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Buying Guide: Selecting the Right Mattress Size

One of the most common mistakes made when buying a new bed is selecting one that’s too small. When it comes to mattress sizes, bigger is always better (as long as it can fit in your room!). At Mattress Firm, bigger is also in your budget, making the bed of your dreams a reality.

If you still aren’t convinced that bigger is better, the Daily Dozers are here to help you learn about the different mattress sizes, so you can make the best decision for you.

Which Mattress Size Is Right For You?

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’s too small, you’re going to alternate between trading groggy elbows with your partner and rolling off onto the floor. While it may be easy to forget, mattress measurements matter.

To ensure you don’t waste your precious beauty rest, here’s a breakdown of your mattress size options and various mattress size measurements.

Twin Size Mattresses

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). Twin mattress dimensions clock in at 38 inches wide by 75 inches long, making it the smallest mattress size available that isn’t intended to be in a crib. Although twin-sized beds can make 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 mattress typically doesn’t work well for most couples since it leaves only 27 inches of personal space per sleeper – that’s less sleep space than a crib! But, if you’re debating a twin vs. full mattress for yourself, this mattress size option provides much more room for an individual than a twin mattress.

Queen Size Mattresses

What about a queen mattress? At 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, it is 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 a typical choice for a first mattress for a couple, particularly couples who don’t mind snuggling as the sleeping space per person is 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? A king mattress feature the same length as a queen-sized mattress, but with a whopping 76 inches of width, you can easily stretch out during the night without disturbing your sleep partner. As the biggest mattress size*, the King allows for 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.

(*If you’re really in need of some extra room, you can order a custom mattress at an even larger size!)

Don’t Forget the Room!

The challenge, of course, is fit. Make sure the mattress you choose fills out your space — after all, it’s not called a BEDroom for nothing. When thinking through which of the mattress sizes to buy, be sure to keep these tips handy and don’t forget to try out our Mattress Finder Quiz before you visit your nearest Mattress Firm location.

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 thousands of 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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