Bed Sheet Sizes

Last Updated December 29, 2023

Hey there sleepyheads! Have you ever been snuggled up in bed, only to find your sheets slipping off the corners or leaving your toes peeking out from underneath? Don't worry, we've all been there! Luckily, the secret to a perfectly fitted sheet lies in understanding bed sheet sizes. Whether you're snoozing on a twin or sprawling out on a California king, it's important to know which size will fit your mattress. So, kick off your slippers and join us as we unravel the mysteries of bed sheet sizes and get you one step closer to the coziest, most comfortable sleep ever!

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Key Takeaways:

  • Bed sheets help protect your mattress from dust, dirt, and sweat. They can also act as a barrier against allergens and other irritants.
  • The size of your bed sheet is determined by the size of your mattress
  • It's crucial to check sizing information for bed sheets as they may vary across countries and regions,
  • When shopping for bed sheets, it's important to prioritize factors such as comfort, durability, and ease of care, in addition to size and fit.

bed sheet sizes

Bed sheet sizes chart

MATTRESS TYPES SIZES (inches) FITTED SHEETS (Inches) FLAT SHEET (Inches) COMFORTER
(Inches)
BED SKIRT
(Inches)
Crib 28 x 52 28 x 52  - 54  NA 30 - 36 x 46 - 50 NA
Twin 38 x 75 39 - 40 x 75 - 76 60 - 75 x 90 -102 68 x 86 38 x 75
Twin XL 38 x 80 39 - 40 x 80 60 - 75 x 102 -114 68 x 90 38 x 80
Full/Double 54 x 75 54 - 55 x 76 84 - 90 x 90 - 96 86 x 86 54 x 75
Queen 60 x 80 62 x 82 92 - 102 x 88 - 115 90 x 90 60 x 80
Standard King 76 x 80 78 x 82 102 - 110 x 88 - 115 104 - 106 x 90 - 92 76 x 80
California King 72 x 84 73 x 84 - 85 108 - 111 x 102 - 114 102 x 96 72 x 84

Crib

Crib-size sheets are soft and thin to provide the best comfort for newborns, infants, and toddlers. Sheets are the only bedding cover you will get for crib size, as crib size bed skirts don't exist, and babies cannot sleep on flat sheets.

Twin

twin size sheet dimensions

With a width of 38 inches and a length of 75 inches, a twin size sheet fits perfectly on a twin size bed. This one is perfect for children or single sleepers, as well as for smaller spaces like dorm rooms or guest bedrooms. Twin sheets are also ideal for bunk beds and trundles.

Twin XL

twin xl sheet dimensions

Twin XL sheets are suitable for Twin XL mattresses and measures 39 inches wide by 80 inches long. This size is slightly longer than a standard Twin size, so it's an ideal choice if you're tall or just want a little extra space at night. As most college dorm mattresses are Twin XL in size, these sheets are also popular among dorm rooms.

Full (double)

full size sheet dimensions

For those who prefer a smaller bed, there's the full size. Sheets that fit a full mattress measures 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. This size is mostly preferred by single sleepers who likes a little extra room to spread out

Queen

queen size sheet dimensions

Sheets made for a queen bed measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long, giving couples enough space to enjoy a cozy night's sleep together.

King

king size sheet dimensions

76 inches wide by 80 inches long, king sized sheets are specifically made to fit a king size bed. They provide ample space for couples who want more room to move around comfortably while sleeping. Aside from that, these sheets are also great for anyone who share their bed with children and pets.

California king

california king size sheet dimensions

California King sheets are designed to fit mattresses that measure 72 inches wide by 84 inches long. This size is longer and narrower than the standard King size, making it a great choice for taller sleepers or those who want a longer bed without taking up as much floor space.

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What are the different types of sheets?

different types of sheets

  1. Fitted Sheets

Fitted sheets are elasticated at the edges, and they have the exact size of the mattress. Big bed sheet sizes may fit small mattresses, but the reverse is not possible. Ideally, a fitted sheet should only be used with its corresponding mattress.

