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Hints From Heloise: Manufacturers are short-sheeting customers’ beds

DEAR READERS: Today’s sound off is about the size of comforter sets. Ruthi S. wrote: “I just purchased a new queen-size comforter set that is too short for the bed.

“A king size would be too wide, so that is not an option. It seems that mattresses are getting thicker and thicker, and the comforters are getting smaller and smaller.

“When I compared this new one to the one I am currently using, the new one is at least 9 inches shorter. If the manufacturers think they are saving money by using less material, they need to realize that they also are losing sales over this practice.”

Ruthi S., Martinsburg, W.Va.

DEAR RUTHI: This is an ongoing problem. The old saying “The right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing” applies.

Yes, mattresses are getting “thicker”; thus, older sheets, bedspreads and comforters do not fit properly. As to the comforter manufacturers, there is a vast amount of difference in dimension. The only thing I can say is: Measure your mattress, including height, before shopping for bedding.

When we got adjustable beds (which I love, by the way), I had to resort to making a bedspread. It’s a good thing I can sew, or we’d be using two queen bedspreads.

DEAR HELOISE: I am a retired school nurse. I used to gather unclaimed garments at the end of the school year, take them home and wash them. I would keep whatever I thought I may use in the upcoming year. Students may have a need for clothing I salvaged.

The extra I would take to places in town that distribute clothing to people. You’d be surprised at the quality of some of the items. I could furnish jeans, or a jacket if it turned cold.

I don’t know if school policy would allow this anymore, but it sure came in useful for me.

Margie M., Kerrville, Texas

Send a money-saving hint to Heloise P.O. Box 795000 San Antonio, TX 78279-5000.

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