Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Two Little Monkeys Jumpin' on the Bed!

Matt and I were talking recently about the size of our beds.  We each have a full {AKA "Double"} size mattresses, which is fine when we sleep alone but, as most modern couples, we share a sleeping arrangement on occasion and sometimes it can be a tight squeeze.   And we went on to hypothesize about what size bed we might get, should we ever make the leap into cohabitation?

 Matt's a tall fella and I'm a little toaster oven, so we usually end up not having enough room for his lanky legs, and for my toasty tootsies.  Our nights are often spent much like this:

According to this test, we sleep in the "scissors" position. With his poor toes hanging over the edge of the bed! No one should have to live like that!

Being the curious toaster oven I am, I decided to research: exactly what are the dimensions each size bed? And just in case you were wondering... I thought I'd share with you too. Thanks to Sleepys for providing this information.

  • Twin 39" x 75" {AKA single}: Most common for children's rooms, daybeds, trundle units and hideaways.
  • Twin Extra Long {Twin XL} 39" x 80": Is generally used in college dorm rooms and is 5" longer than a standard twin. Bedding may be harder to find and available only a limited variety of styles. Approx. width per person: 39"
  • Full 54" x 75" {AKA Double} : Full size beds are only 15" wider than Twin beds. This won't leave much elbow room for 2 adults (each will have only 27" of width vs. 39" in a Twin bed). Also, a Full bed is only 75" long which may be too short for some adults. But, this size is a good option for a guest room or as a child's step-up mattress. Approx. width per person: 27"
  • Queen 60" x 80": Currently the dominant size bed in America, Queen Beds are 6" wider (and 5" longer) than a Full size bed. These added inches can make all the difference in comfort, but each adult still has 9" less than the width of a standard Twin bed. However, it's a good choice for guest rooms and smaller master bedrooms. Can use standard pillows or the slightly larger queen size pillows. Approx. width per person: 30"
  • King 76" x 80" {AKA Eastern King}: King beds are growing in popularity. King is about 16" wider than a Queen bed. Both are about 80" long. The Eastern King is the only bed to give each person the same width as a Twin bed. In fact you can push 2 Extra-Long Twin beds together to be the same size as an Eastern King. This is a good way to have a versatile guest room (use 2 twins separately or push together to make a king bed for couples). An Eastern King bed comes with one mattress and two half-width box springs to be more manageable when moving. Approx. width per person: 38"
  • California King 72" x 84" {AKA Western King}: California King is 12" wider than a Queen bed but adds 4" in length. This may be a better choice for taller adults. This size is sometimes known as the "Western King". Bedding may be labeled either "California King" or "Western King". A California King bed set comes with one mattress and two half-width box springs to be more manageable when moving. Approx. width per person: 36" 

I always thought the California King would be outrageously too big but perhaps its not a bad option for us! A little longer but not as outrageously wide as a regular King.  

What do you guys think? In an ideal world, would you: Snuggle with your loved one in a twin- the closer the better!? Or a full is just fine for you two? Perhaps a Queen is just enough to fit the two of you with a little elbow room? Or maybe you swear by your king?

1 comment:

  1. I love the double bed! Enough room but not too much room! Haha.


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