Quilt Sizes - Bed Sizes


little bed with quiltDeciding on what size quilt to make is a first step in planning a new project. Wall quilts can, of course be any size you choose. But, if you are making a quilt which will go on a bed you need to make decisions. 

Will the quilt just fit the top of the bed?
Will it hang over and by how much?
Will the quilt have to cover pillows at the top?

Quilt book authors have different opinions on the sizes of quilts for different standard bed sizes. I've gone through a number of quilt books and have collected some of the numbers for you to compare.

mattressFirst, what size are the standard mattresses:

Crib Twin Double Queen King CAL King
26" x 48" 39"  x 75" 54" x 75" 60" x 80" 78" x 80" 72" x 84"

Note: Crib mattress sizes vary,
check on the new baby's bed size if you can.

Also, don't forget to think about the height of the mattress as well. This will affect how much overhang you choose to add. Standard mattresses are 8-10" thick, but some extra thick ones may be as high as 16-18".

double bed with headboardRemember to allow for "shrinkage" when you do your quilting - most quilts lose about 5 percent due to quilting shrinkage. The more densely you place your hand or machine quilting, the more shrinkage you'll see happen.

Donna Poster
from her Stars Galore book
for finished quilt sizes
Crib Twin Double Queen King
50 x 53" 75" x 98" 83 x 106" 90 x 106" 107 x 108"

Hargrave & Craig
from their Art of Classic Quiltmaking book
1st row sizes - based on commercial comforter sizes
2nd row - bedspread sizes with longer drop
Twin Double Queen King
65" x 88" 80" x 88" 86" x 93" 104" x 93"
81" x 107" 96" x 107" 102" x 112" 120" x 112"

little cot bed If you are making a quilt for a specific bed, be sure to measure to be safe.

Susan
Susan Druding

copyright 2000 Susan C. Druding

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