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How To Select the Best Quilt Sizes to Fit Your Bed
By: Jeanette Benoit, FaveQuilts Editor
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When making your own homemade custom quilt, it can be a challenge to determine what size to make it so that it fits your bed nicely. When creativity strikes and you find yourself in the crafting mood, it's not always easy to switch gears and get mathematics involved by taking measurements of your bed. You do, however, want your finished product to fit your bed and look nice! So how do you do this without having to crunch too many numbers? Luckily, quilt manufacturers follow some general guidelines that can help with the process. They've developed some standard quilt sizes that will assist you in easily making a gorgeous quilt for any size bed.
Take a look at these helpful hints and guidelines below if you are wondering how to select the best quilt size to fit your bed. Below you'll find approximate U.S. measurements (in inches) of various bed sizes for determining the appropriate quilt size. These measurements will provide you with a 14-16-inch side drop and a 10-11-inch bottom drop. Of course, these measurements can all be adjusted to fit your personal preference. Mattress sizes vary and measurements can be adjusted to fit the look that you desire for your quilt.
When determining the size to make your quilt, it's important to measure not just the length and width of your mattress, but the depth, as well. This will help determine how much overhang you will have. Some patterns give you the flexibility to manipulate the quilts around on your bed (turn 90 degrees, for example) if you need to adjust the overhang. However, some patterns, such as centered medallions or borders along the top edges, are designed to fit very specific mattress sizes.
Although there are standard quilt sizes, these are merely guidelines to follow for determining your quilt size. The quilt size you need is all dependent on the look you are going for. If you are looking to create a more elegant look, it is often recommended to make your quilts one size larger so that the sides drop to the floor; smaller side drops are typically more informal.
If you would like to add extra inches at the bottom of your quilt, but you've already finished quilting, there's an easy fix! Simply pull your quilted work of art down a few inches from the top of your bed and fill the empty space with decorative throw pillows and shams. Throw pillows are also an easy way to add a decorative touch to any room of your house. Plus, they can be quickly switched out whenever you feel like changing things up a bit. They are a great way to instantly (and easily!) transform the look of any room without a long-term commitment.
The most important thing to keep in mind when making custom homemade quilts is to have fun and be creative!
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