Bed linen facts

Here you will find our bed linen facts which includes our bed linen sizes, a threadcount conversion guide, and an explanation of other key terms you will often find in bed linen marketing.

Bed linen sizes

We offer standardised bed linen sizes commonly found in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Here, we provide metric and imperial equivalents for your ease of reference.

 Fitted sheet sizes Metric (W x L) Imperial (W x L)
 Single fitted sheet  92cm x 190cm  3’ x 6’3”
 Double fitted sheet  137cm x 190cm  4’6” x 6’3”
 Queen* fitted sheet  152cm x 203cm  5’ x 6’8”
 King** fitted sheet  180cm x 205cm  6’ x 6’9”

* Equivalent to a UK King Size, ** Equivalent to a UK Super King

Quilt cover sizes Metric (W x L) Imperial (W x L)
Single quilt cover 140cm x 210cm 4’7” x 7’
Double quilt cover 180cm x 210cm 6’ x 7’
Queen quilt cover
210cm x 210cm 7’ x 7’
King quilt cover
245cm x 210cm 8’ x 7’


Pillowcase sizes Metric Imperial
Standard 50 x 75cm 20″ x 30″
Oxford with hem on four sides 50 x 75cm + 5cm hem
 20″ x 30″ + 2″ hem

Thread count conversion table

Bed linen manufacturers quote bed linen threadcount per square inch (more typical) or per 10cm square (mainly Australia) – it all depends where your bed linen is from. Please refer to our discussion for more details on how threadcount is calculated.


Metric (per 10cm²) Imperial (per sq inch)
 Dimensions 3.16cm x 3.16cm  2.54cm x 2.54cm
 Popular in Australia Europe, USA
 Threadcount  250  200
310 250
360 290
  400 320
  500 400
counting 2-ply 1,000 800

Key bed linen terms

Combed cotton is yarn made from good quality cotton fibres which have been combed during spinning to remove the shorter fibres.

Cotton / linen mix is a fabric with 100% cotton warp (vertical thread) and 100% linen weft (horizontal thread). We recommend this fabric if you live in a humid location as the fabric is nice and cool.

Egyptian cotton comes from Egypt and is traditionally known as the world’s finest cotton. Long fibres give each yarn strength and also reduces the occurrence of ‘pilling’. Egyptian cotton bedding becomes softer with age.

Jacquard weave is a traditional weaving technique developed in France. Designers will incorporated patterns into the weaving process, instead of printing the pattern onto the cloth. For a more high-end premium product, we recommend a Jacquard fabric rather than a printed fabric.

Linen is 30% stronger than cotton with high moisture absorbency. Thread count is commonly between 80 and 150. We recommend this fabric especially if you live in a humid location as the fabric is nice and cool.

Modal® / Tencel®: Trademark registered types of rayon. Semi-synthetic fibre made from cellulose or wood fibre. Due to its synthetic nature, threadcount can be high.

Percale is a closely woven fine fabric. Thread count starts from 200. We recommend this weave if you prefer a crisp feel to your sleeping experience.

Pilling occurs when little balls of fibre appear on the surface of the fabric, especially after rubbing of the fabric as part of normal use and washing. This is a typical symptom of fibres which are too short.

Sateen is a woven fabric. There is typically one vertical thread for every four horizontal threads. We recommend this weave if you prefer a luxuriously smooth feel.

Yarn-dyed fabric is fabric where individual yarns are dyed before weaving. Manufacturers create different designs through weaving of different coloured yarns, instead of printing patterns onto the cloth. The colour-fastness of yarn-dyed fabric is particularly strong.