What Mattress Size is Best: Things to Consider When Choosing a New Mattress

The No Bull Mattress Team

The No Bull Mattress Team

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So you’ve made the important decision to buy a new mattress. If you have been sleeping on the same worn-out mattress for years, buying a new mattress can help you to get a peaceful, pain-free night’s sleep allowing for good sleep quality. While purchasing a new mattress can be an exciting prospect, it may also feel overwhelming if you are unsure where to start. However, before you begin looking at the mattress type, brands, models, and designs, the most important thing you will need to figure out is what size bed should I get so it will meet your needs. You will also want to consider thinking about how you sleep; if you are stomach sleepers, back sleepers, side sleepers and how much personal space you want. Mattresses come in a variety of sizes, with twin, full/double, queen, king, and California king being the most common. Ultimately, you will need to consider a variety of factors when trying to decide what size mattress will work best for you. To help get you started, here is a look at a few tips for choosing the right size mattress.       

Consider Who Will be Using The Bed Now and in The Future

The most important thing to consider when choosing a bed size is who will be using the bed, and how this may change over time. If you are purchasing a mattress for yourself, and you will be sharing it with a partner now or in the future, it is important that you get a queen size bed or larger. Remember to think about the mattress size dimensions. Full mattresses are only 54 inches wide, which would leave you and your partner about 27 inches each; this is narrower than the size crib mattress. While a single adult may be fine with a full mattress, many people enjoy having the extra space a queen provides. Furthermore, having a larger bed would allow you to accommodate a partner in the future.

Similarly, you will want to think about the future when buying any types of mattresses for a child. While many parents start their kids out with twin mattresses, as this is a good transition from a crib, it may be cheaper in the long run to start them out with a full. This will ensure that they have plenty of room to grow into their new bed, and you will not have to worry about replacing it in a couple of years. When buying a mattress for a teenager, you should also think about how their room may be used in the future. While they may be fine with a full now, you may want to consider buying a queen if you plan on turning their room into a guest room after they move out. 

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Consider Your Size and Sleep Position

One of the main things people think about when comparing mattress sizes is width; however, it is also important to consider length, particularly if you or your partner are on the taller side. You should know how wide are mattresses so you can take into consideration body weight and height as an option for couples as well.  Twin size and full-size mattresses are only 75 inches long (6 feet, 3 inches), which may leave taller people, or even a tall teenager, with their legs hanging off the end of the bed. A queen size mattress and a king size mattress offer significantly more room at 80 inches in length, with California king beds being the longest at 84 inches. However, length may not matter to you if you are shorter, or if you sleeping position is curled up on your side. You should also look into how many inches wider which can be found on the mattress size chart.

Take Your Space Into Consideration

Of course, if you are torn between two mattress sizes, the most important thing for you to consider will be the amount of space in your bedroom. While having a large bed can be nice and give you space to spread out, you will also want to make sure that you are leaving enough space for you to comfortably get around in your room. You don’t want your room to end up feeling claustrophobic, and you do not want it to look as though your bed takes up the entire room. 

This makes it important that you measure your room so that you know how much personal space you are dealing with. You can then take the dimensions of the bed frame you are considering buying to determine how much space this will leave around your bed. Ideally, you want 2-3 feet on all sides of your bed to allow for ease-of-movement. Many people find it helpful to use tape on the floor of their room to outline where their bed would be. Doing this can help you to visualize what the space will look like, and it allows you to open doors and drawers to make sure that your bed’s size won’t get in the way and ensures you have plenty of space.   

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Think About Your Budget

If you are unsure what mattress size to pick, it can also be helpful to think about your budget. How much are you willing/able to spend on a new mattress? Typically, the larger a mattress is, the more expensive it will be. This is why the common mattress size for most people is the queen-size mattresses.  It is also the most popular option for couple bed size of mattress as well as the single sleeper. The queen bed is a decent size while still being budget-friendly, but it always comes back to personal preference. You should then take some time to look at the price differences between the mattresses you are considering. If you had been leaning towards a king but were unsure if you needed a bed that big, you may decide that a queen will suffice upon seeing the price difference. However, it is important to remember that you spend up to a third of your day in bed, so it is okay to spend a little extra on a mattress that will ensure your comfort. 

Make Sure to Test Multiple Options

Of course, if you are not sure what choice of size mattress will best fit your needs, do not hesitate to try out a lot of mattresses or sleepers. Many people find it difficult, if not impossible, to buy a mattress without trying it first. You need to take some time laying on multiple mattresses to decide what size, style, and firmness will ensure your comfort. You must not be afraid to try as many mattress options as you want. Seeing a bed in person, and laying in it with your partner, can help you to get an idea of how much space you truly need.

You can always find out some sleep habits that you should adopt once you have your new mattress to help you with your sleep.

Feel free to contact us for additional advice if you are unsure what size mattress will work for you or if you are interested in knowing more about the popular mattress size.

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