What Are Deep Pocket Sheets? Everything You Need to Know

Last Updated on July 10, 2024

by Marc Werner, Founder - GhostBed

Picture this: it's 3 am and you’ve settled into a deep sleep. You switch positions, but your leg gets tangled. You pop up, switch on the light and discover that you've been sleeping directly on your mattress because your fitted sheet didn't stay in place. Annoying, right?

If you’ve invested in a quality mattress, you probably want to do everything you can to create a peaceful, luxurious sleep setting. Deep pocket sheets may be the solution!

Gray, deep pocket sheets by GhostBed.

What Are Deep Pocket Sheets?

Deep pocket sheets are specifically designed to cover mattresses with additional loft and comfort layers, like those in the GhostBed collection. If you’re buying a mattress that is 12” profile or higher, you’ll likely want deep pocket sheets so you won’t have any trouble getting your fitted sheet to wrap around the edges of it. The excess fabric also means they’re less likely to pop off when you move around.

How Deep Are Deep Pocket Sheets?

Deep pocket fitted sheets typically start at around 15 inches on the sides, but can go as high as 22 to 24 inches, depending on the manufacturer. Our Supima cotton GhostSheets, for example, measure 60” x 80” x 15” for the queen size. Compare this to standard size sheets, which typically have a side depth of anywhere from 7 to 14 inches.

The Benefits of Deep Pocket Sheets

Aside from eliminating nighttime frustration when your fitted sheet pops off, deep pocket sheets offer some additional benefits:

  • Versatility. Deep pocket sheets are great for fitting over mattress pads and toppers that you've layered on.
  • Perfect for adjustables. If you’ve paired your mattress with an adjustable bed base, the last thing you want is your sheets popping off when you reposition your bed. Deep pocket sheets allow your mattress to move freely without the need to readjust.

Deep Pocket Sheets: Do You Need Them?

Not sure what kind of sheets you need? The first thing to know is the profile of your mattress. Most manufacturers, including GhostBed, will list the height in the product description. If the total height is 12” or larger, we recommend going with deep pocket sheets.

If you’re constantly fixing your fitted sheet, you may want to upgrade to deep pocket sheets regardless of your mattress height. With our GhostSheets, you’ll also get our signature GhostGrip elastic band around the edges of your fitted sheet. Even if you don’t need the extra fabric, the elastic will hold the sheet on securely to any regular mattress.

Long story short: if you’re easily agitated when your sheets bunch up and slide around your bed, deep pocket is the absolute best way to go.

Supima cotton deep pocket sheet set by GhostBed in gray and white


Crafted with breathable Supima cotton and eco-friendly TENCEL™, our deep pocket sheets have been named the Best All-Season Cooling Sheets by Forbes.

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Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

Marc Werner

Founder - GhostBed

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Marc has spent the last two decades designing & manufacturing mattresses and other sleep products, drawing on a lifetime of experience working with the material sciences. With several patents to his name, he works closely with the GhostBed team to create products with the perfect balance of comfort & support. Learn More

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