A twin mattress is single, while couples who sleep on a full or double mattress each have a crib’s-width space to themselves! Mattress sizes may have been confusing, but here is a quick guide to put an end to the confusion.
Twin mattresses are intended for a single sleeper and this is the next-level size after the crib size. They are 38 inches wide and generally 75 inches long. But, if that is too short for you and you need a couple of extra inches, you can go for a twin XL, which is a bit longer. Twin XL is often found in dorms.
Full/ Double mattress
A full mattress is approximately 53 inches wide and 75 long. That makes it only meager 15 inches wider than a twin mattress. Even though couples might think they could do fine with a full-size mattress, chances are high they will find it tight, as it gives them only 27 inches of personal space.
Many parents are choosing a full-size mattress for their growing children and teenagers as it’s more comfortable than a twin one. Even those with younger children sometimes choose this size so that they have room to lie when reading bedtime stories. Adult sleepers who like to sprawl would probably like a full-size mattress over a twin one, too.
Queen mattress size is around 60 by 80 inches. This is the most popular choice for couples, especially those who like sleeping at close quarters. This is also a good option for the guest bedroom. However, if you run the numbers you see that each person in the couple still has 8 inches less than if they were sleeping on a twin mattress, so this size may still feel cramped if one partner (or both) likes tossing and sprawling. There are a lot of shoppers who choose a queen size for a single person, because they like the comfort.
King mattresses are some 76 inches wide and 80 inches long (the same like queen mattresses). That means they give couples those additional inches in width, giving them the space as if they were each sleeping on a twin mattress. This is the most space couples can get without ordering a custom-made mattress.
This size is best if both partners want maximum personal space and if they like to have space for a Sunday lie-in with children. If your pets have bed access, you might like to have this size, so everyone is cozy.
What you do need to consider, though, is that a mattress this big might overwhelm some bedrooms. Make sure you take the measuring tape before you decide you want this one. A king size mattress might make it difficult to get around the room. And think about the delivery beforehand – can the mattress be safely delivered to the bedroom?
A California king size is popular on the west coast. It is 72 by 84 inches, meaning 4 inches fewer in width, but extra 4 inches in length.
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