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How To Buy The Best Bedsheets For Your Mattress Type

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The quality and type of mattress you have can mean all the difference between a good night’s sleep and a restless one. The type of sheets you have too can affect your comfort level. And even after waking up refreshed, it’s frustrating to wake up with bedsheets that have popped off the corners.

We all know that sheets come in twin, full, queen, king. But these terms aren’t always a one-size-fits-all. Choosing the right sheets depends on the type of mattress you have. Mattress toppers can make a difference too.

Even if you know which size to get, then there’s figuring out the best sheet material. It can get overwhelming.

Read on to find out more about how to buy the best bedsheets for your mattress type.

Measuring Your Bed

Before you select a standard sheet size, you need to get out a measuring tape and get the exact measurements of your bed.

Most sheet measurements include just the surface–the width and height. But if you have a deep mattress or thick toppers, then finding the best bedsheets means including the depth.

A typical twin bed measures 38 inches wide and 75 inches long. A twin XL mattress has the same width as a standard twin but is 80 inches long. Many college dorm rooms have twin XL mattresses. However, these mattresses can be thinner, so a standard twin mattress might fit anyway. Many colleges will have the mattress measurements available on their website.

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When picking out the best bedsheets for a twin, make sure the fitted sheet is 39 by 75 inches (or 80 inches for an XL). The flat sheet should measure 66 by 90 inches, which will work for either type of twin mattress.

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A full or double bed measures 54 by 75 inches. If you’re a tall person, you’ll either need to sleep on a diagonal or move up to a queen. The fitted sheet for a full mattress should also be 54 by 75 inches. The flat sheet measures 81 by 96 inches.

A queen is not only wider than a full but also longer. Standard queen beds are 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. Flat sheets for a queen measure the same. The flat sheets measure 90 by 102 inches.

Many people believe that a king bed is the same as two twin beds put together. In fact, it’s the same as two twin XL beds. That’s what makes them such a popular choice for a split king adjustable bed where each person gets the mattress they want but they can be paired to move together or separately.

A king bed is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. Fitted sheets are 78 by 80 inches, and the flat sheet is 108 by 102 inches.

Some people prefer beds that are a bit longer. In that case, a California king is a wise choice. They measure 72 by 84 inches. It’s not as wide, but a few inches longer than a standard king. This is important to know when buying bed sheets. Regular king sheets won’t fit on a California king mattress.

Mattress Height

As mentioned, the height or depth of a mattress can also make a difference when picking out the best type of bedsheet. If a mattress is extra tall, or if you have a thick topper, then you might want to go up a size for the fitted sheet.

Most boxed mattresses are 7 to 10 inches in height. But some can be as much as 16 to 22 inches high. If you have a mattress that’s more than 12 inches, then you need to find a fitted sheet that has deep pockets or sheets that are stretchy (like Purple’s sheets which fit mattresses from 9 inches up to 14 inches in height).

Pocket depth varies too. So be sure to get a sheet with the appropriate pocket depth. It’s always better to err on the larger side. Otherwise, your sheets will slip off the mattress.

Best Sheet Material

Most experts agree that cotton is the best fabric for bedsheets but it depends on how you sleep.

There are a lot of other options out there that claim to be extra soft. But if they’re made of synthetic material, including polyester, rayon, and microfiber and they can be good for athletes or anyone who sweats a lot because they’re super absorbent.

Synthetic material is durable, is often stain resistant, is sometimes wrinkle-free, and claims to be softer. However, it doesn’t breathe, and that can be bad for your skin, and also the environment.

Tencel is a great option that’s better for the environment. It’s made from fibers of eucalyptus trees which are renewable. Bamboo can be good or bad for the environment depending on how it’s made. Plus, it’s softer than most cotton sheets.

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The most luxurious sheets we know of are better than a 4-star hotel. They’re made in England and they’re 600 thread count and can fit up to 19 inch tall beds. They’re the BRAND OF SHEETS THE QUEEN OF ENGLAND SLEEPS ON and bear the royal seal. They’ve been manufactured by the same company since 1861. These are the sheets we sleep on. They’re pure luxury and make you feel like royalty.  Check them out here.

If you want to save money, go for a cotton blend, but be sure that the sheets are mostly cotton, at least 70%.

When buying cotton, the type of cotton you choose is a matter of preference and budget. Egyptian cotton is the highest quality sheet material, followed by Pima cotton.

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Organic cotton sheets are free of chemicals. If you don’t buy organic cotton, then be sure to wash your sheets before using.

