and a duvet cover is the difficulty and time consuming nature of inserting the duvet into the duvet cover. Generally, the duvet cover is permanently sealed on three sides and open on the fourth side forming a pocket, and the duvet must be inserted into the pocket. During the process of inserting the duvet into the duvet cover, the corners of the duvet must fit snugly into the corners of the duvet cover. The difficulty lies in obtaining a smooth, unwrinkled duvet inside the duvet cover, such that there is no bunching resulting in a bumpy bedding.

Alternatively, the hospitality lodging industry commonly uses a three-sheet technique for rapidly making a bed, the construction is not stable and tends to come undone with little movement. The technique which includes a bottom sheet that covers the mattress, a middle sheet, a blanket placed on top of the middle sheet, and a top sheet placed above the blanket, thereby forms a sheet-blanket-sheet sandwich. However, this technique fails to maintain its integrity as the sheet-blanket-sheet sandwich formation is not stable. The sandwich loosens to the point where each component of the sandwich, i.e., the middle sheet, the blanket, and the top sheet comes undone, such that the blanket may contact the sleeper, which defeats the purpose of reducing the amount of launderings for sanitary reasons and of time involved. Thus despite the time savings in making the beds, the time and amount of launderings necessary disadvantageously increase. Another feature of a conventional duvet cover is the type of closure used to prevent the duvet from sliding out of the duvet cover through the open fourth side that is not permanently sealed. Various attachments may be used and are located at the fourth side that is not permanently sealed. Conventional duvet covers typically use buttons, snaps, zippers, hooks, or hook and loop fasteners for closure. However, these types of closures do not have longevity after repeated launderings. These closures oftentimes damage the duvet cover itself or during laundering, damage other duvet covers. The hook and loop fasteners become unusable after multiple launderings as the hook and loops wear down.

Therefore, there is a need for a bedding cover that allows for the easy and rapid insertion of a blanket, comforter, or duvet that is constructed in a stable fashion, thereby reducing the amount of time needed to make a bed, as well as the time and number of launderings.

Another objective relates to an easy, rapid method of making a bed using such a bedding cover.

A further objective is directed to a bedding cover that has a type of closure that results in a durable bedding cover despite repeated launderings. The closure would not reduce the longevity of or damage the bedding cover after multiple launderings.

BRIEF SUMMARY

These and other objectives are met by an improved bedding cover described in this disclosure and a method of making a bed with the improved bedding cover.

One embodiment of the disclosure is directed to an improved bedding cover, comprising: a first sheet of length Z and width B having four ends; and a second sheet of length Y and width C having four ends; where only one or only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected; where length Z is greater than or equal to length Y; and width C is greater than or equal to width B. The ends that are permanently operably connected must be connected, sealed, or closed, all of which are used interchangeably, at all times.

Another embodiment of the disclosure is directed to the improved bedding cover that is a continuous bedding cover where one end that permanently operably connects the same ends of the first and second sheets is the fold of a folded continuous sheet. This continuous folded sheet includes the first sheet and the second sheet.

A further embodiment of the disclosure is directed to the improved bedding cover with at least one non-permanently operably connected end of each of the first and the second sheets that is semi-permanently operably connected by a closure, such as for example, buttons, snaps, zippers, hooks, tab and slot fasteners, and hook and loop fasteners. A non-permanently operably connected end or semi-permanently operably connected end is not permanently connected, sealed, or closed. Closures may be used to temporarily, non-permanently operably connect, or semi-permanently operably connect the first and second sheets at the same end.

In yet another embodiment, a method of making a bed using the improved bedding cover described here. The method of making a bed, comprises: covering a mattress with a mattress sheet; covering the mattress sheet with a first sheet of the improved bedding cover, where the improved bedding cover includes: a first sheet of length Z and width B having four ends; and a second sheet of length Y and width C having four ends; where Z is greater than or equal to Y and C is greater than or equal to B; where only one or only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected; placing a blanket on the first sheet or more specifically, the interior of the first sheet; covering the blanket with the second sheet of the improved bedding cover, such that the interior of the second sheet contacts the blanket; folding the end of the first sheet of length X over the same end of the second sheet such that an interior portion of the first sheet contacts an exterior portion of the second sheet, forming an improved bedding cover/blanket combination having four ends; and tucking three ends of the bedding cover/blanket combination under the mattress which is typically covered by a mattress sheet or bottom sheet that may be a fitted sheet or a flat sheet.

