FAQs about Deep Pocket Sheets

OCTOBER 7, 2016

by Andrew Schneider

Bedding Specialist

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 deep pocket sheets may be the best option. Read on to see what people want to know most about this specially made bedding.

Common Questions about Deep Pocket Sheets:

1Why 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 often don't quite do the job of properly covering the mattress. You might 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.


2How 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 sheets designated as extra deep are somewhere between 16 to 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.


3Which 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.


4What 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.


5What 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.


6Are deep pocket sheets available for all bed sizes?

Yes. From a twin to a California king bed, you'll be able to find deep pocket sheets that fit just right.


7How 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 washer and dryer meant for bedding-sized items for a more thorough cleaning.


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Andrew Schneider

by Andrew Schneider

Bedding Specialist

Andrew believes that while sheets come in many different shapes and sizes, they all deserve to be loved. He also believes in the existence of extra-terrestrial life, a woman's right to eat any breakfast cereal she chooses, and David Hasslehoff.