Purchasing a new quilt or bedspread can help you tie a room’s décor together or change up your style for the season. However, it can sometimes be difficult to know what size quilt you really need.
What size quilt do I need for a king bed?
King mattresses are 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. In general, quilts, bedspreads, and comforters for a king bed should be between 104 and 118 inches wide and between 94 and 113 inches long.
This allows for some overhang at the end and each side, which is important to ensure that the quilt will completely cover to two people without gaps at the sides.
However, quilts are often designed to either add a bit of extra warmth or are used for decoration, so quilts don’t always have to have quite as much overhang, especially if they’re being used more for decoration than comfort.
California king beds are a slightly different size than a regular king, with a width of 74 inches and a length of 84 inches. Quilts, comforters, and bedspreads for a mattress of this size are usually between 100 and 114 inches wide and 98 to 117 inches in length.
You can also purchase some bedspreads and quilts based on the drop height. This is the height from the top of the bed to the floor or the top of the bed to the bedframe.
Twenty-one and 24 inches are common drop heights for bedspreads and comforters, but a quilt will usually have a bit less of a drop height.
Can you put a queen-size quilt on a king bed?
Although it’s generally considered a good idea to make or purchase a quilt that offers enough overhang, smaller quilts can still work well on a king bed.
For example, a queen quilt can range from 88 to 102 inches wide and from 94 to 113 inches long. This still allows for overhang, and the quilt will cover the entire bed.
Types of Bedcovers
There are several different options when it comes to bed coverings. Quilts are one of the most traditional options. They’re usually decorative and feature a distinctive sewing pattern.
Quilts have a bit of padding but they’re generally not too thick, so they can be used as a bedspread in the summer or for extra warmth during colder months. Because they’re not too fluffy, quilts lie flat and flush to the bed, creating a smooth, neat appearance.
Comforters are fluffy padded blankets that are often used during cold periods because they can provide so much warmth. Some comforters are stuffed with polyester or cotton, while others are filled with down.
Duvets are similar to comforters, but they’re even thicker and have more padding for additional warmth. Since a duvet or comforter can be expensive, duvet covers are available.
These covers are like a very large pillowcase, and they’re usually about the same thickness. You can put the comforter or duvet in the cover to protect the duvet or to change the room’s appearance without buying a whole new duvet.
Bedspreads are similar to quilts, although they might not have the same sewing pattern as a quilt. They’re also sometimes lighter and less fluffy.
Bedspreads are usually purely decorative, and they’re used to protect whatever bedding is underneath. A bedspread will often be folded and set aside at night, instead of used as additional warmth, but it depends on what you want at the time.
Coverlets are also almost purely decorative, although they can add a bit of extra warmth at the feet. Coverlets are wide but not very long, and they’re often designed to cover only the foot of the bed.
How to Choose the Right Bedding
Aside from the size of the quilt, there are several important factors to consider when you’re choosing bedding. First, consider what you’re looking for in appearance and warmth.
If you live in a warm climate or you tend to be quite hot when you sleep, you may want to pick a thin quilt and skip the comforter. If the weather is often cold, you may want to choose several bed coverings, including a blanket, comforter or duvet, and a quilt or bedspread.
It’s also a good idea to choose a bed covering that appeals to you in terms of color and style, and you’ll want to match any other visible bed coverings to the top cover.
You should also choose fabrics and fillings that are soft and comfortable. Some people are allergic to down, for example, while others enjoy the lightness and warmth of that particular stuffing.
Rough bedding can irritate your skin, and that can adversely affect your sleep, so it’s also best to choose a quilt or bedspread in a material you like. The type of fabric you opt for can also affect how hot or cold you are at night.
Synthetic fabrics tend to trap heat, while natural fabrics are more breathable and allow for cool air to pass through them.