It’s idiotically simple in theory, of course—one axis is longer and one shorter, corresponding to the rectangular shape of the mattress. But in practice, I admit I’m baffled. So is my partner. No matter how I try to figure out how to place it, I always get it wrong on the first try. I have to fix one corner in place and then stretch it out the length of the mattress to discover if it’s on right or not. Somehow I always guess wrong. Weird.
We have a couple of fitted sheets with longitudinal stripes, and then there’s no question which way it goes on. I like it when those come up in the laundry rotation. The solid colors are the ones that baffle me.
I’ve tried stretching it out to see which way is longer, but it’s incredibly hard to tell any difference. The elastic around the edges contracts it all together in such a way as to disguise the dimensions, and my arms aren’t long enough to stretch it out far enough to tell anything. I’ve tried holding it up and seeing which way hangs down lower. Bizarrely, it hangs to the same level either way. The elastic again. I thought, logically, since my guesses are always wrong, I’ll make my best guess and then rotate it 90 degrees. But the inherent deviltry of the thing makes even that fail. No matter how I try it, it’s always wrong on the first try. But I still hope there exists some reliable method that someone out there has discovered. Anyone know the solution?