IntroIt’s not something you’d have ever considered when you were younger. As you get older you discover the little things that go into making a home. Things you once took for granted. Buying the right furniture can take time and consideration. If you’re moving into a new home or are renovating your current bedroom, choosing the best size mattress for you can make a world of difference.
Mattress Dimensions and Charts Available on the MarketWhen you first delve into choosing your own mattress, it can be overwhelming. You thought you’d walk into the store, choose the best mattress you could afford, and walk out. On the contrary. There is a number of common problems that arise when choosing the right mattress for you. We’ve broken up the major areas of concern into a few sections below.
CapacityFirstly, you have to determine what capacity you need your new mattress to be. There are two mattress capacity categories to choose from – single (twin) and double. This is the easiest aspect to determine as you will know if you tend to sleep alone or with a partner. However, you’re not limited to buying a single mattress if you live alone. Obviously Marvellous point out the advantages of a single bed. They’re affordable, ideal for smaller rooms, and are also great for kids. On the other hand, House Full recommend a double mattress. They explain that a double bed can be more comfortable and give the decor a more elegant and classy appearance. You may sleep alone or with a partner. Yet, ultimately, you might have to choose a mattress size based on other aspects.
Your height & weightAdult mattress sizes do come available in different lengths. You might not have thought about it before unless you’re particularly tall. However, the length of a standard twin mattress and a full mattress is 75”. So, if you’re in the region of six foot tall, you’re not going to find a standard twin mattress comfortable. Dreams recommend that your mattress length should exceed your height by a few inches for the best comfort. Your weight should be considered because mattresses are available in a variety of depths. Some standard mattresses can be just six inches deep. Other mattresses can be as deep as 15 inches. If you’re a heavy-set, you will not find a shallow mattress as comfortable as others might. Likewise, If you’re only slight, a deep mattress might not be necessary. Remember that the mattress depth will contribute to the overall height of the bed. Sleeping higher or lower is a matter of preference. Although, you might need to consider the health implications. Bed height should be appropriate to the height of the individual. A mattress that is too high or low can put added strain on your joints when getting on or off it. Mattress Firm suggests that you test your mattress height by sitting on the edge resting your feet flat on the ground. If your hips and knees are leveled, then your mattress is the perfect height for you.
Available floor spaceAgain, this might seem obvious. You can only fit a mattress within the confines of the bedroom. It’s common for people with a smaller bedroom to squeeze in a mattress that is too large. People do this because they find bigger mattresses more comfortable and luxurious. However, in doing this, you limit the walking space and overall spaciousness of the room. Thus resulting in a room that feels cramped. On the other hand, you can often find large bedrooms with a small bed and plenty of empty space. This leaves the room feeling vacant and wasted. Ultimately, the wrong size mattress diminishes the overall comfort of the room. The Golden Ratio is a mathematics equation often utilized in art and design. It dictates the perfect ratio of components within any space for the perfect balance. Dreams explain you should consider the Golden Ratio or the ‘altered Golden Ratio’. It can help you find the perfect balance.
Convenience of deliveryIf you live in the suburbs or a rural area, having a large mattress delivered is rarely an issue. That said, if you live in cramped, urban areas, it becomes more difficult. Narrow, busy streets can be an issue for large delivery vans. In addition, some apartment blocks or smaller buildings have a narrow access. They can also have narrow stairways and small elevators. This can make it difficult to deliver some mattresses if your home isn’t the most accessible of places. While more modern mattress types like memory foam mattresses can make this issue avoidable, they are easily compressed into vacuumed packaging, considerably reducing their size and awkwardness to haul. Traditional mattresses can still pose a problem if they are your preference.
Availability of other specific requirementsYou may need to base the size of the mattress you buy on any particular requirements you might have. Memory foam mattresses are available in all sizes but are a bit more expensive. However, if you require a mattress with a cooling system or one that is hypoallergenic, they are readily available and affordable. Still, if you have more specific needs, the prices can increase dramatically. Availability can also become more limited. If you require an orthopedic mattress, the larger sizes may push the limits of your budget. If you require an adjustable mattress, they are usually only available for single use. If you want a double adjustable mattress, you usually need two separate mattresses. This allows for individual adjustability for the benefit of the partners.
Mattress dimensionsThere are six standard mattresses sizes available on the market. They are as follows –
- Extra Long Twin
- California King
How to Choose a Mattress Size That Suits Your Needs?Now you know a little more about the issues that arise from choosing the right mattress size. So how do you choose a mattress size that suits your needs? Consider the following aspects when you’re shopping for your latest mattress.
The best size for youThe most important aspects to consider when deciding which mattress size is right for you, is preference and floor space. There are a number of combinations. Do you sleep alone but have a large bedroom? You don’t have to limit yourself to a small mattress just because you’re not sharing. However, if you find a smaller mattress more comfortable, there’s no reason not to buy one! Likewise, if you sleep with a partner but don’t want your bed to overwhelm the room, opt for a Queen or California King mattress. Think about the Golden Ratio and consider a potential change of circumstances in the near future.
BudgetYou must set a clear, realistic budget, and stick to it. There are so many available options out there at many different prices. It is easy for smart advertising or a clever gimmick to sway you. However, if you outline your budget early, you’ll know the perimeters in which you have to work within. If you’re shopping online you can set your searches to work within your suggested budget. You can even confirm your budget with your sales assistant at the beginning of the shopping process. This way, they’ll only show you products that you can afford. They might even be able to cut you a deal on a more expensive mattress just to make a sale. Thankfully, many mattress manufacturers focus on excellent customer service. They understand that a mattress is an investment. As a result, you’ll find that there are extended warranties available with mattress purchases. Warranties can cover six months, ten years, or even a lifetime. Just be aware that they only cover abnormal damage caused by defaults in material and craftsmanship. They won’t cover normal wear and tear, or damage caused by misuse.
Sleeping styleTake into consideration your sleeping style. This can influence what mattress size would be best for you. If you tend to roll or move a lot during the night you might require a larger mattress. This can prevent you from disturbing your partner. Even if you sleep alone, this can prevent you from falling off the edge of your bed, causing you to disrupt your sleep or even injure yourself. Sleep and Health state that an estimated 73% of all people prefer to sleep on their sides. A soft, soft-medium or medium firmness mattress is recommended for the majority of the population. Find more information about side sleepers here. Since this sleeping style is so common, it should be easy to find a suitable mattress in any size and within your budget. If you sleep on your back you’ll most likely benefit most from a mattress that conforms to the shape of your body. Foam or latex mattresses usually offer the most impressive support of this kind. High-quality foam or latex mattresses can be more expensive. Therefore, your budget might limit your options in this regard.
Try before you buyOnce you have identified a potential mattress for you, try it out. The Better Sleep Council outlines employing the S.L.E.E.P test. The test is as follows –
- Select a mattress
- Lie down in your sleep position
- Evaluate the comfort and support
- Educate yourself
- Partners should both test the mattress