Trying to figure out how to use full-size fitted sheets on a queen-size bed is a problem that could keep you up at night. The sheets are close in size, but the queen is always longer and wider than the full and won't fit the properly. Know the proper dimensions before you go shopping for various bedtime accessories, such as comforters and blankets.
Sizing Them Up
Learn the sizes for full- and queen-size beds and their various accessories:
A full-size bed, which measures 54 inches wide and 75 inches long, is sometimes referred to as a double bed. A queen-size bed measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long.
Additional queen-size beds include the California queen, which measures 60 inches wide and 84 inches long, and the Olympic queen, which measures 66 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Fitted Sheets and Mattress Pads
Full-size fitted sheets and mattress pads measure between 54 inches wide and 75 inches long, while the queen-size sheets and pad measure between 60 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Blankets, Duvets and Comforters
Full/queen blankets measure 90 inches wide and 90 inches long, and full/queen duvets measure 88 inches wide and 88 inches long. Full-size comforters measure 80 inches wide and 90 inches long; queen-size comforters measure 86 inches wide and 94 inches long; and full/queen comforters measure 88 inches wide and 88 inches long. Down comforters tend to come in one size, full/queen, which measures 90 inches wide and 98 inches long.
Blankets, duvets and comforters labeled full/queen fit both full- and queen-size beds.
Sheets With Depth
Use deep-pocket fitted sheets on thicker mattresses or pillow-top mattresses. The standard fitted sheet measures between 7 and 12 inches in depth, but deep-pocket sheets measure between 13 and 17 inches in depth. If that's not enough, try extra deep, which measures 18 to 25 inches in depth.
For Good Measure
Queen-size comforter sizes aren't all created equal; instead, they vary in size according to their manufacturers. A comforter can range from 86 inches wide and 86 inches long to 92 inches wide and 96 inches long.
How to measure for a comforter:
- Measure the span from the floor to the top of your bed.
- Double that amount.
- Add the mattress' width to the doubled amount to calculate the maximum width of the comforter.
Kings and Queens
A queen-size comforter fits on a king-size bed, but a king-size comforter could overwhelm a queen-size bed.
King-size comforters are 110 inches wide and 96 inches long and are used on beds that measure 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. This could overwhelm your queen-size bed, which measures 60 inches wide and 80 inches long.
A queen-size bed outfitted with a box spring and a narrower mattress may be able to accommodate a king-size comforter better than a queen-size bed with a thin mattress.
Lowell, Massachusetts-based writer Kris Gleba has been writing home decor articles since 2008. She enjoys all aspects of small home living, from complete gut remodels to ingenius home decorating that incorporates style and function. She has previously written for the “Athol Daily News.” She holds a degree in professional writing from Fitchburg State University.