A further embodiment is directed to a kit, comprising: a container and the improved bedding cover; and optionally, at least one of: a mattress sheet; a pillow case or a pillow case set having more than one pillow case; a dust ruffle; and a blanket.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1A is a view of an improved bedding cover in a closed position.

FIG. 1B is a view of an improved bedding cover in a closed position with tabs that are adjacent corners of the non-permanently operably connected end of the first sheet and slots that are angled or positioned from adjacent corners of the second sheet of length Y at the same end as the tabs of the first sheet of length X, where Z is greater than Y and C is greater than B.

FIG. 2 is a view of an improved bedding cover in an opened position with a magnified view of the stitching permanently operably connecting the first sheet and the second sheet.

FIG. 3 is a view of various useful stitching patterns.

FIG. 4A is a view of a continuous bedding cover in an opened position where width C is greater than width B.

FIG. 4B is a view of a continuous improved bedding cover in an opened position where width C is equal to width B.

FIG. 4C is a view of a continuous improved bedding cover in a closed position where a tab is a non-permanently operably connected end of the first sheet of length X and the slot or slit is a horizontal slot or slit on the second sheet of length Y parallel to the tab. The tab described in FIG. 4C is on the same end as the slot and has tapered corners such that the folded down tab of length X is in the shape of an isosceles trapezoid. The tab may slide or tuck into the horizontal slot or slit to close, partially close, or semi-permanently connect the bedding cover.

FIG. 5A is a view of a mattress covered by a mattress sheet on a foundation or box spring with an improved bedding cover not yet placed on the mattress.

FIG. 5B is a view of an improved bedding cover in a closed position on a mattress sheet, with a first sheet contacting the mattress sheet.

FIG. 5C is a view of a person pulling a second sheet of an improved bedding cover down towards the foot of the foundation or box spring.

FIG. 5D is a view of a person placing a blanket on top of a first sheet of an improved bedding cover.

FIG. 5E is a view of a person starting to pull a second sheet over a blanket spread over a first sheet of an improved bedding cover.

FIG. 5F is a view of a person almost completely covering the blanket with the second sheet by continuing to pull a non-permanently operably connected end of the second sheet towards the head of the bed and over the blanket.

FIG. 5G is a view of a person pulling length X of a first sheet over the same end of a second sheet and blanket.

FIG. 5H is a view of an improved bedding cover/blanket combination on a foundation or box spring with a cutout showing the blanket underneath the second sheet.

FIG. 5I is a view of a person tucking three ends of an improved bedding cover/blanket combination under the mattress sheet-covered mattress.

FIG. 5J is a view of a person sleeping in a bed with an untucked improved bedding cover/blanket combination.

FIG. 6 is a view of an improved bedding cover/blanket kit.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an improved bedding cover and an easy, rapid method of making a bed using the improved bedding cover. The bedding cover is essentially an improved bedding cover, where a type of bedding, such as for example, a blanket, a comforter, or a duvet, may be inserted in the improved bedding cover. Embodiments described here present a cost effective and superior alternative to conventional bedding covers that also results in an easy, rapid method of making a bed with the improved bedding cover.

The present disclosure describes an improved bedding cover that involves less effort and difficulty in inserting a blanket into the bedding cover than conventional duvets and their duvet covers. The bedding cover may be made of any suitable material, such as for example, a woven fabric made of one or more natural or synthetic materials. Non-limiting examples of suitable materials for the improved bedding cover include cotton, fleece, flannel, jersey, satin, and the like. The bedding cover may have several different sizes. The bedding cover may appropriately fit a blanket, comforter, or duvet sized for a King sized mattress, a California King sized mattress, a Queen sized mattress, a Twin sized mattress, and a toddler or a baby sized mattress. The improved bedding cover may also fit any blanket, comforter, or duvet sized for mattresses that may be extra-long.

