Our beds and mattresses come in different shapes and sizes, so do our bed sheets. The most common bed sheet sizes are twin, full, queen and king.
But why don’t all bed sheets fit the same way? You might buy a queen size bed sheet that barely fits your queen size mattress, while another queen sheet fits too loosely.
In this article I will describe the different bed sheet sizes to help you avoid buying the wrong size. Some of the measurements will be different depending on the mattress height. Pillow top mattresses tend to need larger size bed sheets.
|Common Mattress Types||Width x Length||Also Known As|
|Crib||28″ x 51″|
|Half Queen||30″ x 79.5″|
|Twin/Single||38″ x 74.5″|
|Twin/Single Extra Long||38″ x 79.5″||Twin Long|
|Double/Full||53″ x 74.5″||Standard|
|Queen RV||60″ x 74.5″||Common in RVs|
|Queen||60″ x 79.5″|
|California King||72″ x 84″||Western King|
|King||76″ x 79.5″||Eastern King|
|Super King||85.5″ x 84.5″|
|Uncommon Mattress Types||Width x Length||Also Known As|
|Old Style Single||36″ x 72″|
|Twin/Single Waterbed||36″ x 82″|
|Half California King||36″ x 84″|
|Supersingle||47″ x 74.5″|
|Supersingle Extra Long||47″ x 79.5″|
|Supersingle Waterbed||47″ x 82″|
|Double/Full Extra Long||53″ x 79.5″|
|Queen Waterbed||58″ x 82″|
|California Queen||60″ x 84″|
|King Waterbed||70″ x 82″|
Baby cribs are the least consistent of any mattress size. Due to the fact that they vary in shape and thickness. But the main Crib size bed sheets will be 29 inches wide by 51 inches long.
Specialty cribs should be measured before buying any sheets. And in some extreme cases have to be custom ordered. If you’re lucky, the specialty crib will include a perfect sized sheet set.
Some might consider the “Half-Queen” a specialty size mattress, but they are more common than you think. Coming in at 30 inches wide by 79.5 inches long they can be found on adjustable beds.
Adjustable beds benefit from the Half Queen size mattress to allow for separate adjustments on both halves of the bed.
You can decide to buy only the fitted sheet in Half-Queen size while using a standard Queen size sheet or comforter on top. But don’t try using a standard Queen size fitted sheet to cover both halves of the bed.
Twin/Single Bed Sheets 38″ x 74.5″
We all grew up sleeping on a twin size bed and mattress. Some of us might refer to this size of bed sheet as a Single Bed. Unless you have a pillow-top, the standard measurements will be 38 inches by 74.5 inches.
Nothing fancy about the Twin/Single bed sheet size, unless you’re attaching 2 of them side by side. You can create a King size feel for a fraction of the cost.
Just like having 2 Half-Queen beds, you will need at least 2 Twin/Single size fitted bed sheets. You can use a standard King size sheet or comforter on top.
Twin/Single Extra Long (aka: Twin Long) 38″ x 79.5″
Very similar to the standard twin/single bed sheets, the “Twin Long” has the same width but adds 5 inches in length. This size is very convenient for taller people.
Finding the right size bed sheet for a Twin long mattress will be more challenging. Your options will be limited compared to standard twin size bed sheets and the price might be a bit higher.
Some good advice when shopping for your longer than average bed, is try buying different pattern or color sheets from your favorite brand. Store the unused extra-long sheets in their packaging until you need to replace your current ones.
Double/Full Size Sheets (aka: Standard) 53″ x 74.5″
The double or full size beds are a transition between single and double beds. They’re suited to sleep on your own or with another person.
Measuring at 53 inches wide by 74.5 inches long. Double/Full size bed sheets are very common and are great for starter couples. With not much room you will find yourself sleeping closer to your partner than with larger size beds.
Stepping away from the single bed sheets, the full size sheets carry the more mature prints and the designs might not appeal to the youth or toddlers.
Queen RV Size Bed Sheets 60″ x 74.5″
Like the name suggests, the “Queen RV” size bed is found mainly in recreational vehicles (RVs). Rvs are often restricted in size and the beds inside reflect that.
The Queen RV size bed sheets are 5 inches shorter than normal Queen size sheets. Many have claimed to “fit” a standard Queen size sheet onto the smaller RV version. This can be the only option you have when shopping for this rare size bed.
Just to be sure, I recommend you measure the bed yourself before squeezing a smaller size fitted sheet onto it. A few inches might not be a problem, but be careful with a 3 inch or more difference.
Standard Queen Size Bed Sheets 60″ x 79.5″
One of my personal favorites and the most popular size bed is the Queen size. Standard Queen size bed sheets are 60 inches wide by 79.5 inches long.
Even though they are the most common bed sheet sold anywhere in the world, you will find a lot of size variations. Some queen size mattresses are thicker than others and need bigger sheets.
A benefit of buying bed sheets online is the amount of reviews you can find available. Many that try sheets report how they fit onto their mattress and provide feedback for you to consider.
If you’re running into problems fitting your bed sheets on your queen size mattress, you might have a California Queen.