  1. Flat Sheets

Unlike a fitted sheet, flat sheets are bigger than the mattresses they are made for as they are not elasticated and need to be tucked under them. You will know whether the new sheets are good for your mattress if you look at the sheet’s dimensions.

If the flat sheet is bigger than your mattress by at least 4 inches, then you will have a good fit. Naturally, a small flat sheet will fall short of fitting your mattress properly.

flat sheets

  1. Duvet Cover

Duvet covers are nothing but a covering for your comforter that drapes along the edge of the mattress and covers it completely. Unlike bed sheets, you cannot tuck the comforter under the mattress. Duvet covers range between 70 - 100 inches in width and 70 - 106 inches in length. For best results, get right size duvet cover that nicely complements your comforter size.

duvet cover

  1. Bed Skirt

If you do not use a mattress foundation or your bed frame does not have a solid bottom, a bed skirt comes to your rescue and bridges the gap between the bed and the floor. However, instead of a bed skirt, you can also use an oversized bed sheet and let the sheet hang along the sides instead of tucking it.

How to find the right bed sheet for you?

finding the right size bed sheet

Finding the right sheet starts with knowing the dimensions - length, width, and mattress depth. If you know them, well done. Else, you can follow these steps quickly and get to know your mattress size:

Step 1: Strip your bed of everything - sheets, pillows, linens and bare the mattress

Step 2: Take a measuring tape and hold it end to end from one side of the mattress to another. As you measure across, you now have the width

Step 3: To measure the length, hold the tape from along the center and measure it end to end from the top to the bottom of the mattress.

Step 4: To measure the mattress depth, pick a point on the upper edge of the mattress and work your way down to the corresponding lowest point on the mattress’s lower edge. Be careful not to include your box spring or foundation in this process.

Once you've got your mattress measurements sorted, it's time to choose the perfect bed sheet. Your fitted sheet should fit snugly around the mattress, without any wrinkles or gaps. And your flat sheet should be larger than the mattress, with enough fabric to tuck in on all sides. This will keep it in place and prevent it from slipping off during the night. Plus, it'll be long enough to cover your pillows for that picture-perfect look.

If you're in the market for a duvet cover, make sure it matches the size of your comforter or duvet. This way, you can guarantee a snug fit and prevent any shifting or sliding.

Conclusion

By determining the size of your mattress and its depth, you can effortlessly choose the correct sheet size. Furthermore, understanding the various sizing standards used in different countries can be helpful if you plan to buy sheets from overseas. Now that you know all about finding the right bed sheet size, kick back, unwind, and let your worries drift away. Sweet dreams!

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FAQs

How often should you replace the bed sheets?

A good bed sheet can last for a long time if used properly. However, if you don’t like the aged and faded look of an old bed sheet, you can replace your old sheets once every 2 - 3 years. Here are pointers to help you understand whether it’s time to re-furnish your bedding:

  • Fading colors and prints
  • Thinning of fabric
  • Sheets tear easily
  • Threads become loose and come out from the sides
  • Yellowing of the sheet due to bodily oils

How to wash bed sheets so that they last for a long time?

Bedsheets need to be washed once every two weeks to keep them clean and make them last longer. However, you can wash it more frequently according to your convenience.

Which fabrics make the best bed sheets?

People are partial to some fabrics more than others. So, both silk and cotton can be excellent or poor-quality bed sheets - your comfort depends on your preference. Here we have listed the best fabrics that help make good quality bed sheets:

  • COTTON

Cotton is one of the most popular fabrics in the world. It is soft to touch, breathable, affordable, and lasts long if you care for it. Moreover, you won’t find a lot of people who are allergic to cotton. Thus, cotton fabric is suitable for people of all age groups - from infants to the aged.

Bed sheets made from high thread count Organic cotton, Egyptian cotton, and Pima cotton are the most comfortable cotton sheets.