With reference to FIG. 1A, a bedding cover 100 in a closed position showing the interior portion of a first sheet 105 having a length X and an exterior portion of the second sheet 110 having a length Y, where the bedding cover 100 has a substantially rectangular shape substantially similar to the shape of a mattress or bed comprising a first sheet 105 and an second sheet 110. The first sheet 105 of length Z and width B has, for example, a tab end that extends beyond the same end of the second sheet by a length of X, where the first sheet length Z is greater than the second sheet length Y by a length X. In the embodiment depicted in FIG. 1A, a tab end is present without a corresponding slot or slit. The length X once folded over one end of the improved bedding cover/blanket combination comprising a sandwich of the first sheet, blanket, and second sheet forms a non-permanently operably connected end and is of sufficient length to retain the blanket sandwiched between the first sheet 105 and the second sheet 110. As understood by one of ordinary skill in the art, the lengths, X, Y, and Z, and the widths A, B, and C may vary in accordance with the desired lengths and widths of a bedding cover that may fit a variety of mattress sizes. The first sheet 105 has a hem 107 and adjacent hems, both of which are represented by the dotted line 106 on their respective ends. The ends of the first 105 and second 110 sheets that are on the same ends of the first and second sheets may be permanently operably connected. In FIG. 1A, only one of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected, for example, on the end where a directional tag 120 is located.

A directional tag or beauty label 120 may be presented on the bedding cover to provide assistance with the directionality of the bedding cover. On the exterior side of the second sheet, preferably in a corner of the second sheet, a directional tag or beauty label 120 indicating “this side up,” “lower left corner,” “bottom right corner,” or simply an arrow pointing towards the head of the bed may be incorporated. This directional tag or beauty label is useful in providing guidance as to which direction or side is up during use. The directional tag may also serve to guide the user to the exterior side of the second sheet. This label may further provide fabric information, fabric care instructions, regulatory information, and/or information regarding the manufacturer of the bedding cover. Preferably, placement of the directional tag is on the perimeter of the bedding cover such that the directional tag is hidden from view once the bed is completely made.

In another embodiment, each of the first sheet and the second sheet has four ends. One of the same ends of the first and second sheets of the improved bedding cover is intended to lay at the head of a bed or mattress. Another of the same ends of the first and second sheets of the improved bedding cover is intended to lay at the foot of the bed or mattress. Preferably the length of the first sheet is parallel to the length of the second sheet and the width of the first sheet is parallel to the width of the second sheet, such that when the second sheet lays above the first sheet, the length of the second sheet lays along the length of the first sheet and the width of the second sheet lays along the width of the first sheet.

In one embodiment, the second sheet 110 of length Y and width C, where width C is greater than width B by a width A on one end adjacent to a permanently operably connected end and by a width A on a different end adjacent to the same permanently operably connected end. In other words, the second sheet of width C is greater than the first sheet of width B by a width A that is symmetrical on each end of the second sheet.

Another embodiment is directed to the permanently operably connected ends and the non-permanently operably connected ends of the first and second sheets. Where only one of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets is permanently operably connected, then the remaining three same ends of each of the first and second sheets are non-permanently operably connected. Where only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected, then the remaining two same ends of each of the first and second sheets are non-permanently operably connected. The second sheet 110 has a hem 111 and adjacent hems, both of which are represented by the dotted line 112 on their respective ends. The hem 107 of the first sheet and the hem 111 of the second sheet are each preferably about one inch from the edges of their ends of the first and second sheets. While, the adjacent hems 106 of the first sheet and the adjacent hems 112 of the second sheet are preferably about ¼ inch from the edges of their adjacent ends of the first and second sheets. Each of the hems may be stitched in any of a variety of types of stitch patterns. Non-limiting stitch patterns include blind stitch, lockstitch, chain stitch, cover stitch, double stitched, elaborate or decorative stitches, and the like. As would be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art having the present specification, drawings and claims before them, the hems bordering sides of each of the first and second sheets operably connected together may be varied from the about one inch and from the about ¼ of an inch.

