01st Jul 2020
Typically, UK kings are smaller than most. Often no larger than queens in other parts of the world. But emperors in Britain and Ireland are the biggest of the lot.

Welcome to the sometimes confusing world of differing bed, and bed linen, sizes – made simple by this week’s Duvet Store blog.

Usually based on mattress size, bed classification varies from country to country – and even between manufacturers. King size in the UK, for example, is generally considered to be 150 x 200 cm (59 x 78 inches), while this would normally be described as queen size in the United States and other parts of the world.

Similar variations exist for single, twin and bunk beds, double, super king, emperor, and so on. Some designers and retailers even produce their own standard sizes, such as IKEA. Sofa beds and other specialist products are also made to specific dimensions.

And trends in manufacturing change in response to demand. For instance, mattresses are generally deeper now than in the past. People themselves are changing too, with average height steadily increasing due to better health and nutrition.

To find out the right size for your bed, measure the length and breadth of your mattress. For fitted sheets and mattress protectors, it is also helpful to measure the depth of your mattress – to make sure everything stays tucked in at night.

Most mass-produced bed linen is manufactured only to standard sizes, but the Duvet Store stocks a huge range of non-standard products. One of the biggest bespoke suppliers in the UK, we can produce any size to order – duvets, pillows, mattress protectors and mattress toppers, as well as bed linen.

Whatever your needs, the Duvet Store will help you make the right choices for a perfect night’s sleep. We are open five days a week. Call us for free on 0800 121 4659.