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 genuinely disappointing. But, it also means that you have the wrong sheet size!
While print, fabric, look and feel are essential, 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.
|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|
Generally, crib sheets are not very thick and come in a breathable fabric, such as cotton, which you can 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 readily 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 readily 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 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.
Since you find variations in a queen-size mattress, you will also find sheets for them. In a queen mattress, you can find:
Split-queen: Here, the mattress is split in the middle, so each side can be customized according to the sleeper’s choice. Since the split is 30 by 80 inches on each side, you will need a half-queen fitted sheet, and the dimensions of the flat sheet will also measure the same.
California Queen: Just like a Cal king, a Cal queen is longer. The dimensions of the mattress are 60 by 84 and are suitable for taller people. However, you will need Cal queen sheets, but the dimensions of the duvet and flat sheets of a standard queen can be used.
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.
Bed Sheet sizes in the US more or less follow the above-mentioned standard. There might be slight variations depending on the brand.
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 essential to have exact mattress dimensions before you start looking for fitted sheets. The elastic at the corners makes sure that it stays in place.
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!
While it sounds so easy, to measure the sheets can be slightly confusing. But, worry not. Just follow these five simple steps, and you are good to go.
To make sure you end up with the right size of 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 essential 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 purchasing.