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When choosing a mattress size, shoppers should take several factors into consideration. These include room size, budget, and the number of sleepers who plan to utilize the mattress. Most mattress models are available in six sizes: Twin, Twin Extra Long (Twin XL), Full, Queen, King, and California. Other specialty and custom sizes may be available for certain models, as well.
This guide will compare two of the largest standard mattress sizes, Queen and King. To begin, let’s look at some basic differences between the Queen and King sizes.
|Standard Width||60″ (5′)||76″ (6 1/3′)|
|Standard Length||80″ (6 2/3′)||80″ (6 2/3′)|
|Ideal Bedroom Size||Minimum: 9W’ x 11L’|
Maximum: 11W’ x 11L’
|At least 11W’ x 11L’|
|Average Price||$800 to $1,200||$1,000 to $1,700|
|Ideal Sleeping Arrangement||Single sleeper who prefers abundant space or couples that do not require much extra space.||Couples who prefer abundant space, particularly those with children and/or pets that sometimes sleep with them.|
Queen-size mattresses account for roughly 40% of all mattress sales, making them the most popular size. As a result, the Queen-size mattress is an industry standard; many brands advertise their models using the Queen as a default reference point.
Benefits of a Queen-size mattress include the following:
Drawbacks of Queen-size mattresses include the following:
The King size — which measures seventy-six inches (76″) wide and eighty inches (80″) long — is technically the largest standard mattress size with a total area of 6,080 square inches. Many mistakenly believe the California King — which measures seventy-two inches (72″) wide and eighty-four feet (84″) long — is the largest mattress size, but the California King covers a total area of 6,048 square inches.
Benefits of a King-size mattress include the following;
Drawbacks of King-size mattresses include the following:
The difference between a Queen- and King-size mattress is somewhat negotiable, but shoppers should consider the following points when comparing the two sizes:
Ultimately, a Queen-size mattress is most suitable for individual sleepers who prefer some extra space, as well as couples who don’t mind a narrower fit. A King-size mattress, on the other hand, is ideal for couples who prefer extra space, as well as parents and pet owners.
However, these findings are subjective. If you are unsure which size will work best, we recommend trying out both sizes in mattress stores, as well as participating in sleep trials that allow you to sleep on Queen- and King-size mattresses for longer periods of time and return the model that is least satisfactory for you and, if applicable, your sleep partner.
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