FAQs About California King Bed Sheets
Learn why California king reigns supreme in the bedroom
Become an expert shopper with answers to FAQs about California king bed sheets. These beds provide added length for taller sleepers, and measurements for these mattresses call for special bed sheets. California king bed sheets come in a wide variety of styles and fabrics and are found in many stores alongside the other sheet sizes.
- Q: Are California king bed sheets and standard king bed sheets interchangeable?
- A: Standard king bed sheets do not fit a California king bed; a California king mattress is five inches longer than a standard king.
- Q: Do California king bed sheets come in the same styles and colors as other sheet sizes?
- A: California king bed sheets have the same variety of patterns and colors as the other sizes of bed sheets. The larger size of the bed sheet does not limit the colors and styles available.
- Q: What are the differences in the fabrics of California king bed sheets?
- A: California king bed sheets come in a range of fabrics and materials. Cotton sheet fabrics include percale, pima, combed cotton and flannel. Percale and pima cotton produce crisp, smooth sheets, while flannel and combed cotton bed sheets feel softer. Egyptian cotton is considered the highest quality of cotton, with increased durability, luxurious feel and resistance to pilling and to lint. California king bed sheets are available in the more delicate weaves of sateen, satin and silk, but these fabrics generally are more expensive and are harder to care for than cotton bed sheets.
- Q: Is thread count important?
- A: Thread count indicates the number of threads per square inch, with counts ranging from 80 to 1000. Thread counts of 200 to 300 are the most affordable types of bed sheets, while thread counts of 300 to 500 indicate higher quality of fabric. California king bed sheets with thread counts of over 500 to 1000 are the most luxurious and the most expensive.
- Q: What is the best way to care for California king bed sheets?
- A: Most cotton bed sheets stand up to hotter washing and drying temperatures, but gentle cycles and cooler temperatures are recommended for more delicate fabrics. Always follow the manufacturer’s care instructions, included with every set of California king bed sheets.