Methods for Accurately Measuring Your Bed for Custom Fit Sheets

2023-01-05 00:59:06 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

When you're shopping for your very first set of bed linens, it can be difficult to determine what size of fitted sheet you need. If you purchase the incorrect size, your fitted sheet will not fit your mattress. However, if you invest in a properly sized fitted sheet, you can rest easy. We can help you determine the exact measurements of your bed today, regardless of whether it is a double, king, queen, or something in between, so that you can buy sheets that are the right size.

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Having the correct sheet size and its dimensions is the first step before measuring your mattress. Because of this, everything will be simpler. Here are some common dimensions for fitted sheets:

  • Dimensions for a single item are 91 by 190 by 30 centimeters.
  • Standard Double: 137 x 190 x 30
  • Dimensions for a king bed are 152 by 200 by 30 inches (40 by 80 by 75 inches).
  • Dimensions of a Super King bed are 183 by 200 by 30 inches
  • 200 x 200 x 30 cm for the emperor

As you can see, the dimensions given above correspond to the width, length, and depth of a standard mattress set.

Measure your mattress so you can find the right fitted sheets.

Although most mattresses and fitted sheets adhere to industry standards, there may be slight variations between manufacturers; therefore, it is important to take accurate measurements of the mattress as instructed below. That was just an example, as I said. Know the dimensions of your sheets before attempting to measure your mattress. For the duration of the process, this is a huge time saver.

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Tips for Measuring Your Mattress

All you need is your mattress' width, length, and depth, as this is the standard method used by bedding experts. And here's the right way to go about it...

First, you'll want to get your mattress ready for use by stripping it of all sheets and blankets. All the pillows, the comforter, the blankets, the mattress topper, the mattress pad, the duvet, the duvet covers, the mattress protectors, and anything else that goes on your bed. Measuring while these are still on will give you a false reading, as you will be measuring your sheets and blankets rather than your mattress.

As a second step, consider the breadth of the situation.

Begin by determining the width of your mattress. Since these are all listed with the width first, you can get a sense of where you're likely headed by starting with the width, which is also the easiest place to start and will help you get the correct size bed sheets later.

Bed width refers to the distance across the top of the mattress. Measure the width of the bed horizontally across the middle of the mattress. Since your mattress will round out at the ends, you need to measure its width in the middle to get an accurate idea of its dimensions.

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Third, we look at length.

Measure your mattress once more, this time vertically, from top to bottom. This will give you the depth of your mattress. If you want an accurate measurement, you might need a helping hand. Mattresses have rounded corners at both ends, so it's best to take measurements in the center of the bed.

Step 4: Go In-Depth

You should aim for a depth of 30cm (or a height of 30cm, if you prefer) in your mattress. That's because most bed frames are designed to accommodate a specific mattress thickness.

Sometimes this is the case, but if the mattress is too thin, your sheets will constantly come loose at the sides. There is literally nothing more irritating than that.

Measure the depth of your mattress by starting at one corner and working your way to the other if you don't use a mattress topper or mattress protector. Take a measurement from the highest point to the lowest point of the garment.

To the extent that you're making use of cushions atop your mattress (mattress toppers, , reinstall it on the mattress first, and then take the measurements from the protector's or topper's top seam to the mattress's or base's bottom seam.

In order to get an accurate reading and ensure that your fitted sheets will fit, you should measure your mattress with the mattress toppers in place.

Advice on pocket thickness

For those who may be unfamiliar, the term "pocket depth" used in conjunction with fitted sheets refers to the height or depth of the mattress. We realize this is not the clearest explanation, but there are many

However, you should be wary of any sheets that advertise themselves as "deep pocket," as these are designed for mattresses with a much deeper profile. The top and bottom measurements (a pocket seam) are larger on this sheet size, and the seams are thicker.

You can choose between a standard fitted sheet (typically 12 inches deep, or 30cm) and deep pocket sheets, which can be as deep as 18 inches deep, or 45cm, depending on the depth of your mattress.

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The last test

Now that you know how big your bed is, you can go shopping for the right size of sheets. One final thing is essential for you to understand.

You can easily tell if the sheets will fit your bed by comparing the depth or height of your mattress to the specified dimensions on the sheets. In that case, you can go ahead and purchase the bedding.

However, one final calculation is necessary if the sheets include a discussion of pocket depth. Using the given pocket size, reduce it by 2 inches (or about 5 centimeters). Check the depth against the measurement you took of your mattress to ensure it will fit.

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Now that you know how to get a fitted sheet that perfectly fits your mattress, you can rest easy. The size of your bed shouldn't be the deciding factor.

If you take your own measurements, pay close attention to the details provided on the bed sheet packaging, and follow the instructions, you should be fine.

Oh, and one more cautionary note The instructions given here are specific to a fitted sheet. A slightly different procedure would be required if you opted for flat sheets, but that's a topic for another time.

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