The fitted sheet was invented by the founder of DK Glovesheets, and lifelong innovator, Mr Yvan de Quay. Already the father of a toddler, he became the proud father of twins, one of whom was an extremely fidgety sleeper, and would wake up entangled in sheets!
The need for a secure, easy fit bottom sheet for babies and children became apparent, and after several experimental trials the “Glove Sheet”, ” the sheet that fits like a glove” was born.
A company was formed by Yvan and his wife Margaret, called “Y & M de Quay & Co”, (later changed to a partnership with their son, Bernard de Quay, and daughter in law, Lisa de Quay, called DK Glovesheets). It began with a small production unit being set up in north London in 1950.
To this day DK Glovesheets is still a family business. Bernard and his son, Luke, now oversee the day to day running of the factory. Yvan was still enthusiastically active in the factory until 2017, sharing his years of expertise with his colleagues, who lovingly called him “Grandad”! He sadly passed away in 2018, a few years after Margaret. The fitted sheet, an invention that we now take for granted, remains as their legacy, as does a third generation of the company they founded.