FAQs about Deep Pocket Sheets

Bright bedroom with light blue deep pocket sheets on bed.
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.

Bright bedroom with light blue deep pocket sheets on bed.

Common Questions about Deep Pocket Sheets:


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 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Are 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.


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

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Nats Nessumsar

Sure would be nice if you showed detailed photos of the fitted sheet pockets so we know if we are buying quality or the same old piece of cheap elastic like everyone else offers. Some companies sew in a 3/4″+ band of elastic as opposed to a 1/4″ or less strip of weak elastic that does not hold corners well on adjustable beds.

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Hi Nat!

Unfortunately, a thicker piece of elastic doesn’t automatically make a quality sheet. Cheap, brittle elastic can come in thick strips or thin. We want all of our customers to be satisfied with the sheets they buy, which is why we partner with brands and manufacturers we trust. Perhaps the best way to measure quality when shopping for deep pocket sheets online is to look for products with 4- to 5-star reviews and see what other customers have to say about their fit and resilience before making a final decision.

Thanks for shopping with us!