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Select the Right Size Bed for Your Bedroom

As the old saying in carpentry goes, “Measure twice and cut once.” The same holds true when selecting a new bed frame and mattress combination. Ordering a sleep system without measuring the size of the room where it will be placed can have the same unfortunate consequences.

Imagine the frustration and disappointment of having purchased a new bed frame and mattress only to find out upon delivery that their sheer size overwhelms the bedroom, leaving little or no space for a nightstand, dresser, storage chest or other bedroom furniture and accessories. The same holds true for a bed that’s dwarfed by the room’s size, giving it an empty and uninviting feeling. Here are a few guidelines to avoid these all too common pitfalls by correctly matching the mattress and bed frame to the size of the room:

Twin Beds. Standard twin beds, which are suitable for average size adults and are also often used in children’s rooms, are 38” wide by 75” long. To leave adequate space for scattered toys, a small dresser and possibly a storage chest, the bedroom should be at least 7’ x 10’, or 70 square feet for a single twin bed or bunk bed set. The recommended size for two twin beds placed in the same room is 10’ x 10’.

Twin XL Beds. Twin XL beds typically measure 38” x 80”, and are used by still-growing children and some taller adults. Although they’re the same width, twin XL bed and mattress combinations are a full 5” longer than standard twins. The recommended minimum room size for a twin XL bedframe to fit comfortably is 7’ x 10’.

Full Size Beds. Sometimes also called double beds, full size mattresses measure 54” x 75”, which is a generous 16” wider than a standard or standard XL mattress. Full size beds have plenty of room for two smaller-bodied people to sleep comfortably, and are also a great choice for children who have outgrown their standard size twin beds. Full size beds require a room at least 10’ x 12’, or 120 square feet.

Full XL Beds. At 54” x 80”, full XL beds have an additional 5” of length for one or two taller sleepers who need the extra foot room, but don’t require the additional width of a queen bed. Although a full XL bed will fit in a 10’ x 12’ room, it may be a bit cramped. A 10’ x 16’ bedroom will leave plenty of space for walking around and adding furniture and accessories.

Queen Bed. Queens are 60” wide x 80” long, and are the most popular size bed sold today. There’s plenty of room for two people to sleep comfortably, and they’re also a great choice for furnishing guest rooms. Although a queen bed and mattress combination will fit in a 10’ x 10’ room, a 10’ x 12’ or 10’ x 14’ space will give a feeling of openness and leave plenty of room for a dresser, nightstand or comfortable chair.

King Bed. At 76” x 80”, a king size bed is approximately the same size as two twin XL beds placed side by side. They’re perfect for couples who enjoy lots of personal sleeping space and want enough room for sprawling and stretching without disturbing his or her sleeping partner. A king bed will fit reasonably well in a 10’ x 12’ bedroom, although a 13’ x 13’ or larger room is recommended for an open, spacious feel.

California King Bed. California kings measure 72” x 84”, which is 4” narrower but also 4” longer than a standard king mattress and bedframe combination. Being wider than a queen bed, they’re ideal for cuddling. Couples with small children or pets who like to jump into bed with them especially appreciate a California king’s generous proportions. A 12’ x 12’ room will accommodate a California king, although 12’ x 14’ bedroom will leave enough space for walking around and adding furniture and accessories.

From standard twin beds to California king frames and mattresses, you’ll find the ideal combination at Sit ’n Sleep. Call us toll-free at 1-800-908-0354 or better yet, stop by one of our sleep centers conveniently located throughout Southern California. Our knowledgeable sleep consultants will be pleased to help you select a mattress that’s perfect for your bedroom, regardless of its size.

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