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Nice, but too small
 from San Francisco, CA,  Aug 12, 2008

I ordered a King size comforter for a queen bed, per the many reviews that mentioned that this comforter was sized too small. Sure enough, it is very small. The King is supposed to be 86 x 102. I did not measure it out of the package, but I noticed it fit our queen size sofa bed perfectly. However, after I washed the comforter, it shrank and is now too small for the queen bed. The after-washed measurements are 79 x 94. The 7 inches that shrank off of the 86 inch side results in a comforter that has no overhang at the foot of the bed whatsoever - it just lies on top of the bed. We also have a full size guest bed - again, the 79 inches is the problem and it just lies on top of the bed. On the full, there is significant overhang on the sides - it almost touches the floor on either side. On the queen, there is a little bit of draping on the sides, but it no longer is perfect as the time before it was washed. It's great that it's machine washable; however, note that the king size doesn't fit in normal washers. I live in an apartment building that has high end side load washing machines that say "extra large commercial washer" on them - I stuffed the comforter in that but there really was no room to agitate - even when wet the comforter still took up every inch of space. The comforter ended up picking up dirt from the random crevices in the washing machine where dirt goes, I guess, and I had to run it again. Then the soap didn't rinse off so I ran the load once more with no detergent. Even though it's machine washable, don't expect to be able to wash it at home effectively. I think you really need one of the real commercial washing machines that I have only seen at wash and fold places - those huge machines that only the launderers operate. At least for the king size comforter. I have mixed feelings about tihs comforter because it is really nice and white and striped and lovely - the fabric feels great and it looks luxurious on a bed. However, the care for a king size comforter isn't as do-it-yourself as I thought it would be, and the shrinking so that there is no drape over the foot of the bed is really disappointing. That is a problem that would happen regardless of the size of bed, since even if you go up in size on the comforter, the bed length measurement (i.e. the 86 inches side of the comforter) doesn't change. I think that I will use this as my extra guest comforter, and my primary guest comforter will be Overstock's "Premier 230 Thread Count Down Blanket" (item 921657), which I have had for years. Though not as thick and fluffy, and nearly twice as expensive, it is easily machine washable and should be similar in warmth because it is real down.

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