Understanding The Differences between Mattress Sizes in the UK and Abroad

We have found over the years that mattress sizes can still cause a great deal of confusion. Names for different mattress sizes can vary within the UK, as well as Europe and US. The sizes themselves can even vary given the metric and imperial systems in place.

The most standard mattress sizes for the UK are listed below. With the exception of the Large King and Emperor you will find that nearly all linen suppliers offer bedding to suit.

Many UK mattress manufacturers still produce to the Imperial sizing.  However, over recent years, with the change to the metric system and more goods being imported many more mattresses in the UK are supplied in the metric sizing.  You may also come across other metric sizes not listed below, as these are standard sizes in other European countries.  A good example of these alternative mattress sizes can be found in Ikea.  This is why some Ikea bedding sizes do not fit standard UK mattress sizes perfectly, and why bedding sourced elsewhere does not fit Ikea mattresses quite as well either.

UK Imperial Mattress Sizes

  • Single: 36″ x 75″
  • Double: 54″ x 75″
  • King: 60″ x 78″
  • Large King: 66″ x 78″
  • Super King: 72″ x 78″
  • Metric King: 78″ x 78″
  • Emperor: 84″ x 84″

UK Metric Mattress Sizes

  • Single: 90cm x 190cm
  • Double: 135cm x 190cm
  • King: 150cm x 200cm
  • Large King: 165cm x 200cm
  • Super King: 180cm x 200cm
  • Metric King: 200cm x 200cm
  • Emperor: 215cm x 215cm

As our beds are made to order we can ensure that they fit to either the imperial or metric size.  Also, our bed bases (which are rather like a shallow divan) are made to order by our UK mattress manufacturer so they can be made to the exact size to support your existing mattress perfectly.

Of course, we do supply our beds worldwide and so we are also used to making to other mattress sizes. 

US Mattress Sizes

  • Full: 54″ x 75″
  • Full XL: 54″ x 80″
  • Queen: 60″ x 80″
  • Olympic Queen: 66″ x 80″
  • King: 76″ x 80″
  • Californian King: 72″ x 84″

Most Common European Mattress Sizes

  • 120cm x 200cm
  • 140cm x 190cm
  • 160cm x 200cm
  • 180cm x 200cm

Beds and bed bases can be made to suit.  However, sometimes we do recommend sourcing the bed base (or box spring) and mattress in the customer’s country as it is classed as a standard size there.  Although our mattress manufacturer can make to any size, non-standard sizes are bespoke and thus can incur an additional charge.

If you have any queries about having a bed made to suit your existing mattress please do not hesitate in contacting us-we would be only too happy to help!

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