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How do you know the right size for your bedding?


Suppose you are visiting a shop to buy new bedding. You enter the shop and go around to see what sort of design and materials they have available. As you’re browsing through the jungle of Egyptian cotton, silk, and satin, you finally find ones that match your bedroom. However, the moment you ask the shop assistant, “Can I have this in a double please?”, is also the moment when you start confusing people at bedding stores.

You have probably never thought about how bedding sizes can vary, especially when you’re living in a foreign country. You take it for granted that people will understand what you mean if you tell them your “bed size”. However, those bed sizes are not universally standardised, and each country has its own standard dimensions for what makes a single bed, double bed, king-sized, etc. Some makers even have their own original sizes!

Therefore, if you have purchased your bed from an American brand, and go on to look for bedding from a French brand, the sizes will not match and your sheets will most likely not complement your bed. If you have an American king sized bed, its mattress size is probably 193cm x 203cm. However, the king size in France is 180cm x 200cm. So, buying King Size linen in France will not fit a US King Size. Furthermore, the US has “California king” and “Grand king” beside just the basic “king”. This makes it even more crucial to know by which standard you’re assessing your mattress.


You may be surprised to know how diverse bed sizes are. Widths vary from 70, 75, 80, 90, 100, 120, 140, 150, 160, 180, 200, 210cm, and even the length can vary, with sizes like 190, 200, 210, and 220cm existing as well. Moreover, the height of the mattress could also matter if you are buying fitted sheets.

Now you see that getting perfect bed linen is not as simple as you thought. The best way to be able to get the appropriate size for your bed is to measure the width and length of your mattress from beforehand. And voila! You should also measure your quilt if you are going to keep your current quilt and only change bed linens. Then, finally, you will have avoided a lot of confused faces!


With perfectly fitted bedding, you will be comfortably tucked in, even if you toss and turn while you are sleeping, and when you’re awake, you won’t be irritated by ill-fitting sheets when you have to make your bed again. Plus, statistically, sleeping takes up an average of 1/3 of a person’s life, which is quite a long time as it is. With the right linen, you can at least make sure that 1/3 of your life is spent feeling happy and comfortable!

If you want to find some of the best bedding in Malta and be guided by Malta’s Sleep Experts, visit Boris Arcidiacono in Sliema and ask Gaby and Maurice to help you make the right choice. Don’t forget to measure your bed and quilt before your visit!

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  1. Suzanne Farrugia says:

    Bedding size for 190cm x 160cm. What size flat sheet and fitted sheet shall I buy???

    • Dear Suzanne,
      For a bed size 160(W)x190(L)cm you will probably find fitted sheets in size 160x200cm which is ok since the elastic of the fitted sheet will go further underneath the mattress.
      I’d suggest a top sheet size 240x280cm approx, most important is that you have a nice drop of 40cm on each side of the mattress so that you have enough to tuck under the mattress sides. This is based on a common height of mattress being around 20cm high. If you have any more questions please feel free to contact me, or to pass by the shop where we have a large selection of bedding :) Thanks, Gaby.


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