Sheets fit for a King?

Posted by Elizabeth Sopher on

King is one of the most popular sizes of beds in the US.  Why do we love our Kings?? We searched to find the answer.  Firstly, we do a lot in our beds, (like working and watching TV), and, secondly, we have a lot of company (kids, partners and pets). Many of us  know who is the king (or queen) of our castles - and that one often has 4 legs! (like my little Daisy!)  Approximately 85 million households have pets and surveys indicate that more than half of pet owners sleep with their pets.  And don't worry - a recent NY Times study says it doesn't generally interfere with your sleep or your pets' and some data show it can be good for you!

So once you have the King size bed to fit all your activities and bodies, finding king size sheets or king bedding is not as easy as it should be. There is a lot of well deserved confusion on the different bed options which include the word “KING” in the US and around the world.  Read on below so you can start sleeping well right away on the perfect size sheet.

Let’s start with a few definitions, and then see the measurements for many king varieties in the US and around the world in the table below.

King, eastern king
This is the standard popular US/Canada King Size, used in approximately 25% of US bedrooms, measuring 76 inches wide by 80 inches long (193x203 cm). Great for a couple, plus some kids, dogs and cats! (QuickZip carries these! Shop here)

California King, Cal King, Western King, King Long.
California King, Western or Long King, is a longer and narrower king size mattress;  in the US and Canada it is sized 72 inches wide by 84 inches long (183×213cm). 84 inches = 7 feet, so this size is perfect for taller people or it provides plenty of pet room at the foot and will fit better in certain rooms depending on the room layout.. (QuickZip carries these! Shop here)

Split King, dual king.
A SPLIT KING/DUAL KING is comprised of two TwinXL sized mattresses on separate foundations or box springs, usually in one bed frame. Each TwinXL mattress measures approximately 38 inches wide by 80 inches long (97 x 203 cm).  The measurement of the split king mattress as a whole is approximately 76 inches x 80 inches (193 x 203 cm), so the frame is generally similar to a king bed and some Split King-ers choose to use a King-size fitted sheet over the two mattresses, and often king-sized bedding as covers (top sheets, blankets, duvets and covers.  (QuickZip carries these! Shop here)

 


Adjustable beds lie on a mattress foundation that raises and lowers at the head and/or foot ends. The bend points are also referred to as articulation points (e.g. head and foot articulation, pillow tilt articulation). Powered by electricity, the newest models may also include USB ports, lighting, massage and temperature control.

(QuickZip sheets are known to be the best sheets for adjustable beds and adjustable bases because they stay on when the bed is in any position. Shop here)

 


The half split adjustable (head split, flex top or split top) is one mattress that is split only at the head end and offers many of the same features as adjustable. It is designed for use with adjustable bases.  Sheets for these half splits are often available from the mattress manufacturers and retailers.  


What does "King" mean around the world?

Check out all these different standard  "King" sizes  in countries across the globe.

 

King, Eastern King

California King, Western King, King Long

Grand King, Super King, Athletic King, Texas King

RV King

 

inch

cm

inch

cm

inch

cm

inch

cm

US and Canada

76×80

193x202

72×84

183×213

80×98

203×249

72x80

183x203

UK and Ireland

60×78

152×198

 

 

71×79

180×200

 

 

Australia

72×80

183×203

72×84

183×213

80×80

203×203

 

 

New Zealand

66×80

167×203

80×80

203×203

72×80

183×203

 

 

Continental Europe

63×79

160×200

 

 

71×79

180×200

 

 

Scandinavia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan

67×77

170×195

67×81

170 ×205

76×81

194×205

 

 

China

72 ×83

182×212

 

 

 

 

 

Thailand

72×78

183×198

 

 

 

 

 

 

Singapore

72×75

183×191

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brazil

76x80

193x203

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QuickZip sheets will fit some of these that are within a couple of inches in width or length of our stated sheets sizes.

Any other king-sized questions? Call us  - we'd love to help!

(Wikipedia was used as a source for some of these measurements) 


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