Buying Guide: Twin Beds

Twin beds are often used in a child’s room because they’re the perfect size, especially if the room is small, too. Measuring 75” x 39”, they’re also the perfect solution when siblings share a room and space is at a premium. A twin bed can sleep one person comfortably, and an extra long version offers more leg room and is good for teenagers and adults, measuring 80” x 39”. In fact, most colleges use the twin extra long mattress in dorm rooms.


While it’s easy to think of this style bed as juvenile, don’t limit its potential. Twin beds can be used in guest rooms as well as spaces that serve a dual purpose. When shopping for a twin bed, here are five things to keep in mind:


Twin beds come in a variety of designs, allowing you to choose a bed that best fits your space and decor.

A panel bed has a headboard and sometimes a footboard. It includes side rails that hold the box spring and mattress. A panel bed comes in traditional, contemporary, casual and rustic styles.

A platform bed is made of a raised platform that holds the mattress without a box spring. This style often looks contemporary or casual. Some platform beds also include built-in, under-the-bed storage solutions.

Bunk beds feature two stacked twin beds, freeing up space for other furnishings, such as a dresser or desk. Some bunk beds can convert into two twin panel beds, which can be used in separate rooms.

A poster bed uses for vertical columns that can be used with or without a canopy. This style adds drama to a room and is great for a more traditional décor.

A sleigh bed is another traditional design. The curved style of the headboard and footboard is eye catching, putting the spotlight on the bed.

A daybed is a twin bed that can be used as seating during the day. It often features a trundle to accommodate an overnight guest, or under-the-bed storage.



In addition to design, twin beds come in a variety of styles. Traditional style features decorative trim and details. Contemporary style offers clean lines with simple decorative details. A transitional style combines contemporary and traditional design characteristics to create a look that fits with virtually any décor. Modern style features sleek lines, and urban or rustic twin beds often make use of texture, distressed finishes and natural materials.



When choosing a twin bed, consider who will be sleeping in it. If your room needs to accommodate two people, it’s a good idea to choose matching beds. This will give a uniform, streamlined look to the space. If you will be hosting children, consider twin bunk beds. And if your twin bed won’t be used often, choose a daybed or a bed with a trundle that can be used when needed.


Take measurements of your room so you know how much space you have. While twin mattresses are the same, the size of your headboard, footboard and frame will vary. You’ll want to be sure your twin bed fits in the room, leaving floor space.


Twin beds can offer features such as under-the-bed drawers or trundle, or a bookcase headboard. If you want to eliminate other bedroom furnishings, such as a dresser or nightstand, choose a bed that provides storage or surface space for an alarm clock or book.

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