California King Size Sheets (aka: Western King) 72″ x 84″
California King size bed sheets (also known as Western King) have grown in popularity and are very trendy. Just the name itself makes you imagine sleeping on the beach underneath the sun.
Measuring at 72 inches wide by 84 inches long, the California King is truly fit for a King. The added 12 inches in width, compared to a Queen bed, gives you enough room to sleep up to 3 people.
King Size Bed Sheets (aka: Eastern King) 76″ x 79.5″
King size bed sheets are among the largest size sheets of all. Measuring at 76 inches wide by 79.5 inches long they can also be referred to as “Eastern King”. Not as wide as the California king but it adds about 5 inches in length.
you won’t have any problems finding sheets for your king size bed. Just be sure to take extra care of them as they tend to be more expensive than smaller sizes.
Super King bed Sheets 85.5″ x 84.5″
The largest of all the bed sizes mentioned above is the “Super King”. Bed sheets are often custom made to fit this huge mattress. It’s almost square-like and measures at 85.5 inches wide by 84.5 inches long.
The Super King can usually be found in expensive hotel suites and require larger than average bedrooms to accommodate their size. But if you’re lucky enough to own a Super king size bed, you want to get the right size bed sheets to fit.
Uncommon Bed Sheets Sizes
I’ve also included some uncommon bed sizes you might have seen before. Some of the measurements will be different depending on the mattress height. Pillow to mattresses tend to need larger size bed sheets.
California Queen Size Bed Sheets 60 x 84″
California Queen size bed sheets have been difficult to find in the past. They are a common size for waterbeds and are slightly longer than standard queen size sheets. So if you’re still sleeping on a waterbed, you want to replace your sheets with a “California Queen Size” bed sheet.
Online retail giant Amazon takes it a step further, offering free 2-day shipping with Amazon Prime. Making it easier to find now that waterbeds have found a whole new life in the 21st century.
Extra Deep Bed Sheets For Extra Tall Sleepers
There are so many choices in mattresses these days. Your basic flat mattress, the waterbed, adjustable mattresses, and pillow top mattresses.
The types of sheets differ as much as the kinds of mattresses that fit them. The extra deep bed sheets are designed to fit the thickest of mattresses on the market.
Extra Deep Bedding for Thicker Mattresses
Extra deep bed sheets have deeper pockets, which accommodates the thicker mattresses. Pillow top mattresses can add an extra 2 to 4 inches of depth to the mattress that may not be able to be covered by traditional sized sheets.
The fitted sheet is just that, fitted. It needs to fit snuggly over the mattress to provide a comfortable, wrinkle free surface to sleep on. If the fitted sheet has too much give, then you have to deal with gathers or slip out from under the mattress.
Struggling with bedding who’s pockets are too shallow to fit over the mattress is a waste of money.
If you’re going from a flat mattress to a pillow top, make sure that you have the right size sheets to match. Upgrading to slightly longer sheet set will ensure a better fit and extra comfort.
Extra Deep Bed Sheet Sets For More Comfort
The market for sheets and comforters are finally catching up to an evolving mattress and bed market.
As people get older, we seek out beds and bedding that gives us support, comfort, and overall well-being.
Great innovations have been made to meet our higher standards of living. Today adjustable beds and mattresses have become a very convenient option.
Accurate Measurement is Important Before Buying Adjustable Bed Sheets
There is a significant size difference when buying adjustable bed sheets versus standard sized bed sheets.
Sheets for an adjustable mattress must be able to accommodate the mattress’ ability to recline the upper body and raise the legs. Whereas standard flat mattresses only have to be concerned with length and width.
Adjustable Bed Sizing is Different from Normal Beds
When purchasing sheets for your adjustable bed, whether Egyptian cotton or some other material, make sure to verify the size on the package or you could wind up with the wrong size sheet.
The width for a single adjustable bed is 30 inches wide to 39 inches wide. The full size width jumps up to 54 inches. All three of these have the standard length of 74 inches.
The larger adjustable beds have the standard length of 80 inches, and the width varies from 60 inches for the queen/dual queen size up to 108 inches for the dual “Super-Extra wide” king bed.
So don’t rip the sheet by forcing it to fit on a mattress it was not intended for. Get your money back or buy the correct size.
California King Size Bed Sheets 72 x 84″
There is a significant size difference when buying California King size bed sheets versus standard king size bed sheets.
California King sheets are made for a mattress with the dimensions of 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. Whereas the Eastern or Standard King size bed sheets fit mattresses with the dimensions of 76 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Check the Label for Accurate Sizing
California king size bedding is usually labeled as “Cal King” or “California King” on most packaging. The Eastern King bedding is usually labeled as “King” on the packaging.
When buying sheets for your “California King” size bed, be sure to check the size on the package or you could wind up with a sheet that is several inches too short in length.
Sheets come in specific sizes, therefore there isn’t any give to force the sheet around the mattress. So don’t rip the sheet by forcing it to fit on a mattress it was not intended for. Get your money back or buy the correct size.