With reference to FIG. 1B, in one potential embodiment, the improved bedding cover 100 may be partially closed or non-permanently operably connected by inserting tabs into slots. A further embodiment may be directed to tabs that are adjacent corners of the first sheet of length Z and the slots are positioned downward from adjacent corners of the second sheet of length Y at the same end as the tabs of the first sheet of length X, where Z is greater than Y and C is greater than B. The tabs are adjacent corners of the first sheet of length Z that extends beyond the second sheet of length Y by a length X. The slots or slits are positioned at an angle of about 45° downward from adjacent corners of the second sheet of length Y at the same end as the tabs of the first sheet that extends by a length X, where Z is greater than Y and C is greater than B. Each of the adjacent corner tabs of the first sheet may insert into the slot or slit of about 45° downward from the adjacent corners of the end of the second sheet. Once folded, an exterior portion of length X of the first sheet is exposed except for the adjacent corners which are tucked or placed into the slots or slits of the corresponding second sheet.

The slots described in this embodiment for partially closing or semi-permanently operably connecting the improved bedding cover may have edges that are stitched, such as those used for a buttonhole stitch. These slots may be preferable to the conventionally used closures, that include but are not limited to, buttons, snaps, zippers, hooks, tab and slot fasteners, hook and loop fasteners, and the like. Buttons, snaps, hooks, and zippers may easily be destroyed or damaged after repeated laundering. Moreover, they may snag on the bedding cover thereby making holes or damaging the bedding cover. Hook and loop fasteners often accumulate lint and debris after multiple launderings to such an extent that they are no longer functional to close the bedding. However, any type of closure may be used to non-permanently operably connect ends of a first sheet and a second sheet. The non-permanently operably connected ends may also be known as being semi-permanently operably connected.

In certain embodiments, where an improved bedding cover may have only one permanently operably connected end or only two permanently operably connected ends and three non-permanently operably connected ends or two non-permanently operably connected ends, respectively, the non-permanently operably connected ends may be partially closed or semi-partially operably connected with a type of closure commonly used or as described here. Alternatively, the non-permanently operably connected ends have no types of closures that allow an easy, rapid formation of an improved bedding cover/blanket combination for making a bed. In the hospitality industry that provides lodging, rapid turnover of rooms is highly desirable not only for customer service purposes, but because of time and cost efficiencies. Whereas, an individual household consumer may prefer the ease of making the improved bedding cover/blanket combination when making a bed, but the function of temporary closures on the non-permanently operably connected ends.

With reference to FIG. 2, the improved bedding cover 100 of FIG. 1 is presented in an opened position showing the interior portions of the first and second sheets of the improved bedding cover 100 that will contact a blanket or comforter. A directional tag or beauty label 120 may be presented on the exterior portion of, for example, the end of the second sheet 110 proximate to the foot of the bed. The enlarged view shows the stitching of the first sheet 105 overlapping the second sheet 110 on the inside or interior portion of the improved bedding cover where only one end of the same ends of each of the first sheet and the second sheet is permanently operably connected. In a preferred embodiment, the stitching is double stitching. The seam connecting the first sheet to the second sheet may operably connect about ¾ of an inch of material from the first and second sheets together. As would be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art having the present specification, drawings and claims before them, the amount of material from the first and second sheets operably connected together may be varied from the about ¼ of an inch.

With reference to FIG. 3, shows exemplary elaborate stitching patterns that may be useful in manufacturing the improved bedding cover 100. The stitching patterns may be used in stitching permanently operably connected ends or for the hems of the non-permanently operably connected ends.

