Understanding twin, queen, and king bed dimensions electricity facts history

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• Double beds (also known as full) were the most common for two to sleep in until the 1960’s. They’re only 15" wider than a single bed, leaving only 27" of sleep space for each of two adults. At 75" long, a full-size bed may be too short for some taller adults.

Queen size beds are 21" wider and 5" longer than a twin bed and 6" wider and 5" longer than a double size bed. Though this extra width and length can make all the difference in getting a good night’s sleep, each adult still has 9" less of width than if they each slept in a twin bed. A queen bed works well for guest rooms and small master bedrooms and is a good choice for couples who like to snuggle.

• Cons: With only 30" of personal space for each person (only 3" more than a double), a queen may be too narrow for everyday sleeping for a couple. Some bedding is sold as "full/queen" and doesn’t really fit either full or queen perfectly. Check bedding dimensions to be sure that it will fit comfortably. Standard size pillows or queen pillows work well.

Note: You might find a slightly larger queen size bed called an "Olympic Queen". Beware before you buy bedding: standard queen sizes may not fit correctly and you might need to cut down king-size bedding, adding a considerable cost to your purchase. King Size Beds

With two sizes of king beds and four names, it can get confusing when you go shopping for a king size bed. A standard king is also called an Eastern king and a California king is also called a Western king. A standard king is about 4" wider and a California king is 4" longer.

Two people sleeping in a king size bed will get the same amount of personal sleeping space as in a twin bed. In fact, if you pushed two extra-long twin beds together they’d be about the same size as an Eastern king. For great versatility in a guest room, if you have the floor space, use 2 extra long twin beds separately for singles or push them together to make a king bed for couples.

When buying sheets, you have to be careful to purchase the right size. Flat sheets will fit both sizes of king beds, but fitted sheets are cut to fit one or the other. Before you go shopping for sheets, be sure to measure your bed exactly to be sure to buy the linens that will fit exactly.

• Cons: Because of its size, a king bed may not be practical for a single person who has to do the moving by himself. They’re hard to get upstairs, through narrow, winding hallways, and small rooms. A king bed may not be long enough for very tall people. Bedding is most expensive in the king sizes. The wide bed requires at least 3 standard or 2 queen or king pillows, adding to the cost.

California King or Western King beds are 12" wider than a queen and 4" longer. This is the longest bed commonly available in stores and is the best choice for tall people. Like the Eastern king, the California king bed set comes with one mattress and two half-width box springs to be more manageable when moving. Very tall single people can sleep from corner to corner and still be comfortable.

• Cons: This very large mattress may be cumbersome to move and may not fit up stairs, through narrow hallways, or in small bedrooms. Like the Eastern king, the California king bed set comes with one mattress and two half-width box springs to be more manageable when moving. Very tall single people can sleep from corner to corner and still be comfortable.