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Choosing the Right Mattress Size

August 12, 2020 5 min read

Mattress Size and Bed Dimensions

When it comes to finding the most comfortable mattress, size matters.

Research has shown that an average person changes their sleeping position from 20 to 40 times a night. This includes about a dozen full body turns and an average of 15 minutes maintaining a particular position.

So, if you’re looking to change mattresses any time soon, here are a few considerations in finding the right mattress size for you.

Who will use the Mattress?

An important factor to consider during mattress shopping is knowing who will be using it. Is it just you, or do you have a partner to share it with?

If your mattress is too small, you can expect to be hitting your partner’s elbows a few times a night, or even risk falling off your bed altogether. If your kids like to snuggle up in bed with you, having a small bed can mean all of you being cramped together, knocking against each other every once in a while. This can lead to disturbed, poor-quality sleep.

However, if you live alone and you find it more comfortable to curl up in a tiny, cozy bed, then you wouldn’t want to have a mattress that’s too large. There are also people who share their bed with their pets, so if this is the case, you might be better off getting a bigger mattress after all.

What’s your budget?

Most people would be happy to purchase a larger mattress. However, you need to remember that a bigger mattress means more in terms of cost. You also need to consider the mattress material as this can impact the retail price significantly.

At Nature’s Embrace, we carry all sizes in a range of options so you can find the right balance for your needs and budget. Custom sizing and pricing are also available for very tall people or customers with very specific sizing requirements.

How big is your bedroom?

When shopping for a mattress, you need to factor in the bedroom size as well. In fact, no matter how big your budget, if the mattress you want does not fit the dimensions of your bedroom, then you’ll have no choice but to downsize your mattress.

Mattress sizes to consider

To help ensure you choose the right mattress size for you and your bedroom, below is a breakdown of the different mattress sizes, with information on the ideal room size for each.

Twin Mattress Size (38 x 75 inches)

Twin bed mattresses are highly recommended for children ages 2 to 12 and for use in guest bedrooms.

To fit a twin bed conveniently, the bedroom should measure a minimum of 7 x 10 feet. This leaves enough room to walk around. Include some bedroom furniture such as a dresser or desk and a nightstand. If you have two kids sharing a room with two twin beds, a bedroom measuring 9 x 9 feet should accommodate both comfortably and provide sufficient space for your children’s furniture.

If you have a guestroom, a twin bed is versatile enough to fit most adults – that is, not unless your guest is too tall. In this case, consider getting a twin XL mattress measuring 38 x 80 instead. This way, you won’t have any trouble accommodating occasional guests, no matter their height.

Double Mattress Size (54 x 75 inches)

Double mattresses are a popular choice among teenagers and even kids who prefer to snuggle or listen to a bedtime story. It’s also a good choice if you’re single but love to have a lot of pillows in bed, or if you share your bed with a pet such as a cat or a dog or both.

To fit a double bed in your bedroom while also providing sufficient space for walking around and for your other bedroom furniture, the space should be at least 9 x 9.6 feet in size. The ideal size, however, should be closer to 10 x 12 feet.

If you’re thinking of using a double bed as a couple, note that it will only give you 27 inches of space each on either side of the bed.

Queen Mattress Size (60 x 80 inches)

Considered the most popular choice for couples or those who are comfortable sleeping more closely together, queen-sized mattresses give each one of you 30 inches of space. And to have proper walking space around your queen-sized bed, you need to have at least 9.6 x 10 feet of bedroom space.

This amount of space leaves some room for your nightstands, dresser and even a reading chair. However, the ideal bedroom space for a queen mattress is 10 x 10 feet up to 10 x 14 feet.

Queen-sized mattresses are also ideal for growing adolescents and for single people who love to stretch and enjoy extra space, as well as for use in guestrooms.

King Mattress Size (76 x 80 inches)

Couples who enjoy some extra room between them (38 inches of space each) or who love to stretch would find a king-sized mattress ideal. Even single people who want to have room for their many pillows and pets, or who simply enjoy the extra tumble space, would be happy to sleep on a king-sized mattress.

For a large bed with a king-sized mattress, a room that’s sized between 10 x 12 feet and 13 x 19 feet would work great. This leaves enough room for your individual nightstands and a dresser.

Aside from the regular king, there’s also the California king-sized mattress measuring 72 x 84 inches. This type of mattress size works great for couples who require more length, mainly due to height. Some couples also choose this size if they have a sizeable bedroom space.

To fit a California king while also leaving enough space for other things, your room should be between 10 x 12 feet and 13 x 19 feet in size.

The right bed size for you

In picking out the right mattress size, always consider the users, your budget and the bedroom size. Take measurements of the room dimensions, and check to see if you have a minimum of 3 feet of space for walking around at the foot and on either side of the bed, even with your bedroom furniture in place.

While you want to have all the mattress space you want for the most comfortable, carefree sleep, you also want to make sure you have enough space to go around and feel relaxed.

Of course, your personal preferences will figure greatly in your mattress size selection. But if you need any help during mattress shopping, please reach out to us at Nature’s Embrace. It’ll be our pleasure to help you on your quest to find the perfect mattress for you.

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