Bed Sheet Sizes And Dimensions in Australia


January 9, 2024

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Purchasing a bed is not as simple as one may think.

Once you’ve finalised a bed, you’ve got to figure out the size of the mattress that goes on it. Thereafter, you have to pick a bed sheet and matching pillowcover set for it. However, picking a bed sheet isn’t all that easy, and a lot of factors have to be kept in mind while doing so.

So, if you’re confused about which bed sheet to pick, we have just the thing you need. Our guide will give you detailed information about the bed sheet sizes and dimensions in Australia, thread counts in a bed sheet, and how to choose the right size.

Without further ado, let’s dive in!

Bed Sheet Sizes And Dimensions Australia

1. Understanding The Fitting And Size Of A Bed Sheet

One of the first things you must do before investing in a bed sheet is to observe the depth and size of your mattress and its topper. Sheets that come in a standard size will fit a majority of mattresses. However, if your mattress or topper is thick, you’ll require “deep” or “extra deep” sheets.

Some brands mention the depth of the sheet on their packaging; however, others don’t. In fact, there’s no certainty that sheet depth will be the same throughout different brands. This is why we recommend purchasing bed sheets from a brand with a good return policy. This way, you can return them if they fail to fit your bed.

Moving on, the ideal sheet for your bed should fit tautly upon the mattress and will need a small tug to fit it in place. But if it's difficult to pull the pocket over the corner of the mattress, then the sheet is too small for the bed and not a good fit. Getting the sheet to fit the bed should be smooth and not a mini workout!

In fact, the right-sized sheet should contain up to three additional inches in pocket depth as compared to the mattress. This way, the sheets are a little slacker, and it becomes easy to tuck them in and for them to stay that way.

Here’s a bed sheet size chart:

Bed Sheet Sizes In Australia

Flat sheet size

  • Single flat sheet size: 180 x 254cm
  • King single flat sheet size: 180 x 270cm
  • Double flat sheet size: 239 x 254cm
  • Queen flat sheet size: 245 x 270cm
  • King flat sheet size: 275 x 270cm
  • Super king flat sheet size: 300 x 330cm

Fitted sheet size

  • Single fitted sheet size: 91 x 190 x 40cm
  • King single fitted sheet size: 108 x 203 x 40cm
  • Double fitted sheet size: 137 x 203 x 40-50cm
  • Queen fitted sheet size: 152 x 203 x 40-50cm
  • King fitted sheet size: 182 x 203 x 40-50cm
  • Super king fitted sheet size: 203 x 203 x 50cm

Please note that sizes can vary depending on the brand, and you should always check the specifications before buying.

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2. Fitted Bed Sheets Vs. Flat Ones?

A. Flat Sheets

These sheets are usually wedged between the person who sleeps on the bed and their comforter/blanket. Not everyone uses flat sheets, but we suggest that you do since they help balance the temperature of the body at night while the person sleeps. If you tend to overheat at night or even tend to freeze to death, flat sheets can help.

To get the sizing of the flat sheet right, you should make sure that it is long enough for it to be tucked in. Additionally, you should be able to pull the sheet over the bed corners easily. But keep in mind that the sheet shouldn’t be too large since this can make the bed uncomfortable and cause it to look badly made.

B. Fitted Sheets

These are meant for protecting the mattress from dirt and wear and tear. They also provide added comfort when a person lies on the bed. Moreover, they have a built-in elastic lining which makes them fit snugly around the mattress.

To find the perfect fitted sheet for your bed, you’ll have to look into its pocket depth, length, and width. Do make sure that the pocket is deep enough because if it isn’t, the sheet won’t stay down.

3. Individual Bed Sheets Vs. Sets 

A. Sheet Sets

One of the major pros of getting an entire bed sheet set is that you’ll end up saving money. If you purchase pillowcases, flat sheets, and fitted sheets separately, you’ll have to pay more. However, if you’re someone that doesn’t use flat sheets, this option may not be ideal for you. 

B. Individual Sheets

There are two major advantages of using individual sheets. Firstly, as we mentioned earlier, some people don’t use flat sheets. Plus, the feel of fitted sheets and flat sheets is different. 

Note that the bottom sheets are the ones that bear people’s body weight the most, so they may need to be replaced more often. In such a case, you’ll have to buy a bottom sheet separately. 

Apart from the above, keep in mind that linen sheets are more fragile than others and tend to wear thin quite easily. Even sateen and percale sheets are prone to wearing out if the sleeper has rough feet. So, if you use bed sheets made of the aforementioned materials, you may need to get new ones more often.

Pillowcases, too, require regular replacement since they tend to stain very easily. We suggest buying additional pillowcases since they inadvertently tend to dirty faster than bed sheets.

4. Ideal Thread Count (Australian Measurements)

Thread count is denoted by the number of threads that are utilised for making a particular sheet. It depends highly upon the quality of the material, so a finer sheet will have a greater thread count. The standard way to measure thread count in Australia is by counting the number of threads per 10 square centimetres.

Higher thread counts are usually associated with comfort and luxury, but an excessively high thread count might make the sheet too warm. However, this can be a blessing during chilly winter nights! 

Overall, though, we suggest paying more attention to the quality of the fabric rather than the thread count.

Final Thoughts

Bed sheets have a significant impact on the quality of a person’s sleep. If your sheet keeps coming undone or if it's too short, then you won’t be comfortable. This is why it's imperative to accurately gauge the size of a bed sheet before buying one.

We’d also like to remind you that bed sheet sizes may vary slightly from brand to brand, so read about the product carefully before buying it. With this, we’ve come to the end of this guide.

Happy shopping!