Choosing the right sheets
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Twin size sheet set-
Fits Twin size bed.
XL Twin size sheet set-
Fits dorm room beds and European Twin bed.
Full size sheet set-
Fits Full size bed, Double bed, Full sofa bed, Rice or Antique bed.
Queen size sheet set-
Fits Queen size bed, Queen sofa bed, European Queen size bed, and European
King size sheet set-
Fits King size bed, a Eastern King size bed, a UK King size bed, or a European
King size bed
California King sheet set- Fits
King size bed, a Western King size bed, a King size Water bed, a Queen size Water bed, or an X-Long Queen size bed
Mattresses come in a variety of
sizes, not just American but also European Mattress Sizes. There are twin,
full, queen, and king. Although most of these sizes do not vary much in the
U.S. they are often different when it comes to other countries. The full size
mattress in the U.S. is 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. This is the same size
as the European full size mattress.
However, in other countries it
measures somewhat less. Asia’s full size mattress is 48 inches wide by 78
inches long. Although it is 3 inches longer in length, the width is 6 inches
shorter. When it comes to king size beds they are not the same either. The king
size bed is typically made up of two box springs and one mattress. The length
of the mattress in the U.S. is typically 80 inches long.
The width however is another matter.
The U.S. king size bed is believed to be two twin size box springs. However,
the two twin size box springs are 78 inches wide which is 2 inches wider than
the width of a traditional king size bed, which is only 76 inches.
The different sizes are thought to
be because of the measurements used. In the U.S. inches are used and most
countries overseas use the metric measurement. The following is an
example of the difference in size between typical beds and the countries in
which they are different.
Size - In the U.S. this bed is 39 x 75
inches. In Australia it is 36 x 75 inches. Europe measures 35 x 79
Twin Extra Long Size- U.S. measurements are 39 x 80.
Double/ Full Mattress
Size- U.S. measurements are 54 x 75
inches. In Europe it is 55 x 79 inches.
Queen Mattress Size- In the U.S. it is 60 x 80 inches. In Europe the queen is
63 x 79 inches.
Size - U.S. measurements are 76 x 80
inches. Australia measures 72 x 80 inches. UK measurements are 72 x 78 inches
and Europe is 71 x 79 inches.
California King Mattress
Size- U.S. measurements are 72 x 84.
While these measurements only vary
by a few inches, it may make a big difference for someone who is tall. They may
find that their feet may hang over the edge of their bed if they do not have
one that is long enough for their stature.
At one time the three quarter bed
was a popular one. They were normally used when the requirement for a bigger
bed than a twin was required but there may not have been room for a double bed.
Measuring 48 x 75 inches they are not used anymore.
There are so many sizes available so
when you say you want a king or queen set you should really measure it so the
exact size of the bed is known especially before purchasing sheets. Some sheets
are made for beds that are longer than the normal length. This should be on the
package however, most people really do not take the time to make sure of the
length. They just assume that twin means twin and king means king.