You’ve committed to buying a new mattress, but you’re overwhelmed by all the options available. Size is a relatively straightforward decision. Determine how the bed will be used and size will follow.
- Crib/Toddler – 27" x 52" – Crib sizes designed for young sleepers are reasonably firm and quickly outgrown. When kids are about two years old, parents size up to a twin bed for its compact size, or a full bed that will last through the teen years.
- Twin – 38" x 75" – The smallest adult mattress size, twin, or single, mattresses are good when space is at a premium. Typically used in bunk and trundle beds, their 75-inch length is too small for taller adults.
- Twin XL – 38" x 80" – Twin XL mattresses, prevalent in college dorms, are about as long as a king or queen, offering more legroom than a single.
- Full – 53" x 75" – Full beds, or doubles, are 15 inches wider than a twin. Too short and compact for two adults to sleep restfully, doubles are becoming popular for kids. Parents and children have space to snuggle and read, plus there’s room to grow.
- Queen – 60" x 80" – Queen mattresses are seven inches wider and five inches longer than a double making this a comfortable size for two adults. Queens are suitable for couples whose bedrooms are on the small side or who don’t require tons of sleeping space.
- King – 76" x 80" – About the size of two twins, a king mattress is perfect for couples looking to maximize personal space. It’s also a good option for a family bed. The downside is its larger footprint. Make sure the bed fits in the room and through the bedroom door.
- California King – 72" x 84" – A California king is narrower but longer than a standard king. Choosing this size if you want the real estate of a king bed, but your bedroom is tight.
- The Family Bed - 9’’ to 12’’ - The Family Bed is designed for extreme comfort for the entire family. The unique size is equivalent to two full size mattresses combined.