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Sizing Up Your Bedroom


Sizing Up Your Bedroom

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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

Twin The smallest of all the mattresses; it’s meant for one person
Twin X-Long 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.
Full Also referred to as a Double Bed. Can sleep two and is shorter in length than its larger cousin, the Queen size.
Queen Sleeps two and is both wider and longer than a Full sized mattress.
King The largest, most luxurious sized mattress. May be referred to as the Eastern King.
Cal-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:

Twin 39 x 76 inches
Twin X-Long 39 x 80 inches
Full 54 x 75 inches
Queen 60 x 80 inches
King 78 x 80 inches
Cal-King 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.

Mattress Depths

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:

Standard 7 to 9 inches
Deep 10 to 15 inches
Extra Deep 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:

Standard 7 to 14 1/2 inches
Deep Up to 15 inches
Extra Deep 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:

Twin 68 x 86 inches
Full 80 x 90 inches
Full/Queen 88 x 88 inches
Queen 86 x 94 inches
King 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.

Down Comforters

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:

Twin 68 x 88 inches
Full/Queen 90 x 98 inches
King 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:

Twin 66 x 90 inches
Full/Queen 90 x 90 inches
King 108 x 90 inches
Throw 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:

Twin 68 x 88 inches
Queen 88 x 88 inches
King 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:

Standard 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.
Queen 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.
King 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.
Euro 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.
Travel 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