Deep Pocket Sheets – Buyers Guide

by threadcount on September 14, 2009

If you have a thick mattress, you will probably soon find yourself in the market for Deep Pocket Sheets. I am not a fan of thick mattresses, preferring a slimmer line (for purely aesthetic reasons). But I am definitely in the minority. The trend in mattresses is definitely towards bigger and thicker. Some of these mattresses are thicker because of added features like “pillowtops” that are build right into the construction. Other mattresses grow in thickness as after users add on additional padding or feather beds. Some of these mattresses are getting downright gigantic.

If you have a mattress that is thicker than normal, a regular king size bedding set is not going to do the trick. It’s going to stretch the fabric too tightly and you’ll have trouble keeping the fitted sheet attached to the mattress. Most sheet sets on the market today are designed to fit a mattress that is about 12-13 inches deep. You are about to enter the world of deep pocket sheets.

The terminology sounds a little confusing until you realize how deep pocket sheets differ from regular sheets. Deep pocket sheets feature a deeper “pocket” at each corner of the fitted sheet. This gives the sheets just enough room to stay snug against the sides and still tuck in under all that additional mattress depth. Most deep pocket sheets are designed to fit mattresses up to 16 inches in depth.

Extra Deep Pocket fitted Sheets are for even more massive mattresses. Why you need a mattress that is 22 inches thick is beyond me. But if you have one, you’ll be glad that there are Extra Deep Pocket Sheets on the market to accommodate your needs.

Just because you’re buying something special for your oversized mattress, doesn’t mean you can skimp on quality. The rules of thread count still apply to Deep Pocket Sheet sets. These sets will cost you a little more than a normal sheet set, but by paying a little extra for a high thread count, you’ll ensure that your sheets will last a lot longer. In fact, most Deep Pocket Sheets are made with higher thread count fabric. You can even find them in Egyptian Cotton. (my favorite!) This makes them softer, but also ensures that they have a much longer life.

If the price of Deep Pocket Sheets puts you off, keep this in mind: Cheap bedding sets that don’t fit correctly are going to wear out much more quickly. Invest a little more money in a high thread coutn Deep Pocket Sheet set and you will ultimately be saving yourself money.

Tips for buying Deep Pocket Bed Sheets:

  • Measure your mattress dimensions. You should know how much area these sheets need to cover. If your mattress is thicker than 14 inches, you are probably headed into Deep Pocket Sheets territory. But write down the measurements and take them with you.
  • Read the sheet dimensions carefully. Most bedding sets list the dimensions for both the fitted and flat sheets.
  • Pick a high thread count fabric of the correct dimensions. It will save you money in the long run.

The most important thing to remember is this: get the right fit. The terminology doesn’t matter. Whether you end up with standard or deep pocket sheets, you want the sheets to fit snugly and firmly. If you choose the proper size and the proper fabric, your sheets will keep you happy for years to come.

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