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King vs. Queen: When Spousal Preferences Collide


When it comes to sharing a bed with your partner or spouse, you may have some disagreements about which size bed you need. Some people prefer to have a king size mattress to have extra space and be able to move around, while others prefer a queen size mattress if you have a smaller room or enjoy being closer at night. Taller couples may opt for a California king size mattress, giving them extra length versus a traditional king size bed. When determining a king vs. queen size mattress, there are a few things to consider, so we've compiled a list of questions to ask yourself and your partner to solve the "which size is best" issue.

King vs. Queen Size Mattress – Which size is best?

How big is your bedroom?

This is the first question you need to answer in order to move forward on which size mattress to choose. Take a look at the space in the room that your bed is going in and see if there's room to fit the mattress size that you want. A queen mattress measures in at 60 inches by 80 inches while a king mattress is 76 inches by 80 inches. Use a measuring tape to visualize the dimensions in your bedroom while factoring in any other furniture that you have and see which size mattress will fit the best.

What is your budget?

Typically, king mattresses come with a heftier price tag than queen mattresses. Talk it out with your partner and come up with a budget that you're both happy with. If you're having trouble deciding how much to spend, our mattress finder quiz will help you find the perfect mattress match at the perfect price.

How do you and your partner sleep?

If you or your partner are known to sprawl out in bed, leaving the other partner fighting for space, you might want to think about investing in a king bed. While queens offer a decent amount of space for two, a king mattress will allow you and your partner to have lots of wiggle room. Talk it out with your partner and assess how much space will make both of you happy.

Will you ever have pets or children in the bed with you?

If you are a younger couple without children, this could be harder to answer since you might not know what the future holds. If you do plan to have children or pets in the future, that could be a factor to think about. If you already have children, do they frequently join you in the middle of the night after a bad dream? Think through all the possible scenarios with your partner and decide if you think a king will be ample space for any visitors, or if a queen will suffice.

Do you foresee any changes in the future?

If you and your partner plan to downsize or buy a larger house in the future, that is something to think about. We know it can be tough to predict the future, but by thinking ahead to possibly scenarios, you and your partner can decide on a mattress that will fit your needs now and whenever, if ever, you decide to move. Another factor to think about is if you plan to have more children. If you foresee your family growing in size, you might want to think about getting the larger mattress. It's always better to have more room than not enough, after all.

Communication is Key

If you're still having a hard time settling with your partner on which size mattress to get, check out our couples buying guide. Create a list weighing the pros and cons of both sizes and discuss with your spouse. Be open with your partner on your needs and preferences, but also be prepared to compromise, if needed. It's also very important for both of you to shop for your mattress together so ensure that both partners are happy with the pick. But, if you or your partner are not happy with your new bed, Mattress Firm returns are easy. We offer our customers 120 night sleep trial to ease the stress of your shopping experience and help you buy with confidence. If you are not satisfied with your mattress anytime within 120 nights from original delivery, Mattress Firm will do whatever we can to help you sleep happy.

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