Size Guide: Is A Queen Mattress Right For You?

Couple sleeping in each other's arms.

by Sleep First 3 min read

If you're in the market for a new mattress, you probably know at least a little bit about what you're looking for. You know sleep is important, and are now ready to start valuing and prioritizing it. Perhaps you're pining after more support or a little extra firmness, or maybe you're dreaming of pillow tops or memory foam. But in all of your dreaming and scheming, have you thought about sizing up? Today, we’re continuing our size guide series with one of the bigger sizes: the queen mattress.


Queen mattresses are the most popular mattress size of all, as well as the most commonly advertised. They stretch 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, making them a perfect fit for most standard bedrooms. A queen size mattress is a common first mattress choice for couples, as well as single people who love to spread out. Wondering if a queen mattress would be the right fit for you? Here’s a breakdown of when exactly queen size mattresses work best.


Mattress Size Guide

A Great First Choice for Couples


A queen size mattress is an excellent choice for a couple shopping for their first mattress. They’re roomier than a full and can comfortably accommodate two people, while still fitting well even in smaller bedrooms. They’re also more affordable than king size mattresses, making them a good option for younger couples or those on a tighter budget.


However, it’s important to note that queen size mattresses are best for couples who like to cuddle up close. At 60 inches wide, queen mattresses provide less sleeping space than a twin per person. If you’re someone who needs their personal space and don’t exactly love the idea of snuggling the night away, or you have children or pets who like to join you during the night, you may want to size up to a king. 


Singles who need a little extra space


Queen mattresses are also great choices for individuals who want value their space. If you like to spread out while you’re sleeping and tend to prefer diagonal, sprawled out positions, you’d likely be much more comfortable on a queen than you would on a full. They’re also good for pet owners, as they’re big enough to accomodate a person and their beloved furry friend.


Do you find that your feet tend to stick out at the bottom of your bed? Queen mattresses work well for individuals who need a bit more length. As they’re 80 inches long, they provide an additional 5 inches of length than full mattresses do, so folks on the taller side can sleep comfortably without their feet dangling off the bed. They’re also 6 inches wider, providing enough support for sleepers on the upper spectrum of the BMI scale.  


An Investment in Your Child’s Future


While twin and even full size mattresses are the most common mattress choice for a child, there are a few instances when you might actually want to get your kiddo a queen. First and foremost is the consideration of safety. If you have a child who really tosses and turns in their sleep, a queen mattress would help minimize the chances of them rolling right off the bed and hurting themselves. Additionally, they’re a good choice for children who share a bed with multiple siblings, or who frequently have sleepovers with cousins or friends. 


Then there are the children that need a little extra parental support to fall asleep. If you have a child that needs you to snuggle them until they start to doze off, or come comfort them after a nightmare, a queen size mattress will provide the most comfort for the both of you. Finally, investing in a queen bed for your child could end up saving you money in the long run. A queen mattress can take your child all the up through high school, no matter how much they end up growing.

When you’re considering which mattress size is right for you, you’ll want to take into account your own individual comfort preferences, circumstances, and sleeping style. The best way to know which mattress size fits just right is to come in to a store and test out the options for yourself. When you’re ready to find your next mattress, come visit us at your nearest Sleep First. We’ll be waiting to help guide you towards your perfect fit!

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