International Bedding Size Conversion Guide

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If you're an international shopper, the bedding you want is probably measured using a system to which you're not accustomed. You need to know how to buy bedding to fit your mattress, and the names of the mattress sizes are often different from region to region. This international bedding size conversion guide is here to give you an easy reference when you're online shopping for bedding.

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Bedding Shopping Tips:

 

Shopping for Mattresses

Similar mattress sizes may have different names in different countries. Mattresses of the same name may vary by a few inches in different countries; sheets will usually fit if the mattress is approximately the same size – within a few inches or centimeters. Mattresses from different manufacturers will have different depths, so be aware of these when selecting your fitted sheets. Use your mattress size to determine which size memory foam mattress topper or feather bed you need.


Shopping for Fitted Sheets

Your fitted sheet needs to be as close to your mattress size as possible to ensure that it will fit onto your mattress snugly. The pocket depth of fitted sheets may range from 10 inches (25 cm) to 18 inches (46 cm). Be sure to measure your mattress height before selecting a fitted sheet.


Shopping for Flat Sheets

Flat sheets are usually sold in sets along with fitted sheets. It’s most important that your flat sheet is wide enough. If it’s a little long, you can fold it under the mattress. If you use a duvet with a washable cover, you don’t need a flat sheet.


Shopping for Children’s Bedding

Crib mattresses are 28 inches by 52 inches. Crib bedding needs to be an exact fit to the mattress for the safety of the child. Toddler mattresses are the same size as crib mattresses; the frame is just set lower to the ground, so the child can get in and out of bed independently. You can continue to use the same size sheets but will probably want to add more blankets to the bed.


Shopping for Duvet Covers

In British English, a duvet is known as a quilt, while in American English, duvets are down comforters which require a cover. Duvet covers are also known as quilt covers. The covers are meant to be used without flat sheets or other blankets. Duvet covers do not need to be a precise fit but should be as close as possible.


Pillowcase Sizes:

Pillowcases and pillow shams are usually about 3 to 5 inches (8-13 cm) larger than the pillow itself, so the pillowcase size just needs to be close. Here’s a reference to keep things straight:

Approximate Measurement U.S., Canada, and Australia U.K. and Europe
20 in. x 30 in. Standard Standard
51 cm x 76 cm
20 in. x 34 in. Queen
51 cm x 86 cm
20 in. x 40 in. King
51 cm x 102 cm
26 in. square European Continental
65 cm square

How Bedding Sizes Compare:

U.K. Bed Size vs. U.S./Canadian Size
Small Single
Single Single/Twin
Super Single Twin XL
Small Double
Double Double/Full
King Queen
Super King King

 

European Bed Size vs. U.S./Canadian Size
Extra-Small Single
Super Single Single/Twin
Large Single Twin XL
140 cm x 200 cm Double/Full
160 cm x 200 cm Queen
180 cm x 200 cm King

 

Australian Bed Size vs. U.S./Canadian Size
Single Single/Twin
Single XL Twin XL
King Single
Double Double/Full
Queen Queen
King King

Mattress Comparisons at a Glance:

Mattress Size U.S./Canada U.K. Australia Europe
Single/Twin 39 in. x 75 in. 35 in. x 79 in.
99 cm x 191 cm 90 cm x 200 cm
Twin XL 39 in. x 80 in. 42 in. x 75 in. 36 in. x 80 in. 39 in. x 79 in.
99 cm x 203 cm 106 cm x 191 cm 91 cm x 203 cm 99 cm x 200 cm
Dorm Size Super Single Single XL Large Single
Double/Full 54 in. x 75 in. 55 in. x 79 in.
137 cm x 190 cm 140 cm x 200 cm
Queen (U.K. King) 60 in. x 80 in. 63 in. x 79 in.
152 cm x 203 cm 160 cm x 200 cm





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alice macnamara
alice macnamara

I still don’t know the width of a flat sheet. That is my concern. Or a queen or king. I use them to make curtains, etc. Would never tuck a top sheet under the mattress. Sure way to fall and break a hip. Sears used to have all the measurements, even 3/4 size.

Overstock Team

Hi Alice!
The dimensions of flat sheets can vary, but generally flat sheets will be around these dimensions:
Twin – 70 x 100 inches
Full – 85 x 100 inches
Queen – 90 x 106 inches
King – 108 x 106 inches