Cotton Sheet Options

Cotton sheets go by a variety of names–percale, sateen, linen, flannel, and jersey. They all have different assets.

For instance, flannel sheets are a good choice for the winter. They tend to stay warm because of their thickness. The quality of flannel sheets depends on the ounces of material per square yard, instead of thread count. A good flannel sheet will have four or more ounces.

Jersey knit is also a good winter sheet option. But be sure to check the fine print. Some jersey cotton sheets are not 100% cotton, and some are. They tend to be affordable but don’t always last as long as flannel.

For summer, many people prefer linen sheets. Although they don’t come with high thread counts, they are breathable and absorb moisture, which is great for warm summer nights.

For any time of the year, either percale or sateen cotton sheets are great. Percale sheets have a tight weave and are soft and durable. Sateen sheets have a special threading that gives them a luxurious satin quality.

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Thread Count

Many people are under the impression that the higher the thread count the better the quality. Thread count, when indicated, means the number of threads per square inch. A higher thread count is denser, so the fabric is heavier and more durable.

But that doesn’t mean softer. Sure, you want to get at least 200 thread count, but more than 800 is overkill.

What’s more important than thread count when choosing the best bedsheets is the quality of the fiber.

Best Bedsheets to Buy

To sum up, the best bedsheets to buy are 100% Egyptian cotton organic percale sheets that have a thread count of at least 200 and the right pocket size to fit your bed. But you have some flexibility in regards to what kind of cotton and what kind of knit, fiber or weave.

It’s a good idea to have a breathable sheet for the summer and thicker sheets to keep you warm in the winter.

Finally, be sure to have a few sets of sheets that you love so that you can change your sheets every week. Once a week is ideal, but every two weeks is fine. If you aren’t in the habit of changing your sheets that often, here’s why you should.

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Bedinabox Mattress Review – Top 5 Features of the Serenity Mattress

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BedInABox Mattress Review

Here’s my video review of the BedinaBox brand mattress:

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As always, the advantages to buying a mattress online – is that the prices are often lower and most have great/easy exchange policies. Every person is unique and so is their mattress preference. You can research for months unable to make a decision when the best way to know what you like is to narrow down your selection to the materials you like, the height you like, and the price range you are comfortable with. Then start trying your top pick until you find a mattress you love.

It’s not like marriage where getting out of it is painful and costly! You can keep dating until you find the best fit for you and be out nothing until you find the perfect match. Too bad real dating isn’t like that!

First, disclosures: we were given this queen size Serenity Mattress by BedInABox for the purposes of this review. We’re affiliates of BedInABox and your purchase helps us do more reviews.

Affordable Luxury Beds Under $2,000
When we unboxed the Serenity the first thing we thought that it was more luxurious than we expected it to be. We thought it would be an economy mattress. But it’s not.

Bedinabox is based in Tennessee. They have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and have been in business since 2007 (over a decade). So although this brand might be new to you, they’ve been in the business for a while.

We all say “Bed-in-a-box,” (sort of like we call tissues Kleenex), but what you probably don’t know is that this company owns the trademark to the term “Bed in a Box”.

They’re a small, family owned business who sells affordable luxury beds that  made in the USA, not just ‘assembled in America’. Since they’ve been around longer they have a wider selection of products from mattresses, to mattress toppers, sheets and adjustable bases.

They have 7 models in various price ranges, starting at $699 for a queen. It comes in more sizes than you’d expect. We never see split queens or split California king sizes!

Here’s the full list:

  • Twin xl
  • Full
  • Queen
  • King
  • California king
  • Short queen
  • Split king
  • Split queen
  • Split California king

Like most boxed brands you’re paying for the top layer and need a mattress frame, box springs or platform to place it on.

We highly recommend that you use a mattress protector before you sleep on any new mattress. Bedinabox carries their own brand of mattress protector in several styles. Using a mattress protector will help prolong the longevity of your mattress and prevent spills from damaging your mattress.


The Serenity queen is just under $2,000 which is right where you’ll see similar featured mattresses. There is financing that gets your payment at around $60 a month.

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Mattress Layers
The Serenity has 5 layers of foam, including memory foam. They do tell you the density of foam that they use, which we appreciate, because most mattress companies don’t give you a lot of detail about that.

Let’s get into a little detail about what how this bed is constructed. This is their high end mattress and it’s like a pillow top which you usually don’t see in boxed brands as often.

The Pillow Top Cover
The cover is quilted and is quite attractive – it has CoolRest® Adaptive foam which is based on technology originally developed to use for space suits. It helps balance temperature between the sleeper and the mattress to help keep the sleeper comfortable throughout the night. There’s 2” of super-soft, gel-infused quilting foam on top.

