When you understand the true size of the sleep surface you rest on every night, you will discover that size really does matter. As an infant you were afforded a crib mattress that was 27″ wide and 54″ long. Then, in all likelihood, you graduated to a twin size mattress which measures 39″ wide by 75″ long. As you progressed in size, you may have moved up to a full size bed, which is 54″ wide (twice as wide as a crib).
Therefore, to ask two full size adults to sleep in a full size bed is like asking them to move back to the same space they had as an infant! The bedding industry recognized this fact long ago and began offering a queen size mattress to allow more room for each adult (60″ x 80″). This not only gave us more width, but an extra 5″ for those of us who are taller than average (5’10” is about average these days, by the way).
Then, the king size bed was created to accommodate two individuals with the same space they had in a twin bed. A king size bed is 78″ wide, the same width as two twin mattresses put together, but it also adds that extra 5″ for the taller folks (80″ in length vs. 75″ in a twin or full size bed). Lastly, our left coast friends (California) decided they needed something slightly different than a king size, creating the “California King,” which is 84″ long but only 72″ wide. This aberration does accommodate those few that are in the seven foot range but makes up less than 5% of all sales nationwide, per numbers supplied by ISPA (International Sleep Products Association) and NABM (National Association of Bedding Manufacturers), the two industry authorities to which the industry subscribes.
Our advice is to buy the largest bed your room can accommodate. A standard king size (78″ x 80″) will afford you a much more tranquil sleep experience, (and allow your sleep partner the opportunity to rest as well) than a full size (54″ x 75″) or even a queen size (60″ x 80″).
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