When your bedsheet gets bunched up or falls off the bed or when you are unable to tuck it neatly on all four sides, it is truly disappointing. But, it also means that you have the wrong sheet size!
While print, fabric, look and feel are incredibly important, getting the bedsheet sizes right is the first step to go. So, before buying new sheets, take a moment to understand which size is perfect for your bed.
This comprehensive chart will walk you through all the standard bed sheet sizes to help you choose the right sheet sizes for bed.
|Mattress Type||Mattress size (inches)||Mattress size (cm)||Fitted Sheet Size (inches)||Flat Sheet Size (inches)||Duvet Cover Size||Bed Skirt (inhes)|
|Crib||28 by 52||71 by 132 cm||28 by 52-54||-||Crib||-|
|Twin||38 by 74||96.5 by 190.5 cm||39-40 by 75-76||60-75 by 90-102||Twin||38 by 74|
|Twin XL||38 by 80||96.5 by 203 cm||39-40 by 80||60-75 by 102-114||Twin||38 by 80|
|Full/Double||53 by 75||134.5 by 190.5 cm||54-55 by 76||84-90 by 90-96||Full, Queen||54 by 75|
|Queen||60 by 80||152.5 by 203 cm||62 by 82||92-102 by 88-115||Queen||60 by 80|
|King||76 by 80||193 by 203 cm||78 by 82||102-110 by 88-115||King, Cal King||76 by 80|
|California King||72 by 84||183 by 213 cm||73 by 84-85||108-111 by 102-114||King, Cal King||72 by 85|
Now, you are familiar with the dimensions of flat and fitted sheets. Let’s find out the difference between a fitted sheet and a flat sheet, and more about the types of sheets commonly used!
A fitted sheet complements the size of your mattress. It fits your mattress exactly. Therefore, it is important to have exact mattress dimensions before you start looking for fitted sheets. The elastic at the corners makes sure that it stays in place.
If your fitted bed sheet is smaller, it will not fit on your mattress. While, if it is longer, it will get bunched up. The right dimensions are imperative.
Your flat sheet is designed to stay flat on your mattress. It is usually a bit longer than your mattress. The part that hangs out of the mattress can be tucked in neatly if the bedsheet is nigh enough. Otherwise, it can cause the bedsheet to crumple up and be found in another corner of the bed.
A duvet is quite similar to a comforter but not quite the same. It is thicker and offers a more luxurious feel. Duvets come with a duvet cover and the common fills include down, down alternative, feather, wool, and synthetic polyester. You keep the duvet on top of the bed.
A bed skirt drapes the bottom of your mattress. It covers the space between your mattress and the floor. An excellent way to hide the things that you keep under the bed, isn’t it? Also, it adds a classic feel!
It is not enough to know the bed sheet measurements for each size. Take into consideration the dimensions of your duvet cover and bed skirt. This will ensure you buy the best fit possible for your bed. Now, let us look at the dimensions of sheet sizes as per different mattress sizes.
Generally, crib sheets are not very thick and come in a breathable fabric, such as cotton, which you can also easily wash. Bed skirts and flat sheets won’t be available for a crib, since infants don’t sleep on them nor require anything fancy.
Twin sheets are easily available as they are regular sheet sizes. They are also known as single bed sheets.
When it comes to a twin XL, the sheets are not as easily available as a twin. And, you won’t be able to use twin bedding on a twin XL as it will not fit properly. So, you will need twin XL fitted sheets and flat sheets only. However, you can use a twin duvet on a twin XL mattress.
Full size mattress, also known as double beds are bigger than a twin and twin XL. You will need full size sheets for them. Using queen size sheets will be too big, especially for fitted sheets. Therefore, you will need full size fitted sheets only. However, you can use a queen duvet on a full-size bed.
You will not be able to use full bed sheets on a queen mattress. You can however use a king duvet if you want something bigger, especially if you sleep with your partner.
Are There Any More Queen Sheet Sizes?
Since you find variations in a queen-size mattress, you will find sheets for them accordingly too. In a queen mattress, you can find;
You need the sheets to fit well. Therefore, you need king-size sheets and accessories for a king-size bed. However, the duvet cover size can be the same for a king mattress and Cal king.
For California king, you need sheets that measure the same. However, the duvet can have the same measurements as a standard king.
Bedsheet sizes in the USA more or less follow the above-mentioned standard. There might be slight variations depending on the brand.
While it sounds so easy, to measure the sheets can be slightly confusing. But, worry not. Just follow these simple steps and you are good to go.
To make sure you end up with the right bedsheets and are not disappointed in the end, here are a few other factors you should consider.
Mattress depth is nothing but your mattress thickness or the height of your mattress. If your mattress is extra deep, you can go for a deep pocket fitted sheet. However, if you have a regular mattress, go for a standard fitted sheet. Do you have mattress toppers? Do not forget to consider them while calculating the mattress depth.
When it comes to washing your sheets and caring for them, it is important to read the care instructions carefully. Some sheets tend to shrink after the first wash. Therefore, you must check if the fabric is shrink-free before making a purchase.
Thread count indicates the number of threads present per square inch of your fabric. You can go for a thread count of 500 or higher for a comfortable and cozy feel. A higher thread count will make your bed sheet incredibly softer.
Make sure you choose the fabric of your king-size bed sheet carefully. Here are some popular sheet materials.
Cotton Sheet: If you like your bed to be super soft, cotton sheets are the best option. They are soft and breathable and can absorb moisture from your skin. So, nothing can be better on a hot summer night.
Polyester Sheet: Polyester sheets are growing in popularity due to their durability. They are resistant to wrinkles and creases. Moreover, they are also cheap. However, they tend to have a synthetic feel and as not as soft as cotton sheets.
Microfibre Sheets: They are made of synthetic fiber woven together. That gives them a warm and cozy feel. Moreover, they are also durable. Unfortunately, microfiber sheets containing polyester are not that breathable. So, they are not a good option for people who have sensitive skin.
Satin Sheets: Do you wish to add a lustrous touch to your bedroom? Satin sheets can work well here. They can be made of different materials like silk, nylon, or polyester. From the shiny appearance, they are also super soft. You can get a satin queen bed sheet easily in any store.
The rights sheets do they job without any interruption and ensure you sleep well. Also, the right size of bed sheets add to the beauty of your room! So the next time you are in the market for new sheets, make sure you have all the dimensions handy.