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Picking the perfect bed size can be difficult. Mattresses are a long-term investment, so you need to consider not only what you want now, but what you think will be a good fit years from now. When comparing bed sizes, there’s a lot to contemplate — your weight, your height, the size of your room, the presence of a sleeping partner, etc.
We’re breaking down the differences between similar bed sizes to make your mattress purchasing process a little easier.
Comparing Bed Sizes
California King Vs. King
These mattresses are the largest and longest of all bed sizes, but there are a few key differences to note.
A California King bed is slightly narrower and longer than a regular King bed. It is 72 inches wide and 84 inches long, while a King bed is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long.
A California King bed is the longest bed available on the market. If you or your partner find your feet hanging off your current bed, a California King is probably the most comfortable option for you.
A King bed, on the other hand, is better for those who want or need more sleeping space. If you like having room to toss and turn throughout the night, or you just need extra space to spread out from your partner, kids, or even pets, a King bed may be the way to go.
In terms of cost, California Kings and Kings are roughly the same price, depending on where you purchase your mattress.
King Vs. Queen Bed
A Queen bed is significantly narrower than a King bed. A King bed is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long, while a Queen bed is 60 inches wide, and just as long.
Queen beds are the most popular-sized beds in America. They are perfectly suited for smaller master bedrooms, guest rooms or any relatively spacious bedroom. Both King and Queen beds are great options for those who sleep with a partner.
Regarding price, Queen beds are less expensive than King beds because they are smaller. Additionally, queens are easy to move around and set up because they are standard doorway friendly.
Queen Vs. Full Bed
Queen beds are 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, while full-sized beds are 54 inches wide and 75 inches long. Full beds are smaller than Queen beds and for this reason, are better suited for one person to sleep in.
Full-sized beds, or “doubles,” are often used by teenagers or those in their early twenties and are best suited for people 5’9” and under.
In terms of bed frames, a full-sized bed only requires a standard, rectangular box. Due to the weight of queen beds, they require a special frame that includes center leg support. Center leg support eliminates sagging bed slats by alleviating the weight of the mattress.
Full-sized beds are more affordable than queen beds because of their size. Sleep accessories for full-sized beds (sheets, comforters, mattress protectors, etc.) are also less expensive for the same reason.
Full Vs. Twin Bed
A full-sized bed is 16 inches wider than a twin bed. Full beds are 54 inches wide and 75 inches long, while twin beds are 38 inches wide and 75 inches long.
Twin beds are a great option for children and tweens. If you live in a smaller bed bedroom, a twin bed is a logical choice because it doesn’t take up too much space. This will free up your room for furniture and other larger items.
There is also Twin X-Long mattress, which is just as wide as twin beds, but 5 inches longer at 80 inches (which is the same length as a King bed!). These beds are not only great for particularly tall kids but are often used in college dorm rooms. Tall, slim teenagers or adults that sleep solo and need more leg room should consider a Twin X-Long.
Full-sized beds are more expensive than Twin beds. Expect Twin X-Longs to be slightly more expensive than Twin beds.
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Whether you prefer a Queen, a King, or something in-between, it’s important to find a bed that fits your individualized sleeping needs. Although comparing bed sizes can be tedious, you’ll spend a third of your life in bed, so make sure it’s comfortable.
Stop by your local Mattress Warehouse today to receive the royal treatment. While some may find mattress shopping stressful, we make the experience easy-going and fun. Our sales representatives can help answer any questions you may have and will patiently work with you to guide you to the bed of your dreams.