Our correspondent reports problems matching the size of a new bed, mattress and bed linen. (Reported by m_t, and edited by Derek Pollard).
I bought a ‘king size’ bed and a ‘king size’ mattress from a well known supplier. However they did not fit each other. They were made by two different manufacturers. It seems that ‘king size’ is not a fixed size at all. Some sizes are metric, some imperial and some are metric conversions of imperial.
On the advice of a friend, I decided to go to Habitat and IKEA. They have hard metric beds that are all 2 metres long. Widths are 140 or 160 cm. I think you can also get 180 cm.
I notice that the 2 metre length is now widely available, even in non-metric places. I think this is because replacing six feet with 2 metres is popular with tall people and it is a nice round value. Unfortunately the width does not show any signs of being standardised.
Once you have the bed, you need the linen in the same size. That means I really only have two shops to choose from. Does anybody know any other shops that do 140 and 160 cm widths?
(Readers may also be able to comment on problems they have experienced trying to match bed and mattress widths.)