We’ve all been there: you fall asleep on the couch after a long day, and the older you get, the harder it is to get up hours later. Your body aches all over and you’re usually not well-rested, either. We need room to move during sleep, and having room to stretch can help promote better rest; that’s why choosing the right mattress size is just as important as mattress type and your buying experience. Many buyers stick with the mattress size they are familiar with, but according to The Better Sleep Council, buying a too-small mattress is one of the biggest mistakes new bed-buyers make. Don’t forget you’ll need to take into account your room size and any furniture you may already have, such as nightstands or desks. Here are some recommendations on the most standard mattress sizes to help you find your best fit.
Twin Mattress – 38″ x 75″
A twin-sized mattress is approximately 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. This is the smallest size after a crib-size mattress and can be a decent size for a guest bed, daybed, or bunk bed, especially in a smaller room. A twin mattress may be a good choice for a child who has outgrown their crib, but will probably be too short for some adults. Per The Sleep Judge, the recommended room size for this bed is 7’ x 10’ or 10’ x 10’ for two twin beds in the same room.
Twin XL – 38″ x 80″
A twin XL mattress is the same width as a regular twin (around 38 inches) but features an extra 5 inches length-wise (80 inches) which is the same length as a queen or king mattress. The extra length makes it a good option for taller children and is typically the size found in dorm rooms. Two twin XL beds will also fit in a king frame for couples who don’t enjoy the same level of firmness or softness as their partner. The recommended room size for this bed would be 7’ x 10’.
Full – 53″ x 75″
A twin mattress may seem like the right fit for a young child, but a full mattress will give your child room to grow from their childhood into their teen years. A full mattress is really only large enough for a single sleeper, and at the same length of a twin, is again probably too short for many. Parents may prefer to choose full mattresses over a twin to give themselves a more comfortable place when reading to children at bedtime and to avoid their child outgrowing the bed too quickly. The recommended room size for this bed would be 10’ x 12’.
Queen – 60″ x 80″
Queen mattress dimensions are 60 inches wide by approximately 80 inches long – 7 inches wider and 5 inches longer than a full-size mattress. Single sleepers who prefer plenty of space will find a queen-sized mattress a good fit for a restful sleep after a hard day at work. A queen is a popular mattress size for master bedrooms, as well as couples that don’t require much sleeping space or who need more room to maneuver. It’s also an ideal choice for guest rooms, or for people who share their bed with children or pets. The recommended room size for this bed would be anywhere from 10’ x 10’ – 10’ x 14’ depending on how much space you need to move.
King – 76″ x 80″
The king-size mattress dimensions are 76 inches wide by approximately 80 inches long, which provides about 16 more inches than a queen. A king-size mattress is the best choice for couples who need more personal space during sleep. As previously mentioned, twin XL beds will also fit in a king frame for couples who don’t enjoy the same level of firmness or softness as their partner. The recommended room size for this bed would be 10’ x 12’ – 13’ x 13’ depending on how much walking room you want.
California King – 72″ x 84″
For a large or an especially long bedroom, the California king can help fill the space and give you plenty of room while you dream. California king mattresses are the ideal bed for those who need more length than width. It’s 4 inches narrower than the standard king, but you gain 4 inches in length. It’s still 6 inches wider than a queen, giving you and your partner more than enough room to sleep or cuddle. It is also one of the longest sizes you can get unless you custom order your mattress. The recommended room size for this bed would be 12’ x 12’ – 14’ x 12’ depending on your space.
Each person has their own preference as to what size and type of mattress they want, how much size they need, and what type of budget they have to work with. A mattress is a big investment and although it may need some time to break-in, you should be completely satisfied with what you buy at every stage. If you find you still need help making your decision, stop by and let the BoxDrop Corpus Christi team show you how real customer service should be and get you on your way to your best night’s sleep today!