Afghan & Blanket Sizes

November 2, 2014: When I published this list back in March of 2008 the world was a different place! Today there are much easier ways to create graphic content that is easily downloaded and I've gained a few years experience with Photoshop & Illustrator. As I scrolled through this page for the umpteenth time looking for a mattress size for a new project, I decided to spend some time creating an infographic that I could pin up in my workroom. 

That ended up being a much bigger project than I would have imagined! I ended up re-researching all the sizes and did find some changes in 6 years. So here's what I've come up with:
a list of popular U.S. afghan and blanket sizes for babies, kids and adults
Downloadable graphic of popular U.S. mattress, blanket, comforter and afghan sizes

If you'd like to save it to your computer or print it and pin it in your workspace you can download a printable pdf file here. And if you'd like to see what I've been up to in my new life as a surface and pattern designer check out my new blog.

Now that you've figured out what size to make your quilts you still need to figure out how much fabric to buy. Here are my favorite books to help with that process: 


And I also found this great system to hang quilts on a wall:

And here's my original post from March 6, 2008 (exactly 65,543 visits ago!):

In trying to figure out what size I ultimately wanted my Babette Blanket to be I did some research on standard mattress, sheet, blanket & comforter sizes. I know I've done this before but I can't find the papers so I'll put it here so I can find it again. Flat sheet measurements are from bedding industry standards. Everything else is sort of an average that seems about right. Crib blankets & receiving blankets seem to have the biggest variances - there's pretty much every size possible available. I listed the most prevalent.

Mattress depths vary widely be manufacturer. Measure the depth of the mattress before designing the blanket/quilt/comforter. Standard & older mattresses average 9 - 12", while newer pillow-top mattresses are 14 - 16" deep and up. These deeper mattresses obviously rquire more depth & width to cover the mattress completely. Be especially careful about making covers for very fluffy comforters such as down-filled. They tend to puff out the fabric, so there is much more area to cover than the dimensions listed on the package. Take several measurements of the comforter after it has been fluffed to decide how big to make the cover.

If you're making a blanket using squares, in addition to figuring out what size you want you'll need to calculate how many squares to make. I've written up notes on the process I use to figure out how many granny squares you need here.

TWIN: mattress top is 39" x 75"
Twin flat sheet: 66" x 96"
Twin Blanket: 66" x 90"
Twin Comforter: 69" x 90"

EXTRA LONG TWIN: mattress top is 39" x 80" ** Most popular size in college dorms
Extra Long Twin Flat Sheet: 66" x 102"
Extra Long Twin Blanket: 66" x 95"

FULL/DOUBLE: mattress top is 54" x 75"
Full/Double Flat Sheet: 81" x 96"
Blanket: 80" x 90"
Full Comforter: 84" x 90"

QUEEN: mattress top is 60" x 80"
Queen Flat Sheet: 90" x 102"
Blanket: 90" x 100"
Queen Comforter: 90" x 95"

KING: mattress top is 76" x 80"
King Flat Sheet: 108" x 102"
Blanket: 108" x 100"
King Comforter: 106" x 98"

CALIFORNIA KING: mattress top is 72" x 84"
California King Flat Sheet: 102" x 110"
Blanket: 104" x 108"

Receiving Blanket*: 
23" x 23", 24" x 24", 29" x 32", 30" x 36" or 36" x 36"
Stroller Blanket: 30" x 40"
Porta Crib (mattress top is 24" x 38") use receiving blanket
Small Cradle Blanket (mattress is 15" x 33") 15" x 30"
Large Cradle Blanket (mattress is 18" x 36") 18" x 33"
Crib Blanket(mattress top is 28" x 52"): 28" x 42" or 30" x 40" or 36" x 42" or 36" x 46"


Infant - 2 years: 24" x 30"
2 - 6 years: 30" x 36"
7 - 11 years: 36" x 42"
12 years and over: 48" x 60"

Lapghan: 36"x 48" often used in nursing homes & wheelchairs
Adult: 50" x 70"

Standard 20" x 26"
Queen 20" x 30"
King 20" x 36"

* Receiving Blankets: I've seen lots of discussion on receiving blankets. Most people seem to think 23 or 24 inch squares are perfect for newborns, as there isn't too much fabric to manage. 29" x 32", 30" x 36" or 36" x 36" are the sizes most often made by manufacturers that are available in stores.

