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Mattress Terminology Changes with Geography

Did you know that the names the US uses for mattress sizes wouldn’t make sense to someone from Sweden? Spain? Even the UK? There are literally different mattress languages; it’s not all twin, full, queen, king. Often, people move to Europe or move from Europe and have furniture they brought with them on their overseas move. So, what do you do when you have a UK standard mattress that has no equivalent in the US?

Let’s learn some international mattress lingo:



Refresher on US Mattress Sizes


First, here’s a little reminder/rundown of US mattress sizes, including all those weird state-named ones:

  • Dorm: 39” W x 80” L (also called a Twin XL)

  • Twin: 38” W x 75” L

  • Full: 54” W x 75” L

  • Queen: 60” W x 80” L

  • Olympic Queen: 66” W x 80” L

  • Short Queen: 60” W x 74” L

  • ¾ Bed: 48” W x 75” L

  • King: 76” W x 80” L

  • California King: 72” W x 84” L

  • Texas King: 80” W x 96” L

  • Florida King: 108” W x 80” L

  • Wyoming King: 84” x 84”

  • Alberta King: 96” x 96”

  • Alaska King: 108” x 108”

Of course, there’s also always the option of custom mattress manufacturers, so there’s an infinite list of sizes and shapes of mattresses in the US that aren’t standard. For instance, van beds, sofa bed mattresses and mattresses for RV bunks.


How do European & UK Mattress Sizes Compare?


Of course the UK had to go and have a couple different mattress sizes than the rest of Europe. Some standard international mattress sizes overlap with the US, but you’ll notice many are smaller.

  • Single: 35” W x 79” L

  • Single Extra Long: 35” W x 83” L

  • Double: 55” W x 79” L

  • Small Double: 47” W x 79” L

  • EU King: 63” W x 79” L

  • UK King: 60” W x 78” L

  • EU Grand King: 71” W x 79” L

  • UK Grand King: 72” W x 78” L (also called a Queen or Super King)

As you can see, there are a few 1 to 2 inch, frustrating differences between some of these European sizes and US standard sizes. Well, it’s actually a few centimeters, because it’s Europe. But that’s not the point. Good news is, those same custom mattress makers can take care of it for you so you don’t have to part with your beloved bedroom furniture or deal with a poorly-fitting mattress.


Custom Size International Mattresses Made in the US


At Custom Mattress Factory, we hand-craft all kinds of custom mattresses right here in the US, even if it’s for an international-size bed frame! Whether it’s a heritage piece or just a piece of home, you don’t have to sacrifice the bed you love just because your country code has changed. Let us help you create a custom size mattress and matching bed linens so you can feel at home every night when your head hits the pillow.

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