  • TENCEL

Cellulose from eucalyptus trees is used to create this natural fabric. Sheets made from Tencel are soft and have moisture-wicking properties. They are breathable too - this regulates body temperature while sleeping. However, Tencel sheets will be fairly expensive as the fabric itself needs to be prepared industrially through a lengthy process.

  • BAMBOO RAYON

It is a soft and silky all-natural fabric that makes cozy and durable bedsheets. Moreover, sheet piling is absent in bamboo rayon sheets.

  • POLYESTER

Lastly, you have very affordable polyester sheets. They are easily washable, thus resistant to stains; they don’t wrinkle and are resistant to wear and tear. As a result, polyester sheets last for a long time. However, they may feel uncomfortable to people with sensitive skin.

Where to find bed sheets for non-standard mattresses?

Vendors and retailers who custom make or sell non-standard mattresses have stocks of non-standard bed sheet size and other bedding, like comforters and duvets. However, if you cannot find them ready-made at these vendors, then you have to place an order to get them custom-made. Looking online may also get you some good leads.

Can you use two twin xl sheets on a split king mattress?

Yes, you can use two twin XL sheets on a split king mattress. A split king mattress is essentially two twin XL mattresses placed side-by-side, so using two twin XL sheets is a common solution. Just make sure to tuck in the sheets tightly between the two mattresses to avoid any slipping or bunching.

Does a full size flat sheet fit a full xl mattress?

As you know, a full-size mattress is 54 inches by 75 inches, while a full xl measures 54 inches by 80 inches. This means that a full-size flat sheet, which typically measures around 81 inches by 96 inches, may be too short in length to cover the full length of a full XL mattress. However, it may still be possible to use a full-size flat sheet on a full XL mattress if you are willing to tuck in the sides and the bottom of the sheet.

Why does my fitted sheet keep slipping off?

There are several reasons why your fitted sheet might keep coming off your bed. This includes:

Incorrect Sheet Size: If your fitted sheet is too small for your mattress, it won't be able to stay in place properly. Make sure you have the correct sheet size for your mattress.

Poor Elastic Quality: Elastic in fitted sheets can stretch out over time and lose its elasticity, causing the sheet to slip off. If your fitted sheet is old, it might be time to replace it.

Mattress Shape: Some mattresses have rounded corners or other irregular shapes that can make it difficult for a fitted sheet to stay in place. In this case, you may need to purchase specialized sheets that are designed to fit your mattress shape.

Incorrect Placement: It's important to make sure you are properly placing the fitted sheet on your mattress. Make sure the elastic is placed securely around each corner of the mattress and that the sheet is pulled taut.

Movement during Sleep: If you move around a lot in your sleep, it can cause the fitted sheet to come off. In this case, you may want to try securing the sheet with sheet straps or clips to keep it in place.

Can you use a twin size flat sheet for a twin xl mattress?

If you use a twin size flat sheet on a twin XL mattress, it may not cover the entire mattress, and the corners may not stay in place as well. However, if you tuck the sheet in tightly and use sheet straps or suspenders to hold it in place, it can work as a temporary solution.

For a better fit, it's recommended to use a twin XL flat sheet that is specifically designed to fit the longer mattress.

Can you use a queen size flat sheet for a king size mattress?

A queen flat sheet will be too narrow and too short to fully cover the king size mattress. If you are in a pinch and do not have a king size flat sheet available, you could try using the queen size flat sheet by tucking the excess material tightly under the mattress on each side, but this may not be a perfect solution as it may come undone during the night.

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Disclaimer: What is said in this article has been referenced from multiple sources and is intended only for educational and informational purposes. Please note that no content in this article is a substitute for professional advice from a qualified doctor or healthcare provider. Always consult an experienced doctor with any concerns you may have regarding a health condition or treatment, and never disregard any medical suggestions or delay in seeking treatment because of something you read here.

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