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First Things First! Know Your Mattress.
Before you purchase items and accessories for your bed, the first thing you need to determine is the type of mattress you have. From there you can choose everything that will properly fit your bed. Check the reference chart below to help determine your bed type.
Common Bed Sizes
The smallest of all the mattresses; it’s meant for one person
Found most commonly in college dorm rooms, the “Twin XL” as it’s affectionately known, is just that - longer than the standard Twin; the width is the same.
Also referred to as a Double Bed. Can sleep two and is shorter in length than its larger cousin, the Queen size.
Sleeps two and is both wider and longer than a Full sized mattress.
The largest, most luxurious sized mattress. May be referred to as the Eastern King.
The California King mattress is a large luxury size like the Eastern King, however it is narrower and longer. And yes, it is found most commonly in the State of California.
The measurements below are for fitted sheets and will help ensure a proper fit. Do not be concerned with the top or flat sheet dimension, as it will be tucked under the mattress anyway and is not meant to be sized to the exact specifications of your mattress:
39 x 76 inches
39 x 80 inches
54 x 75 inches
60 x 80 inches
78 x 80 inches
72 x 84 inches
You can use these dimensions as a guide for mattress pads as well.
No need to look for Cal-King or Twin X-Long in the top sheet - it’s not made... use the King and Twin sizes accordingly.
Pillow Top and Extra Deep mattresses have become very common. Before selecting your sheets and mattress pads, it is important to know the depth of your mattress. Here are some dimensions to use as a guide:
7 to 9 inches
10 to 15 inches
15 inches to as high as 22 inches
Mattress Pad Depths
Once you determine the depth of your mattress you’ll need to select the proper depth mattress pad. Here are some approximate depths to follow:
7 to 14 1/2 inches
Up to 15 inches
16 to 22 inches
Here are the dimensions for most comforters. Keep in mind that these are approximate sizes. Some vendors may run slightly smaller or produce "oversized" comforters. Regardless, these dimensions can serve as a basic guide:
68 x 86 inches
80 x 90 inches
88 x 88 inches
86 x 94 inches
110 x 96 inches
Don’t make yourself crazy looking for California King Comforters or Twin X-Long - they don't make them. Just get a King or Twin size accordingly. In addition, when looking for Full or Queen sizes, some manufacturers make comforters in both Full and Queen sizes, while others will offer a Full/Queen size, which fits both mattresses.
Here are the dimensions for most down comforters. Keep in mind that these are approximate sizes. Some vendors may run slightly smaller, but these dimensions can serve as a basic guide:
68 x 88 inches
90 x 98 inches
108 x 98 inches
All blankets are not created equal! In fact, sizing can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Rest assured that if you buy a Queen size blanket it will fit your Queen size bed. Here are the dimensions; most should fall close to these sizes:
66 x 90 inches
90 x 90 inches
108 x 90 inches
50 x 60 inches
You have probably noticed a trend here… anything that is laid across the top of the bed does not come in Cal-King or Twin X-Long. In the case of most blankets, you also will not find a specific size for Full and Queen, it will be a Full/Queen, which fits both.
For those of you enjoying a down comforter, or even just looking for a change for your bedroom, a duvet could be the perfect answer. Since you will be placing your comforter inside the duvet, it is important that the appropriate size be selected. Like blankets, duvet sizes can vary and some manufacturers even offer an “oversized” duvet. Regardless, just match your comforter's size to the appropriate duvet. Here are some sizes to keep in mind, and remember, they might vary slightly by vendor:
68 x 88 inches
88 x 88 inches
104 x 88 inches
Nothing can improve a night’s sleep like a quality pillow… and nothing can spruce up your bed more than the right sized pillows. Here is a guide to the common sizes:
20 x 26 inches. Uses a Standard size pillowcase. Use one on a Twin bed, two on a Full or Queen, and three on a King bed.
20 x 30 inches. Uses the same pillow combination as the Standard. Since there is no Queen size pillowcase, use a Standard pillowcase with a Queen size pillow. It fills up a Standard pillowcase more completely, and it is also a perfect fit across the top of your Queen size bed.
20 x 36 inches. You guessed it, use these on your King size bed. These extra long pillows are perfectly paired across the top of both an Eastern and Cal-King bed, and use a King pillowcase.
26 x 26 inches. These large, square pillows are great to prop yourself up in bed with. They also add a decorative accent when covered with a decorative pillow sham in place of a Euro pillowcase.
12 x 16 inches. Small and easy to travel with and especially good to have for long trips. Take a Travel pillow whenever you need some added comfort and support. Uses a Travel size pillowcase.
Since all daybeds are outfitted with a twin mattress, selecting the sheets and mattress pads for them is a no-brainer. Choosing what to put on top of the daybed can be a bit more challenging, as sizes and styles can range. There are daybed covers, which typically have three sides (two sides and the front), and daybed spreads, which typically have four sides, and are usually quilted. The “drop” of a daybed cover, or how far down to the floor the front of the cover reaches, will determine if you need a dust ruffle, also called a bed skirt. A standard twin 14” dust ruffle is all a daybed requires, though some dust ruffles feature split corners to make navigating around bed feet a bit easier.
Pillows for daybeds are covered with shams when not in use. Most people use either three standard pillows or two king size pillows lined up across the daybed. Below are some sizes for daybed covers and spreads. Since there is no standard size, keep in mind that the main intent is to cover a twin size bed:
Covers and Spreads (range)
51 to 60 inches W x 95 to 106 inches L