When it comes to mattresses, size DOES matter. It matters most to couples who share the same bed, since one person's restless sleep can result in two grouchy people waking up the next morning.
Standard Mattress Sizes
Mattresses come in graduated sizes:
- Twin - standard single bed measuring 39-inches wide by 75-inches long.
- Double - also known as full, measuring 54-inches wide by 75-inches long. Although two people can share a double mattress, it's worthwhile to consider that each person must make do with just 27-inches of personal space (about the same width as an infant's crib!).
- Queen - the most popular mattress size since 1999, measuring 60-inches wide by 80-inches long. Variations on the classic queen include the Olympic Queen (66" x 80") and the California Queen (60" x 84").
- King - the largest mattress, measuring 76-inches wide by 80-inches long. A variation is the California King (72" x 84").
Why Buy a Queen Mattress?
According to the Better Sleep Council, buying a mattress that's too small is one of the biggest mistakes new bed buyers make. That is why buying a queen mattress is a safe choice. A queen mattress may not be as roomy as a king, but it won't fill up the room the way a king will. Also, even though queen and king mattresses have similar features, you'll pay less for the queen-size mattress, box spring, and other size-dependent accompaniments to the mattress.
Queen mattresses are the most versatile of any size mattress. Installed in a guest room, they are ready for a single sleeper or a visiting couple. In fact, many singles enjoy the sprawling room a queen mattress provides, and tall sleepers appreciate the extra length. In addition, the popularity of queen-size mattresses ensures that there will always be sheets and other accessories available to fit it.
Queen Mattress Maintenance Tips
Properly maintained and looked after, a queen mattress will give you many years of restful nights. Buyers who have moved up to a queen from a twin or double bed should be sure to install the new mattress on a heavier duty support that won't allow the mattress to sink down in the center. A mattress pad is also recommended to protect the mattress; they also add some softness.
And about that tag-don't remove it. Not because it's against the law (it isn't), but because the information on the tag may be needed if you ever submit a warranty claim.