With reference to FIG. 4A, a continuous bedding cover 400 is shown in an opened position to illustrate the interior of the continuous bedding cover 400 having a first sheet 405 and an second sheet 410 continuously, permanently, and operably connected at the fold 430 of the first 405 and second 410 sheets. A long dashed line 430 depicts where the same ends of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected by virtue of the continuous one-piece sheet of the bedding cover and delineates where the second sheet 410 is foldable over the first sheet 405 at the same ends of the first and second sheets. In this embodiment, width C is greater than width B. The first sheet has a hem 407 and the second sheet has a hem 411, where each hem 407, 411 is about one inch from the edges of their ends of the first and second sheets. The adjacent ends of the first sheet 405 have a left hem and a right hem 406 while the left end and the right end of the second sheet 410 have a left hem and a right hem 412. While, the adjacent hems 406 of the first sheet 405 and the adjacent hems 112 of the second sheet 410 are preferably about ¼ inch from the edges of their adjacent ends of the first and second sheets. On the exterior or exterior side of the second sheet of an improved bedding cover, preferably in a corner of the second sheet, a directional tag or beauty label 420 indicating “this side up,” “lower left corner,” “bottom right corner,” or simply an arrow pointing towards the head of the bed may be incorporated. This directional tag or beauty label 420 is useful in providing guidance as to which direction or side is up during use. This label may further provide fabric information, fabric care instructions, regulatory information, and/or information regarding the manufacturer of the bedding cover. Preferably, the directional tag is hidden from view once the bed is completely made. In another embodiment, each of the first sheet and the second sheet has four ends. One of the same ends of the first and second sheets of the improved bedding cover is intended to lay at the head of a bed or mattress. Another of the same ends of the first and second sheets of the improved bedding cover is intended to lay at the foot of the bed or mattress. Preferably the length of the first sheet is parallel to the length of the second sheet and the width of the first sheet is parallel to the width of the second sheet, such that when the second sheet lays above the first sheet, the length of the second sheet lays along the length of the first sheet and the width of the second sheet lays along the width of the first sheet.

With reference to FIG. 4B, an improved continuous bedding cover 400 in an opened position shows the interior of the continuous improved bedding cover 400 having a first sheet 405 and an second sheet 410 continuously connected. In this embodiment, width C is equal to width B. A long dashed line 430 depicts where the same ends of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected by virtue of the continuous one-piece sheet of the bedding cover and delineates where the second sheet 410 is foldable over the first sheet 405 at the same ends of the first and second sheets.

With reference to FIG. 4C, in one potential embodiment, the continuous improved bedding cover 400 may be partially closed using a tab and slot fastener closure. The tab end of, for example, a first sheet 405 is on the same end as the slot of, for example, a second sheet 410 and has in the embodiment shown in FIG. 4C tapered adjacent corners such that the folded down tab of length X is in the shape of an isosceles trapezoid. The tab or tab end may slide or tuck into the horizontal slot or slit to close, partially close, or semi-permanently connect the bedding cover. More particularly, for example, the tab of the first sheet may insert into a horizontal slot or slit in the second sheet, such that the interior portion of the same end of the first sheet extending by a length X first contacts an exterior portion of the second sheet. A portion of the tab of the first sheet may be tucked or placed in the horizontal slot or slit of the second sheet, thereby closing or partially closing the improved bedding cover, forming a non-permanently operably connected end or a semi-permanently operably connected end. The tab may be the non-permanently operably connected end of the first sheet extended by a length X and the slot may be a horizontal slot on the second sheet of length Y parallel to the tab, where the slot is on the same end as the tab, and Z is greater than Y and C equals B. Once folded over, an exterior portion of the first sheet of length X may be exposed except for a portion of the tab end of the first sheet, which may be tucked or placed into the horizontal slit or slot of the second sheet. FIG. 4C shows another embodiment where the tab end of the first sheet has tapered corners such that the folded down end of length X is in the shape of an isosceles trapezoid and slides into the horizontal slot of the second sheet in order to close or partially close the bedding cover. FIG. 4C shows ends of the first and second sheets of the improved bedding cover opposite from the tab and slot fastener that are permanently operably connected by virtue of the continuous one-piece sheet.

A method of making a bed using an improved bedding cover is depicted in FIGS. 5A-5J. With reference to FIG. 5A, an improved bedding cover 100 remains folded on a night stand next to a foundation or box spring 10. A mattress 11 is on the foundation or box spring 10, where a mattress sheet or bottom sheet 51 covers the mattress 11. The mattress sheet may be a fitted sheet or a flat sheet preferably sufficient to cover the entire mattress. Optionally, a mattress cover may cover the mattress 11 but lay underneath the mattress sheet or bottom sheet 51.

With reference to FIG. 5B, the improved bedding cover 100 is depicted in a closed position and laid down on the mattress sheet 51, which was previously deployed on the mattress 11, which is preferably on a foundation or box spring 10. In this configuration, the second sheet 110 is on the first sheet 105 of the improved bedding cover 100. The directional tag 120 at the corner of the second sheet of the end at the foot of the bed shows an arrow pointing upward.

