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Common Quilt Sizes

I never know when given measurements of a quilt… what size bed it would fit, or if not for a bed… other size considerations – table toppers, placemats, wallhangings… ect.48″ x54″… what is that? that’s 4 feet by 4 1/2 feet… a good size cuddle quilt… I guess… or is it.I decided I needed help in this department… a search of the internet provided numerous approximations. Understand that these are all approximations… depending on the bed itself could determine the finished quilt size… things to consider: drape (will it hang over the edges), pillow tuck, size of the mattress (not all mattresses are created equal, especially those deep ones).

Of course, I didn’t bookmark the pages, where I found information… and I’m looking for a bedsize a particular quilt size would fit on. After a little more researching this is what I have found… again these are just approximations.

PLACEMATS – 11″-12″ wide by 15″-18″ length or 29cm – 31cm by 38cm – 46cm

MINIATURE – less than 36″ square or 91 cm square

TABLE TOPPER or RUNNER – decorate your table with a table topper or a table runner. Depending on the size and shape of your table, you can determine the dimensions you require.

  • Square table topper: 36” X 36” or 91cm x 91 cm. Turn the quilt so the corners are pointing to the sides of the table. The table topper can be placed on any table.
  • Table Runner: 12″-18” x 40″-72” or 31cm-46cm x 102cm-183cm. Make a table runner to lay down the centre of a dining table. Lengthen the table runner for longer tables.

WALLHANGING – any size can qualify for a wallhanging. Be sure to measure the space you want to hang, to be sure it fits. Another thing to consider, the larger the quilt, the heavier it will be, requiring extra support.

BABY – between 36″ X 36″ and 52″ X 52″ or 91cm x 91cm and 132cm x 132cm. This size can depend on whether the quilt will be used in a crib.

CRIB – between 30″x 46″ and 36″ x 50″ or 76cm x 117cm and 91cm x 127cm. If you are making this sized quilt as a gift, see if you can get the measurements… each manufacturer has their own sizes… and crib mattresses are different sizes too.

COT – between 58″ x 90″ and 72″ x 108″ or 147cm x 229cm and 183cm x 274cm.

TODDLER – 46″ x 70″ or 117cm x 178cm for a quilt. A toddler bed most often uses a crib mattress, however not always, so it is best to measure first.

BUNK – between 66″ x 89″ and 74″ x 103″ or 168cm x 226cm and 188cm x 262cm .

WHEELCHAIR LAP QUILT – 36″ x 36″ to 38″ x 47″ or 91cm x 91cm to 97cm x 119cm – adding ties is sometimes a good idea, so they don’t slip off.

LAP – between 52″ – 68″ or 132cm x 173cm wide and the length can be from about 52″ – 78″ or 132cm x 198cm. Although a lap quilt can be any size. A quilt that a child will want to bring along could be as small as 36″x36″ or 91cm x 91cm. A lap quilt that is 42″x 60″ 107cm x 152cm is great for cuddling up on the couch with.

TWIN – between 64″ – 72″ or  163cm x 183cm wide and the length can be from about 86″ – 96″ or 218cm x 244cm.

FULL – between 70″ – 88″ or 178cm x 224cm wide and the length can be from about 88″ – 100″  or 224cm x 254cm.

QUEEN – between 88″ – 99″ or 224cm x 251cm wide and the length can be from about 94″ – 108″ or 239cm x 274cm.

QUEEN WATERBED – 76″ x 104″ or 193cm x 264cm.

KING – between 94″ – 108″ or 239cm x 274cm wide and the length can be from about the same, 94″ – 108″ or 239cm x 274cm.

CALIFORNIA KING – between 98″ x 100″ or 249cm x 254cm and 114″ x 117″ or 290cm x 297cm.

KING WATERBED – 88″ x 94″ or 224cm x 239cm.

Perhaps you would prefer to custom size a quilt for a specific bed. How to determine the size of quilt:

  • measure the mattress, length and width, and depth (most mattresses measure 8″-12″ or 20cm – 30cm, but the newer deeper ones can measure up to 20″ or 50 cm).
  • add to each measurement the amount of drop you’d like down the side of the bed (to the floor? to the bottom of the top mattress? to the bottom of the box spring?)
  • remember to add a pillow tuck (this may depend on the depth of the pillows, and how much of a pillow tuck), if you want a portion of the quilt to tuck under the pillows, and then carry on over top of the pillows.

Depending on the quilt pattern you are using… your borders could be the drop… for example, if you want a 12″ or 30cm  drop… add a 12″ or 30cm border to your quilt top. You may need to adjust your borders depending on your quilt design. A central medallion will need careful consideration.

(NOTE: I moved this from a post to a page… and moved the comments too)

40 Responses to "Common Quilt Sizes"

Originally posted By: Fer on 30 March 2008
at 6:42 pm

Good bit of research there! I know Canada works on metric so do you buy your fabric by the metre? We do here, and I can visualise metres so much more than inches (I have to try and remember that 1m is roughly 40″). But then I do all my cutting in inches so on a small scale that’s quite easy. *sigh* There’s always so much to remember though!

Have you tried the second block for your competition entry yet? Is there a minimum and maximum quilt size for it? That’s quite a challenge to complete a quilt in just one weekend from go to whoa. Good luck! 🙂

Originally posted by: BCQuilter on 30 March 2008 at 7:29 pm

Hi Jen,

I grew up with imperial measurements… we do buy in metric… but everything is based on imperial. It can be quite confusing. I just remember that if I need 1 yard… 1 metre will cover it!

