So it's finally time to upgrade that old worn out bedroom set. You're thinking "my mattress isn't that bad. Maybe I'll just keep it..."
If you just bought that bad boy a couple of years ago, then depending on the mattress you bought you might be right. But if it's over seven years old, then it's probably time to start looking at replacing it. After all, the average person spends a third of their life sleeping. Getting a good night's sleep starts with the right mattress, and can have profound impacts on a variety of aspects of a person's health.
You've found a style of bed you like, but you happen to have a little more space in your bedroom to fill so you're wondering just what size of mattress do I need?
Hopefully the guide below helps!
What size do I really need?
Let's start small and work our way up. It's worth knowing that the average person moves a lot in his or her sleep... over 40 times a night, including a bunch of full body turns. With that kind of movement you want to be sure that you and anyone you're sharing the bed with have enough space to move. Let's take a look at sizes.
Twin - 39" x 75"
Twin mattresses are great for single, small sleepers. Think a child or college student in a dorm room where space is at a premium. Twins can make a great transition bed size for a child that's moving out of a crib, and low profile floor beds are easy for toddlers to climb in and out of.
Full - 54" x 75"
Full mattresses are the same length as a twin, but 15" wider. This is an even better size for a single sleeper, but it gets pretty cramped for two people. 27" per person is tight, especially when you start accounting for all that movement we were talking about earlier. If you're an adult who sleeps alone and you have the space, you'll be much happier in the long run with a full.
Queen - 60" x 80"
Queen mattresses are the bare minimum size recommended for sleeping with partners. 30" of space per person is much more reasonable for smaller couples, and that extra length never hurts for people who like to stretch out. Just keep in mind that the sleeping width per person is still smaller than what an individual would have with a twin. Queens are also great for single sleepers who need space to spread out!
King - 76" x 80"
Kings are the gold standard for families with kids or pets. With more than enough space for an adult couple AND that sick kiddo or clingy pet, a king can't be beat for versatility. Just keep in mind that kings require a lot of real estate and won't work as well in smaller bedrooms. Since a king is the width of two twin mattresses, they also have the option of allowing two different sleeping profiles with the right adjustable base. Twin XL mattresses are an extra 5" long so two can be placed side-by-side to create the same size as a traditional king, but then both sides can be separated to allow for greater adjustment range and options in mattress firmness.
California King - 72" x 84"
California kings are ideal for the tallest couples. You may lose 4" on the sides, but it adds 4" to the length. That tradeoff can certainly be worth it if that length matters more than the width.
I think I've found the one for me
That's great! The size is the first step in the mattress buying process. From there it's much easier to select a bed (and bedroom set if you're needing other pieces too). Now it's time to lie down and try them out! Finding the perfect fit is a personal experience that's unique to each person's comfort level and sleep style. The good news is that our Sleep Experts are here to help! Stop by today to learn more!