With reference to FIG. 5C, a person is shown pulling the second sheet 110 of the improved bedding cover 100 down towards the foot of the bed, exposing the interior portion of the first sheet 105 of the improved bedding cover 100.

With reference to FIG. 5D, a person is shown unfolding and placing a blanket, a comforter, a duvet, or other sheet 55 on the first sheet 105 such that one end of the blanket 55 is proximate the foot of the bed and the other end of the blanket 55 is proximate the head of the bed. In FIG. 5D, the person is also illustrated as starting to tuck the blanket 55 under the second sheet 110 of the improved bedding cover 100.

With reference to FIG. 5E, a person is shown starting to pull the second sheet 110 over the blanket 55, which is completely, preferably smoothly, spread over the first sheet, towards the head of the bed, thus sandwiching the blanket 55 between first sheet 105 and second sheet 110. FIG. 5F shows a person almost completely covering blanket 55 with the second sheet 110. As illustrated, the person installed the blanket 55 top of the first sheet 105 such that the top end of the first sheet extends, for example, by a length X beyond the top ends of the blanket 55 and the second sheet 110.

With reference to FIG. 5G, a person is shown folding the end of the first sheet 105 of length X over the same ends of the blanket 55 and the second sheet 110, thereby forming a bedding cover/blanket combination having four ends and exposing an exterior portion of the first sheet 105 and substantially concealing the blanket 55. As would be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art having the present specification, drawings and claims before them, where an improved bedding cover with slots or slits (see, FIG. 1B and associated disclosure at ¶¶15, 39) is being installed on a bed, in association with folding over the tab end of length X of, for example, the first sheet 105, the person would insert the adjacent corners of the tab end of the first sheet into slots or slits of the second sheet 110, where each slot is positioned at an angle of about 45° downward from each of the adjacent corners of the same end of the second sheet. Alternatively, a person would insert or tuck a portion of a tab end of length X of, for example, the first sheet 105 into a horizontal slot or slit of the second sheet 110 as described, where the tab end may be tapered at each of the adjacent corners. (see, FIG. 4C and associated disclosure at ¶¶20, 46).

With reference to FIG. 5H, the improved bedding cover/blanket combination is shown laying on top of a mattress sheet 51 where the ends of the improved bedding cover/blanket combination are not tucked under the mattress sheet 51 which covers the mattress on the foundation or box spring 10. FIG. 5H also depicts the blanket 55 in a breakaway portion simply to illustrate that the blanket is sandwiched between the first and second sheets 105 and 110.

With reference to FIG. 5I, a person is shown tucking the improved bedding cover 100 (with blanket sandwiched between a first sheet 105 and a second sheet 110) under the mattress sheet 51 covering the mattress 11. In one embodiment, the ends of the improved bedding cover/blanket combination may be tucked under the mattress sheet-covered mattress. Portions of the sandwiched blanket 55 may also be necessarily tucked under the mattress sheet-covered mattress in the process of tucking the improved bedding cover 100. The improved bedding cover/blanket combination shows the second sheet 110 and the first sheet 105.

With reference to FIG. 5J, a person is shown sleeping on the mattress sheet 51 substantially covered by the improved bedding cover (with sandwiched blanket or bedding cover/blanket combination). In particular, the person is substantially covered by a portion of the first sheet 105 (which has a portion of its exterior portion in contact with the person), a blanket 55 on top of the interior portion of the first sheet 105, and a second sheet 110 (which has a portion of its interior portion in contact with the blanket 55), which in its entirety forms the improved bedding cover/blanket combination described here. A portion of the improved bedding cover is shown untucked from beneath the mattress. However, as illustrated, it is anticipated that the improved bedding cover 100 will hold the blanket 55 sandwiched between its first and second sheets better than separate sheets would, even when a person tosses and turns while sleeping in the bed.

