How to Buy Sheets

So is there really a difference between the  $30 sheets and the $300 set you see at the store? Domestic CEO breaks down what sheets are all about, and helps you figure out which ones are right for you and your bed.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #144

Mattress Depth

There are few things worse than waking up in the middle of the night tangled in a fitted sheet that has come off the mattress. To prevent this from happening, measure the depth of your mattress before buying sheets. Remember to make sure the measurement includes any and all toppers you have on your mattress; if you have a foam or feather bed topper, that can easily add inches to your mattress, requiring you to go up a pocket size.

Most sheet sets state how many inches of mattress they can accommodate. But in case the set you find doesn’t, here’s a quick list of what the pocket size terms mean:

  • Standard pocket size - accommodates 7” to 12” mattress depth
  • Deep pocket size - accommodates 13” to 17” mattress depth
  • Extra Deep pocket size - accommodates 18” to 25” mattress depth

A Last Note on Pillowcases

For many years, I didn’t realize a couple things about pillowcases. First, they come in different sizes: Standard and King. King sheet sets always come with king pillow cases, because they assume you are using king size (longer) pillows on the larger bed. If you don’t use longer pillows on your King bed, you can either buy an extra set of matching standard-sized pillowcases, or just simply tuck in the ends of the longer pillow cases to give it a clean look.

The other thing I didn’t realize was that Twin sheet sets only come with one pillowcase. Since the beds are smaller, it’s assumed that most people will only have one pillow. So if you use multiple pillows on your Twin bed, remember to grab an extra matching pillowcase or 2 when you buy your sheet set.

Consider getting the right sheets for your needs as an investment into your health, as they can help you get a good night’s sleep. Choosing the right ones will help make sure that you are well rested, and ready to tackle each new day!

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home. Share your thoughts on sheets and more on my Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

Images of bed and pillows and woman making bed courtesy of Shutterstock.


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Amanda Thomas Domestic CEO
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