Getting a new mattress is a process that comes with a lot of questions. How much should you spend?
What kind of mattress is best for you?
We all know that buying a bed is an important decision, and once you figure out what kind of mattress is a good fit to aid your sleeping habits, the next question is usually ‘what size should I get’?
Choosing the right size mattress greatly depends on how many people will be using it, and how much space will be needed while sleeping, so what’s really the difference in mattress sizes?
Is bigger always better?
Those who tend to sprawl out and roll around when they sleep would probably prefer a large mattress; more room for stretching your limbs or more room for when your partner moves onto your side of the bed.
But ‘bigger’ has different meanings. Does ‘bigger’ mean longer, or wider?
Or does it just mean overall bigger?
For the biggest mattresses (without getting a specialty mattress), the King comes in two popular sizes; the standard King (80’’x76’’) and the California, or ‘Cal’ King (84’’x72’’). The Cal King is longer where the standard King is wider; the Cal King reaches around 84 inches in length, where the standard King is about 74 inches wide.
So, for those vertically inclined people, the Cal King would probably be a better fit if you’re around six feet tall, since the Cal King tops out at 7 feet long. The regular King is the same size as two Twin XL mattresses put side by side. This is essentially like two people sleeping on their own Twin XL mattresses!
Although bigger is better for sleeping when you need more space, a bigger mattress can be a challenge to fit into a bedroom. Trying to maneuver an entire mattress around corners and possibly up stairs could be a nightmare!
Luckily, with the new invention of the ‘mattress-in-a-box’, mattresses can come in much smaller boxes and then inflate to their full size, saving a lot of hassle and time.
Smaller than a King and Cal King is the Queen, which is the most popular size mattress for people who share a bed. The Queen is the same length as a King and Twin XL, but is smaller than a King; the Queen reaches 80 inches long and 60 inches wide, whereas the King is 76 inches wide.
A Full size bed is actually smaller than a Queen. A Full size Mattress is just as long as a Twin, at 75 inches, but is wider than one at 54 inches. The Twin, of course, is the smallest mattress for adults at 75 inches long and 39 inches wide. The Twin XL is still 39 inches wide, but is longer than a Twin or Full at 80 inches long; the same length as a King and Queen.
But these are just numbers of course, so we’ve created a very useful visual chart, to show you the sizes of mattresses and how they differ in size and width. And it’s color coded! These numbers are specific to Tanda™ Mattresses though, so keep in mind that all mattress sizes aren’t necessarily the same size. If you would like some real world reference, check out this unboxing video for our Queen sized mattress!