In another embodiment, a method of making a bed using the improved bedding cover described here comprises, covering a mattress with a mattress sheet, where “mattress sheet” may be understood and used interchangeably with a “bottom sheet” either fitted or flat; covering the mattress sheet with the exterior of a first sheet of the improved bedding cover, where the improved bedding cover comprises: a first sheet of length Z and width B having four ends; and a second sheet of length Y and width C having four ends; where length Z is greater than or equal to length Y by a length X; and width C is greater than or equal to width B; placing a blanket on the interior portion of the first sheet, such that blanket proximate to the foot of the bed is placed at the end of the first sheet proximate to the foot of the bed and the end of the blanket proximate to the head of the bed is placed near the end of the first sheet proximate to the head of the bed; covering the blanket with the interior of the second sheet; where the end of the blanket proximate to the foot of the bed is placed at the end of the second sheet proximate to the foot of the bed, and the end of the blanket proximate to the head of the bed is placed near the end of the second sheet proximate to the head of the bed; folding the end of the first sheet of length X over the end of the exterior of the second sheet such that the interior portion of the first sheet contacts the exterior of the second sheet, thereby forming an improved bedding cover/blanket combination having four ends; and tucking three ends of the improved bedding cover/blanket combination under the mattress sheet-covered mattress.

With reference to FIG. 6, a kit 600 comprising a container 610 and an improved bedding cover 100 or 400, where the kit 600 may further or optionally include at least one of: a mattress sheet 51; a blanket, a comforter, or a duvet 55; a pillow case or a set of pillow cases 615, and a dust ruffle 620. The container 610 may be made of any material, preferably a vinyl see-through zippered container that is sufficiently large enough to hold all of the components of the kit.

While various embodiments have been described above, it should be understood that such disclosures have been presented by way of example only and are not limiting. The disclosure, including the figures, are exemplary of useful embodiments, where the directionality of, for example, the only one permanently operably connected end need not be at the foot of the bed, but may be presented on any of the sides, and the tab end need not be at the head of the bed, but may be presented on any of the sides. Although lengths and widths described throughout provide one embodiment where the length of the improved bedding cover parallels the length of the mattress or bed, and the width of the improved bedding cover parallels the width of the mattress or bed, these terms may be used interchangeably. Thus, the breadth and scope of the subject improved bedding cover, improved bedding cover/blanket combination, method of making a bed using the improved bedding cover, and kit comprising the improved bedding cover should not be limited by any of the above-described exemplary embodiments or directionality, but should be defined only in accordance with the following claims and their equivalents.

Having now fully described the subject bedding cover, bedding cover/blanket combination, method of making a bed using the improved bedding cover, and kit comprising the improved bedding cover, it will be understood by those of ordinary skill in the art that the same can be performed within a wide and equivalent range of conditions, formulations and other parameters without affecting their scope or any embodiment thereof. All cited publications are fully incorporated by reference in their entirety.

Claims

1) A bedding cover, comprising: wherein only one or only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected.

a first sheet of length Z and width B having four ends; and
a second sheet of length Y and width C having four ends, wherein Z is greater than or equal to Y and C is greater than or equal to B;

2) The bedding cover of claim 1, wherein the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected by stitching.

3) The bedding cover of claim 2, wherein the stitching is double stitching.

4) The bedding cover of claim 1, wherein length Z is greater than length Y by a length X.

5) The bedding cover of claim 1, where only one of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets is permanently operably connected.

6) The bedding cover of claim 5, wherein width C is greater than width B by a width A on one end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end and by a width A on a different end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end.

7) The bedding cover of claim 1, where only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected.

8) The bedding cover of claim 7, wherein the two permanently operably connected same ends of each of the first and second sheets are adjacent.

9) The bedding cover of claim 7, wherein the two permanently operably connected same ends of each of the first and second sheets are parallel.

10) The bedding cover of claim 9, wherein width C is greater than width B by a width A on one end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end and by a width A on a different end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end.

11) The bedding cover of claim 1, wherein each non-permanently operably connected end of the first sheet and each non-permanently operably connected end of the second sheet has a hem.

12) The bedding cover of claim 1, wherein at least one non-permanently operably connected end of each of the first and second sheets is semi-permanently operably connected.

13) The bedding cover of claim 12, wherein the same non-permanently operably connected ends of each of the first and second sheets are semi-permanently operably connected by a closure selected from the group consisting of: buttons, snaps, zippers, hooks, tab and slot fasteners, and hook and loop fasteners.

