Does Mattress Size Matter?

Does size of mattress matter

Contrary to popular belief, for some things, size does matter. Mattresses are one of those things. However, it’s not as simple as bigger equals better – it’s that size matters in terms of which mattress will fit you best. No matter what top-of-the-line materials you choose for your custom mattress, the fact is, if it’s the wrong size, it will not be comfortable.

Here are some important things to take into account when deciding on the size of your new mattress.

Your Height

Tall people get the short end of the stick when it comes to airplane seats, bathtubs, and even clothing. As the average person spends about ⅓ of their lifetime in bed, you deserve a bed that’s long enough for you to sleep comfortably.

Most full and twin mattresses are 75in long, but if you’re over 6ft tall, that doesn’t leave you with much room to stretch out. You’ll likely be more comfortable sleeping in a Twin XL, Queen, King, or California King mattress to accommodate your height, as they range from 80in to 84in long. Those few inches can make a world of difference when it comes to sleep.

Number Of Sleepers

It’s pretty obvious that when more than one person is sleeping in a bed, you need more space. Two people might be able to squeeze into a twin-sized bed, but that’s rarely comfortable. Especially once you factor in motion transfer. While there are mattress materials, like memory foam, that can greatly reduce motion transfer, it won’t matter much if there isn’t enough space between you. If you or your bedmate are restless sleepers, you need to consider how much room you’ll need to avoid disturbing each other.

And sometimes, there’s more than two people in a bed. You should factor in if you might be sharing mattress space with pets or young children. You might think a Yorkie or cat won’t take up much space, but pets do like to move around and stretch out as much as people.

Mattress Size Guide

Size Of Your Bedroom

A bed is typically supposed to go in the bedroom. And while one could argue that any room with a bed could be considered a bedroom, that doesn’t change the fact that the size of the room you plan to sleep in should be taken into account when picking out your mattress. After all, the bigger the mattress, the less available floor space you’ll have. You could pick out the most luxurious King-size mattress on the market, but if your room is only 6x6ft, it’s not going to fit.

Where the bed is positioned is also important to keep in mind. A bed wedged into the corner of a bedroom means you’ll have more immediate floor space, but you’ll only be able to get in one side of the bed. In contrast, a bed in the middle of the room leaves both sides available, but in the wrong-sized room, that space could be too narrow to maneuver comfortably.

Our mattresses come in a variety of sizes, so you’ll have no shortage of options when picking out the perfect bed. Make sure to consider your needs and be prepared to take some measurements.


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