If you’ve ever had to buy new bed linens, you may have come across several different bed sheet types and sizes. Why is this so important? What is the area of a bedsheet, anyway, and does it matter if you get it wrong?
We answer those questions and more in this guide to bed sheet types and sizes. Beds come in different sizes. But so do sheets, and it can be a bit confusing. With our help you’ll learn how to determine which sheets to get for your bed. And how the type of sheet can affect your quality of sleep.
What this article covers:
- Why Do Bed Sheet Sizes Matter?
- Bed Sheet Sizes
- Types of Sheets
- What Makes Some Sheets Softer Than Others?
Why Do Bed Sheet Sizes Matter?
Bed Sheet sizes matter and this is why - they make it easier to make your bed and sleep comfortably. Every bed has a size. Depending on whether or not you have a twin bed, double(standard) bed, queen, or king, you’ll have to match the bed sheet size to your bed’s dimensions.
But there’s more to consider. If your bed is an XL size, with more length for taller individuals, that too will have to be matched when you purchase your bedsheets, and thicker mattresses require extra depth like our queen-size deep-pocket fitted sheets because regular sheets won’t fit around them.
Of course, there are exceptions. You could, for example, press a standard bed flat sheet into service on a twin bed, or fit a queen or king-size flat sheet on a standard bed, but this won’t work the other way around.
For quick and easy linen changes and more comfortable rest, we recommend you get the right size sheet for your particular bed and mattress.
Bed Sheet Sizes
What is the area of a bedsheet? It is the size, or dimensions, of that sheet. And these measurements have to accommodate the size of your bed. Or, more specifically, your mattress. The following are the most common bed sheet sizes, to fit the most common bed sizes in the US.
We stock bedsheets in all these sizes, for your convenience.
A twin bed measures 38x75 inches. It’s the most popular bed size for children and teens. Some adults sleep on them too. Our twin bed fitted sheet neatly envelops a twin-size bed.
Do you have a longer twin bed designed for taller people? That sounds like the twin XL. It measures 38x80 inches, five inches longer than a regular twin bed. You’ll need our twin xl bed sheets to match.
The most common bed size is full, also known as the standard bed size. It measures 54x75 inches. That means it’s the length of a regular twin bed, but 16’ wider. This is ideal for adults and couples. We have a wide range of bed sheets to suit this size.
The Queen bed size is even more popular than the standard or full size, particularly for US couples. A Queen bed measures 60x80 inches. And if you have a queen bed, our queen bed fitted sheet will make linen changes quick and easy.
King-sized beds are less common because they take up so much room. You’ll sleep like a king on this bed measuring 76x80 inches. These dimensions make it less than ideal for apartments. However, if you have this big bed size, we have the sheets to fit it.
Types of Sheets
It’s hard to determine when to replace bed sheets because it depends on how often they’re changed and laundered and how they’re used, but you should aim to replace your sheets every 2-3 years, as they’ll be showing wear and tear by then.
When you go shopping for your new sheets, ask yourself what type suits you best. Sheets are available in different sizes to accommodate the dimensions of the bed and the mattress they’ll be covering.
A fitted sheet is the sheet that covers the mattress, and that you sleep on. Fitted sheets fit snugly to the mattress. Elasticized at the corners, they simply pop on and off for easy bed-making and linen changes. Because of this, the right size is crucial.
Fitted sheets offer the ultimate convenience, as they don’t have to be tucked in. Your skin is in contact with the fitted sheet when you lie down in your bed. And whatever goes against your skin all night, has to be soft and comfortable. That’s why most people prefer cotton fitted sheets
We offer you the choice of fitted sheets in cotton percale and cotton sateen.
Cotton is a natural product that’s been used for millennia as the natural fiber of choice in garments and soft furnishings. Cotton is cool in summer, warm in winter, and always breathable and comfortable. Little wonder, then, that most hotels use percale cotton sheets to achieve their crisp, cool aesthetic.
You can have this same hotel quality with our cotton percale fitted sheets in 400, 500, and 600 thread counts.
Ever wanted silk sheets but decided against them because of the expense? You can have the same silky look and feel, with all the benefits of cotton, with our cotton sateen range of fitted sheets. Best of all, they’re machine-washable, easy maintenance, and wrinkle-free.
Enjoy silky soft sateen sheets in thread counts of 400, 500, and 600.
A flat sheet can be used to cover the mattress, and slept on. It can also be used to cover yourself when you sleep and therefore sleep under.
Because of the latter, your flat sheets must be soft and comfortable for a good night’s rest. Our cotton sateen flat sheets are available in a range of thread counts and beautiful colors, like our purple bed sheet set.
Bamboo is known for its moisture-wicking properties as well as its durability and breathability.
It’s also a good choice for people with sensitive skin and is known to discourage dust mites - one of the leading causes of allergies.
Due to bamboo’s growing popularity in the home decor and soft furnishings market, we offer a range of bamboo bed sheet sets that are soft and comfortable yet strong and durable.
Wondering what comes in a bedsheet set? It’s a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and pillowcase (for beds larger than a twin, they’ll be two pillowcases).
What Makes Some Sheets Softer Than Others?
If you don’t know how to buy quality sheets that are super soft and silky, a good tip is to check the thread count.
Much has been made of the luxurious feel of high-thread-count Egyptian cotton in recent years, but this is simply not affordable for the average household, and you can have the same luxe feel when you purchase high-thread-count cotton sateen products here at California Design Den.
How is this possible? The thread count is what gives cotton sheets their softness and texture. The higher the thread count, the softer and more luxurious it will feel. Naturally, this affects the price. This is why we offer a range of thread counts to suit every preference and every budget.
From a thread count of 400 which is soft and smooth, to a silky 500, a hotel-quality 600 you can sleep in great comfort. Want to experience the ultimate in sublime sleep? You’ll feel like royalty even in the cool of winter surrounded by our buttery smooth 800 thread count and super luxe- 1000 thread count bedsheets.
A bedsheet is not a one-size-fits-all product. The size, design, and fabric type all have a role to play in your comfort. And with the range of bedsheets and coordinated linens at California Design Den, you’re guaranteed to have the most comfortable night’s sleep of your life.
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