The standard bed blanket sizes correspond to the size of your mattress, which makes selecting the right one for your home a simple process. However, there are some variations to keep in mind as you are shopping, such as the specific dimensions of the blanket and the size and depth of your mattress.
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Standard Bed Blanket Sizes
The standard bed blanket sizes include twin, double or full, queen and king. A twin blanket typically measures 66 inches by 90 inches, a full or double measures 80 inches by 90 inches, a queen measures 90 inches by 90 to 100 inches and a king measures 108 inches by 90 to 100 inches. Keep in mind that these are typical measurements, but there may be variations in blankets made by different manufacturers.
Comforters tend to have slightly different measurements. A comforter consists of two sheets of fabric with a filling, such as down, while blankets don't have the additional filling.
A twin comforter typically measures 68 inches by 86 inches, a full or double measures 80 inches by 90 inches, a queen measures 86 inches by 94 inches and a king measures 110 inches by 96 inches.
Blanket Size Considerations
Mattresses also come in twin XL and California king sizes. The twin XL mattress is longer than a normal twin mattress. A California king mattress is longer than a king and is also a bit narrower. However, you won't find twin XL or California king blankets. You can just use the twin or king-size blanket, respectively.
In addition, you may find blankets and comforters labeled as full/queen, and they are suitable to use on full or queen mattresses. These blankets typically measure 90 inches by 90 inches, and comforters measure 88 inches by 88 inches.
Mattress Depth and Blanket Size
Be sure to consider the depth of your mattress when selecting the best blanket. A standard mattress has a depth of 7 to 14 1/2 inches, while an extra-deep mattress has a depth of 16 to 22 inches. If you have a mattress that is 14 to 22 inches deep, you may need a larger blanket than the one labeled for your mattress size. For example, for a twin mattress with a depth of 14 to 22 inches, you will want a blanket that measures about 90 inches by 88 inches.
If you opt for a standard-size blanket for a mattress that is 14 to 22 inches deep, be aware that it will likely appear small and will not hang well on your bed, although it will still cover you and keep you warm while you sleep.
Other Common Blanket Sizes
There are many other sizes of blankets that you may use. Throws are common and may be used as a part of your living room decor and to keep you warm as you watch a movie on the sofa. A throw usually measures 50 inches by 60 inches. Afghan blankets are slightly larger, measuring 50 inches by 65 inches. A lapghan blanket is commonly used to cover the legs of an individual and is often used in hospices and by individuals in wheelchairs. It measures 36 inches by 48 inches.
There are also smaller blankets to use for babies. A cradle blanket, for example, measures 14 inches by 30 inches. A lovey is a small blanket that is 12 inches by 12 inches. These blankets have a soft toy attached to them and are suitable for toddlers.