What size mattress do you need?
Mattress costs vary depending on the size of your purchase, so it’s important to consider what size mattress you’ll really need to help you stick to your budget.
If it’s just you and your pup sharing the space, a twin XL or full-size mattress may do the trick. If it’s you, your pup, and your significant other, a twin size may be a tight squeeze. The most common mattress size for couples is a queen-size mattress. It allows space for both people to sleep comfortably, and will fit in most bedrooms.
King-size mattresses have gained more popularity in recent years because they offer even more space for couples, plus some extra room for pets or squirmy kids. California king mattresses are not as wide as kings but are longer. So if you happen to be super tall or just prefer more space while you sleep, then a king or California king might be worth considering.
It is worth noting that you’ll find a wider range of sheets and bedding that are made for queen-size mattresses, so decorating your bedroom can be more affordable.
Speaking of your bedroom…
Before deciding on which mattress size might be best for you, make sure you’ve planned ahead for how it will fit in your space. A studio apartment may not be able to fit a queen- or king-size mattress, but may be just right for a full-size bed. Be sure to measure your space and plan out how the rest of your furniture will fit. Knowing that your new mattress will fit in your room (along with your other furniture or on your bed frame) saves you time and money in the long run.
If you’re more of a visual person, there are a number of free tools available to help you see how your room will come to life. We like Roomstyler 3D Home Planner which allows you to customize your room layout and already has different bed sizes and standard furniture pieces pre-loaded.
Here are the dimensions* for standard bed sizes so you know what to expect:
- Twin: 38” x 75”
- Twin XL: 38” x 80”
- Full: 54” x 75”
- Queen: 60” x 80”
- King: 76” x 80”
- California King: 72” x 84”
*Note: mattresses differ in their height, which is why we are only providing width and length as standard dimensions.
What’s the mattress made of?
When looking for a mattress on a budget, you need to consider what you’re getting for that price. If you find a mattress under $500, it typically means the manufacturer cut corners or used cheaper materials (which means you’ll likely be waking up sore and achy, and looking for a new mattress in due time). But that might be fine if you’re looking for a temporary bed or something to put in your guest bedroom.
There are four different categories of common material used in mattresses, and determining what’s inside your mattress gives you an idea of how much it should cost. Here’s a quick rundown of the types of mattresses on the market:
Mattresses typically under $1,000