Quilters learn one important fact about the art of quilting when they create their first quilt — when it comes to quilts there is no right size.
Quilts come in all shapes and sizes, so when it comes to determining the size, the main questions to answer are, what or who are you making the quilt for?
And how are you going to make it work for that project?
Even though quilts come in standard sizes, other factors can influence the size of your quilt.
Mattress size is always a factor in the final size, so the final size of your quilt can be 4″ to 8″ different than the standard size.
You usually have to add length to your quilt so it hangs over the edge of the mattress properly.
The other factors that impact the size of your quilt are the backing and the batting.
The size of the backing and the batting depends on how you want your quilt to look, so those factors may not be on a quilt size chart.
For example, most pre-cut baby bed batting comes in 45″ x 60″ packages. If you are doing the basting and doing the quilting work yourself, it’s a good idea to add a couple extra ” to the backing and the batting to allow for the overhang on each side.
Here's a list of quilt sizes along with a quilt size chart for easy reference:
The Standard Baby/Crib Quilt Size
The standard crib quit size is 36″ x 52″ or 30″ x 40″ for small baby cribs.
Crib mattresses can be 23″ x 46″, but some mattresses can be 32″ x 66″.
And in the case of a little baby crib, the mattress size is 27″ x 52″ so a pre-cut package of 45″ x 60″ batting should work for most crib quilting projects.
Twin Bed Quit Size
The standard twin quilt size is 70″ x 90″. If you want to create a throw or a lap quilt, the standard size is 50″ x 65″.
An extra-long twin dorm bed needs a 70-inch x 90-inch standard quilt.
The pre-cut batting size for a twin is 72″ x 90″. And the standard mattress size is 39″ x 75″.
Full Or Double Quilt Size
The standard size for a double or full-size bed quilt is 85″ x 108″. And the pre-cut batting size is 81″ x 96″. The standard mattress size is 54″ x 75″.
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Queen Quilt Size
The standard quilt size is 90″ x 108″, and pre-cut batting is the same measurement. The standard mattress size is 60″ x 80″.
King Size Bed Quilt Size
The standard quilt size for a king bed is 110″ x 108 “, and the standard mattress size is 76″ x 84″. The pre-cut batting size is 120″ x 120”.
California King Quilt Size
The California King standard quilt size 106″ x 112″, so the pre-cut batting size of 120″ x 120″ will work on the California King. The standard mattress size is 72″ x 84″.
If you need to calculate how much lining yards you’ll need for your size quilt, here’s a good starting point: If your fabric is 44″ wide, you’ll need 5.25 yards for a Twin; 5.25 yards for a Double or Full; 7.5 yards for a Queen, and 8 yards for a king and a California King.