Matcha green linen sheets and pillowcases on bed

Linen Bedding: How to Find the Right Size for Your Bed

Nothing could be worse at the end of a long day than coming home to an unmade bed. Except: Realizing your linen sheets are too small for your mattress, and your hopes of a peaceful night’s sleep are ruthlessly dashed!

Such a terrible scenario should (and from now on, will) only be a bad dream. Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the right size of linen bedding so you’ll have the sweetest dreams and wake up refreshed.

How to Choose the Right Type of Bedding

White Edge Embroidered Linen Flat Sheet on bed

It’s an age-old question: How do you choose the right type of bedding for you (and your entire family, for that matter)? Lately, the debate has come down to linen bedding vs. cotton bedding.

While there are benefits to cotton bedding, we’re crazy about linen home goodslinen bedding in particular—and would choose it every day of the week. Here are just a few of the many reasons why:

  • Linen bedding is temperature-regulating
  • Linen bedding is hypoallergenic
  • Linen bedding is durable

What are Common Bed Sizes?

But before you can start picking out the perfect color of linen bedding for your bedroom, you’ve got to know the size of bedding you need. In the United States and Canada, mattresses follow a fairly standard sizing and dimension guide that will give you a great starting place when deciding which size bed to buy.  

Typically, U.S. and Canadian markets sell four different mattress sizestwin, full (or double), queen, and king. These days, you may also choose the longer Twin XL or California King options.  

Standard Mattress Dimensions

  • Twin beds: A standard twin bed measures 3’3” x 6’3” (39” x 75” or 99 x 190 cm). It’s known for being great for smaller rooms where more space is needed. Only one person is intended to sleep on a twin mattress at any given time. These beds work well for children, especially when used in bunk beds.
  • Twin XL beds: A standard twin XL bed measures 3’3” x 6’8” (39” x 80” or 99 x 203 cm). It’s the same width as a twin bed but provides five extra inches of length. Given its extra length, a twin XL bed is a fairly common option in dorm rooms or for taller people who need to accommodate extra height. Two twin-XL mattresses can also be laid side by side on a king-sized base to create a split-king bed for couples who want to sleep together with a smidge of separation.
  • Full beds: A standard full bed is 4’6” x 6’3” (54” x 75” or 137 x 190 cm) and can also be referred to as a double bed in many places. Full beds might also be found in dorm rooms and are a great option for smaller bedrooms or studio apartments. Since it’s not as wide as other bed options, it would be a more comfortable option for a single sleeper who wants more room than a twin bed provides. 
  • Queen beds: A standard queen bed measures 5’0” x 6’8” (60” x 80” or 152 x 203 cm). The queen is the most popular mattress size in the United States. It works well for couples or double sleepers but is also a great option for those who want extra wiggle room.
  • King beds: A standard king bed is 6’4” x 6’8” (76” x 80” or 193 x 203 cm). It is a great size for couples or double sleepers who want some extra stretching room and those with a larger bedroom.
  • California King beds: A standard California king bed measures 6’0” x 7’0” (72” x 84” or 183 x 213 cm). As the largest mattress available in North America, it represents the gold standard of mattress luxury and is perfect for snuggling with everyone in your household.

How Do I Know What Size My Bed Is?

Indigo Blue Linen Ruffle Hem Flat Sheet and pillows on bed

Before you can make your bed with luxurious linen bedding, you’ve got to know the size of mattress you’ll be making. Knowing your common bed size means you’re already in a great starting place.

But if you don’t know your bed size, take a tape measure or yardstick to measure the length and width of your mattress. That should get you fairly close to your standard bed size. However, it’s important to measure the depth (height) of your mattress as well to know the exact size of linen sheets you’ll need.

What Are the Standard Types of Linen Sheets?

Just like there are standard bed sizes, there are also standard types and sizes of linen sheets. These standard sizes will provide a starting place as you create your dream linen bedding set

Fitted Linen Sheets Sizes

Fitted linen sheets are the first piece to making your bed. They envelop your mattress, providing a soothing and soft barrier to protect your mattress from hair, sweat, and germs.

Standard linen bedding sizes for fitted sheets include:

  • Twin: 3’3” x 6’3” (39” x 75” or 99 x 190 cm)
  • Twin XL: 3’3” x 6’8” (39” x 80” or 99 x 203 cm)
  • Full: 4’6” x 6’3” (54” x 75” or 137 x 190 cm)
  • Queen: 5’0” x 6’8” (60” x 80” or 152 x 203 cm)
  • King: 6’4” x 6’8” (76” x 80” or 193 x 203 cm)
  • California King: 6’0” x 7’0” (72” x 84” or 189 x 213 cm)

Flat Linen Sheets Sizes

French Blue Linen Flat Sheet

Flat linen sheets drape over your fitted sheet to cover you in a delectable cocoon of luxury. When you’re lying in bed, they offer a comfortable and indulgent layer between you and any other top layer of linen bedding you might need.

Standard sizes for flat linen sheets include:

  • Twin: 5’6” x 8’0” (66” x 96” or 168 x 244 cm)
  • Twin XL: 5’6 x 8’6” (66” x 102” or 168 x 259 cm)
  • Full: 6’8” x 7’10” (80” x 94” or 203 x 239 cm)
  • Queen: 7’6” x 8’6” (90” x 102” or 229 x 259 cm)
  • King: 9’2” x 8’6” (110” x 102” or 279 x 259 cm)
  • California King: 9’0” x 8’6” (108” x 102” or 274 x 259 cm)

Linen Pillowcase Sizes

Linen pillowcases cradle your pillow, providing your head a cooling respite at the end of a long, exhausting day. Pillowcases also protect your pillow from sweat, hair, and dirt particles that would otherwise damage your pillow. 

