Your bed is the main attraction in your bedroom, so it’s important that it meets your exact specifications. Not only for the rest and comfort it gives you, but also for the different ways you can dress it up to reflect your style or mood. And considering that your bed will take about roughly 30,000 hours of wear and tear over a 10-year period, it make sense to choose the right mattress size and design that will go the distance.
Start with choosing a sleep system (mattress and foundation, pillow and mattress protector). What size mattress do you need? For example, a low-profile sleep system has a slightly shorter height than the standard size—anywhere from one to three inches shorter. Knowing this information will help you pick out the right bed, which in this case is usually a platform bed. Are you sleeping alone or with a partner? Also, take into account the size of your room and how much space you have to work with. Below is a list explaining industry-standard mattress sizes* and what environment they work best in:
Twin (39x75 inches)
A perfect size for one adult or child, use this size in guest rooms, vacation homes, etc. It’s also a great fit for day beds.
Twin Xtra Long (39x80 inches)
Typically used in college dorm rooms and provides extra length for tall individuals.
Also known as a Double, this is the smallest size to consider for two people and is another popular choice for children’s rooms.
Full Xtra Long (54x80 inches)
Like its Twin-Size counterpart, this size provides extra length for taller individuals.
Queen (60x80 inches)
The most popular size for two people because it provides a more comfortable sleeping area than a Full-Size mattress.
King (76x80 inches)
The perfect solution for two people—with lots of room to be comfortable without disturbing your partner. Just remember to measure doorways and hallways before attempting to bring a King-Size mattress home.
California King (72x84 inches)
This size offers more length with less width and is the standard King-Size on the west coast.
Now that you’ve got the right mattress underneath you, it’s time to consider the style of bed you’d like to use as its “home.” It is recommended that you give yourself at least two to three feet on either side of the bed to safely get up and get going. Also, keep in mind your surroundings. If you have a lower ceiling, a platform bed may be the way to go. Is your ceiling 10 foot or taller? Then a canopy or four-poster bed would probably look right at home. Once you’ve settled on your mattress and bed, you can accessorize with pillows and bedding. Remember this room is for you, so let your personality shine through and you’ll be well on your way to bedroom bliss.
Below are some of the bed styles we carry:
A bed that can be used with or without a draped fabric cover that is supported by a four-poster frame. (Example: Titan).
Made to look like a sofa, it usually holds a Twin-Size mattress and has a headboard and footboard that create the appearance of arms, with a sideboard that looks like the back of a sofa. (Example: Augusta).
An old-fashioned bed characterized by four tall posts, one in each corner. It does not have a support for draping fabric like a canopy bed. (Example: Rhapsody).
A bed with a horizontal surface elevated a foot or more off the ground supported by legs or framing. (Example: Rhapsody).
This bed may also have a headboard. (Example: Penthouse).
A nineteenth-century design that features a scrolled headboard and footboard that resembles the shape of a sleigh. (Example: Louis Philippe).
If you’re short on space and adding more furniture to your room isn’t an option, a storage bed is a great solution. Extra drawers along the bed’s base can be added to the left-side, right-side or both sides, depending on what the manufacturer offers.
A low bed that is usually on casters and stored by sliding it under another bed. This is a popular space saver and often used in children’s furniture or in guest rooms.
(Example: My Style White ).
* Please note that these are approximate sizes, but are designed to fit within industry-standard furniture. We suggest always measuring your bed frame and consulting with a bedding specialist to ensure your mattress fits properly.