Welcome back, Weekend Warriors! Relocating to London entails having to search for and rent the London apartment you’ll be moving into. And if you’re renting it furnished, this leads me to the next letter in the alphabet for our A to Z Blog Challenge:

“B” is for BEDDING!

Many American expats moving to the UK wonder whether the bed linens they already have at home will suffice for their apartment. In most cases, I should say they will, even if they’re not a perfect fit—in general, UK bed sizes run smaller than US ones. In our two-bedroom London flat, my husband and I have what is closest to a US queen-sized bed (a UK king) in our master bedroom and a double-sized bed in our guest room. So the multiple sets of queen and double sheets we brought from home do the job just fine.

If you’re out shopping in London for bedding, though, and trying to match UK bedding sizes/terminology to the bed in your flat or are perhaps wondering if your bed from home will fit into an apartment of known dimensions, the following is a guide to standard US sizes and their UK equivalents:

US Twin/Single = 39″ x 75″
UK Single = 36″ x 75″

US Full/Double = 54″ x 75″
UK Double = 54″ x 75″

US Queen = 60″ x 80″
UK King = 60″ x 78″

US King = 76″ x 80″
UK Super King = 72″ x 78″

US California King = 72″ x 84″

As you can see, the “double” sizes are the same country to country, but the rest are slightly shorter and/or narrower (or in the last super-sized-true-to-Home-of-the-Brave-form case, simply non-existent :)).

Whatever your case may be, just know that there are plenty of local retailers selling such goods (e.g., Homebase, Marks & Spencer, IKEA, Peter Jones/John Lewis, etc.), so you’ll have a lot of options for purchasing a bed and/or bedding even after you make your move. You’ve made the decision to relocate here, so go make your bed and lie in it!

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