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How to Buy Sheets to Fit a Pillow-top Mattress

by Catherine Amo

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Everyone knows that pillow-top mattresses are designed for additional softness and comfort. Due to the padding, pillow-top mattresses have more depth than regular mattresses. The height of the padding varies, but generally, manufacturers make pillow-top mattresses in depths varying from 7 to 22 inches. Specially made sheets for pillow-top mattresses are available; however, it is important to know the depth of your mattress before purchasing sheets. Take a look at this article to learn how to buy sheets to fit a pillow-top mattress.

Buying Deep-pocket Sheets:

  1. Take measurements. Place a piece of cardboard between the mattress and the box spring. Place a second piece of cardboard on top of the mattress. Measure the distance between the pieces of cardboard. This is the depth of your pillow-top mattress.

  2. Search for the sheets. Search for sheets in the size of your pillow-top mattress. Sheet sizes are available in twin, twin-XL, full, queen, California king and king. Twin-XL mattresses are longer than twin mattresses, and California king mattresses are longer than king mattresses.

  3. Choose a type of fabric and thread count. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheets will be. Bed sheets are available in a variety of fabrics, from cotton to satin.

  4. Check for deep-pocket sheets. Deep-pocket sheets are meant for pillow-top mattresses and are available in three depths: 7 inches to 14 inches (standard), 15 inches (deep) and 16 inches to 22 inches (extra deep).

  5. Find fitted sheets. Fitted sheets have elastic on the sides that hold the sheets in place. They're available with elastic on all four sides, elastic on the four corners or elastic on two sides. Sheets with elastic on all four sides fit pillow-top mattresses better.

  6. Consider other options. If you are unable to find fitted sheets with the appropriate depth, consider using straps with sheets for regular mattresses. Straps on each of the four corners will keep the sheets in place. You can also use flat sheets that are one size larger than your pillow-top mattress and tuck the sides under the mattress.

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