I’ve been sick this weekend… this time the flu. I haven’t tried the other block yet. The fabric I was thinking of using, will not do… as the patches start at 1½” x 2½”… and the pattern is bigger than that… and I don’t want to fussy cut 2 yards (metres).

There is no size limit… only that the quilt or quilted item be completely made in a weekend. I posted this page, more for my reference, instead of having to search the internet again. It could become a work in progress, as other information comes to me.

Thank you for all that you do. It is appreciated. Sharon

Thanks for all that info – I have found it very useful

fantastic collection there. a great reference. i used to work for a foam oulet and we had to cut people matresses to size, we had some odd ones come through. looks like you’ve seen them all. congrats.

This is a great help. I have many sources on sized but not one is the same. LoL I am trying to put together a page for my class of suggested sizes.

Hi, and thanks for stopping by.

Like you, I found several sources and all different sizes. Then again, no two mattresses are the same size either. I strongly recommend, that if someone is making a quilt for a “specific” bed, that they get the measurements for that bed and make accordingly.


Hi just wanted to say what a great post this is. I’m trying to make a quilt as a present for my granddad’s 93rd birthday and I’ve been looking for some guidance on an appropriate size for a wheelchair lap quilt. Your blog is the first one I’ve come across which has it! Great information, thanks again 🙂

Hi Elizabeth-Anne,

I know what you mean trying to find the resources. I had trouble too, and I posted it here, so I would know where to find it, when I needed it again.


[…] 64″-72″/163cmx183cm wide by 86″-96″/218cm x 244cm long, according to this source.) I’m sure larger quilts will be gladly accepted as […]

As a new quilter, I am so happy that someone has taken the time to gather this information . . . makes it so much easier to get started.

Hi Peggy,

I use the information regularly, and can never remember where I have it. I look on my blog first.


Thanks so much for taking the time to put this information together……

Hi Janice,

I’m glad you found the information useful. I still use the information I posted… that way I know where it is. 😉


Thank you!!! Looking for proper sizes has been so frustrating! Explaining that there is no exact relieves me of some stress! 🙂

Thanks for posting this information. It will be very useful for my future projects.

thanks for the dimensions! my daughter and I are making her first quilt, it’s helpful to just be able to see the numbers instead of ‘guestimating’ everything!

This is an excellent resource. Thank you so much for sharing it.

I wanted to make my first table runner and I appreciate all the trouble you went through to get this info in one place! Thanks!!!

Thank you very helpful I am deciding what to make having gone ahead & made squares then am wondering what to do with them .Carol

You are very welcome. I needed a resource I could find easily, too many times, I have forgotten where I saw something, (books, magazines, internet, etc.).

Glad it helped.


If I am using a jelly roll to make a quilt…what is the finishing wide and length of one jelly roll?

Hi Wendy,

From what I understand… a jelly roll has forty, 40″ strips. A strip is 2½”. Okay, instead of trying to figure out the math, I did a quick search on the internet. It seems it will finish at 48″ x 60″.


wonderful…thank you..

what is a jelly roll.Never heard of it? tks.

Very nice… I’m bookmarking this info… Thanks!!

In order to insure the perfect quilt size, I use a standard sized flat sheet as the quilt backing. It is one panel of fabric so there will be no middle seams and is usually cheaper than buying normal backing material. The quilt will be a bit longer, as flat sheets are made to be tucked in at the bottom, but taller people will love this feature. The quilt can be tucked in at the end or pulled over pillows like a bedspread.

When my daughter was younger, I made hers even longer so she could make her bed easier. The quilt would be pulled straight up (no pillows yet), pillows could be put into place, and the quilt flipped back down over the pillows (sort of backwards bed making at the top). It worked great for a little kid.

After she was grown and married, her husband loved the quilt too. He is over 6 ft and can finally snuggle in a quilt without his feet sticking out the end. He loved it so much that it was the only thing he requested when their divorce. (Yep…he got to keep her pink quilt with pastel hearts…made from the fabrics of her little girl dresses.)

This blog is a treasure…much like the myriad of designs and hues that swirl before me. My current project is a cathedral window quilt. I found the sizes most helpful. Thanks for the shares …happy days to all the quilters.

I love this idea. Thanks for the tip!

Thanks so much for this! I have it bookmarked and I use it all the time!

Good information. ..thank u

[…] to make a quilt whose finished dimensions would be approximately 42″x60″ according to these handy guidelines. So for the quilt body I purchased 1 3/4 yds (or was it 1 1/2? 1 5/8? I can’t remember) of […]

Thanks for all this awesome info!

Thank you for so much information in one place! I love that you have measurements in inches too. I do not do well with metrics at all! Thanks once again. I am bookmarking this page.

This is very helpful. Everyone tells you how large their patterns are but no one tells you what it will fit. Thank you again for all of the information !

Thanks for information. I was given a jelly roll kit for Christmas and nowhere did it give a recommended size.

Hi Ann,

If you make a Jelly Roll Race Quilt also known as a 1600 Jelly Roll Quilt, which uses one jelly roll, it finishes approximately 40″ x 40″.

There are several tutorials out there… Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Shop created this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bEJLnaZQOU

This is a great info to have for a beginner quilter.

I want to make a you topper, but only want to use it for the lower half of the bed. The bed size is King. It’s a Confederate Flag quilt. What are your ideas as to the size I should use to achieve this look? Thank you

Hi Gina,

I would measure how much I want to cover, and half an inch for seam allowance. From side to side of the bed, and how much of the end of the bed you want it to cover.

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