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What Mattress Do You Need for Your Lifestyle?

by Bill Welles

Whether this is your first time buying a new mattress or you’re buying a mattress for the first time in over a decade, finding the right size, foundation, support, and comfort level can weigh heavy on your mind. You don’t want to waste precious time and money on a mattress that leaves you waking each morning with aches and pains.

Mattresses are different for everyone, and regardless of your ideal firmness level, one of the biggest determining factors when shopping for a new mattress is your lifestyle. Do you live alone in a tiny apartment or do you live with your family of five in a three-story home? Does your sleep partner have a different sleep position than you? Do you live an active lifestyle? Do you spend more time in the house or out of the house? What side of the bed do you sleep on? These are just a few of the questions that will help determine the best mattress for your lifestyle.

Don’t be overwhelmed; our team of industry experts at Mattress Land are here to break down mattress- size terminology to help you find the best mattress for the way you live—whether you prefer sleeping sprawled out by yourself or nestled tightly next to a pet or loved one.  

woman stretching in the morning

Things to Consider

We highlighted a few questions above to ask yourself as you begin your search for a new mattress, but that’s only the beginning. There are even more factors that can help you determine the ideal mattress type.

Size and Comfort Level

This is somewhat of a loaded question because mattresses are not a one-size-fits-all type of product. It's essential to evaluate your individual needs and preferences.

If you frequently experience back pain or sleep problems, you won’t want to sleep on a smaller mattress where your left clinging to the edge all night long. You may want to consider a free trial period where you can test out the bed to be sure it will suit your level of comfort.

A great way to discover your ideal mattress comfort is with our patented BedFit technology. Our diagnostic test-beds create a digital map of your body and your pressure points to determine the best postural support, pillows, foundations, support rating, and more.

This technology and proven system are exclusive to Mattress Land with the goal in mind to take the guesswork out of the mattress shopping experience. If you need a refresher or would like to learn more, refer to our blog on the BedFit basics.

 BedFit sleep report

Who’s Sleeping in the Bed?

Are you sleeping solo or sharing the bed with a sleep partner? Do your kids sleep in bed with you often after a bad dream? Do you leave space at the foot of the bed for your dog to curl up? These are some common sleeping arrangements that can play into mattress size.

Typically, twin, twin XL, and full-size mattresses are intended for one person, and queen, king, and California king beds provide enough room for two sleepers. If you like to sprawl out and stretch your legs like a starfish, you’ll appreciate the extra room granted by a king or California king.

Mattress size is crucial, so we’ll expand on this section later in the article to give you a more in-depth look.

Bedroom Size

This one seems obvious enough, but considering the size of your bedroom is oftentimes missed during your mattress exploration. A larger mattress will take up more space in your bedroom, so be cognizant of the space you have available. If you try to cram a king-size mattress in a studio apartment, the bed will most likely feel congested in your home and restrict your walking space or freedom of movement.

Body Type

Different body types require different sleeping arrangements. Take your height and weight into consideration when shopping for a new mattress. We mentioned twin and twin XL sizes being best suited for one sleeper, and they are also best suited for average-height individuals. If you are over six feet tall, you’ll probably want a slightly larger mattress (unless you like to see your toes poking out of the covers).

For taller or heavyset individuals who require additional space on either side of their body, your best bet is a queen, king, or California king-size mattress. These mattress sizes will provide the support and space necessary to comfortably shift around and move about during sleep.

Your Budget

It also helps to establish a budget and determine how much money you’re willing to spend on a new mattress. The larger the mattress, the higher the price will be. Certain materials and brands can also play a role in the cost of a mattress, so it’s important to be diligent and take time to do your research.

A mattress that suits your size requirements and financial needs is key for a successful purchase, but don’t forget to consider accessories like an adjustable bed frame or sheets, pillows, and mattress protectors. Again, if you’re willing to spend a little bit more, you’ll benefit from quality products that are specifically designed to improve your sleep.  

mattress buying guide woman cuddling with her dog in bed

Size Breakdown

We told you we’d revisit mattress sizes and further explain how each size could impact your decision, so let’s check out our options.

Twin Mattress

Twin mattresses are best suited for kids, bunk beds, and single sleepers. This is the smallest mattress option available at 39 inches wide and 75 inches long. Its smaller, compact footprint is ideal for small living spaces like condos and studio apartments.

Twin XL Mattress

The next size up is the Twin XL. This mattress size is common for teenagers, single households, or anyone with limited bedroom space. This is also the mattress size you’ll find in many college dorm rooms.

The XL is the slightly longer cousin of the twin mattress. It measures five inches longer than a twin, at 39 inches wide and 80 inches long. These beds can also be put together if you’re opting for a split king base and full body adjustability. Essentially, a split king is two twin-size mattresses put together to form a king-size bed.

Full Mattress

You'll commonly find a full mattress in a guest bedroom or a bedroom that a young couple shares together—a full is great for cuddling.

The full is also a great starter mattress for young adults, first-time homeowners, or recent graduates living on their own for the first time. Also referred to as a “double,” the full is 15 inches wider than a twin at 54 inches wide and 75 inches long. If you like to share the bed with your pets or children, a full mattress might be a tad too small.  

Queen Mattress

If you’re ready for the royal treatment, a queen mattress is best for anyone who likes to sprawl out.

One of the most popular mattress sizes on the market, the queen mattress is a great addition to any master bedroom that is at least 10 x 10 square feet. At 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, the queen offers plenty of space for individuals who like extra room to move around in bed without feeling constricted.

King Mattress

All hail the king—mattress that is! If you want to fill out your bedroom space with one of the largest sizes available, invest in a king mattress.

At 76 inches wide and 80 inches long, the king mattress is large enough for couples to sleep comfortably while accommodating their children or extra-large pets (Great Dane and English Mastiff approved). A king mattress fits best in a more spacious master bedroom space—preferably 12 x 10 square feet.

California King Mattress

For those who enjoy a king but want to experience a luxurious amount of space, consider a California king. A personal favorite of Rihanna, a California king bed is the longest mattress on the market, measuring 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. Its generous length makes it ideal for taller individuals, especially those above six feet tall. But you don’t need to be tall to benefit or enjoy an extra-large bed—anyone who requires additional space will be more than satisfied when they’re “California Dreaming” on their new mattress.

Parents in bed playing with their kids

Other Mattresses

We briefly mentioned the split king bed, but other mattress sizes include the full XL and the split California king. These mattress sizes aren’t as popular as the ones listed above, but they are still great options if you prefer to maintain your space and keep each side of the bed separate.

Now that you know a little bit more about mattress options and sizes, you should be ready to find the right mattress to fit your lifestyle. If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of our mattresses or sleep accessories, give us a call, shop online, or visit us at one of our Mattress Land locations to test out the mattress of your dreams.