FAQs About Deep Pocket Sheets

FAQs About Deep Pocket Sheets

If your mattress is thicker than 14 inches, regular sheets might not fit it properly. Fitted sheets are meant to cover the majority of mattress types, but if you have a pillow top mattress or you use a mattress topper, then you should look into deep pocket sheets. Read on to see what people want to know most about this special-fit bedding.

Why use deep pocket sheets?

Some mattresses come with built-in extra padding in the form of a pillow top, euro top, or tight top. This is great for comfort, but it means that regular sheets might not fit them quite right. You could also encounter this problem if you’ve added a separate mattress topper to your bed.

This is where deep pocket sheets come in. Deep pocket sheets are deeper than average, especially in the corners, allowing them to stretch over thick mattresses, mattresses with pillow tops, or mattresses with mattress toppers.


How deep are deep pocket sheets?

Compared to regular sheets, which range from 7 to 14 inches deep, deep pocket sheets measure 15 inches deep while extra deep pocket sheets range between 16 and 22 inches. It’s always best to check the measurement before you buy to ensure a proper fit. Pocket depth should be listed in the product details when you shop online.


Which fitted sheets do I need for my mattress?

Measure the thickness of your mattress and keep that measurement in mind as you shop. If your mattress is thicker than the listed pocket measurement for standard sheets, you’ll need deep or extra deep pocket sheets. For other sheet recommendations, check out the Best Sheets for Different Mattress Types.


What are deep pocket sheets made of?

You can find deep pocket sheets in the same materials as ordinary sheets, including cotton, sateen, Egyptian cotton, and flannel. The depth of the sheet doesn’t affect the material or quality. Read our full guide for a chart rating of the Best Bed Sheet Materials and Weaves.


What colors are deep pocket sheets available in?

Just like regular sheets, deep pocket sheets come in a variety of colors, giving you freedom to match the rest of your bedding and decor. You may not find as many patterns and prints, but you’ll still have plenty of options to choose from. Get more tips on choosing sheet colors and patterns with the Best Bed Sheets for Your Decor Style.


Are deep pocket sheets available for all bed sizes?

Yes. Whether you have a twin or a California king bed, you’ll be able to find deep pocket sheets that fit just right. For a complete reference of bed sheet sizes, check out The Complete Bed Sheet Sizes Guide.


How do you wash deep pocket sheets?

How you wash deep pocket sheets depends more on the material of your sheets than the size or depth. Refer to care labels for recommendations on wash and dry cycles. If your sheets are bulky, you may want to use a large front-loading washer and dryer meant for bedding-size items for a more thorough cleaning. Want to know more about cleaning bedding? Get a full rundown with Bed Sheet Care 101.

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