Your Guide to Bed Sheet Sizes: Tailoring Your Bedding for the Perfect Fit

Your Guide to Bed Sheet Sizes: Tailoring Your Bedding for the Perfect Fit

What size is that orphan sheet? What type of bed will it fit? Sheets are the basis of a restful night’s sleep. Because they’re meant to fit around a mattress and tuck underneath, having the perfect sheet means less repositioning and more joyful snoozing. Here is our simple guide to sheet sizes, made for all the world’s beds.
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The linen closet can be a place of infinite secrets. It holds generations of sheets, sometimes separated from their original partners, all piled on top of one another. Was that a king-fitted sheet? Queen? You can’t be sure. It fits…almost…when placed sideways. Or was that the right way? 

The great sheet try-on is a ritual we repeat before our guests arrive, and we don’t always find the time after they’ve departed to determine what we have, what works, and what no longer fits any of the beds in the house. 

Take a moment to determine what sheets you have and need. You can even compare them to your mattress. Here are the average dimensions for fitted sheets.

Bedding Size Chart for Fitted Sheets 

Fitted Sheet Dimensions



Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Twin

39” x 75” 

96.5 x 190.5 cm

3’2” x 6’3”

Twin XL

38” x 80”

97 x 203 cm

3’2” x 6’8”

Full (Double)

54” x 75”

137 x 191 cm

4’6” x 6’3”

Queen

60” x 80”

152 x 203 cm

5’0” x 6’8”

King

76” x 80”

193 x 203 cm

6’4” x 6’8”

California King

72” x 84”

183 x 213 cm

6’0” x 7’0”


Bedding Size Chart for Flat Sheets

Flat Sheet Dimensions



Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Twin

66” x 96”

168 x 244 cm

5’6” x 8’0”

Twin XL

66” x 96”

168 x 244 cm

5’6” x 8’0”

Full (Double)

81” x 96”

206 x 244 cm

6’9” x 8’0”

Queen

90” x 102”

229 x 259 cm

7’6” x 8’6”

King

108” x 102”

274 x 259 cm

9’0” x 8’6”

California King

102” x 110”

259 x 279 cm

8’6” x 9’2”


Understanding Bed Sheet Sizes

Twin Bed Sheet Sizes

Twin beds, often called “singles,” are typical in small bedrooms for children, teens, and singles with limited space. They’re also helpful in large guest rooms, bunk-bed style, to wrangle large families and accommodate a houseful of children.

Bed sheets for twin beds are long and thin, and it’s nearly impossible to put them on sideways accidentally.

Twin XL Bed Sheet Sizes

Twin XL beds are longer and slightly thinner than twin mattresses. They’re common in hospitals and dorms and can be handy for growing teens and adults who want more room to stretch their legs but still live within a small footprint.

You may also use twin bed sheets for your “split king” bed, which uses two twin XL mattresses next to one another. As split king beds become more popular for couples with differing sleep patterns, you’re likely to see twin XL sheets becoming easier to find. For now, they’re most prominent in late summer when “back to school” and dorm essentials are all the rage.

Full (Double) Bed Sheet Sizes

A full (often called a double) bed maintains the short stature of a twin (with 5 fewer inches of legroom) but is significantly wider than a twin. That makes it a good option for adult singles in small(ish) spaces or growing teens in small bedrooms. 

You can often upgrade to a full mattress while maintaining room for a dresser and desk in large secondary bedrooms. While most teens and adults will be more comfortable sleeping on a full bed, room dimensions dictate your best choice. Many adults in small studios who require work and sleep space all in one room prefer a twin-sized bed.

A full-sized bed is narrower and shorter than a queen, making queen sheets a poor fit. Since twin sheets are also significantly narrower, the full bed requires right-sized bedding.

Queen Bed Sheet Sizes

This popular mattress makes up the lion’s share of mattress purchases today. It’s easy to see why: the queen bed has the extra length of a twin XL and king, but with a narrower profile, so you won’t need a large home with outsized rooms to fit this bed suitable for couples (especially compared to a full). Further, it is a focal point in small to medium owner’s suites, rather than getting lost in a sea of carpet.

