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Choosing the right mattress size can be confusing. This short guide will explain mattress sizes and the relationship to the decorative bed so you can choose the right combination.
There are two main points to remember when dealing with mattresses and bed sizes.
- Mattresses have set sizes.
- Beds fit specific mattress sizes but have different dimensions.
When buying a bed and/or mattress, be sure the bed dimensions are appropriate to fit in your bedroom and the mattress is the correct size for the bed and your needs.
U.S. mattress sizes
- Daybed 33” wide by 75” long
- Twin 39” wide by 75” long
- Twin Extra Long 39” wide by 80” long
- Full/Double 54” wide by 75” long
- Queen 60” wide by 80” long
- King 76” wide by 80” long
- California King 73” wide by 84” long
There are different mattress standards used throughout the world and even some odd sizes that are in use in the United States, but we will leave that for another post.
This is a bit more information about each of the most common mattress sizes currently used in the U.S.
A traditional daybed is a good size for offices, living rooms or other small areas that need an extra sleeping surface for occasional use. The sheets may be more difficult to find due to the narrow width. Our decorative daybeds often come in either the traditional 33” width or the more modern 39” twin size. The standard twin size can serve as a more permanent solution and the sheets and bedding are easier to find.
The full size, or as it is sometimes known the “double” was the main mattress size for many years before the invention of the larger contemporary sizes. It give extra room compared to the twin and is great for kids, teens, single people, or smaller adults who are shorter in height due to it’s overall length.
The queen mattress is a very popular size with couples and single sleepers that like more room. The bedding is widely available and the mattress will fit in most average bedrooms. It is suitable for average to tall heights and general has enough width for average sized adults.
The standard king mattress, also know as the “eastern king” size has become more popular in recent times due to it’s generous width. It is a great model if the room has space and is a good option for bigger or couples that simply like a lot of space when they sleep.
California king mattress
Introduced in the 1960’s the California king is slightly narrower than a standard king but has an increase in length for the taller person or couples. The bedding is now widely available and gives that extra length and comfort to those who need it.
A new mattress can be really tall, making it feel like you are climbing a mountain to get into bed. That’s why good manufacturers ( like Charles P. Rogers) offer 2 options on the height of your foundation at no difference in price or performance; Low Profile or Regular Height.
Why Get A New Foundation - Your new mattress, a significant investment, needs proper support. Many folks consider using their existing foundation rather than buying a new matching foundation: it’s seen like an add on rather than a necessary purchase. But ask yourself, why you are replacing the mattress? Poor comfort & support? Valleys & depressions? Your foundation could be as worn as your mattress, it wont give your new mattress proper support, nor proper alignment for you and your partner. Your brand new mattress might break down even more quickly than you’d like.
Post by Jessica Schoenenberger.
While it might not be monsters under your bed, listening to squeaks and creaks can be annoying. Here’s a simple review of what might be causing you to loose a quiet’s night sleep:
Levelize Your Playing Field
Check to see if you floor is level. If you don’t have a level playing field your bed will go out of square. It means the corners are no longer at 90 degree angles. That could also happen if two feet or wheels are on the rug and two are on the wood floor, making the bed higher in some areas than others. When your bed is out of square, parts of it will rub against other parts, causing noise. If your bed uses a foundation/box spring it too will go out of square, following the misshape of your floor. If this is what’s happening in your room, you want to catch the problem early to avoid damage to the mattress and foundation, as well as the furniture.
An easy way to find out if your bed is in square is to measure the diagonals like a big X. When each length of the X is the same then you bed is in square. If your bed has become a trapezoid, loosen the hardware and adjust the rails until those diagonals measure the same lengths, then tighten your hardware. No need to strip threads, tighten just enough.
If your bed is in square but you floor is not level, either use shims to have all four corners the same height or adjust the levelers on your feet to compensate.
To determine if the noise you hear is the coming from the furniture or the foundation, take the mattress & foundation off the bed and place it on the floor. Bounce around and see if you still hear the noise when the set of bedding is on the floor. If your foundation has warped, you will need to replace it. Besides the noise it may be negatively impacting on the support your mattress, hence the support you get.
A clunking noise, when you sit on top of your mattress, could be a center support leg issue. All Queen, King and Cal Kings beds must have additional center support rail with leg(s) to the floor for proper long range care. Take a look underneath the bed at your center support legs. They should just be skimming off the floor. When you and/or your partner are on top of the bed, that’s when they touch down. Now that you have chased the monsters away, use the space under your bed for storage.
Post by Jessica Schoenenberger.
You did a lot of research and paid a lot of money to get the mattress of your dreams. The materials inside your mattress and how its constructed will determine how your mattress holds up. Innerspring mattresses with tempered steel coils will give you better, longer lasting support than layers of all foam. Materials like latex on top of individually pocketed innersprings, will retain better loft and show less body impressions than memory or polyurethane foams. So, try this simple program to avoid those dips and valleys.
Research shows it takes 30-60 days for you to get use to your new mattress and for it to get use to you. The chore of flipping your mattress is no longer necessary. You can improve long range performance by rotating your new mattress every quarter for the first year, then once every six months. A rotation is 1 turn of the mattress, putting the head at the foot and the foot at the head of the bed. The reason is physics; most couples are different weight, height and shapes, yet we tend to sleep in the same spot, in the same position(s) night after night. By rotating your mattress you sleep on different sides without actually having to change sides. Once a year its advised to also rotate your foundation or boxspring head to foot. A King or Cal King Set comes with 1 mattress and 2 foundations, you should switch the foundations from one side to the other and rotate each head to foot. Same goes for Split Queen foundations.
A simple rotation schedule will even out wear & tear and help you get use to your new mattress more quickly. While all mattresses naturally soften over time and with use, by rotating your mattress and foundations you will get many more years of sleeping well.
Post by Tracy Kaler.
A mattress is a major purchase, and not just for financial reasons, but also because you’ll sleep on the bed you purchase for years to come. For this reason alone, it’s crucial to have your ducks in a row before you go mattress shopping. Heed these tips to make the decision an easier one.
Know your budget from the start.
Like other home furnishings, mattress prices run the gamut. Know your budget before you begin, and stick to it to avoid buyer’s remorse later on.
Research mattresses before you shop.
Learn as much as you can about mattresses before you hit the stores. Pillow top? Firm? Soft? Know what you need in advance, and you’re less likely to stress when buying.
Shop the right retailers.
Don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. Chat with friends and family and ask about their mattresses. Do they like what they sleep on? Would they purchase again? Selecting the right stores could help you make your decision faster.
Ask the salesperson questions.
Make a list of questions before you get to the store. Get as much information as possible about the mattress including warranty and reviews. Ask what other people are saying about a mattress you’re considering, or take the time and Google the model before you make a purchase. You can always return to the store the next day and finalize the purchase then if needed.
If your salesperson isn’t knowledgeable, ask for another, or move on to the next retailer.
Test any mattress you’re considering.
Narrow down the candidates to three or four, and spend at least 15 minutes on each mattress. Try different positions and see how you feel. Trust your gut when you buy.
Get details on the return policy.
Before you pull out your credit card, ask about the return policy. You might get the mattress home and sleep on it for a few nights, only to discover that it’s not the right model. You’ll want to return it and get a refund, or at least a full merchandise credit for another mattress.
Have a you purchased a mattress lately? How did you make your decision?