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Bed Size Madness

Bed Size Madness

Bed sizes around the world

Did you know that bed sizes differ all around the world.  No?  Neither did we until we started Capricho, no idea at all, which as you can imagine led to quite a bit of confusion with our Portuguese suppliers.

When the Spaniard and I relocated to New Zealand, we brought all of our worldly goods with us, including a bed that I purchased in France and a bed that the Spaniard bought in Spain.  Thankfully at least between France, Spain and Portugal bed sizes are generally the same and as a result bed linen purchased in all three countries fit our beds.

But here in the antipodes, NZ and Australia have their very own mattress sizes and bed linen sizes!  And even within the antipodes there are differences with the Australian King being the NZ Super King and the NZ Californian King effectively being the same as the Australian Super King.

What is Bed Size?

Bed size refers to the length and width of the mattress which then has a standard name for that size.  Dimensions and names vary considerably around the world, with many countries having their own standards and terminology.  Wikipedia has a very useful table showing bed sizes around the world which you can find at,

Additionally mattress depth also varies considerably.  A search online in NZ for mattresses shows the availability of mattresses with a depth of 19cm up to 50cm.  Knowing the depth of your mattress is very important because fitted sheet drop also varies between linen manufacturers.

Bed sizes are also increasing, years ago it would have been unusual to find a King size bed in homes, whereas nowadays we are increasingly being asked for bedding to fit California King beds!

For anyone buying one of the less common sized beds, it's a veritable minefield to find linen to fit.  Something that the bed manufacturers do not seem inclined to tell their customers.  As such it really is worth doing some research before committing to your bed size to make sure that you are going to be able to get sufficient bed linen.

Below is a list of the bed sizes that can be found in New Zealand,

  • Single - 92cm x 188cm
  • Long Single or Single XL - 92cm x 203cm
  • King Single - 107cm x 203cm
  • Double - 137cm x 188cm
  • Long Double - 137cm x 203cm
  • Queen - 153cm x 203cm
  • King - 167cm x 203cm
  • Super King  - 183cm x 203cm
  • California King  - 203cm x 203cm

and Australia,

  • Single Mattress 92cm x 188cm
  • Long Single Mattress 92cm x 204cm
  • King Single Mattress 107cm x 204cm
  • Double Mattress 138cm x 188cm
  • Queen Mattress 153cm x 204cm
  • King Mattress 183cm x 204cm
  • Super King Mattress 204cm x 204cm
  • California King Mattress 183cm x 213cm

Capricho Bed Linens

All of our Portuguese linen is made to fit NZ beds, but to avoid any confusion, sizing information is always included directly on each product page.

Additionally we are able to source specific sizes from our suppliers, so if you are looking for an unusual item get in touch, we may be able to help.

And finally if you have any doubts or questions about your order, it's always a good to give us a call or drop us an email.  We've done extensive research on this topic and are confident that we can find the right solution for you!