How to decide the size of the fitted bedsheet for my bed?

How to decide the size of the fitted bedsheet for my bed?

Ever woken up to find your fitted sheet clinging desperately to one corner, the rest a crumpled mess? We've all been there. A good night's rest shouldn't involve a wrestling match with your bedding. This guide will help you find the right fitted bedsheet for your mattress. India has a plethora of mattress sizes, starting with your diwan bed, single bed or your double and twin bed mattress and queen and king mattress sizes. To add to that, there are many different mattress heights going from your thin cotton mattress with a 3-inch height to 15-inch height mattresses. Hence, if you weren’t able to find a good-fitting bedsheet till now, it is not really your fault. With a few simple tips, you'll learn how to choose the perfect size sheet for your mattress, ensuring a good fit that stays put all night long. Let’s see how to decide the size of the fittest sheet for my bed.  

Single bed with fitted bed sheet

What are fitted bed sheets?

Our Fitted bed sheets, also sometimes called elastic sheets or bottom sheets, are the workhorses of your bedding. Unlike flat sheets, which are simply rectangular pieces of fabric, fitted bed sheets are designed to hug your mattress snugly. They achieve this feat with the help of:

  • Strong Elastic: Our fitted bed sheets have strong stretchy bands on the whole sheet to grip the mattress securely. 
  • Deep pockets: Our fitted sheets come with deep pockets to accommodate thicker mattresses or pillow-top styles.
  • Side tags: Belong bed sheets also has long and short side tags to help you fit your fitted bed sheet the perfect way. 
  • All round elastic: Belong bed sheets have elastic all around the bed sheet. 

This keeps the sheet from bunching up or slipping off the mattress during the night, ensuring a smooth and comfortable sleeping surface. Fitted bed sheets also act as a protective barrier for your mattress, shielding it from dust, dirt, and even sweat.

Measuring fitted bed sheet for my bed

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Guide to deciding the size of your fitted sheet for your bed 

Ever bought a bed sheet set, only to find the fitted sheet barely covers your mattress or ends up loose and baggy? Ill-fitting sheets can disrupt your sleep and leave you frustrated. But worry not! Choosing the right size fitted sheet is easier than you think. Here's a detailed guide to deciding the size of your fitted bed sheet for your bed:

Understanding Sizes

Fitted sheets are essential for a comfortable and restful night's sleep. But in India, where standard sizes might differ slightly from other regions, choosing the right fitted sheet can be tricky. Here's a breakdown to help you navigate Indian fitted sheet sizes:

Understanding Indian Bed Sizes:

Indian bed sizes have their own names, though they often correspond to similar dimensions as standard sizes elsewhere. The different bed sizes that you typically come across are a single bed, a diwan bed or a twin bed, a double or queen bed and a king-size bed. Different mattress manufacturers have different sizes for these bed types give and take a few inches. 

Ready with your measuring tape? Okay, let’s find your bed’s perfect fit elastic bedding:


Do Not worry, you don't need to be a math genius to buy fitted bedding! Some basic measurements will do the job. The key to fitted bedsheet success lies in measuring your bed or your mattress's accurate measurement. You'll need a tape measure to capture the following dimensions of your mattress:

  • Length: Measure the longest side of your mattress, from head to toe.
  • Width: Measure the shorter side of the mattress, across its width.
  • Depth: Don't forget about height! Include any mattress toppers in your measurement. Measure the distance from the top surface of your mattress (including the topper) to the bottom edge.


The length and width of the fitted bedsheet must be equal to or slightly more than your mattress’ corresponding dimensions. 

The height of your fitted bedsheet must be at least one inch more than your mattress height. 

  • Mattress Depth Matters: Indian mattresses can vary in thickness. Standard fitted sheets typically have a depth of 9-13 inches, 

Pro Tip: Measure the length, width, and depth of your mattress, including any topper, to ensure the fitted sheet fully encases it.

White fitted bed sheet on double bed

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Beyond Standard Sizes:

If your mattress has unique dimensions, don't worry! 

