When shopping for a new mattress, it’s easy to focus on firmness alone. But did you know that selecting the right mattress size is equally important to your family’s sleep quality? Purchasing the proper mattress size for your needs is easy when you know what to look for. If you don’t, you could end up with a mattress that is to short, too cramped (especially if you’re sharing the bed with a partner), or just plain uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there’s are a few simple steps you can take to determine the perfect size mattress for each room in your home. Below, we’ll take a look at how to choose mattress sizes based on three important considerations: how much room you have available, who will be sleeping on the mattress, and what level of comfort you’re seeking.
The first consideration in choosing a mattress size is how much space you have available and what percentage of that space you’d prefer the bed to take up. This, of course, largely comes down to personal preference. Some people want their bed to occupy most of the bedroom, while others would like to have extra room for accent pieces like bedside tables, armoires, and desks. You’ll also want to make sure that the mattress you purchase will even be able to fit in your house; the last thing you want is to bring a new mattress home only to find that you can’t navigate it up and down staircases or around corners. Before heading out to the furniture store, it’s a good idea to measure your bedroom and determine exactly how much space you want to reserve for your bed. By doing so, you’ll avoid purchasing a mattress that is too big or too small for your space.
Who Will Use the Bed?
The next thing you’ll want to consider is who will be sleeping in the bed. Couples will probably want to choose queen- or king-sized mattresses while twin beds are generally ideal for kids’ and guests’ rooms. If you’re purchasing a mattress for an adolescent, you’ll want to take growth spurts into mind, as the mattress you purchase today could quickly become too short or too small for your teen.
It may sound obvious, but many people don’t realize just how important mattress size is to comfort. A mattress that is too small will leave you with your arms and legs hanging over the sides of the bed or your elbows jabbing into your partner. If you sleep alone and like to have a lot of space to spread out, a queen-sized mattress may be the right choice for you. Similarly, couples may want to consider a king-sized bed to ensure both parties are able to get the breathing space they need. King-sized beds aren’t just for couples, though; if you’re very tall, a king single will provide the extra length that you likely require.
While the above aren’t the only considerations to keep in mind when shopping for a mattress, they are the easiest ways to determine the right size for your needs. At the end of the day, everyone has different preferences, so choose the mattress that feels right for you and your family.