Picking the perfect quilt size for your mattress can be tricky sometimes, especially if you’re ordering a quilt from the internet, or trying to sew your own.
Quilt sizes can differ from country to country, so in this article, I will give you a brief into international quilt sizes with a special focus on queen size quilts.
I will also share with you some tips on how to sew a queen-size quilt in case that was your plan (or maybe not, but you’d like to give it a try).
Let’s dig deeper into the topic.
Quilt Size Guidelines
When it comes to grasping quilt sizes, it’s better to be “safe than sorry.” What I mean by this is that it’s better to have a bit of excess fabric to roll under your duvet, or remain below your comforter, than to be short on fabric.
Also, most modern-day mattresses are much thicker than they used to be, so it’s much safer and easier to operate with larger measurements.
In the following table, I will list some of the standard sizes for bedspread and comforter cover. Each mattress will be quite generous on a thinner mattress, and a perfect fit on a thicker one.
|Mattress Type||Mattress Size||Bedspread||Comforter Cover|
|Twin Bed||Width: 37”
|Width: 80 “
|Long Twin Bed||Width: 38”
|Double bed||Width: 54”
|Queen Size Bed||Width: 60”
|King Size Bed||Width: 76”
|California King Size Bed||Width: 74”
Each of these sizes is up to 5” larger in both width and length than the old recommended quilt sizes, as those few inches can play a major role in how the quilt fits your mattress.
A queen-size mattress is usually 60” inches wide and 80” inches long making it a great choice for bedrooms of up to 270 feet, as it leaves enough free space for other bedroom necessities, and it can comfortably fit two people and an occasional visitor such as a baby or a pet.
Now, let’s see what are the best options for purchasing a queen-size quilt.
Buying a Queen Size Quilt
It’s very often cheaper to buy online, plus it saves you a lot of time, the choices are much wider, and it’s easier to find what you’re looking for. Some people would argue that you can never know whether the items fits your needs well enough until you touch them or try them, but every good online retailer knows that they should put all the necessary product details in product descriptions.
In the case of purchasing a quilt online, it’s no different. All you need is a tailor’s measuring tape and the precise size of your mattress, and you’re good to go.
My favorite place for buying home products is definitely Amazon, as most sellers I’ve been purchasing from on Amazon were quite accurate with product descriptions and the delivery was very fast.
Depending on the pattern, size, and type of fabric prices can vary, and I will now share with you some of my favorite Amazon quilt retailers.
Newlake Bohemian Quilt Set – Floral EmbroideryNewlake has some of the best cotton quilts I’ve used so far and they have free shipping. If you’re a fan of classically elegant design, you’ll love this floral pattern embroidery. It comes with 1 comforter and 2 pillowcases.
Vivilinen Comforter SetVivilinen quilt is well known for its 100% hypoallergenic cotton that feels perfectly pleasant on the skin. The set includes a queen size quilt and 2 pillowcases. I love their handmade patchwork design as it brings life to any type of bedroom and it’s easy to match with other bedroom items.
Anna Z Home and Design Cotton Set
Here’s another elegant patchwork combined with computer embroidery, inspired by the traditional American quilt design. The set is rich in colors with scarlet color being the dominant one. The surface is 100% cotton, and reverse it’s 100% polyester. It combines well with wood-color bedroom furniture.
FlySheep Summer Quilt Set
Now, if you prefer a bit more eccentric looks on your sheets, perhaps this model by FlySheep will suit your room better. It’s colorful, abstract, with tribal patterns, and enriches your room’s color and brightness.
The coolest thing (for me) about this set is that it includes a reversible quilt. Along with it, you get 2 cute pillowcases. The fabric used is lined with 100% soft microfiber which is a good choice for any skin type.
Wongs Bedding Bohemiam Comforter With Boho StripesThis set Wongs bedding is a bit cheaper, but it still includes a bedspread, comforter, and two pillowcases. It’s made of 100% microfiber and the lined traditional, yet modern pattern makes it an ideal choice for any season. Dominant colors are quite warm, making your room and bed cozy and pleasant.
Horimote Bedspread Set Unicolor
For those who prefer a single-color quilt for their bedrooms, this Horimote quilt might be a better option. This particular set comes in gray color with a discreet geometric pattern. It’s made of ultra-soft microfiber and it gives your room an elegant and rustic look. The set includes a bedspread and two pillowcases. Perfect for all seasons.
Simple Ways to Sew a Queen-Size Quilt
On the other hand, maybe you’d like to read a tip or two on how to sew your own queen-size quilt.
Although they’re not difficult to make, it can seem daunting to figure out how and where to start when it comes to making a quilt this large.
Here are some ideas on how to make your own queen-size quilt!
Work With Patchwork
One of the most elegant, yet simplest ways to make a quilt of any size is to use your favorite fabrics for making patchwork. This is also an amazing way to use your scrap fabric, instead of throwing it. There is so much room for experimenting and getting creative with patchwork. You can align the patches perfectly, or you can let them overlap. With only two 42 pieces or patches, you can make an 85” quilt if you use 10” squares and align them 9×9.
You can also add some sashing between each patch. This can also be a helpful trick if you lack patches.
Make a Border
Regardless of whether you’re working with patchwork or a single piece of fabric for your quilt, a nice thick border can be the perfect design solution. You can make it as a background material that contrasts the main part or you can use any scrap fabric you got left. This also works well if you don’t have enough patches/main fabric for a queen-size quilt.
With an extra 5” on each side, you’re saving a tone of space for your actual design.
You can also use unequal borders on the tops and bottoms and on the sides. For example, I’d put a thicker border on the tops and bottoms and make the side borders thinner for a more interesting look.
I usually suffer from having tons of unfinished projects lying around. If you’re the same, take your unfinished projects and turn them into a queen-size quilt by adding a large number of solid colors. This will create a lot of so-called “negative space” which is ideal for showing off your designed blocks in a fun and creative way. Negative space is also a great option for calming down your quilt especially if you’ve been using colorful fabrics for your blocks.
Other Simple Options
My other less favorite, but a not less good option for a quilt is using large quilt blocks which I would connect to create the perfect size (in this case queen-size) measurements quickly. This is a good option if you’re making a gift for a friend and you’re in a rush because you can finish this one in a single day.
Or, use repetitive pattern quilt blocks to create an appealing design. If I’m doing this, I prefer using colorful geometric patterns.
Finally, use some pre-cut-friendly patterns you can simply and quickly connect to each other to achieve the amazing design.
Since quilts are quite easy to sew – all you need are some basic sewing abilities, a good machine, and universal thread, I didn’t want to stuff this article with step-by-step guides on how to actually sew a quilt.
My goal here was to give you proper information on how large a queen-size quilt should be, and also to let you compare it to other standard quilt sizes you can find on the bed sheet market.
If you’re looking for a good quilt do check out the Amazon links I’ve added, I’m convinced you’ll find something for your taste, and if you’d like to have some fun, use your fabric scraps, or make the perfect gift for a dear friend, well, you know the drill – get your sewing machine and start measuring and cutting!
Last update on 2021-11-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API