Remember: When in doubt, opt for a slightly larger fitted sheet. A bit of extra fabric ensures a snugger fit and prevents it from pulling loose during sleep..

Pro Tip: Round Up!

When comparing your mattress measurements to standard sizes, it's always better to err on the side of slightly larger. A fitted sheet that's a bit bigger will ensure a snugger fit and prevent it from pulling loose during sleep.

Tips to take care of fitted bed sheets

Best tips to care for your fitted bed sheets 

Fitted bed sheets are the workhorses of your bedding, cradling you in comfort night after night. But like any hero, they need proper care to stay in top form. Here are some tips to wash your fitted sheets:


  • Read the Label: Always check the care instructions on the fitted sheet label. This will tell you the recommended water temperature, washing cycle, and drying settings.
  • Wash Regularly: Aim to wash your fitted sheets along with your pillowcases and flat sheet once a week in warm water. If you sweat a lot at night, consider washing them twice a week.
  • Separate Colors: Wash dark-coloured fitted sheets separately from lighter colours to prevent bleeding or staining.
  • Skip the Overload: Don't overcrowd your washing machine. This can lead to poor cleaning and wrinkles.



  • Tumble Dry Low: Low heat is your friend! It helps prevent shrinkage and ensures the elastic in the corners stays stretchy. Avoid high heat settings.
  • Sun (Optional): If weather permits, line-drying your fitted sheet in the fresh air is a natural way to freshen it up and kill bacteria. Just make sure it's completely dry before bringing it back inside.


  • Cool and Dry: Store your fitted sheets in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. This helps prevent fading and mildew growth.
  • Folding Matters: Instead of crumpling them up, neatly fold your fitted sheet to minimize wrinkles and make them easier to put on the bed next time.

By following these pro-care tips, you can extend the lifespan of your fitted sheets and ensure they continue to provide a comfortable and hygienic sleep environment for years to come. Sweet dreams!

At Last 

So there you have it! With a little measuring, some material magic, and a focus on finding the perfect fit, you can banish the battle with your fitted sheet and achieve sleep sanctuary status. Remember, a well-chosen fitted sheet isn't just about practicality; it's about creating a sleep environment that lulls you to dreamland and leaves you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Sweet dreams!


  1. My mattress is an odd size. Are there fitted sheets for me?

While standard sizes (Single, Diwan, Double Bed, Queen, King Bed)) cover most beds, there are options for unique situations.  If you have an odd or a custom mattress size, to find the best fitted bedsheet just measure the length, width and depth of your mattress and opt for a fitted sheet that is slightly bigger in the corresponding dimensions. Ideally, the depth of the fitted sheet must be at least one inch bigger than the mattress.

  1. Why does my fitted bedsheet keep popping off the corners?

A few reasons could be at play. Ensure you have the correct size sheet for your mattress. Look for sheets with elastic all around the edge for a 360-degree secure fit. Upgrading to a sheet with a deeper pocket might also solve the problem if your mattress is thicker.

  1. Is there a way to keep my fitted sheet cool in the summer?

Yes! Material matters. Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton or linen for a cooler sleep experience. Consider lighter weave options like percale for maximum airflow.

  1. How often should I wash my fitted sheet?

For optimal hygiene, wash your fitted sheet along with your flat sheet and pillowcases once a week in warm water. If you sweat a lot at night, consider washing them more frequently.

  1. Where can I find the right fitted sheet for my bed?

Fitted sheets are widely available online and on marketplaces. You can also look at Belong’s fitted bed sheet collection made of 100% organic cotton and possibly the best fitted elastic bedsheet available in India. Consider factors like size, material, thread count, and price when making your choice.

  1. What are some features to look for in a fitted sheet?
  • Deep pockets: For thicker mattresses or pillow tops.
  • Elastic all around the edge: For a secure fit.
  • Breathable materials: For a cool and comfortable sleep.
  • Strong Elastic: For a durable long life

Written by: Shivangi Singh

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