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Buying Guide: Size Matters

Finding the right size mattress is a crucial component of creating your perfect bedroom. Whether you want a king mattress that you and your partner can stretch out on or a twin mattress for the littlest sleeper in your family, we can help you stretch your budget further so that you can get the bed you want at an unbeatable price.

Five Important Questions to Ask to Get the Right Mattress Size

Did you know the top mistake made when buying a new mattress is picking out one that is too small? And, did you know the average person moves more than 40 times a night, including a dozen full body turns!? If you choose a mattress that is too small, you’re going to alternate between trading groggy elbows with your partner and rolling off onto the floor. When it comes to mattresses, bigger is usually better.Determine the best mattress size for you with five very basic questions:

  1. How tall is the tallest person who will be sleeping on the mattress?

  2. Can you fold your arms behind your head without them going beyond the edge of the mattress?

  3. Do you plan to stay in a small bedroom with minimal space for a long period of time?

  4. Are you battling with health issues like chronic fatigue syndrome, GERD or sleep apnea?

  5. Do you have children or pets or are you planning to in the near future?

Easy enough, right? Your new mattress size should be long enough to accommodate the tallest person who will be sleeping in it. Your new bed should also be wide enough for you to fold your arms behind your head without having them fall over the edge of the mattress — this ensures you will be able to execute your sleep gymnastics routine. It’s important to keep in mind that the bed you need today may not be the one you’ll need tomorrow, when little ones — or furry ones — want to join you for some snuggle time.

If you’re planning on moving into a larger bedroom space, then upgrading your mattress size may be the right move. Alternatively, if you’re staying in a smaller bedroom space, think through selecting a bed that fits the room and offers enough space to move around.

Which Size Mattress Is Right For You?

Once you’ve thought through all of this, let’s take your answers and try to match them up against the form and function of the full suite of mattress sizes.

Twin Size Mattresses

Let’s start small and work our way up. Who needs a twin mattress? Usually, it’s for either small people (think kids) or for small spaces (think college dorms or New York City apartments). Clocking in at 38 inches wide by 75 inches long, these are the smallest available mattress that aren’t intended to be in a crib. Although twin-sized beds can be a great “first” bed for children transitioning out of cribs, many parents are choosing to transition straight to a queen-size mattress to give their child more room to grow – and offer an easy place for mom and dad to lay for bedtime stories!

Full Size Mattresses

Are you thinking about a full mattress? These are also 75 inches long — the same length as a twin — but a full-sized mattress is 52 inches wide, an extra 15 inches compared to a twin. This size doesn’t work well for most couples because that leaves only 27 inches of personal space per sleeper – that’s less sleep space than a crib!

Queen Size Mattresses

What about a queen mattress? At 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, they’re roomier than a full mattress. Queen size mattresses are a good fit for master bedrooms that are designed to hold larger beds. This size is they typical choice for a first mattress for couples, particularly those who don’t mind snugging, because the sleeping space per person is actually smaller than a twin size bed (30” x 80” vs. 38” x 75”). Also, many single folks who just want to be able to spread out at night choose a queen size mattress.

King Size Mattresses

Have you thought about a king mattress? These feature the same length as a queen-sized mattress, but a whopping 76 inches of width means you can easily stretch out during the night without disturbing your sleep partner. You’ve got maximum sleeping space, and even extra room for a kid (or two), the family pet, a wayward neighbor and whoever else you want to squeeze in. If you are looking for additional length, the California king mattress shaves off 4 inches in width and adds 4 inches in length. This makes for a bed that’s a total of 7 feet long for taller individuals.

Don’t Forget the Room!

The challenge, of course, is fit. Choosing a smaller-size mattress will allow you to have room for other things, but the room might feel a little empty if there is just a bedside table. Make sure the mattress you choose fills out the space — after all, it’s not called a BEDroom for nothing.  Size does matter when it comes to what bed is best for you. When thinking through which mattress to buy, be sure to keep these tips handy and don’t forget to put our shopping checklist to work when you visit a Mattress Firm location. Bigger has always been better — now, thanks to Mattress Firm, bigger is also in your budget.

About The Author

The Daily Dozers

The Daily Dozers are the mattress experts behind The Daily Doze, pooling their knowledge to bring you all that you need to know about what’s right under your head (literally). The Daily Dozers are team members who have been embedded in the mattress industry for years, whether that’s at one of our more than 3,000 neighborhood stores, or in our hometown of Houston at BedQuarters. These product experts can answer any question you might have about your bed. From ‘what size mattress do I need for my room?’ to ‘how do I know if I need an adjustable base?’ – there’s no topic too tired for The Daily Dozers. Even better? The Daily Dozers work together with The Savvy Savers to make sure you’re getting the bed you want, at a price you can’t find anywhere else.

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