Ironically, this is exactly the topic I was needing today--my L.L. Bean catalog came today in the mail, making me contemplate sheets for my Scamp (just because it's in winter hibernation doesn't mean I can't plan for next summer!). I didn't have much luck with the sheet situation this summer after I bought it, since I just used the full sheets I had from the house, which didn't fit well at all. Since I'm not sure I want to mess with ordering custom sheets, I thought I'd ask around and see what size sheets people typically use for their beds. Since my 13-foot Scamp bed measures 48x78, the full flat sheet I'd been using was much too big, so I was contemplating a twin flat sheet (66x96), at least for a top sheet. That would eliminate a lot of the excess and I suppose I could hem it, if I felt like it. Do most people use a full fitted sheet and just tuck the annoying excess under the mattress? I have the same question about blankets. What size works best? In addition to not being able to live without flannel sheets (year round), I also can't live without my electric blanket. Seems like most twin-size blankets would fit a Scamp bed pretty well. But, being such a newbie, I don't have any experience here and would welcome any suggestions.
Karen - Like you, we have a 13' scamp. Our first camping trip had me robbing the linen closet, and I took 2 full size sheets for the bed. After attempting to tuck bunches of sheets under the cushions - on all sides, I realized they were way too big. When we got back, I went to walmart and picked out two twin size flat sheets (for $3 each) and a twin comforter. One flat sheet goes on the bottom as the "fitted" sheet, but we just tuck it under at both ends and the side. The 2nd flat sheet is the top sheet. In the summer, we sleep with a small fleece blanket [about the size of a throw, and about the size of the kitchen cushions]. In the winter, I add the twin comforter to the layers. Our scamp has a built in Air Conditioner in the bottom of the closet, so the light weight
throw feels good in the summer. In the winter, we use a small space heater, and the comforter works well. I too like flannel sheets, but that small space heater makes it toasty warm and I don't need them.
I am one of those people on a continuous quest to improve a situation, but I think I have found the solution on the sheets, and won't continue to look.
One thing I did with another set of the same sheets: cut them up and make window curtains. The previous owner of our scamp had replaced the curtains, and every single one was about 3" too short... letting in the early morning light
, and making me not want to dress in front of any side window. The new curtains were a cheap solution and cover the window much better.