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FAQs about California King Sheets

by Barbara T. Biehler

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As the longest beds available on the market, California kings are excellent beds to accommodate tall sleepers. California kings measure 72 inches wide by 84 inches long, which is 4 inches longer than standard king beds. California king size sheets are available in a wide variety of fabrics, colors and thread counts for you to choose from for your California king mattress. Look below to learn answers to the most frequently asked questions about California king sheets.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Will standard king sheets fit a California king bed?
    A standard king-size bed is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long, which is 4 inches wider and 4 inches shorter than a California king, so fitted sheets for a standard king bed won't fit a California king mattress. Always purchase California king sheets to fit these longer king-size beds.

  2. What type of fabrics are these sheets made from?
    California king sheets, like all other sheets, can be made from an assortment of various fabrics. Combed cotton, percale, flannel and pima cotton are frequently used, as are sateen, satin and silk. Egyptian cotton, extra-long staple cotton grown only in Egypt, has the reputation of producing the highest quality cotton sheets, which are especially soft, durable and luxurious.

  3. What does thread count mean?
    Thread count stands for the specific amount of threads that run vertically and horizontally in a square inch of sheet fabric. Higher thread counts generally indicate that the fabric made to produce the sheets feels softer and is more durable than fabric with a lower thread count. Sheets with a 200 thread count are good for everyday use, and those with a thread count of 300 to 500 are resilient and comfortable. Thread counts of 600 to 1,000 are more expensive but almost always the softest, most luxurious sheets to sleep on.

  4. How do I care for my sheets?
    Most California king sheets are made from easy-care, machine-washable fabrics. Certain fabrics like satin or silk may require hand-washing and ironing. Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions, often printed on a sewn-in label on the sheet itself, for specific cleaning care.

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