Without a doubt, the most crucial part of any bed is the mattress. While beautiful and stylish bed frames can play an important role in the comfort of a bed, the fact is that, without a mattress, very little sleep will be had.
Since sleep takes up such a large part of life, choosing the best mattress is crucial to the quality of life you enjoy.
Different sleep patterns and habits lend themselves to different sizes of mattresses, as do, of course, different room sizes. With all of these variables in play, it can be difficult to find a mattress that will meet all your needs, especially given all the different options that are available. That's why it's so important to understand the different sizes of mattresses that are available, to be able to decide which one will provide the best sleep and most comfort in any given situation.
What Are the Different Mattress Sizes?
Since most everyone needs a mattress to be able to sleep comfortably, but not everyone has the same sleeping habits or living arrangements, there are a wide variety of mattress sizes available. With changing life circumstances, a mattress that's right for someone at a certain stage may not be the mattress that's right for them during another stage. To help account for these changes, it may be wise to invest in an adjustable bed frame to allow for different mattress sizes without having to purchase all-new hardware, as well. With that in mind, here is a list of the different mattress sizes:
- Crib Mattress: These are designed specifically to fit snugly and safely in a crib.
- Twin: A common size for children or those dealing with limited space.
- Twin XL: Like a twin, only longer to provide more comfort for tall individuals.
- Full: Useful to provide extra space for an individual or can work for a couple if space is limited.
- Queen: Most popular mattress size, combining a good size for two individuals while still allowing for plenty of space in the room.
- King: Provides the most space for two individuals, works well in larger rooms to keep furniture in scale.
- California King: Typically removes some width and adds length to a king size to provide comfort for taller individuals.
Dimensions of the Different Mattress Sizes
To better understand which mattress is the best one for a particular situation, here are the mattress sizes with their exact dimensions:
- Crib: 27" x 52" Again, these are made to fit snugly in a crib and are not suitable for any other application.
- Twin: 39" x 75" The 39" width of a twin provides the most room for an individual, outside of a king size mattress.
- Twin XL: 39" x 80" A twin XL sports the same width as a twin, with a full 5 extra inches of length.
- Full: 54" x 75" While a little cozy for a couple, the extra 15" of width a full offers make for a roomy bed for one person.
- Queen: 60" x 80" Offering extra length and width over a full-size mattress, a queen is the perfect middle ground.
- King: 76" x 80" It's called a "king" for a reason. This giant size offers a full twin-sized space for each sleeper.
- California King: 72" x 84" A California king has the same area as a regular king, it simply offers extra length for those who need it.
Differences in Price Ranges
Often, a factor that helps determine which mattress to choose is the price of a given mattress. While a certain mattress in a larger size might be appealing, a smaller size could offer more features while still staying on budget. Here's what you can expect to pay for each size of mattress.
- Crib: For its small size, a crib mattress can be expensive, compared to its larger counterparts. This is because crib mattresses are generally built with extra rigidity to provide a more stable surface to sleep on. Expect to pay anywhere from $50-$400 for a quality mattress.
- Twin: A twin mattress can provide an affordable option for those on a budget. Expect to pay anywhere from $90-$400 or more for a twin, slightly more for its larger cousin, the twin XL.
- Queen: Given its popularity, queen-sized mattresses are typically one of the sizes in which you can find a plethora of different features. These features put the price range of a mattress from between $500 to $1,800, or more.
- King: As the largest mattress, a king mattress also comes with the largest price. Expect to pay anywhere from $600 to $4,000 or higher to add a king-sized mattress to a bedroom. A similar or sometimes slightly higher price is typical of a California king.