If you have a king-size bed and need a new quilt for it, you have the option to choose between king and oversized king quilts. Why should you choose the latter instead of the normal king-size quilt? The size of a quilt ranges from the smallest cot quilt for a collapsible bed to the largest emperor quilt.
Oversized King Quilts
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However, because Emperor-size mattress is considered uncommon even in the places where it comes from in the UK and Ireland and because the biggest mattress size that is commonly found on the market is the king-size mattress together with its variants (California King, Super King, Athletic King, etc.), you will mostly focus on getting the right king-size quilt for your large mattress.
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The problem is that there is not only one definite size for a king-size quilt. You have several choices available, including the king, super-king, and oversized king quilts. To make things more complicated, the standardization of the sizes of those quilts is not as strict as you may imagine. Different regions on earth use different standardization methods for mattress and quilt size. A king-size mattress in the US, for instance, is about 10 centimeters wider than the same mattress in the UK and Australia. Different vendors also often have their own specification regarding the sizes of their quilts.
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So, how can you find the best quilts for your king-size mattress? Here are several things to do if you want to make sure that the quilt that you buy suits your mattress well.
Understand What Oversized King Quilts Are.
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The majority of bedding stores feature only king quilts; however, in some stores, extra sizes, including supersized and oversized king quilts—as well as their queen counterparts—are also available. A supersized king quilt refers to a quilt that is bigger—usually significantly—than a king quilt whereas an oversized king quilt refers to the biggest variant of king quilt, which is slightly bigger than a supersized king quilt.
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More specifically, supersized and oversized king quilts are quilts that are wider than they are long. A standard king quilt usually measures about 78 inches wide x 80 inches long. A supersized king quilt is wider and longer than a standard king quilt, with its width actually has a bigger number than that of its length. A supersized king quilt generally measures 110 inches wide x 98 inches long. An oversized king quilt, which is the biggest variant, also has more width for its length and generally measures about 115 to 118 inches wide x 98 inches long.
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Because oversized king quilts are wider than they are long, it is important that you don’t confuse yourself with the term width and length because, in the oversized king quilt’s terminology, the width is always longer than the length.
Measure Your Mattress’s Size.
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The first and foremost thing to do before deciding whether to buy oversized king quilts is to measure the size of your mattress. You will eliminate the confusion of getting the right quilt if you know exactly the size of your mattress. Measure the length and the width of your mattress and be sure to write down the measurement result.
Check Your Region
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As mentioned above, the standardization of mattress sizes—and consequently quilt sizes—varies by regions. Check the list below to determine the right quilt size for your mattress and to decide whether buying oversized king quilts is considered a sound decision.
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If you live in the United States, there are three variants of king-size mattress, including King mattress (also called Eastern King or Standard King), which measures 76 x 80 inches or 78 x 78 inches; California King mattress for which oversized king quilts are often used (also called King long or Western King), which measures 72 x 84 inches; and Super King mattress (also called Texas King, Grand King, Super King, or Athletic King), which measures 80 x 94 inches. South American countries generally recognize only one version of King mattress, which shares approximately the same measurement with its North American counterpart.
European Oversized King Quilts 71 x79 Inch
Two variants of King mattress are recognized by both the continental countries and the UK and Ireland: King mattress and Super King mattress. While the Super King mattress size is the same in all of the aforementioned countries, which is 71 x 79 inches, the King mattress size is slightly different, with 63 x 79 inches in the continent and 60 x 78 inches in the UK and Ireland. No King size standardization is present for mattresses sold in the Scandinavian countries. The UK and Ireland region also recognize two bigger mattresses, Emperor and Caesar mattresses, which are rarely used.
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Most Asian countries recognize one version of King mattress, though the size standardization may vary by countries (the width is always 72 inches, but the length generally ranges from 75 to 83 inches). Japan is one of a few exceptions that recognize three King mattress variants. Although the three variants are similar to those in the United States, the sizes are different, with 67 x 77 inches for King mattress, 67 x 81 inches for Western King mattress, and 76 x 81 inches for Super King mattress. Due to their smaller sizes compared with their North American counterparts, using oversized king quilts on them should not cause a problem.
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In Australia and New Zealand, three variants of King mattress are also recognized with the size of Eastern King, Western King, and Super King mattresses in Australia being 72 x 80 inches, 72 x 84 inches, and 80 x 80 inches respectively and in New Zealand being 66 x 80 inches, 80 x 80 inches, and 72 x 80 inches respectively.
Choose the Right Quilt Size.
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Despite these variations of mattress size across regions, the standard for each region is always the same. In other words, when you buy a California King mattress in any cities in the United States, its width and length are always the same. This standardization, however, doesn’t apply to quilt sizing. The size of the quilt is not standardized and generally varies greatly among different vendors. To choose the right oversized king quilts for your mattress, be sure to add the drop size to the size of your mattress. A drop refers to the portion of the quilt that hangs over the mattress on its 3 sides and generally ranges between 12 inches to 21 inches.