Choosing The Right Pocket Size Could Save You Sleep
Now-a-days there is an ever-increasing trend of adding larger and larger pillowtops on mattresses. Because of this, sheet makers have had to keep making the pockets on their fitted sheets larger and larger. It's getting harder and harder to find a set of sheets with pockets that are 12 inches anymore. Some pocket sizes go as large as 22 inches. That's almost double what they once were!
The cardboard insert in every pack of sheets should specify the pocket depth of the fitted sheet. Measure the depth of your mattress with a ruler, including the pillowtop (if applicable). Then simply add 2-3 inches to get your optimum pocket depth.
If you get a pocket size that's too small, the elastic on the fitted sheet is likely not to go around the bottom of the mattress and will probably come off. If you get a pocket size that is too large, you'll usually be left with excess fabric in the middle of the bed because there is nothing to keep the surface taught. If you can't find a pocket size that's just the right size, we'd recommend going larger. You can always purchase a set of waterbed straps and pull them across the bottom of the mattress, clipping the clips on the elastic on both ends of the fitted sheet. Have someone hold the mattress up while you do this. This should help the fitted sheet stay in place.
This article was published on Saturday 25 October, 2008.
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