It's important to know just what size mattress you need, purchasing the right size may be the difference between a good night's rest and a sleepless evening of tossing and turning. There are 8 different mattress sizes to choose from as illustrated by the image below:
The California King mattress is approximately 72 inches wide by 84 inches long - 4 inches narrower and 4 inches longer than a standard king. Sometimes called a CalKing, it's recommended for taller sleepers due to the extra length. However, it may be more difficult to purchase sheets, comfoters, and bed skirts for. A California King bed needs a California King sized frame or headboard/footboard set.
The King size mattress dimensions are 76 inches wide by approximately 80 inches long, which is about 16 inches wider than a queen. This size offers the most room for each sleeper, about the amount that each would get having their own twin sized bed. Remember that all king sized beds have two separate foundations. A Split King is two Twin XL mattresses placed on two foundations. A Split King is great for use with adjustable bases to allow for separate elevation settings for each partner.
A Queen mattress is 60 inches wide by approximately 80 inches long - 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than a full size mattress. These added inches can make a difference in comfort, especially for couples. Queen size is the most popular size of mattress sold today, and is popular for not only couples, but guest rooms, children, and single people also.
A Full mattress, which is sometimes called a double mattress, is 53 inches wide and 75 inches long. It is only 15 inches wider than a twin. That leaves each partner only 27 inches of personal space, or about the width of a crib if shared. A full mattress is not recommended for couples, but we do recommend the purchase for teenagers. Remember that a full size is only 75 inches long, and may be too short for many adults.
A Twin XL is 39 inches wide by 80 inches long. Twin extra long mattresses are recommended for adult lone sleepers, and are sometimes used on adjustable beds. They are also a great option for older children, who need the extra length but may not want to use up room space with a queen sized bed.
A Twin size mattress is the smallest possible mattress size, other than a crib-sized mattress. Twin mattress dimensions are approximately 38 inches wide by 75 inches long, which may be too short for adults. Because of this reason a twin mattress is a recommended purchase for children.
In addition to size, mattresses are available in a variety of sizes and style types. Style types are illustrated by the images below (click the images to learn more about each type). You'll need to consider both size and type when selecting your mattress.