14) The bedding cover of claim 13, wherein the tab is the non-permanently operably connected end of the first sheet of length X and the slot is a horizontal slot on the second sheet of length Y parallel to the tab, wherein the slot is on the same end as the tab, and Z is greater than Y and C equals B, wherein the tab has an isosceles trapezoid shape.

15) The bedding cover of claim 13, wherein the tabs are adjacent corners of the first sheet of length Z and the slots are about 45° downward from adjacent corners of the second sheet of length Y at the same end as the tabs of the first sheet of length X, where Z is greater than Y and C is greater than B.

16) A continuous bedding cover, comprising: wherein only one or only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected; and wherein one end permanently operably connecting the same ends of the first and second sheets is the fold of a folded continuous sheet.

a first sheet of length Z and width B having four ends; and
a second sheet of length Y and width C having four ends, wherein Z is greater than or equal to Y and C is greater than or equal to B,

17) The bedding cover of claim 16, wherein length Z is greater than length Y by a length X.

18) The bedding cover of claim 16, where only one of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets is permanently operably connected.

19) The bedding cover of claim 18, wherein width C is greater than width B by a width A on one end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end and by a width A on a different end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end.

20) The bedding cover of claim 16, wherein only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected.

21) The bedding cover of claim 20, wherein one of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets is permanently operably connected by a fold of the continuous folded sheet and one of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets is permanently operably connected by stitching.

22) The bedding cover of claim 21, wherein the stitching is double stitching.

23) The bedding cover of claim 20, wherein the two permanently operably connected same ends of each of the first and second sheets are adjacent.

24) The bedding cover of claim 20, wherein the two permanently operably connected same ends of each of the first and second sheets are parallel.

25) The bedding cover of claim 24, wherein width C is greater than width B by a width A on one end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end and by a width A on a different end of the first sheet adjacent to the permanently operably connected end.

26) The bedding cover of claim 16, wherein each non-permanently operably connected end of the first sheet and each non-permanently operably connected end of the second sheet has a hem.

27) The bedding cover of claim 16, wherein at least one non-permanently operably connected end of each of the first and second sheets is semi-permanently operably connected.

28) The bedding cover of claim 27, wherein the at least one non-permanently operably connected end of each of the first and second sheets are semi-permanently operably connected by a closure selected from the group consisting of: buttons, snaps, zippers, hooks, and hook and loop fasteners.

29) The bedding cover of claim 28, wherein the tab is the end of length X of the first sheet and the slot is a horizontal slot on the second sheet of length Y parallel to the tab, wherein the slot is on the same end as the tab, and Z is greater than Y and C equals B, wherein the tab has an isosceles trapezoid shape.

30) The bedding cover of claim 28, wherein the tabs are adjacent corners of the first sheet of length Z and the slots are about 45° downward from adjacent corners of the second sheet of length Y at the same end as the tabs of the first sheet of length X, where Z is greater than Y and C is greater than B.

31) A method of making a bed, comprising:

covering a mattress with a mattress sheet;
covering the mattress sheet with a first sheet of a bedding cover, wherein the bedding cover includes: a first sheet of length Z and width B having four ends; a second sheet of length Y and width C having four ends, wherein Z is greater than or equal to Y and C is greater than or equal to B; and wherein only one or only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected;
placing a blanket on the first sheet;
covering the blanket with the second sheet;
folding the end of the first sheet of length X over the same ends of the blanket and the second sheet, forming a bedding cover/blanket combination having four ends; and
tucking three ends of the bedding cover/blanket combination under the mattress.

32) A kit, comprising:

a container and a bedding cover; and optionally,
at least one of: a mattress sheet; a pillow case; a dust ruffle; and a blanket;
where the bedding cover includes: a first sheet of length Z and width B having four ends; and a second sheet of length Y and width C having four ends, wherein Z is greater than or equal to Y and C is greater than or equal to B; and wherein only one or only two of the same ends of each of the first and second sheets are permanently operably connected.

Patent History

Publication number: 20140331405
Type: Application
Filed: May 9, 2013
Publication Date: Nov 13, 2014
Applicant: WestPoint Home LLC (New York, NY)
Inventor: GERALYNN M. WETMORE (LINCOLN PARK, NJ)
Application Number: 13/890,550