So let’s put this issue in perspective. A standard king size bed measures 78 inches wide and 80 inches long while a California king bed measures 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. Put another way a standard king size bed measures 43.3 square feet while a California king size bed measures only 42 square feet. So it seems like size really does matter.
Okay, so a California king size bed is actually smaller than a standard Eastern king. But the fact remains that it takes a special set of bed sheets especially tailored for the California king’s unique size. Many folks find the extra length of the California king to be a real benefit, providing more foot room.
Whenever you are shopping for California king size sheets, there are several important things to keep in mind. Making sure that you get the right fit is important to your comfort and getting good value for your money. One of the most noticeable changes in mattress design over the last decade is height. The increasing popularity of plush pillow top and European style tops has increased the thickness of mattresses from 7 or 8 inches to as much as 22 inches. The result has been a wholesale redesign of bed sheets in those for the California king.
A standard height mattress can measure anywhere between 7 and 9 inches. This size has been around for almost 100 years and is likely to around for quite a while longer. Finding a properly fitting bed sheet for this size is pretty easy and can be found at most retail department stores.
A deep pocket mattress can measure anywhere from 10 inches to 15 inches. This size is typical of what is referred to as deep pocket. Many plush top and plush pillow top mattresses fall into this deep pocket category. Sheets with a standard pocket will not fit a deep pocket mattress.
The thickness mattress size is the extra deep pocket which is typically found in European top mattresses. These extra deep mattresses can measure anywhere between 15 inches and 22 inches. Depending on the height of the mattress some deep pocket sheets may fit though if your mattress is a true deep corner model, you will need to invest in a set of extra deep pocket sheets.
California king size sheets are available in a wide variety of colors, fabrics and thread counts. When shopping for California king size sheets, there are two important things to consideration to make sure that you get the best value for your money. Fabric choices for most bed sheets range from cotton and cotton blends to polyester, hemp, hemp blends and bamboo.
By every measure, cotton is the most popular choice among folks buying California king size sheets. Speaking for myself, there is nothing like the feel of freshly washed, crisp cotton sheets. Cotton fabric is widely available, easily cared for, soft and long lasting. Cotton is often blended with polyester which gives the sheets a heavy feel. The combination of these two fabrics makes for a very comfortable sheet set that will hold its shape and last through repeated washings. The most common variety of cotton fiber is derived from the Upland cotton plant, grown in many parts of the world, including the American South.
When it comes to cotton, there is no finer cotton in the world than 100 percent Egyptian cotton. As the name would imply, Egyptian cotton is grown principally in Egypt, though cultivation has expanded to several other countries in the region. Egyptian cotton is considered by many people to be the softest of all cotton fibers. The raw fibers are roughly 2 inches long and very soft. The length of the fibers has much to do with how soft the finished fabric is.
When shopping for California king size sheets made from 100 percent Egyptian cotton, always look for the Egyptian cotton logo. Featuring a pyramid and a cotton bloom, the logo is your assurance that the California king bed sheets you are buying are genuine Egyptian cotton.
Whether you choose to buy bed sheets of cotton, a cotton blend or the quality of 100 percent Egyptian cotton, always look at the thread count of the fabric. Fabric thread count is a measurement of the number of threads per square inch of fabric. In a nut shell, the higher the thread count, the better the fabric. Shoppers can find bed sheet sets with thread counts as low as 80 for what will look like a bargain price. After sleeping on a low thread count sheet set for one night, it will be obvious that a bargain set of sheets is no bargain at all. Bed sheets with a low thread count will feel flimsy and are more likely to lose their shape after being washed.
At California King Sheets.com, we have a wide selection of bed sheets with thread counts of 200 or more. Available in a rainbow of colors, our sheet sets are made from high quality Egyptian cotton, cotton and cotton polyester blends.