Many modern mattresses, even those incorporating a traditional innerspring design, now range up to fourteen or fifteen inches thick. Pillow top, euro top and memory foam designs have added to the overall thickness of the mattress. Air adjustable and new hybrid waterbed mattresses can also be much thicker than a standard mattress. As a result, the sales of deep pocket bed sheets have risen dramatically.
As with any bed sheet, thread count is an important consideration when buying deep pocket bed sheets. The term thread count refers to counting the number of threads per inch in the woven fabric in both directions of the weave. The weave is comprised of the warp and weft. Generally speaking, the higher the thread count, the silkier and lighter the sheets. For example, the difference between a two hundred thread count sheet and a sheet with three hundred threads to inch is like night and day. The feel of a higher thread count, deep pocket bed sheet will feel almost like silk.
A set of deep pocket bed sheets can be more expensive than a set of standard sheets. This is to be expected since it takes significantly more fabric to make a set of deep pocket bed sheets. Still, there is a temptation for some manufacturers to cheat on the amount fabric used. The result could be a bottom sheet that fits too tightly. A bottom sheet that is too tight is more likely to slip off the mattress which can be a real nuisance.
Deep pocket bed sheets come in a wide variety of fabrics, with cotton and cotton blends being the most popular. Combining cotton with polyester makes for a very comfortable sleeping experience and a sheet that is long lasting and easy to care for. Many higher thread count sheets such as our 300 thread count luxury bed sheets are 100% cotton for a wonderful feel.
Always buy deep pocket bed sheets that feature generous pockets and stretchy elastic sewn all around the perimeter of the sheets. This is exactly how our deep pocket sheet sets are built. The elastic will help the sheet hug the corners of the bed and flex as you move. When it comes to laundering your sheets, always follow the manufacturers care instructions. Proper care will help to make your sheets last longer.
Deep Pocket Cotton Mattress Pads
With today’s newer, thicker plush top mattresses, your choice of bedding items such as sheets and comforters has changed. New pillow top and euro top mattresses can be as thick as fifteen inches. Whether choosing sheets or a new quilted cotton mattress pad, deep pockets can help to ensure a good fit.
Less expensive mattress pads may cover only the top of the mattress, using only strands of elastic to hold the pad in place. Top fitting mattress pads utilizing only elastic corner straps are prone to slide and even bunch up under the top sheet. A standard fitted mattress pad may be fine for use with a traditional mattress.
Newer mattresses with deep pillow tops, plush tops and even hybrid waterbeds need deep pockets. The fitted pocket should fit snugly over the entire corner without placing undo stress on the seams. Many mattress tops and bed sheets have elastic banding sewn into the edge seams. The elastic banding helps to keep the mattress pad or bed sheet in place.
A quality mattress can represent quite an investment. Keeping your mattress clean goes a long way towards increasing the number of serviceable years you get from your mattress. In the absence of a mattress pad, your mattress can absorb moisture from your body, right through the bed sheet. Over time, your mattress can become a welcome environment for dust mites.
Deep pocket cotton mattress pads can protect your mattress from a number of things including the accumulation of dirt, dust mites and even dead skin cells. In fact, dust mites thrive in locations where dead skin cells are present. Dust mites feed on dead skin cells and need a relatively moist environment in order to survive and reproduce. The human body gives off perspiration constantly. The bed sheet, acting as a wick, can transfer this moisture directly to your mattress. Dust mites are a major contributor to allergies and asthma in humans.
With a full cover, deep pocket mattress pad in place, moisture dirt and debris that may normally end up in your mattress stops at the mattress pad. Deep pocket mattress pads, especially those pads manufactured with a combination of cotton and polyester fiber are easily cared for. Regular washing and heat drying will not only remove the fecal matter behind by pesky dust mites but kill the mites.
Whether a mattress pad can be washed in your average washing machine depends on how it is made and what it is made of. Some deep pocketed quilted mattress pads have a cotton outer shell with batting quilted inside. The batting can be anything from polyester to wool. A combination of cotton and polyester is easier to clean than cotton and wool. Wool cannot be hung outside to dry in direct sunlight and is not meant to withstand heated drying cycles.
Remember that a quality deep pocket mattress has many benefits and can contribute to a healthier and more comfortable sleeping environment