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The Comprehensive Guide to Mattress Sizes

Updated: Nov 1, 2023


The various standard mattress sizes with dimensions
Mattress Sizes

When it comes to choosing a mattress, size matters. Selecting the right mattress size is crucial to ensure it works in your space and is big enough to allow for a comfortable and restful night's sleep. Whether you're shopping for a new bed or upgrading your current one, understanding the various mattress sizes available is essential. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the most common mattress sizes and help you make an informed decision about which one is right for you.


1. Twin Mattress (38" x 75")


A twin sized mattress, also known as a single, is the smallest standard size. It's an excellent choice for children's bedrooms, bunk beds, and guest rooms with limited space. Twin mattresses measure 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. They are compact and easy to move, making them a versatile option for various room layouts.


2. Twin XL Mattress (38" x 80")


A twin XL mattress is the same width as a standard twin but is 5 inches longer, measuring 38 inches wide by 80 inches long. This extra length makes it an excellent choice for taller individuals, such as teenagers and young adults, that have limited space to fit a mattress. Twin XL mattresses are commonly used in college dormitories, retirement residences and paired with lifestyle frames.


3. Full Mattress (54" x 75")


Full-size mattresses, also known as doubles, are 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. They are wider than a twin mattress, but the same length, making them a suitable option for single adults and teenagers, as well as guest beds. However, they may feel a bit cramped for couples, as each person gets only 27 inches of sleeping space.


4. Queen Mattress (60" x 80")


The queen sized mattress is the most popular choice for couples. Measuring 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, they offer more than enough space for two people to sleep comfortably. Queen mattresses also work well for single sleepers who want extra room to sprawl out or share the bed with pets.


5. King Mattress (76" x 80")


A king sized mattress is significantly larger than a queen. It measures 76 inches wide by 80 inches long, providing ample space for couples and even families who like to snuggle up together on weekend mornings. King mattresses are ideal for those who have larger bedrooms and want to spread out for an undisturbed sleep.


6. California King Mattress (72" x 84")


The California king mattress is the longest standard mattress size, measuring 72 inches wide by 84 inches long. It's perfect for taller individuals who need that extra legroom. While it is not as wide as a standard king mattress, it's still a great choice for couples who prefer a longer and wider bed.


7. Split King Mattress


A split king mattress is nothing more than two twin XL mattresses placed side by side. This allows each person to have their own mattress with separate firmness levels or adjustable, "life style" bases. Split king mattresses are commonly used with adjustable bed frames to accommodate individual sleep preferences.


8. Special Sizes


At DreamLife Mattress Outlet, we can get any of our pocket coil, all foam, or hybrid mattresses made in almost any width and length to suit your needs. If you have an unusually sized antique frame, a recreational vehicle, or other non-standard space that you need to fit a mattress into, we can get something for you! We can even do corner cuts. It is highly recommended you call us or come in to see what we can do for you.



In closing, choosing the right mattress size is a personal decision that depends on your sleep habits, bedroom space, and budget. Understanding the various mattress sizes available is the first step in making an informed choice. Whether you're looking for a space-saving solution or a luxurious sleep experience, there's a mattress size that's perfect for you. Keep in mind that the mattress size you select will have a significant impact on your overall comfort and sleep quality, so choose wisely and rest easy.

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