Choosing the Right Mattress Size for Your Bed: King Size, Queen Size and Twin Bed Dimensions

If you are looking for a bed for your new house, you need to know this first: king size, queen size, and twin bed dimensions.
If you are looking for a bed for your new house, you need to know this first: king size, queen size, and twin bed dimensions.
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Choosing the right size for your bed depending on your situation is an important decision that can affect not only the arrangement of your bedroom but also the comfort and quality of your sleep every night. Shopping for the right mattress can be a daunting task, but knowing what you want before you start shopping can make a big difference. Knowing which bed size that you need and whether it can still fit into your space can make the shopping faster, easier, and a lot less frustrating. Keep in mind the differences between a King, Queen, and Twin bed dimensions.

This article will cover the most popular bed sizes as well as some tips for interior design that can help you choose the best mattress size for your bedroom. Keep these handy dimensions in mind to make your shopping easier and faster. You can use these dimensions and some painters paint that will not damage your floor to make a quick outline of your bed so you can get an idea of how much room the bed will take on your bedroom. Keep in mind that this should be your mattress size and the bed frame that you choose may add extra length and width.

Bed Sizes in Order

Here are the bed sizes in order of their dimensions:

  • Alaskan King Size Bed Dimensions: 108 inches by 9 feet
  • Texas or Athletic King Size Bed Dimensions: 80 inches by 98 inches
  • California King Size Bed Dimensions: 72 inches by 84 inches
  • King Size Bed Dimensions: 76 inches by 80 inches
  • Queen Size Bed Dimensions: 60 inches by 80 inches
  • Full-Size Bed Dimensions: 54 inches by 75 inches
  • Twin XL Size Bed Dimensions: 39 inches by 80 inches
  • Twin Size Bed Dimensions: 38 inches by 75 inches

King Size Bed Dimensions

The standard king size bed dimensions in the United States and Canada are 76 inches by 80 inches (in centimeter, it is 193 centimeters by 203 centimeters). If your mattress needs box springs, you may use either a one king-sized spring or two twin XL box springs for the ease of portability.

A king sized bed can fit in a standard empty room without any problems, but after adding a bedside table, dresser or other furnishings, it might be too big for the space.

California King Size Bed

California King size bed dimensions are 72 inches by 84 inches or 183 centimeters by 213 centimeters, making it a bit longer and narrower than a standard king size bed. These beds may be difficult to find bed linens for so you need to ensure that you can easily find lines that will fit the bed, your budget, and your style before making an investment on this size.

These days, a lot of newly constructed homes have master suites that feel like caverns and a larger bed is a great way to fill that space and make it look more like a home rather than an echo chamber. You may want to leave about two inches of space around the sides and foot of the bed so you can have ample room to move about the space. If you have a narrower room and still want a larger bed, the California King is worth checking.

Texas King Size Bed

The Texas King size bed, also known as the Athletic King, has a big size of 80 inches by 98 inches or 203 centimeters by 249 centimeters. This bed can accommodate the family but the challenge with this is that you may need to get a frame custom-made for this.

Alaskan King Size Bed

The biggest king size bed dimensions have a whopping 9 feet by 9 feet or 108 inches by 108 inches, also known as the Alaskan King Size Bed. You need a three-piece box spring to go with this size. This can be heavy and cumbersome to flip and clean so you need to have a companion when cleaning. The Alaskan King bed is the ultimate slumber party bed and can accommodate you or the family while watching Netflix and enjoying pizza and cola on the side.

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[Image Credit: WayFair]

Queen Size Bed Dimensions

When you prefer a bed a little smaller than a King size one, you may try queen size beds. Queen size bed dimensions are 60 inches by 80 inches or 152 centimeters by 203 centimeters. Queen sized beds are the most popular mattress sizes and provides an ample amount of room for individuals and even for couples.

There are two variations for queen sized bed: the Olympic and California Queen models. The Olympic Queen bed measures 66 inches by 80 inches while the California Queen bed measures 60 inches by 84 inches. These two sizes provide a little extra length for those who need a little more space.

How Much Bigger is a King Bed Than a Queen?

You may often ask: how much bigger is the king bed than a queen? Although both sizes are 80 inches long, a king size bed is 16 inches wider than a queen.

Choosing between a king or a queen size bed depends on the size of your room as well as your sleeping preferences. If you like to stretch a bit and your partner does not appreciate your hand on his face all night, the difference of 16 inches could make a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. However, if you are a cuddly type, a queen size bed could seal the deal.

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[Image Credit: WayFair]

Full Bed and Twin Bed Dimensions

If you are looking for a perfect size for the guest room, a full-size bed is your friend. Full-size bed dimensions are 54 inches by 75 inches or 137 centimeters by 191 centimeters.

A full bed is a good quality and comfortable full-size mattress for the guests. It helps people feel comfortable in your home but not enough for them to move in or to extend their stay.

If you are a single person in your early 20’s or 30’s and you are about to graduate from your twin sized college bed but you don’t have a large apartment or space, a full sized bed is a great option.

Size of a Twin Size Bed

Meanwhile, twin bed dimensions are 38 inches by 75 inches or 97 centimeters by 191 centimeters. If you are not a child or you are not on the tall side, a twin XL that measures 39 inches by 80 inches is the right size for you.

The twin XL is loved by many dorm-dwelling college kids. Twin beds are a good choice because they are compact enough to go vertical, like in bunk beds and can save floor space.

Which to Choose: Twin Vs Double Bed

When it comes to knowing the difference between a double and twin bed, people may have some confusion. The twin bed is smaller by the full-sized bed by 15 inches in width and has the exact same length. The twin size is often referred to as a single bed while a full-sized bed is a double bed.

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[Image Credit: WayFair]

Pillow Top or Memory Foam?

Before deciding whether or not you would want a memory foam or pillow top, determine the correct size of the mattress for your space and needs. Remember to leave about 2 feet around the three sides of the bed to allow a comfortable movement in the room.

When choosing your bed size, remember that the bed frame will add to the actual size as well as the visual space that the bed takes up. Having a king size bed in a smaller room and adding a solid oak four poster bed with oversized headboard and footboard will make the room darker and claustrophobic. Meanwhile, a captains bed frame in a bright white can house a twin sized mattress and can provide extra storage in the bedroom.

Determining the correct bed size is the start of a great bedroom design. Knowing which mattress you need before you start shopping for one can help save you a lot of time and frustration and pave your way for a more relaxing bedroom that looks like it was designed by a pro.

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