A comforter is a common type of blanket, which is used for staying warm while sleeping. Sometimes, they are also used as mattress covers. Comforters are mainly made of two components: the filling and the shelling/covering. Since keeping us warm is their chief function, they are mainly made from layers of warm batting. These include polyester, down feathers, silk, or wool. You can also find some exquisite fur comforters, which are combined with a silk and/or satin shelling. Shelling of regular comforters, on the other hand, typically comprises cotton, polyester, or silk. You can find comforters in various sizes, colors, designs, and patterns.
How to Determine Comforter Sizes
You need to consider a few things before determining comforter dimensions. The most important thing to keep in mind is that bed sizes differ in width, length, and depth. This means that just knowing the kind of bed you have (twin, queen, king, full, double, etc.) is not enough. Remember that these sizes may vary as per manufacturers. However, it is important to buy a comforter that goes closest to the actual size of your bed and one that provides maximum bed coverage. Along with the bed size, you also need to consider mattress sizes; their depths vary considerably.
It is also important to understand that a comforter acts as drape, since it covers all the sides of the bed. You can simply measure its size from one end of the mattress to the legs of the bed on the other side. Also, measure the width of the mattress till the floor. Secondly, determine your sleeping warmth level, design, pattern, and construction of the comforters that you require. These things will decide the fill weight and power of the comforter that you buy. Fill weight is the amount of batting used for a particular comforter. The more the batting, the warmer the comforter will keep you. Fill power is the lofting and insulating property of the comforter. It also decides the fluffiness of it. A comforter with high fill power requires less fill weight, since its fluffiness is greater.
Standard Comforter Sizes
Here is a chart that briefly explains the comforter sizes according to bed types. It is important for you to understand that the actual comforter sizes may differ a few inches from the values that are given below.
|Comforter Sizes (Acc. Beds)||Mattress Sizes (in Inches)||Comforter Widths (in Inches)||Comforter Lengths (in Inches)|
|Crib Comforter Size||28 x 52||28 to 36||46 to 56|
|Twin Comforter Size||39 x 75||66 to 68||86 to 88|
|King Comforter Size (Standard/Eastern)||76 x 80||100 to 102||86 to 88|
|Double Comforter Size||60 x 80||81 to 84||86 to 88|
|Queen Comforter Size||60 x 80||86 to 88||96 to 100|
|California King Comforter Size||72 x 84||107 to 110||96 to 98|
Also remember that the mattress depths may vary greatly by manufacturers; hence, you need to measure the exact depth of your mattress before purchasing a comforter for it. The standard mattress depth is about 7–9 inches and a deep mattress depth is about 10–15 inches. Extra deep mattresses are also available and these have as much as a 22-inch depth. Make it a point to purchase a comforter that contains adequate material to cover this additional depth. You need to be extra careful while determining a full comforter size, which is filled with down and other such fluffy material. Down sizes are not listed in the chart above. They tend to puff out the fabric; hence, you need to purchase a slightly larger comforter.