King Bed Sheet Sizes

The widest standard bed in the US, the king offers a roomy sleep environment for couples and even accommodates pets and children much more easily than a queen. It is especially appealing to couples with mixed sleep patterns. For instance, a hot-sleeper and a cold-sleeper could both find temperature balance in the roomy king bed. Those with sleep disorders also find themselves more isolated from their partners, for fewer interruptions on both sides of the sheet.

California King Bed Sheet Sizes

Gain even more length, while trimming some width, to get the California king. With slightly less surface area than a king, it can be a respite for tall couples while offering significant side-to-side gains over the queen.

If you have a split California king, your “Cal Twin” mattresses are a unique size. You’ll look for two Cal Twin fitted sheets and a single California king flat sheet.

Specialty Bed Sheet Sizes

Fitted Sheet Sizes for Non-Standard Beds

Fitted Sheet


Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Full XL

54” x 80”

137 x 203 cm

4’6” x 6’8”

Short Queen

60” x 75”

152 cm x 191 cm

5’0” x 6’3”

Olympic Queen

66” x 80”

168 x 203 cm

5’6” x 6’8”

Texas King

80” x 98”

203 x 249 cm

6’8” x 8’2”

Wyoming King

84” x 84”

213 x 213 cm

7’0” x 7’0”

Alaskan King

108” x 108”

274 x 274 cm

9’0” x 9’0”


Flat Sheet Sizes for Non-Standard Beds

Flat Sheet


Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Full XL

85” x 100”

216 x 254 cm

7’1” x 8’4”

Short Queen

99” x 90”

251 x 229 cm

8’3” x 7’6”

Olympic Queen

97” x 105”

246 x 267 cm

8’1” x 8’9”

Texas King

120” x 114”

315 x 290 cm

10’4” x 9’6”

Wyoming King

114” x 114”

290 x 290 cm

9’6” x 9’6”

Alaskan King

136” x 136”

345 x 345 cm

11’4” x 11’4”


International Bed Sheet Sizes

Smaller buildings have led to different standard bed sizes. Further, measurement conversions collide, making comparing bedding across the pond and beyond challenging. Here are all the dimensions, in all the units, so you know what sizes you have or news (and how they compare to your standard US bed sheet sizes). 

European Fitted Sheet Sizes

European Fitted Sheet Sizes


Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Single 

35” x 79”

90 x 200 cm

2’11” x 6’7”

Double

55” x 79”

140 x 200 cm

4’7” x 6’7”

King

63” x 79”

160 x 200 cm

5’3” x 6’7”

Super King

71” x 79”

180 x 200 cm

5’11” x 6’7”


European Flat Sheet Sizes

European Flat Sheet Sizes


Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Single 

67” x 95”

170 x 240 cm

5’7” x 7’11”

Double

87” x 102”

220 x 260 cm

7’3” x 8’6”

King

102” x 102”

260 x 260 cm

8’6” x 8’6”

Super King

102” x 110”

260 x 280 cm

8’6” x 9’2”

UK Fitted Sheet Sizes

In the UK, standard bed sizes are slightly different. While they retain the same names, the fitted sheet sizes (which closely align with mattress size) differ slightly. Sheets aren’t interchangeable between the UK and EU, even when the bed sheet sizes carry the same names. Here are the UK sheet sizes:


UK Fitted Sheet Sizes


Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Single 

36” x 75”

90 x 190 cm

3’0”’ x 6’3”

Double

54” x 75”

135 x 190 cm

4’6” x 6’3”

King

60” x 78”

150 x 200 cm

5’0” x 6’0”

Super King

72’ x 78”

180 x 200 cm

6’0” x 6’6”


UK Flat Sheet Sizes


UK Flat Sheet Sizes


Inches



Centimeters



Feet + Inches

Single 

70” x 100”

178 x 254 cm

5’10” x 8’4”

Double

90” x 100”

228 x 254 cm

7’6” x 8’4”

King

102” x 105”

259 x 267 cm

8’6” x 8’9”

Super King

102” x 120”

259 x 305 cm

8’6” x 10’0”


Australian Fitted Sheet Sizes 


Australian Fitted Sheet Sizes


Inches




Centimeters




Feet + Inches

Single 

36” x 74”

92 x 188 cm

3’0” x 6’2”

Double

54” x 74”

137 x 188 cm

4’6” x 6’2”

Queen

60” x 80”

153 x 203 cm

5’0” x 6’0”

King

72” x 80”

183 x 203 cm

6’0” x 6’8”


