Towel size guide

Grey cotton towels on a wooden bench with accessories


Towel  Towel Size CM  Towell Size Inches
Face towel size 30cm x 30cm 11.8 x 11.8 inches
Guest towel size 30cm x 50cm 11.8 x 19.7 inches
Hand towel size 50cm x 100cm 19.7 x 39.4 inches
Bath towel size 70cm x 135cm 27.6 x 53.1 inches
Bath sheet size 100cm x 160cm 39.4 x 63 inches
Bath mat size 50cm x 80cm 19.7 x 31.5 inches

No more wondering what size a guest towel or a bath sheet is! Here are the standard UK towel sizes in centimetres.

Towel size guide

All your towel size questions answered. Which size towel is best? What is the size difference between a bath towel and a bath sheet? What dimensions are a face cloth?

Read our guide to towel sizes including bath towels, guest towels, hand towels, face cloths and bath sheets. We cover UK, US and European towel dimensions measured in both centimetres and inches.

  1. What is the best size for a bath towel?
  2. What’s the difference between a bath towel and a bath sheet?
  3. Is a guest towel bigger than a hand towel?
  4. Non-standard sized bath towels.
  5. Do I need a face towel, guest towel or hand towel?
  6. How thick should my towel be?
  7. Towel bales and towel sets
  8. Beach towel sizes
  9. Gym towel sizes
  10. US and European towel sizes
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What is the best size for a bath towel?

We get asked this a lot. Bath towel sizes are really personal preference. Our founders Emily and Jonathan prefer different sizes. For bath or shower time Emily, who is 5ft 8, loves her scooms bath towel which measures 70cm x 135cm, while Jonathan who is 6ft 1 uses a scooms bath sheet measuring 100cm x 160cm.

Bath towel sizes and bath mat sizes do differ a little between manufacturers. When we were designing our towels and bath mats, we tested lots of different towel dimensions to see which worked the best.

Egyptian cotton bath towels with scrubbing brush hanging from wall hooks


What's the difference between a bath towel and a bath sheet?

The size of a bath towel compared to bath sheet dimensions is just down to the size. A bath towel measures 70cm x 135cm and a bath sheet size is 100cm x 160cm. So a standard bath towel size is smaller than a standard bath sheet. Sometimes bath sheets are referred to as extra-large bath towels. The bigger size bath sheet will take a little longer to dry but it will wrap fully around you as you dry.


Is a guest towel bigger than a hand towel?

No, a guest towel is generally around 30cm x 50cm, while a hand towel is a bit larger at 50cm x 100cm.


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Non-standard sized bath towels

What are extra large bath towels called? You might come across these other names for a bath towel or bath sheet:

  • Jumbo bath sheet - Typically this is a standard size bath sheet measuring 100cm x 160cm. In our view a towel any bigger than this becomes too unwieldy to use. They can also be referred to as extra large bath sheets, oversized bath sheets, plus size towels or a giant bath sheet.
  • Bath towels extra large - This is typically another name for a bath sheet.


Do I need a face towel, guest towel or hand towel?

When designing our luxury towel range, we reviewed face towels, guest towels and hand towels and asked ourselves, do we need to offer all three sizes?

In our view, there is little difference between a facial towel size and a guest towel. Guest towels are a bit larger (but not enough to make a real difference) whereas a face towels size is a little smaller. Since our face is very sensitive, face towels need to be super soft and ideally made from natural materials. With some towel ranges, face towels are made from a softer material to their main range. Our scooms towels all use luxury long staple Egyptian cotton so all our towel sizes are lovely and soft and suitable for sensitive faces.

When we looked at how we dry and the amount of towel hooks or rails that there are in the typical bathroom, we found that there was just not the need for 3 marginally different sized towels. We deduced that the hand towel size was by far the most useful size. In our bathroom at home, we use one hand towel for hands and reserve one for our faces. As scooms hand towels come in pairs, this makes it much simpler!

Different size Egyptian cotton bath towels draped over bath in luxury bathroom


How thick should my towels be?

There isn’t really a ‘thickness’ rating for towels. The thickness of a towel is determined by the pile height and density. (The height and density of the loops or twists that make up the pile). There is a balance between getting the pile height and the pile density right. Too low a pile and the towel won’t be as plush, too high and it will take too long to dry. The same for the density.

We spent a long time getting our scooms towel pile just right…


Towel bales and towel sets

Towel bales or towel sets are different sized towels sold in a bundle. Towel bales typically include six to ten towels featuring different sized towel pairs. Buying a towel bale / towel set / towel bundle is often cheaper than buying individual towels as they generally come with a saving. Towels bales are therefore a great option if you need to replace all your towels in one go or if you are moving into a new house or flat.

scooms Egyptian cotton towel bundles are a 5 piece towel set sold in two sizes:

Our scooms luxury towel bales are available in 3 classic enduring colours:

When you buy a scooms towel bale, you save 5% off the price compared to buying individual towels.


