Standard sized beds are
generally categorized as single, twin, extra-long
twin, full, double, queen, king, California king,
eastern king and western king that have their own
distinctive and defined bed sizes. One can choose from
amongst them according to their need, number of people
they need to accommodate in a room, size of the
persons and size of the room itself. Just a little
difference in size can get you cheated by lots of
bucks, so read this guide to more about these bed
types, before choosing one for your bedroom,
children's room or guest room:
Custom-sized beds may look good in a room but
then you will always need custom-sized bedding for the perfect
Twin beds are nothing but single beds that
are narrower and can fit into tiniest bedrooms. They are good
choices for kids' room or guest room and often come as bunk
beds or have 'trundle' fitted under them that can be pulled
out to accommodate a sleepover friends. They are 39" wide
and about 75" long. Their bedsheets are easily available
but it may be too short for some adults.
Extra long twin beds are 39" wide like a
twin bed but is 80" in length to accommodate tall
teenagers and adults and are favorite choices for college dorm
rooms or attic rooms for singles. However, finding bedding for
it can be bit of a headache.
It is not necessary that 'standard' beds and
bedding sizes is same everywhere so it is advisable to have
the exact measurements with you for better fittings.
Double or full sized beds are one and the
same thing and are 54" wide and 75" long, which
gives only 27" of space per person, which is 12"
less than a twin bed and thus are considered too narrow for
daily purposes. However, they still require small space and
thus may be used in smaller rooms or for guest rooms.
Double and full sized beds may be too short
for some adults.
Queen beds are 60" wide and 80"
long and thus, allow each person 30" of space, which is
still much less than the one offered by the twin bed. However,
couples often prefer to use it because it occupies less floor
area and fit snugly into small master bedrooms of new couples
or guest rooms.
An 'Olympic queen' bed is slightly bigger
than the standard queen size but then neither queen-sized not
king-sized bedding will not fit it correctly.
Standard King bed or Eastern King bed is
76" wide and 80" long and allows for 38" of
space per person for a couple, while California or Western
King bed is 72" wide and 84" long, allowing 36"
of width per person and more vertical space for taller
You can also opt for two extra-long twin beds
instead on one standard sized king bed to allow greater
You may need to search for right fit of
sheets before buying one.
Most of the king-sized beds come with
half-width box springs and one mattress to allow for easier
moving and changing position.