Mattress Sizes

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Some people may find it difficult to believe, but mattress size matters. It matters a lot. According to The Sleep Council, you should “think big – larger beds are more comfortable. Being disturbed by a sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. With a larger bed you are less likely to disturb one another.” This guide will help you find the right mattress sizes to fit your needs.

Twin/Twin XL Mattresses

Twin mattresses are 38 inches wide and generally 74 inches in length. They are the smallest standard mattresses on the market. Daybeds and bunk beds for children are excellent choices for twin mattresses.

College students living in dorms or first apartments need the additional length of a full six inches that twin XL mattresses provide.  The width remains the same on these mattresses though they are 80 inches in length..

Full Mattresses

Full mattresses are sometimes referred to as double mattresses or standard mattresses. They are typically 53 inches wide and 74 inches long. These versatile mattresses make an excellent choice for teens, guest rooms, and first homes. However, they do not necessarily make a good choice to share with a partner. According to The Better Sleep Council, “Buying a too-small mattress is one of the biggest mistakes new bed-buyers can make.” They go on to say that couples sleeping on a full mattress have the sleeping space a baby’s crib provides.

Queen Mattresses

These mattresses are a much better fit for two adults. The queen mattress is the most widely used bed in the U.S. They are 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. The other benefit is that these mattresses are so common that it’s fairly easy to find a wide range of bedding options. Guest rooms and small master bedrooms are perfectly suitable locations for queen mattresses.

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King Mattresses

The typical King Mattress, also referred to as an Eastern King mattress is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. These mattresses are becoming increasingly popular – especially in light of recent revelations that bigger really is better for mattresses. The bed is roomy enough to sleep two large adults comfortably. However, the size of the mattress makes it difficult to easily move around – especially in homes with stairs or smaller sized rooms. These are better suited for larger master bedrooms.

California King Mattresses

These mattresses are sometimes called western king mattresses. Coming in at 72 inches, they are four inches smaller in width than eastern king mattresses, yet they are  four inches longer in length (84 inches). In other words, these mattresses are perfectly suited for taller adults. Because they are slightly narrower than traditional king mattresses, they offer a little more flexibility to fit in master bedrooms that have additional length but not enough width for a normal king bed.

Split King Mattresses

With their overall size of 76 x 80, split king mattresses are essentially two twin XL mattresses for one bed. If you have a second floor master bedroom or an upstairs apartment, this is the better choice since it can be broken down into smaller pieces so you can move them up and down stairs more easily.

Whether it is 100 percent natural latex, memory foam, or coil, the goal, when buying a mattress, is to have plenty of room to sleep comfortably each night while still fitting within the space you have available. It’s better to have a mattress that’s a little larger than you believe you actually need than to have one that is simply too small.

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