In addition, there’s 4” of 1.8 lb density, high-quality soy-based transitional foam, progressing from contouring to supporting. Then you have 4” of high-density foam to support body weight and align the spine. This includes a 2.2 lb density core.

Top 5 features of the Serenity Bed in a Box Mattress

Feature #5: The Serenity is 14 inches thick.
This bed has a thicker profile that gives it a higher end feel. If you like a bed that’s higher up, you’ll love this mattress.

Feature #4: The Serenity is reversible.
There’s a softer side and a firmer side. If you prefer to sink into your mattress a bit, choose the soft side. If you prefer to feel like you are sleeping on top of the mattress, choose the firm side.

The quilted cover on top is the soft side but if you decide you really want a firmer feel, you can flip the mattress. While it doesn’t have the plush pillowtop on other side, it still has an elegant quilted cover with a little give. On the soft side, the sleeper sinks into the mattress a bit and is cradled. On the firm side, the sleeper sleeps more on top of the mattress, but still with the comfort and look of a quilted cover.

Feature #3: A bed with handles!
Since this mattress can be reversed it’s nice that they give you these handles to help you turn it. I wouldn’t lift it by the handles alone but they can help you turn or flip the mattress. It weighs 100 lbs.

Feature #2: The Serenity has a 20 year warranty 
This is a longer warranty than the typical 10 years and a slightly longer trial period. It has free shipping too.

Feature #1: Made in the USA and has almost no smell/offgassing
I’m very sensitive to offgassing and this mattress had almost no smell.

We really like these family-owned mattress companies like Bedinabox and our recent RV mattress review of the Tochta. Your mattress gets shipped faster and the quality tends to be higher too.

What do you think? Let us know if you have any questions in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer every one. 

Newton Baby Mattress Review: Top 3 Qualities of This Breathable Crib Mattress

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Newton Baby Mattress Review

Unboxers, are you looking for a truly nontoxic baby mattress? We’re not talking organic, but something more amazing that will be safe for your baby? Something that’s completely unlike any baby mattress you’ve ever seen before? Keep reading our Newton Baby Mattress Review  to discover what we mean…

Also, Newton agreed to an exclusive $50 coupon for Unbox Mattress. Simply use code UNBOX50 to save on any mattress purchase!

Newton baby mattress review

First, disclosures. Unbox Mattress was not paid to review the Newton Baby Mattresses but got one for the purpose of doing a review. We’re affiliates of Newton so we earn a commission on any sales.

At first we thought, big deal another baby mattress, but we didn’t yet know how truly unique the Newton baby mattress is. Also, if you have a tough time remembering the name, I think of a newborn that’s new in town. Newton, newborn…get it?

Keep reading for our top 3 reasons to check out a Newton crib mattress.

Newton baby crib mattress box

Newton Baby Crib Mattress

You have 100 nights to test out this mattress at home. If you decide it’s not for you, you’re out nothing. They’ll give you a full refund. Newton also offers a limited lifetime warranty.

 Not sure if it’s right for you? Start your 100 night trial

The Newton baby mattress comes in 2 sizes: ‘mini’ and standard. The mini is for smaller beds like a bassinet and the standard that fits a crib.

The mattress comes with a zip on/off cover and they suggest that you buy an extra cover so you can wash one and have a fresh one to use. We’ll get into the unique features of the cover below but you’ll notice the beautiful cloud design. You don’t need a crib sheet or anything on top of this cover.

The cover comes in some really sweet colors:

Newton Crib Mattress Colors

The Newton Baby Mattress cover comes in white, moonlight grey, sunrise pink and sky blue.

The Newton Baby Mattress has a 100 day trial which means you get 100 days to try it out in your home and if you decide to return it you’ll get a full refund.

Newton Baby Mattress Coupon

Right now you can get $50 OFF any Newton Crib Mattress purchase. Just use the coupon code Save50March2018 for the remainder of March.




Top 3 Things Parents Love About the Newton Baby Mattress

Keep reading to the end to find out the #1 best reason to get this mattress…

#3: Reusable and Recyclable
The Newton baby mattress is made to last through the toddler years and can be handed down to the next child or to a friend. That makes it reusable unlike some baby mattresses which are totally destroyed after one kid.

This mattress is made to be durable. Plus it’s recyclable so you won’t need to toss it after one or two babies use.

To recycle your Newton Baby Mattress you can either find a recycling facility near you or they will send you return packaging and arrange recycling for you.