Pillows come in fewer size options than mattresses. You can choose the sizing you prefer, but for the best fit, the standard pillow sizing to pair with twin, twin XL, full, or queen mattresses is 20” x 30”. The standard pillow sizing for king and California king beds is 20” x 40”, while 20” x 40” is the standard size for super king. 

When Should I Choose Different Sized Linen Sheets?

You might need to use a mattress topper to provide an extra layer of padding or comfort directly above your mattress. If you do choose to use a mattress topper, you may want to choose a fitted sheet with a deeper pocket to provide the best fit for your mattresses. 

To measure for the perfectly sized linen sheets, put your mattress topper on top of the mattress. Then, use your tape measure or yardstick to gather all three dimensions (length, width, and height) with the mattress topper included. For best fit, add at least another 2” to 3” to your fitted sheet size to accurately account for the extra padding on top of the mattress.

What Types of Linen Sheets Does Linenforce Offer?

Green Olive Linen Fitted Sheet folded on bench

Linenforce offers a variety of linen sheets—including fitted sheets, flat sheets, and pillowcases—in a wide range of colors. We’ve designed our linen bedding to closely follow standard sizing while also creating our signature look and feel that distinguishes us from our competitors. 

But because of our deep commitment to providing you with a customizable experience, we also offer more mattress sizing options than many other traditional bedding companies. Because of that, you’ll always be able to find the perfectly sized linen sheets for your bed and needs. Here are the standard types of bed sizing we offer:

  • Crib
  • Twin
  • XL Twin
  • King Single (also known as the Split King)
  • Full Double
  • Full XL
  • Queen
  • King
  • California King

Linenforce Offers a Custom-Fit

We also know that you might need to customize your linen bedding sizes to suit your distinct needs. We can take care of anything you need so you know, deep down, that you’ve chosen the right linen bedding for your home and lifestyle. Simply request the custom bedding size you need for a perfect fit.

Linenforce Linen Bedding Sizes

Our luxurious sheet sets and bedding options differ slightly in some instances from standard sizing and fit measurements. Our custom measurements can all be found in our handy size guide for your convenience. 

Linenforce Fitted Linen Sheets Sizes

Rust Red Linen Sheets Set on bed

We offer standard sizing and fit measurements on our USA queen-, king-, and Cal king-sized fitted linen sheets, but offer slightly different measurements for other fitted sheets.

Please follow these specific measurements when ordering:

  • Crib: 28" x 52" / 71 x 132 cm
  • USA Twin: 38" x 75" / 96 x 190 cm
  • USA XL Twin: 38" x 80" / 96 x 203 cm
  • USA King Single: 43" x 79" / 109 x 200 cm
  • USA Full Double: 53" x 75" / 134 x 190 cm
  • USA Full XL: 54" x 80" / 137 x 203 cm
  • USA Queen: 60" x 80" / 152 x 203 cm
  • USA King: 76" x 80" / 193 x 203 cm
  • USA Cal King: 72" x 84" / 182 x 213 cm

Fitted Sheet Pocket Sizing

For our fitted linen sheets, we offer a deep variety of pocket sizes (no pun intended), so your experience will truly be customized! Linenforce offers 10 standard pocket sizes ranging from 8” / 21cm to 18” / 46cm.

Linenforce Flat Linen Sheets

We offer a variety of styles for flat linen sheets, including basic flat sheets, ruffle hem flat sheets, and edge embroidered flat sheets. Having so many options allows you to create the bedroom of your dreams!

If you would like to be able to tuck your linen sheets into your mattress on three sides, please add a few inches to the mattress height to find your desired size.

Linenforce Pillowcase Sizing

Just like our fitted and flat sheets, we offer a variety of styles and options for our linen pillowcases and shams. These include:

  • USA Standard: 20” x 26” / 51 x 66 cm
  • USA Super Standard: 20” x 28” / 51 x 71 cm
  • USA Queen: 20” x 30” / 51 x 75 cm
  • USA King: 20” x 36” / 51 x 91.5 cm
  • EURO Square: 26” x 26” / 66 x 66 cm
  • Body: 20” x 54” / 51 x 137 cm
  • Crib: 13” x 19” / 33 x 48 cm

What Do I Need to Make My Bed?

White Linen Box Stitch Quilt Bedspread

There are so many secrets to learn before buying the right linen bedding. Knowing your mattress size is just the first step, but it will set you up for the best success. 

When you are building your linen bedding set, first think of all the pieces of bedding that are essential to you. If you’re looking to furnish a full set of bedding, a linen sheets set bundles your flat and fitted sheets (with customized pocket sizing) and your pillowcases. 

You’ll want to add a stylish top layer to pull your whole linen bedding ensemble together. When doing so, consider using a linen duvet cover or a linen quilt for a sophisticated, cozy approach.

How Do I Care for My Linen Bedding?

Caring for your linen bedding is quick, simple, and absolutely no fuss! Better yet, your dreamy bedding will only get softer with each wash. Follow these simple steps for the best care:

  • Spot clean or pre-treat stains before washing
  • Wash with similar materials and like colors 
  • Wash on a gentle cycle setting 
  • Use cold or lukewarm water
  • Use a mild liquid detergent 
  • Dry on low heat only using a gentle cycle setting
  • Iron on low heat if you prefer a smooth look

For the sweetest of dreams, it’s essential to know the exact sizing of your bed. That way, you’ll make your bed like a pro using the most comfortable linen bedding and get a restful night’s sleep every time!

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