Will A King-Size Comforter Be Too Big For A Queen Bed?

One of the wonkiest trends on social media is pairing a king-sized bed with a queen-side bedframe. In this article, we deconstruct whether this is a good idea, how you might benefit from this practice as a homeowner, and so much more! Here's how we make the oversized comforter an absolute delight.

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The comforter on your bed is essential. It brings warmth to the bed and ties together the room. This is why when you find a comforter that you love, it can be hard to let it go. But what happens when you find a comforter that is a bit too big for your bed? Should you buy a whole new mattress, or try to find a new comforter?

Although they may be considered the same size, comforter sizes vary by manufacturer. Standard king-size comforters are supposed to be 106 inches wide by 92 inches long, while Queen comforters should be around 60 inches wide by 75 inches long.

A king-size comforter is too big for a queen-size bed and won’t fit well. King-size comforters measure 106”x92” and queen-size beds measure 60”x75”. You would have an excess of 23” at the end and 17” on the sides of the bed.

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How Your Comforter Should Fit

Typically you want your comforter to extend down the sides and the foot of your bed in equal distance. If your bed has a mattress and box spring, then the comforter should go past the mattress and over the bed-skirt. 

The length of the comforter should either end right below the mattress, one-third of the distance between the top of the box spring and the floor, or two-thirds of that distance. You may consider whether or not your larger comforter will fit on a smaller bed by the message it suggests.

Additionally, you will want the bottom of the comforter to reach about 1/2 way down your mattress, while the top of it reaches to the top edge of the head of your mattress. However, it doesn’t always have to be a perfect fit.

Different Types Of Comforters

Long comforter: This would be a comforter at two-thirds the length between the box spring and the floor. These long comforters are known to suggest luxury, and of course, comfort. They provide the best warmth and also adequate coverage for you to wrap up all snug.

High-loft: These are high comforters. They are considered “fluffy” and will look raised above the bed. High-loft can give a regal or luxurious appearance. They’re also ideal during cold weather as they add more insulation and warmth to your bed.

Thin comforters: Suggest a more modern look. These are known to be kept shorter and end right below the mattress. They are great summer and spring when the weather warms up. 

Short: These will not drape well and will look completely wrong on a more massive bed. These aren’t ideal for beds, but rather futons, or to hand on the back of a sofa in case you need a blanket while watching a movie.

Long and thin-loft: Long and thin-loft comforters will pull the eye down, which takes away from the bed. This means your mattress will almost appear smaller or be less prominent in the room. However, these are great to fold and drape across the bottom of the bed in case you need an extra blanket throughout the night.

Account For Mattress Thickness

One aspect that might affect whether or not you can use a king comforter with your queen mattress is if it is thick. Some mattresses can be thicker due to being either newer or a pillow-top. Check out the dimensions for a queen size air mattress.

This means rather than being 9 to 12 inches of thickness; you might have 14 to 20 inches. This will require a wider comforter already. Therefore if you are using a king comforter, you may have a better chance to use it with your thick queen mattress. 

Comforter Size Overview

Although comforter sizing has a general standard, typically, there will be a variation within the same size category. There are common sizes and lengths; view them on the chart below. 

Bed Size Full measurement Width Length
Crib 28 inches x 52 inches 28-36 inches 48-52 inches
Twin 38 inches x 75 inches 66-68 inches 86-88 inches
Twin XL 38 inches x 80 inches 68 inches 90 inches
Full 54 inches x 75 inches 81-84 inches 86-88 inches
Queen 60 inches x 80 inches 86-88 inches 96-100 inches
Standard King  76 inches x 80 inches 102 inches 86-88 inches
California King  72 inches x 84 inches 107-110 inches 96-98 inches

Standard King vs. California King

King and California king mattresses are the most available standard mattresses on the market. If you are looking for a large mattress, then these are what you would want to purchase. These sizes are also reflected in the corresponding comforter sizes. The main difference between a standard king and a California king is that the standard king-size is wider and shorter. California kings will always be longer and narrower.

California King mattresses have a total area of 6,080 square inches versus 6,048 square inches of the total area in a standard king. This means the comforter will also be more prominent. 

California King vs. Queen

As compared to the difference between a California king and queen mattress, there is a massive difference. California king mattresses are 72 inches by 84 inches, while a queen size measures 60 inches by 80 inches. 

If you have a California king comforter, it will be a lot more challenging to make your comforter fit. This is due to the fact that it is quite a lot bigger, so it is going to be even larger and harder to accommodate.

Should I Sell My Queen Mattress To Fit My King Comforter?

Whether or not you sell your queen mattress to fit your king comforter is entirely up to how attached you are to your comforter. If you are not able to sell your mattress and purchase a new one, you may need to come up with a better option. Instead of selling your mattress, it can be better to try and make it work with one of the ideas below.

Oversized Family Beds

One exception to the comforter fit is an oversized family bed. Some extra large and long mattresses are created for unique families or those who prefer to all sleep in the same bed. In this case, there usually aren’t comforters that fit these types of mattresses. Instead, each person typically has their own, or they custom-make their own comforters.

To measure the right fit according to an oversized family bed, basically, as long as the comforter covers you and anyone else you want it to, it is considered the correct fit. However, there are specially made sheets for these mattresses, so you don’t need to worry about those.

Making The Comforter Work

Typically your comforter would be almost to the floor on the sides of a regular queen-size mattress and at least 6 inches shorter at the foot of the bed. This is not pleasurable and would cause the blanket more chance to fall off the bed. 

There are a few ways to get around this and to make it work.

  • Bed raisers: These are around $15 and allow you to make your bed higher to avoid your comforter hitting the ground.
  • Use two box springs: This once again will make your mattress higher off the ground. 

These two fixes will not change the size of your bed but will at least prevent the hanging pieces from hitting the ground. 

  • Use a bed with a full footboard: This allows the comforter’s length to be hidden by the footboard.
  • Alter your comforter: Remove 6 inches from each side. 

These two fixes can be more costly. They will either cause you to purchase a new bed or pay to alter your comforter. You will need to decide if that is worth it to you.

Related Questions

How much bigger is a king than a queen?

King beds are about 20″ wider than queen beds. This means the comforter will hang a bit lower on the sides of the bed than it would on a queen.

Can I use a king comforter on a queen bed?

As long as you do not mind having your comforter hang off the side of the bed, then it should be no issue. It is all based on preference.

What is an oversized comforter?

Be aware that some bedding is considered “oversized.” This is important because it is made for mattresses with pillow tops and additional comfort layers. Oversized comforters usually have more width. If you happen to have a king-size comforter and it is considerable, then you will have even more trouble attempting to fit it on your smaller, queen-size mattress. 

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Our Takeaway

The conclusion most of you have come to regarding whether or not a king comforter would be too large for a queen bed is that yes, it will be. In ordinary circumstances, you should not put a king-sized comforter on a queen bed because it is too large and can cause more of an issue than anything.

However, if you have recently changed beds and the only comforter you have is a king-size one, then it is okay to use it for now until you are able to get a comforter of the correct size. Just make sure the edges of the comforter aren’t on your floor so that you don’t trip over them.

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Chloe Meltzer

Real estate agent and copywriter, originally from California. Chloé brings her real estate expertise into her writing to create effective and helpful home guides for you! When not writing or selling homes, she spends her time as a digital nomad traveling the world.

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