Thursday, November 15, 2012

Deep Pockets

Wonder about the title? Am I about to mount my soap box and rant about politics or some injustice perpetrated by someone able to buy their way out of trouble?

No. Today my rant is about fitted sheets. Those labeled "deep" pockets or "deeper" pockets. Can they not simple state the dimensions with a number? The width and length are clearly labeled with numbers, so why not the depth?

My mattress is 15" deep, add to that the 4" memory foam topper and my mattress is 19" deep. Most sheets labeled "deep pockets" are 18" deep. I know this, because I carry a tape measure in my purse and am not afraid to whip it out and measure before I buy. I have also been known to return items I find to be less than satisfactory. Not afraid to complain, either. Really. Ask my family.

I had a favorite set of sheets. You know the ones that make you say "ahhhhhh" when you climb into bed at the end of a long day. I was doing just that and rubbing my feet against the texture and snuggling down for a long winter's nap. I felt something give and the well-worn fabric gave way. I was devastated. My favorite sheets!! The deep pockets did not quite tuck, but I put garters on each corner to hold them in place. Not so easy to do with my arthritic thumbs, but it was worth it.

I lamented the death of the sheet and was about to say that they should have lasted longer, then realized they had lasted longer. They are about 9 years old!! Got them at Target on sale for $39. They no longer carry my particular sheets. I loved those sheets.

I launched a search for sheets online and that is when I became incensed about the labeling of the sheets. I have found some with dimensions, they have really deep pockets, 24". These would actually tuck. I could skip the sheet garters! No, I can't ....... $229.

I can't seem to find just the fitted sheets. They all seem to come in sets. I have top sheets from all those sets that have shallow pockets for skinny mattresses, I suppose. I tried to make a fitted sheet before. It's not hard, just takes a ton of elastic. I guess I will switch my search from sheets to elastic ..........

In the meantime I will continue my letter writing to the those companies that make sheet sets. I am suggesting they make sets with two fitted sheets and one top sheet and four pillow cases. The bottom sheet wears out long before the top sheet. Then maybe the set would be worth the amount they want. Oh, who am I kidding, I still wouldn't buy it!

10 comments:

Joanne Noragon said...

If you're not done writing letters, tell the fools we need to be able to buy top and bottom sheets individually. Pillow cases, too! My mother would have found the store manager and complained and I may, too, next time. Do they have managers older than 18 at Bed, Bath and Beyond?

Brian Miller said...

not at that price i would not...ugh....target cant order the sheets? you should check online...

Val said...

You go, gal! Make it clear to them: THE SHEET HAS HIT THE BAN! You will no longer buy them until the sizing and packaging issue is resolved.

Kathy G said...

Years ago there was a bedding store at the Lake of the Ozark outlet mall where I was able to buy individual pieces to make a set of sheets. This summer I was in the area again, and was disappointed to find out the store was gone.

lovelyprism said...

This mad me laugh. I am on a similar hunt. Luckily my sheets are just fine, I only live with the FEAR that what happened to you will happen to me someday and soon. I'm hoping I can get what I want for less than an arm and a leg during the January white sales.
P.S. Joanne... No. They absolutely do not have managers older than 18 at BBB or anywhere else that I've been lately. My boss is 23. *depressing*

Cathy said...

Hello Kathy
Well we really are the 'lucky' country - we can buy sheets (flat and fitted) as well as pillow cases of all shapes and sizes individually and at all sorts of prices too. Its strange but sometimes El Cheapo is the way to go for sizing as well as pricing and durability. Never again will I buy the $150 sheet set to have the fitted bottom one go thin within 6 months
Maybe we should go back to our mothers days, only buy flat sheets, relearn hospital corners, turn the sheets side to middle whenthey get thin - and then complain about the lumpy seam ridge doen the middle lol
Take care
Cathy

ellen abbott said...

when we moved to the country house we went on searches for sheets. It had been very long long since we had bought sheets. mattresses kept getting thicker and thicker and none of our sheets really fit anymore. we looked at Target andAnna's Linens and perused all the ads in the paper and over the course of a year or so we bought four new sets of sheets. some we like better than others. but our favorites are the 450 thread count egyptian cotton sheets we got at J C Penny's. They were on sale for about 55$ and when we got to the register, we got a surprise when they took off another $15 or so. we said we should go back and get another set (there were just a few double bed sets left) and then didn't do it and have kicked ortselves in the butt ever since.

Erik's RV Blog * said...

My wife would agree with you, she can't find sheets to fit our mattress either! I try and help her make the bed and I get my side tucked in only to pull her and her side out.... I get into trouble for this.... did I make the sheets?

Nope... my mission this Christmas is going to be to try and find proper sheets! Good luck finding yours!

Erik

Fit and Healthy Baby Boomers said...

Oh yes the frustation of the bed sheets. Recently my husband went on a hunt for a new set of king sheets and returned with price tag shock. Heck he says you can buy a flat screen for the price of sheets. Our bedroom now houses a new 32 inch Panasonic.
Sharon
fitandhealthybabyboomers.blogspot.com

Jeff said...

$229.00?? holy sheet! I agree with Sharon's hubby and would rather have the tv.