Beach towel sizes

The average sized beach towel is 122cm to 147cm x 137cm to 177cm / 48 to 58 inches x 54 to 70 inches. Beach towels are generally larger than bath towels. Beach towels tend to be lower quality and made to withstand sand and sun cream!


Gym towel sizes

So what size towel will you need for the gym? We suggest taking two towels, one small towel to wipe sweat away or to lie on whilst in the gym and one larger towel to use after showering if your gym doesn't provide towels. The smaller towel could be hand towel size, 50cm x 100cm, or face towel size, 30cm x 30cm. The larger gym towel would ideally be a bath towel or similar, around 70cm x 135cm.


European towel sizes

Towel sizes in the US and Europe are generally the same as the UK. Similar to the UK, there are small size differences by manufacturer.

In the US, there are also two smaller sizes:

  • Wash cloths - In the US, face towels are typically called wash cloths and measure 12 x 12 inches.
  • Fingertip towels - You may also see fingertip towels in the US. They are similar in function to a guest towel, slightly smaller than hand towels, but larger than wash cloths. Fingertip towels generally measure 11 x 18 inches.

If you have any towels size questions we haven't covered, email us as

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Top towel size FAQs:

What are standard towel sizes?

The main towel sizes in centimetres: Face cloth size: 30cm x 30cm; Guest towel size: 30cm x 50cm. Hand towel size: 50cm x 100; Bath towel size: 70cm x 135cm; Bath sheet size: 100cm x 160cm.

Is a guest towel bigger than a hand towel?

No, a guest towel is smaller than a hand towel. A guest towel measures 30cm x 50cm and a hand towel is 50cm x 100.

What size is a bath towel?

A bath towel is 70cm x 135cm.

What size is a bath sheet?

A bath sheet measures 100cm x 160cm.


Author: Emily AttwoodPublished: 9 April 2024Last modified: 9 April 2024

Bedding size guide

Duvet sizes

These are standard UK bedding measurements so if you know your mattress size, you can easily work out which duvet size you need. (Width x length.)

UK sizes Duvet size Mattress size
Single 135 x 200cm (53 x 79") 90 x 190cm (36 x 75")
Double 200 x 200cm (79 x 79") 135 x 190cm (53 x 75")
King 225 x 220cm (89 x 87") 150 x 200cm (60 x 78")
Super king 260 x 220cm (102 x 87") 180 x 200cm (72 x 78")

US/CANADA BEDDING SIZES: Approximate matches to UK sizes are US King/UK Super king, US Queen/UK King,  US Full/UK Double and US Twin/UK Single.

EUROPEAN BEDDING SIZES: Each size - Single, Double, King and Grand king - is a little larger than the UK equivalent.

Measure your mattress to see which size bedding you need: our UK v European v US mattress comparison guide.

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Duvet tog ratings

Young children can overheat so if they are old enough to use a full size bed, we recommend using a single size 4.5 tog duvet.

 Tog rating Season / heat Feel
2.5 tog High summer / hot sleepers Light thermal insulation
4.5 tog Summer Lower thermal insulation
9 tog Spring & Autumn Cosy medium heat
All season 13.5 tog 4.5 tog + 9 tog Very warm
All season 11.5 tog 2.5 tog + 9 tog Warm
All season 7 tog 2.5 tog + 4.5 tog Lower warmth


Duvet fill weights

Our goose down duvets have high 700 fill power. Fill weight is measured in GSM (grams per square metre). For example view our 9 tog king size goose down duvet for more duvet details.

Fill weight (not total duvet weight)
Single All seasons - 788gsm
9 tog - 486gsm 
4.5 tog - 302gsm 
2.5 tog - 220gsm
Double All seasons - 1168gsm
9 tog - 720gsm
4.5 tog - 448gsm
2.5 tog - 320gsm
King All seasons - 1478gsm
9 tog - 911gsm
4.5 tog - 567gsm
2.5 tog - 400gsm
Super king All seasons - 1671gsm
9 tog - 1030gsm
4.5 tog - 641gsm
2.5 tog - 480gsm


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Pillow sizes

Our pillows come in two sizes and two firmness options. (Width x length.)

Standard  50 x 75cm
King 50 x 90cm


Bed linen sizes

Our fitted sheets are deep fit, up to 40cm / 15.7" mattress depth. And our duvet covers fasten with large, easy to use buttons. (Width x length.)

Duvet cover Fitted sheet Flat sheet Pillowcase (pair)
Single 140 x 200cm 90 x 190cm 180 x 275cm
Double 200 x 200cm 135 x 190cm 230 x 275cm 50 x 75cm (Standard)
King 230 x 220cm 150 x 200cm 275 x 275cm 50 x 90cm (King)
Super king 260 x 220cm 180 x 200cm 305 x 275cm


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Topper & mattress protector sizes

Our mattress protectors are deep fit, up to 40cm mattress depth. Choose the same size topper or protector as your mattress size. (Width x length.)

Topper / protector size Mattress size
Single 90 x 190cm 90 x 190cm
Double 135 x 190cm 135 x 190cm
King 150 x 200cm 150 x 200cm
Super king 180 x 200cm 180 x 200cm 


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