Choosing a mattress size seems like an easy decision. Children get a twin, teens move to a full, and adults and couples decide between a queen and king. Right? While it sounds straightforward, mattresses aren’t a one-size-fits-all purchase, and there are several factors to consider for choosing the right one. Who will be sleeping in the bed? What are their sleeping habits? How big is the room? What other furniture will you need to accommodate? By planning ahead, you can design a bedroom that meets all of your needs and looks great, too. Here are the seven standard size mattresses, and what you need to know about each one so you can choose the right size mattress for your room.
A twin measures 39″W x 75″L. This is a great size for rooms that are at least 7’ x 10’ to allow enough space to move around the bed. It’s a good option for kids’ bedrooms as it allows more floor space for their toys and games. A twin is also a good choice for a guest bedroom. If your room is large enough (at least 10’ x 10’), you can use two to accommodate two guests, or a couple could move them together to create the width of a king-sized bed.
A twin XL is 39″W x 80″L, and provides a good option for spaces at least 7’ x 10’ that need to accommodate an adult. This size mattress offers more legroom or enough space if you have a pet that sleeps at the foot of the bed. Twin XL mattresses are also the size used in most dorm rooms.
A full mattress is 54″W x 75″L—a good size for a single person who likes a little more space. It offers just enough room to accommodate a partner if both people are smaller. A full is a good choice for a child, as well, allowing them to grow into a bigger mattress and giving parents space to curl up and read a book together at bedtime. It works best in a bedroom that’s at least 10’ x 12’.
A full XL measures 54” W x 79” L, and provides more length than a traditional full. It’s good for two taller adults who share a small room, at least 10’ x 12’. The full XL gives you more foot room, or space for a pet to sleep at the foot of the bed.
A queen is 60″W x 80″L, offering six more inches of width than a full. It’s the most common mattress size, and is good for couples or individuals who want more space to spread out. It’s also a good size if your bedroom that is at least 10’ x 14’, creating a more eye-pleasing proportion. A queen mattress also works well in a guest room, as it’s versatile enough to accommodate an individual or a couple.
A king bed is 76″W x 80″L, and offers the maximum width of any mattress size. It’s a good choice for couples that want more room. It’s also a good size for parents whose children like to spend mornings cuddling before getting ready for the day. The king mattress will work in a room that measures at least 10’ x 12’, but it’s perfect for an over-sized master suite that is 13’ x 13’ or larger.
At 72″W x 84″L, a California king isn’t as wide as a king, but it’s four inches longer, accommodating tall individuals. In fact, it’s the longest size mattress you can get. This size is a good choice for a couple that wants to make room on their bed for a pet to curl up. It’s works well in a room that’s at least 14’ x 12’.