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Choosing the right bed size for you

There are many reasons for wanting to purchase a new bed.

Perhaps you are having your first child and need more information on child mattress sizes, or you’re on a tight budget and prefer a more economical choice.


This guide will inform you of the size and dimensions of each mattress currently available today, along with the benefits it can offer so you can make the right purchase. 

General factors to consider when purchasing a bed. 

How much will a mattress cost?

When deciding to buy a mattress, it is essential to know how much you’re willing to spend. The cost of beds will range widely, generally starting from $150 to more than $5,000. 

However, most buyers find that they can purchase an excellent mattress that fit their needs for under $1,000. 

As bed sizes vary, so will the cost to buy. Generally the larger the bed, the more it’s going to cost. However, mattress prices will depend on a multitude of other factors, such as the material composition and durability, height and type of bed. 

What bed size should I go for?

Although this may seem obvious, knowing the size of the room is essential if you intend to buy a new bed. 

Typically an overlooked issue it is necessary to measure or at least have an estimation of how big your room is, going by eye can be deceiving, and more often than not people overestimate the size of their room.

Consider that you will need space not just for sleeping but for walking around, closing and opening doors or cupboard drawers and potentially adding more furniture. 

Who will use the bed now and in the future?

Once you have determined your price range and the space required for the bed, the next step will be finding out who will be using the mattress not just today but also in the future. 

Are you a couple who like to have their pets sleep on the bed? Perhaps you suspect your child will outgrow their bed quickly through in their adolescent years? 

It’s essential to purchase a bed that will fit your current needs but thinking ahead will pay dividends in terms of both cost and convenience. 

Now that we’ve had a closer look at the purchase factors involved, let’s delve deeper into the mattresses themselves, and see what could potentially work for you. 

Bed Size and Mattress Dimensions



A crib or toddler mattress measures at 27 “x 52” and no higher than 6 inches in thickness,  this will be used for your infant’s first bed but has a general duration of 18 months meaning that it can be suitable for toddlers.

Crib mattresses ensure safety precautions by having firmer mattresses. When a baby rolls onto their stomachs, a soft bed enables babies to sink their face into the mattress, increasing the risk of suffocation and SIDs. A firmer mattress decreases this risk. 

The inside of the crib can either have foam or innerspring; what you choose will be dependant on your needs. Lighter cribs, for example, are more comfortable to carry and easier to clean.  


39″ x 75″

Standard twin beds, which measure 39″ x 76″ are the most common in children’s bedrooms today. They are economical when it comes to size as they are slim and easy to manoeuvre.

A twin bed is ideal for your average child growing up while taking their growth spurts into account, and even suitable as a smaller bed for some adults. 

It is also a great option when considering having bunk beds in a bedroom for kids. Other places a Twin bed would suffice are dorm rooms and apartments for single sleepers. 

Twin XL 

39″ x 80″

The Twin XL is an excellent alternative to the Twin mattress if you need the extra legroom, taller individuals who regularly have their feet hanging over the bed would be prime candidates. 

This mattress gives an extra 6″ in length and can accommodate children and adults, making it a versatile option when purchasing. 



A Full-size mattress measures at 54 by 75 inches and is an option if you want something in-between a twin and queen size mattress. 

This mattress is a good recommendation for couples who prioritize room space while being on a budget; this bed will comfortably fit most couples but will be cramped for some. It also takes up a minimal amount of space. 

It can also be seen as a luxurious option for single sleepers as they will have plenty of space to move around and stretch. 


60″ x 80″

The Queen size is perhaps the best option for couples as it provides a considerable amount of bed size and comfort while being reasonable in price.  The Queen size can also accommodate taller individuals as it has enough bed length; it also supports couples who suffer from comfortability issues in a Full-size bed due to being cramped.   

In regards to room space, an average-sized bedroom would be enough to accommodate a queen-sized bed. However, measuring your bedroom is recommended to ensure there will be no space restrictions. 



The King mattress ensures maximum comfortability for couples who wish to use the entirety of the bed. 

This bed is ideal for couples who tend to move around a lot when sleeping, as it is equivalent to the size of 2 twin mattresses. It can also fit couples who sleep with their kids or pets.


A King-sized bed would be recommended for larger rooms and master bedrooms, measuring at least 12×12. 

King mattresses can also be manoeuvred around easier as box springs for these are split, this is great when moving them around tight corners and up stairwells. 

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