The fact that this mattress is reusable and recyclable isn’t the most amazing thing about this mattress…

#2: No Harmful Chemicals

Infants spend 50-60% of their day sleeping (and it seems like a lot of the night awake!) so they spend a lot of time on their mattress.

The Newton crib mattress contains no foam, latex or adhesives. It’s Greenguard Gold certified, which means no off-gassing, toxic chemicals or allergens. We didn’t smell anything at all from the mattress. The cover had a slight smell but it wasn’t bothersome at all.

Here’s why that’s so important. According to research reported in Environmental Science and Technology,

  • New crib mattresses release about four times as many VOCs as old crib mattresses.
  • Body heat increases emissions.
  • Chemical emissions are strongest in the sleeping infant’s immediate breathing zone.

Chemicals in a crib mattress are not typcially disclosed by manufacturers
Infants are considered highly susceptible to the adverse health effects of exposure to indoor air pollutants (source).

There are so many harmful chemicals used in baby mattresses and we’re glad Newton doesn’t use health-harming chemicals. They created a safer mattress that you can feel good about!

We have enough things to worry about as new parents – and a baby mattress shouldn’t be one of them!

So what IS in this mattress made of? Mostly AIR! It’s 90% air and 10% food grade polymer. Seriously, that’s it! The composition of this mattress has another huge benefit we’ll detail in the next section.

The inside looks sort of like ramen noodles.

You’ll appreciate that this mattress is washable. Not just the high quality cover but the bed itself is washable. You can wash the quilted cover in the washer. The mattress itself can go in the bath or shower to clean it. Clean off dust, dead skin cells or whatever else might be inside that mattress.

We have never seen anything like it!

Honestly we thought this was just a higher end baby mattress but it’s so much more than that. We love that it’s safe, but that’s not the best part about this mattress!

#1: Your baby can breath through this bed!

Regular baby mattresses are covered in plastic that has chemicals, can easily tear, and that wear out fast. Plus you can’t easily breathe through the plastic layer.

The Newton is different. It’s breathable. That means if your baby ever ends up face down, the mattress and cover are 100% breathable, greatly reducing the risk of suffocation. This is just brilliant. It gives peace of mind and is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

The unique cover is also breathable! It’s also really high quality with a high quality zipper you can quickly and easily remove for cleaning.


Unbox Mattress is a big fan of nontoxic mattresses in general, especially those with polymer inside (like the Purple mattress) and now the Newton Baby Mattress.

This baby mattress is remarkably supportive though and won’t collapse. It compresses and comes back up again.


Note: The cover is pretty and well constructed but it’s not soft. It’s a little bit scratchy and may not be the most comfortable against baby’s skin. That’s why we highly recommend that you purchase breathable crib sheets for this bed.


What sheets go best with my Newton Baby Mattress?

Newton sells aden + anais 100% cotton sheets. They are 100% breathable. They come in 3 patterns to fit a standard size crib. For the mini baby mattress they recommend Babyletto mini crib sheets because they are breathable.

Is the Newton baby mattress cover waterproof?

This is an important question. The cover is not waterproof but it is water resistant! Why? If you want a waterproof mattress cover or even mattress protector, it will have a synthetic backing. Adding this eliminates breathability and increases overheating. That creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

What is the size and weight of the Newton Baby Mattress?

28” x 52” x 5.5”. We also offer a Mini Crib Mattress that will fit mini cribs with a mattress dimension of 38” x 24” x 5.5”. It weighs 11 lbs.

How much does a Newton Crib Mattress cost and do they offer financing?

The standard size Newton baby mattress is $299. Yes, Newton offers financing. You can buy now and pay later with Affirm. If you qualify you don’t pay interest for the first 6 months. Payment starts at $27/month.

Is the Newton Baby Mattress flame resistant?

Newton doesn’t use toxic chemical fire retardants. Instead, they say their Wovenaire® technology contains natural phosphates (salt). Interestingly, salt  is a  safe way to meet fire safety requirements and doesn’t contain halogen or heavy metals like other flame resistant materials.

How much does the Newton Baby Mattress Weigh?

Newton is lightweight and easy to move. It weighs 11 lbs., not much more than a newborn baby.

What firmness is the Newton Baby Mattress?

The Newton is a medium firm, though it’s not a solid surface area. It’s enough to be supportive without being hard. One Amazon reviewer, for example, said they much preferred the Newton to the naturepedic, “which is hard as stone”.

Sometimes it’s tough to trust reviews on the company’s website. Check Amazon reviews for the Newton Baby Mattress here.