"Janem" also provided the following helpful info: Bev’s Country Cottage website gives suggestions for different size blankets.

This is basically what she recommends….
Blanket Sizes (approximate) For preemies, blankets without ‘holes’ are best.
Small Preemie: 18” - 20” square
Medium Preemie: 20” - 22” square
Large Preemie: 22” - 28” square
Full Term Baby: 28” - 36” square
Baby 30” x 36” = crib sized (6” granny squares= 5 across x 6 down ~ 30 sq)
Children 42”x 48” (6” squares= 7 across x 8 down ~ 30 sq)
Lapghan often used in seniors homes 36” x 48” (6” squares= 6 across x 8 down ~ 48 squares)
Adult Afghan (Will fit across top of bed) 48” x 72” = twin sized. (6” squares= 8 across x 12 down ~ 96 squares)
Adult Double Bed (Will fit across top of bed) 60” x 84” = full sized. (6” squares= 10 across x 14 down ~ 160 squares)

Please post a comment if you have suggestions or real-life experience with any of this!

Shantel R M brought up a great point in the comments below. If you're not happy with the size of a project when you've finished you can always add a border. I think the crochet book I turn to the most is:
I highly recommend it as a book you'll turn to time and time again.

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Angela said...

I am making myself a queen sized bedspread, and after doing calculations for my bed (60" x 80") and accounting for the overhang I wanted, I am making 238 squares of six inches each. The dimensions will be 14 squares x 17 squares. This bedpread will not be covering the pillows and will not overhang at the head end, so if you wanted it to cover them, then I guess you'd have to tweak the numbers further...
I'll try and update when I (eventually) finish the bedspread, and tell you how it turned out :-D

Phyllis said...

This is a great guide, thank you so much! I just posted it on my Crochet Guru site! under Afghans.

Anonymous said...

If my calculations are correct, I am making a twin extra long blanket, using 176 granny squares at 6 inches each. I found this extremely helpful, thank you for the info. I will be referencing this chart for all my projects from here on out. The blanket is for a soon to be college freshman, I hope it turns out the appropriate size.

christine said...

Thank you so much for all the research you did and for posting the info! I'm making my first major crocheting project (granny square afghan) and found your whole blog to be so informative and helpful, and I love the designs you feature. Keep posting!

Carlyn Clark said...

Thanks Christine!
Good luck with your afghan project. Let me know when you finish. I'll post a photo.

Wanderer said...

My family seems to have a different view of afgans. We use them to snuggle up in RECLINERS or sofas while watching TV or reading in a chilly room, not in bed! Preferred sizes tend to be about 40" to 50" wide X length about equal to the height of the user plus 6". I am 64" and 70" is enough to tuck from chin to under toes! My husband is 74" (6'2") and likes an afgan of about 80" or longer. Fringe does not count in the length, of course.

haley. said...

This is so helpful! Thank you!

Heather said...

Another great blog! Thanks again for the info! The previous comments were helpful too!

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Care said...

Thank you for sharing. And taking all the time to research. This is so helpful to me thank you.

Alicia Ciarlo said...

Please can anybody tell me how much yarn have used for a mattress top queen 60 x80" . How much kilogrames?
Sorry for my bad english but i speak spanish!
Can you answer to this e-mail:
Thank you very much!!!!!

Shantel R M said...

Didn't like my measurement for a Baby Blanket, it's 27 wide x 34 long without the border. But after reading your guide, it may work after all once the border is added. Thank You for this information.

Carlyn Clark said...

Alicia, I replied to your email with a formula for how to figure how much yarn you need.

Carlyn Clark said...

Shantel, I'm glad you found the info helpful. One of the things I like best about knitting and crocheting is that you can always add to it. I can't tell you how many times borders have saved a project. I added a link to my favorite book for borders top the text above.

shantinathsales said...

I have read lot's blog related topic on Throw Blanket but seriously guys you have managed amzingly,, Keep it up.

patricia rodwell said...

Is it okay to make 20 inch squares


Carlyn Clark said...

Yes, Patricia, 20" squares would be fine.

patricia rodwell said...

Thank you x