- Why you ask - mattresses are much thicker than they used to be!
Over the last several years the thicknesses of mattress has gotten out of control. We see mattresses ranging in size from 7" to as thick as 24".
- If you purchased one of these super thick mattresses, you likely have discovered that much of your bedding may not fit or look proportionally correct. You may even need a step stool to get into bed.
Below (in blue) are some more word's of “bedding wisdom” from our friend Pam.
- As noted a few blogs ago, Pam has several years of experience in retail sales of luxury linens, duvet covers, sheets, pillow shams, pillows and down comforters and brings to us her knowledge of years of questions that she has addressed for customers relative to care, sizes, and a host of related topics.
- Pam has agreed to post a few of the questions and answers to some of the more commonly asked questions she has had.
The old standard mattress was approximately 10” – they are now anywhere from 12”-24”. I am not sure why this phenomena has taken place, as a mattress that is 24" isn't any more comfortable than one (constructed the same way) that is 12" thick.
- I think it is simply the allure or perspective that more is better.
- Everything can get out of whack with these super thick mattresses.
- Your end tables don't look proportionally correct as they are a foot below the top of the bed, the coverlets or duvets don't cover the mattress let alone any part of the box spring.
- Most fitted sheets won’t fit unless you have them custom made.
- The deepest pocket you will likely find in a retail store is around 17".
- The flat sheets won't cover properly as well. If you are purchasing department store bedding - your problems may be enhanced typically (not always), the manufacturers of this type of bedding can be a little skimpy on sizes.
Luxury linen manufacturers (mostly European) are much more generous in their sizing, but with a mattress over 17" in thickness, you will still have these types of issues.
- I would stay away from these super-thick mattresses.
- The bedding industry has attempted to keep up with this new craze to the best of their ability. As a result, today you will find duvets and comforters are made wider (to cover the mattress). However, there are still limits.
- Most looms that weave these textiles are approximately 120" wide (some are a little larger but very few) and there are many that are only 108" wide. With a king mattress of 78" wide and then a flat sheet of 108" one will have 15" of drop on each side,
- However, if your mattress is 24", you have 9" of mattress exposed on each side.
If there is a lot of extra fabric on the sides or the foot of the duvet and your comforter doesn't fill it out, check the size of the comforter. If your comforter is 10+ years old, it may be much smaller.
- You will find that a standard queen sized duvet is approximately 90” x 92” and a king duvet is approximately 108” x 92”. It may be time to purchase a new comforter to fill your new duvet.
- If your down comforter is in good condition, you can always put it in a smaller duvet. For example, an older (smaller) king works great in a queen and may be perfect for a guest room.
Here is a You Tube Video on how to properly measure your mattress to insure that the next set of fine linens you purchase are the correct size.
As always, we hope this helps and a big thanks to Pam for her insight.
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