Australian Flat Sheet Sizes 


Australian Flat Sheet Sizes


Inches




Centimeters




Feet + Inches

Single 

63” x 102”

160 x 260 cm

5’3” x 8’6”

Double

82” x 102”

208 x 260 cm

6’10” x 8’6”

Queen

100” x 108”

254 x 274 cm

8’4” x 9”0”

King

108” x 108”

275 x 275 cm

9’0” x 9’0”


Asian Fitted Sheet Sizes


Asian Fitted Sheet Sizes


Inches




Centimeters




Feet + Inches

Single 

39” x 75” (but varies)

100 x 200 cm

3’3” x 6’7”

Double

54” x 75”

137 x 191 cm

4’6” x 6’3”

Queen

60” x 80”

193 x 203 cm

5’0” x 6’8”

King

72” x 84”

183 x 213 cm

6’0” x 7’0”


Asian Flat Sheet Sizes


Asian Flat Sheet Sizes


Inches




Centimeters




Feet + Inches

Single 

67” x 95”

170 x 240 cm

5’7” x 7’11”

Double

79” x 95”

200 x 240 cm

6’7” x 7’11”

Queen

87” x 95”

220 x 240 cm

7’3” x 7’11”

King

95” x 102” 

240 x 260 cm

7’11” x 8’6”


The bottom line? Bed sheet sizes vary, even when the name’s the same. Don’t be fooled. Where you purchase sheets makes a big difference in how they fit, and it’s a good idea to measure your sheets from corner to corner (and your mattress, too) to ensure they’re compatible.

Measuring for the Perfect Fitted Sheet Fit

Measure a mattress from edge to edge, starting with the width dimension. Next, measure head to toe. Don’t forget to measure the depth, including any pillow top that could add depth. 

The edge-to-edge measurement is called the “platform” for your sheets. The sides of a fitted sheet that pull down over the mattress sides are called the “pocket.” You can measure an existing sheet’s platform by measuring the width and length from the innermost corner of the cinching in both directions. But don’t forget to measure the depth of the pocket, too, as this is where many modern sheets fall short.

Measuring the pocket can also tell you if you have sheets that are designed to accommodate thick mattresses or toppers. These are usually called “deep” or “extra deep” and are meant to accommodate a mattress greater than the standard 14” (that’s 36 cm or 1’2”) deep. 

Sheets with Significant Overlap that May Fit Multiple Mattresses

Twin and Twin XL Sheet Overlap

While twin and Twin XL mattresses have different dimensions, the flat sheets are typically the same. There are even fitted sheet sets designed to fit both mattress sizes.

Queen, Short Queen, and Olympic Queen Sheet Overlap

These sizes often share sheet sets. However, their dimensions differ, and sheets designed for a short queen or queen bed may only sometimes stretch to fit an Olympic queen.

Adjustable and Split Bed Sheet Overlap

Sheets for split beds, like a split king or split California king, can overlap with twin and twin XL fitted sheets. A California king bed, with its custom “Cali Twin” mattresses, often uses a slightly wider twin XL sheet when custom sheets aren’t available. As with other beds that often share sheets, the fit isn’t perfect. For a restful night’s sleep, ensure your fitted sheets fit snugly on your bed and are crafted to match the dimensions of your mattress.

Fabric Considerations for Different Sheet Sizes

The fabrics you choose for your bedding sheets can also facilitate the restful sleep that comes with an ideal fit. For example, you may want to consider:

  • Elasticity: stretchable fabrics can fit better and stay in place, even if your mattress is slightly irregular.
  • Shrinkage: Natural fibers like cotton that haven’t been pretreated tend to shrink over time. A cotton mix with synthetic materials can last longer.
  • Fabric Weight: Heavy fabrics can feel more luxurious but might be more challenging to tuck under mattresses.
  • Quality of Construction: Wider elastic bands, cinched corners, and deep sheets are engineered to fit better and stay in place longer.
  • Breathability: Sheets that wick moisture and stay cool can mean you’re repositioning your body less at night, making it more likely your sheets stay in place.

Are Bed Sheet Sizes the Key to Sleep Wellness?

Well, why wouldn’t they be? After all, a good fit does wonders for our clothes and, by proxy, our sense of well-being, strength, beauty, and happiness. Bed sheet sizes impact overall