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#1 Mara

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 08:02 AM

Here is a table of the official

Australian bed sizes
Single Bed 92cm x 187cm
King Single 106cm x 203cm
Double Bed 137cm x 187cm
Queen Bed 153cm x 203cm
King Bed 183cm x 203cm

Australian Duvet Cover Sizes
210cm x 140cm Single
210cm x 180cm Double
210cm x 210cm Queensize
210cm x 245cm Kingsize
45cm x 73cm Standard Pillowcase
65cm x 65cm Continental Pillowcase

As you will see from the above, they have moved the queensize up to the length of the king bed, but in SA the queensize is the length of the double bed.

I have seen it said often that linen is so expensive here, yes it is, if you insist on shopping at Myers and David Jones or the specialised linen shops. If you go to Target or Kmart, you will pick up linen sets from $50 up.

You need to look at the thread count, anything above 300 is good, the higher the count, the better the quality. Aldi have specials from time to time and they have been known to sell queensize 500 thread count for $60 a set. The variety is quite huge. On the sales I have bought duvet covers for as little as $10, they often have end of line, very beautiful, ones on sale.

Something else you definitely have to watch for is the depth of the fitted sheets. For instance our queensize mattress has a 35cm depth, but, most fitted sheets are only 27cm depth. So that is something you must check before you buy. Of course you get mattresses in different thicknesses, so it is up to you what you buy.

Here is some more info that may be useful to you and other. High-quality bed sheets may last you up to 15 years. Whether you require king size sheets, queen size sheets, double bed sheets or single bed sheets, look at the thread count and fabric when you buy.

Thread count, indicated commonly in the number of threads per square inch, determines the quality of a sheet. Generally, sheets that have higher thread counts (around 300 and above) have a durable, lustrous, and soft fabric that gets softer over time. They are also less prone to shrinkage than lower thread count sheets (ie. thread counts less than 120). Low thread count sheets, though less expensive, have a rougher feel and are more likely to wear through.

Select sheet fabric each fabric commonly used to make sheets has its own merits.

Combed cotton sheets :
Combed cotton sheets undergo a cleaning process to eliminate any impurities and short, less desirable fibres. The process results in a soft, smooth fabric.

Percale sheets:
Percale sheets offer a smooth, flat, and closely-woven fabric, finer than muslin and are usually found in sheets with a thread count of 180 to 220. Percale sheets can be found in 100% cotton or 50/50 cotton/polyester blends.

Pima sheets and Supima sheets:
Pima sheets and Supima sheets, made from high-quality cotton, are soft and found in bed sheets in the 200 to 300 thread count range.

Egyptian cotton sheets:
Egyptian cotton sheets are highly durable, lustrous, and silky, and usually have a thread count above 200. Egyptian cotton is the most highly desired bedding fabric and is made of extra-long fibre staples grown along the Nile River.

Flannel or flanelette sheets:
Flannel or flanelette sheets, a wool textile, are very warm and insulating, and may be blended with either a synthetic fabric or cotton.

Muslin sheets:
Muslin sheets have a rough and tough feel and are at the low end of the cotton spectrum with a thread count between 128 and 140. They are commonly used in children's character-themed bedding.

Synthetic fabric sheets:
Although synthetic fibres like modal, lyocell and polyester have strength and durability, they aren't the most ´┐Żbreathable´┐Ż fabrics. However they can resist wrinkles, and they wash and dry easily.

The extra-thick dye used for printed sheets can make fabrics feel a bit rough at first, however, they do tend to soften up after only a few washings. Take your sheets out of the dryer immediately to avoid wrinkling and ensure your sheets look as nice as possible.

When shopping for fitted sheets, consider the pocket depth and elasticity. To find pocket depth, measure from the highest point on the mattress, including the mattress protector and any additional bedding you may use under your sheets, to the bottom edge of the mattress. Fitted sheets should also have elastic all the way around the sheet. Sheets with elastic only at the head and foot are more likely to slip off the bed.Now that you have the sizes you can decide for yourself.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 09:58 PM

Hi Mara, thanks again for the info. We will be buying a new bed in Aus, but were thinking of buying sheets and so on in SA. It looks like it is cheap enough in Melbourne to buy it there. Thanks.

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Posted 07 August 2007 - 10:27 PM

Thanks Mara.

I was wondering if I should take my bed when the time comes. Canada's sizes are also different from South African sizes, so we sold all our beds. I will measure my bed that I have now against your measurements to see if it is different. I never knew about looking for thread counts, I will keep that in mind from now on.

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Posted 20 February 2008 - 11:38 PM

Right so I have an extra length extra depth queen size bed which is the same as an Aussie queen size. Now what about the duvet sizes as I would like to bring with some cover sets but am unsure if the duvet inners differ in size from here.

Anybody know what they are?

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:54 AM

Duvet sizes for a queensize here is 210cm by 210cm.

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 08:55 PM

Thanks Mara, as usual you're a star!

Do by any chance know the sizes fo the double & king?

Thanks again.
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Posted 21 February 2008 - 09:48 PM

Sheesh you are only giving me homework. Sorry, no idea, everything in my home is queensize, that way I can swap stuff around. I will try and find out tomorrow, am going into town and will check at the linen place. I'll be backkkkkk!

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Posted 21 February 2008 - 10:57 PM

:D :whome: :blink: so thaaaats why you answered so quickly! I though WOW you even know the linen sizes off pat.

No worries I'll wait till you come backkkkkk! :lol:

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 02:45 PM

Righto Aramat, have done my homework like a good girl, the sizes are as follows:

Australian Duvet Cover Sizes
210cm x 140cm Single
210cm x 180cm Double
210cm x 210cm Queensize
210cm x 245cm Kingsize
45cm x 73cm Standard Pillowcase
65cm x 65cm Continental Pillowcase

Phew, that was hard work........

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:34 PM

Righto Aramat, have done my homework like a good girl, the sizes are as follows:

Australian Duvet Cover Sizes
210cm x 140cm Single
210cm x 180cm Double
210cm x 210cm Queensize
210cm x 245cm Kingsize
45cm x 73cm Standard Pillowcase
65cm x 65cm Continental Pillowcase

Phew, that was hard work........

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I will measure up my covers & see what will work in Aus & if our sizes are the same I'm going to hit the sale at schulmans after pay day :) other wise I'll just buy new stuff when we get there, might save me some baggage weight for more towels or something.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:57 PM

No problem and thank you for the BIG thanks!

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 04:41 PM

Of late I have seen a number of posts referring to bed sizes, so thought I would bump this into view again!

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 06:28 PM

Great thinking Mara! :stretcher:

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Posted 11 September 2009 - 08:29 PM

Great thinking Mara! :stretcher:


Agree and i needed them - perfect timing :ph34r:

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Posted 26 November 2009 - 04:43 PM

Just be warned..i bought a duvet cover set at aldi and an inner at target...they were both 210x 210 like Mara has said...BUT..IKEA...their queen is 200 x200...so be careful... when i queried the oz queen size standard the moron salesman said "ive never heard anything like that"...

having said that..for some my duvet manages to fit in the 200 x200 one...




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