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One of the first things to consider when buying a mattress is mattress size. It can’t be too small to not fit the amount of people who are intending to sleep on it, too short to have legs dangling or too big to take up the entire room. That’s why it’s important to ask yourself a variety of questions, such as:
- Is there enough room to let me sleep in my preferred sleep position?
- Will this mattress allow my partner to have enough room to sleep comfortably?
- Is this mattress long enough for my child to sleep comfortably?
- How long do I intend on staying in this room/apartment?
These questions will help guide you towards the right mattress size for you – but first, you have to understand standard mattress sizes.
Standard Mattress Size
Focusing completely on the length and width of a mattress can be puzzling, which is why there are names for standard mattress sizes. Here are the standard mattress size names, and our recommendations for the best sleeping arrangement:
Twin: This is the smallest mattress size outside of a crib, and can fit a single child or adult easily. Twin mattresses are 38 inches wide by 75 inches long, which are great when living in tight spaces, but may still be too short for some adults, particularly men.
Twin XL: The XL in this case stands for extra-long – in fact, it’s 5 inches longer than a normal twin. This mattress size fits comfortably in most college dorm rooms, so it makes for a great mattress to transition from home to college if a mattress is not already provided.
Full: Measuring still at 75 inches long, this mattress size gets its name from being 53 inches wide – only 15 inches wider than a standard twin. While it can fit two people, it will only provide 27 inches of sleeping space, which is actually the equivalent width of a crib! And because of its length, a full size mattress will not provide enough room for someone on the taller size, but the width makes it a great option for children who like to spread out while sleeping or for parents who want more space to tuck their children in at night.
Queen: This mattress size comfortably fit two people, since it is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. The additional 6 inches of width and 5 inches of length allows couples to sleep comfortably while not taking up too much space in a master bedroom. Queen-size mattresses are also great choices for guest rooms so you can accommodate one person or two people comfortably.
King: If you or your partner sprawls while sleeping or just prefers having more room, this mattress size is for you! A king mattress is 18 inches wider than a queen, and can accommodate having children or a pet sneak into bed without impeding on your sleeping space.
California King: While the California king is 4 inches narrower than a standard king, it makes up for it by being 4 inches longer. In fact, you still receive 6 inches more sleeping room width-wise than a queen bed! A California king is a great mattress size when you have more than one pet or child that likes to jump into bed with you.
Now that you have the information, it’s time to find your perfect mattress! Make sure to filter your search by mattress size so you can discover the right mattress for you and your loved ones with ease. Feel free to contact us or visit your local Sit ’n Sleep if you have any questions – we look forward to helping you!
As of 12/30/2015, California state law requires retailers to collect an $11 recycling fee on each mattress and each box spring sold. (I.E. A recycling fee of $22 must be assessed for the purchase of one mattress with one box spring.) The amount of the fee was mandated by the state and is not set by individual retailers. To see the details of the recycling fee in California click here.