Select the Right Size Bed for Your Bedroom

As the old saying in carpentry goes, “measure twice and cut once.” The saying also holds true when shopping for a new bed frame and mattress combination. Ordering a sleep system without taking into consideration the size of the room where it will be placed can have the same unfortunate consequences.

Imagine the frustration and disappointment of having purchased a new bed frame and mattress only to find out when it’s delivered that the size of your new sleep system completely overwhelms the bedroom and leaves little or no space for a nightstand, dresser, storage chest or other bedroom furnishings and accessories. The same is true for a bed that’s dwarfed by the size of the room, giving it a cold, empty and uninviting feeling. Here are a few simple guidelines to help you avoid these and other all too common pitfalls by correctly matching the mattress and bed frame to the size of the room where they will be placed:

Twin Beds. Standard twin beds, which are  38” wide by 75” long have enough room for an average size adult to sleep comfortably. Twin beds are also often used in children’s rooms. To leave adequate space for scattered toys, a small dresser and possibly a storage chest, the bedroom should be a minimum of 7’ x 10’, or 70 square feet to accommodate a single twin bed or set of bunk beds. If two twin beds are to be placed in the same room, it’s recommended that the room be at least 10’ x 10’.

Twin XL Beds. A typical Twin XL Beds is 38” wide x 80” long. They’re slept in by children who are still growing and some taller than average adults. Although they’re the same width as standard twin mattresses, twin XL bed and mattress combinations are a full 5” longer. For a twin XL bedframe to fit comfortably and still leave space for a dresser or storage chest, it’s recommended that the room be a minimum of 7’ x 10’.

Full Size Beds. Sometimes also called double beds, full size mattresses measure 54” x 75”, which is a generous 16” wider than a standard or standard XL mattress. Full size beds have plenty of room for two smaller-bodied people to sleep comfortably, and are also a great choice for children who are beginning to outgrow their standard size twin beds. To accommodate a full size bed without it becoming overly crowded, a room needs to be at least 10’ x 12’, or a total of 120 square feet.

Full XL Beds. Although they’re the same 80” in width as a standard full size mattress, full XL beds are 54” long, which is 5” more length than a standard full bed. This additional length makes Full XL beds a good alternative for one or two taller sleepers who need the extra foot room, but don’t require the additional width of a queen size bed. Although a full XL bed will fit in a 10’ x 12’ room, it may be a bit cramped. For a Full XL bed to fit comfortably, a bedroom that’s at least 10’ x 16’ is recommended. This will leave plenty of space for moving around, even after adding a piece or two of furniture and some accessories such as a nightstand or dresser.

Queen Bed. More queen beds are sold today than any other size. They measure 60” wide x 80” long, which leaves plenty of room for two people to sleep comfortably. Queen beds are also a great choice for furnishing a spare room or guest room. Although a queen bed and mattress combination will fit in a 10’ x 10’ room, it might feel a bit cramped. Placed in a room that’s 10’ x 12’ or better yet 10’ x 14’ will give a feeling of openness and still leave plenty of room for a dresser, nightstand or comfortable chair for reading and relaxing.

King Bed. At 76” x 80”, a king size bed is almost exactly the same size as two Twin XL beds placed side by side. King size beds are perfect for couples who enjoy lots of personal sleeping space and want enough room for sprawling and stretching without disturbing his or her sleeping partner. A king bed will fit reasonably well in a 10’ x 12’ bedroom, although a 13’ x 13’ or larger room is recommended for an open, spacious feel after adding some furniture and accessories.

California King Bed. California Kings measure 72” x 84”. Although they’re 4” narrower than a standard king mattress and bedframe combination, California King beds are also a full 4” longer. Being wider than a queen bed, there’s still lots of room for cuddling. Couples with small children or pets who like to jump into bed with them will especially appreciate the generous proportions of a California King bed. Although a California King bed will fit in a 12’ x 12’ room, a 12’ x 14’ bedroom will leave plenty of space for walking around and adding furniture and accessories.

Mattress Brands

Sit ‘n Sleep has an excellent selection of king size mattresses for sale. We stock and sell only the very best mattresses made by some of the bedding industry’s leading manufacturers, including Aireloom, Kingsdown, BeautyRest, Serta, Sealy, Tempur-Pedic and more. When you shop for a king size mattress at Sit ‘n Sleep, you can be assured of getting a top quality mattress that will provide you with years of comfortable, sound sleeping. What’s more, our everyday king size mattress prices simply can’t be beat. It’s a good idea to check back online frequently for one of our king size mattress sales. You can also view our great selection of king size beds and bedframes for sale online, along with a full line of top quality bedroom furniture and accessories, including mattress protectors, sheets, pillowcases & pillow protectors and shams.

Visit a Sit ‘n Sleep Mattress Superstore Today

From standard twin beds to California King frames and mattresses, you’re sure to find the ideal combination for your unique situation by visiting Sit ’n Sleep online. Call us toll-free at (800) 908 0354, chat with us online or better yet, stop by one of our 38 sleep centers conveniently located throughout Southern California. Our knowledgeable sleep consultants are on duty 7 days a week, and will be pleased to help you select a mattress and support system that’s just right for your bedroom, regardless of its size.

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