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What Size Bed Should I Pick? Mattress Dimension Guide

Two kids jumping on mattress
Written By
Parachute Team
Photographs By
Jessica Schramm for Parachute
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So you've decided it's time to upgrade and replace your mattress. Selecting a new mattress for your home is a BIG decision financially, but also physically. Beyond finding a mattress that meets all of your requirements i.e. price point, materials, delivery method, softness, firmness, etc. you also have to figure out what size mattress is right for your space. It can be challenging to determine the right size for your height and weight as well as the best fit for the room. We know there are a lot of questions to answer when buying a mattress and the frustration can be real! Luckily, The Parachute Mattress is available in sizes ranging from Twin to Cal King to accommodate every shopper. To help you sort through all your options, we thought we’d highlight the dimensions of the six standard mattress sizes we offer and share the best ways to think through this exciting purchase! 

Twin Mattress

Our twin mattress dimensions are 38" X 75" X 13" and the smallest offering. It’s ideal for children, bunk beds, single sleepers or for a day bed. This size is great for saving space, but can be outgrown quickly depending on the circumstances. Plus, we offer twin bedding in percale, sateen and linen. To find what bedding is right for you check out The Parachute Fabric Guide.

Twin XL Mattress

Our twin XL mattress dimensions are 38" X 80" X 13" making it five inches longer than a twin. This mattress suits children and teenagers and is most commonly found in college dorm rooms. A split king can also be created with two twin XL mattresses for greater adaptability based on sleep preferences.

Woman jumping on full size mattress.

Full Mattress

The Parachute Mattress in full is sized at 53" X 75" X 13". We like to think of this as a good starter mattress. It’s great for growing children, a guest bedroom, a single person with limited space or a duo that likes to spoon. A full is often referred to as a double and is 15 inches wider than a twin. A full isn’t the best choice for couples who like their space or those who plan to invite pets and kids into bed. However, it’s a great mattress for a first apartment or for those who have an extra bedroom for overnight stays.

Queen Mattress

The size of a queen mattress runs at 60" X 80" X 13". The most popular size mattress, a queen is ideal for a sleeper that likes to spread out or for couples. A queen is seven inches wider and five inches longer than a full – a substantial difference! A very functional and practical choice, a queen should fit in most rooms comfortably.

King Mattress

A king size mattress is 76" X 80" X 13". A large piece of furniture for your bedroom, this size is best for couples who like to have space or share their bed with pets and/or kids. 16 inches wider than a queen, a king size mattress is a big upgrade so make sure to take careful measurements of your room.

Mattress in a room with lamp.

Cal King Mattress

The longest mattress available, a cal king's dimensions are 72" X 84" X 13". At 84 inches in length, this mattress suits taller individuals or those just looking for ample space. The cal king provides a luxurious sleep experience that will give you hotel vibes. Because of the great length of this mattress it is best for spacious rooms, so again make sure to put your measuring tape to work!

How to Choose the Right Mattress?

It’s important to think through all the logistics and scenarios of how and where your new mattress will be slept on before you make your selection. We suggest you consider the following:

What size room are you getting a mattress for?

Don’t be afraid to measure, take pictures and map out where your mattress will fit in your room. 

Where is the bedroom located?

Keep in mind that you need to get the mattress safely into your home, so consider what size will best fit through the door, up the stairs and down the hall. 

Who’s using the bed?

Consider if this mattress will just be for you or you and a partner. Think or talk through all your individual needs. For example, do you like to sprawl out? Will you be welcoming pets or kids into the bed occasionally? The answers all factor into what size mattress is right for you. 

What’s your body type?

Perhaps a longer bed is a better option for you if you’re tall or a wider bed may better support your frame. Make sure your mattress fits you!  

What position do you sleep in?

Take notice of the positions you fall asleep in and wake up. Do you spread out like a starfish or do you curl up like a cat? Knowing your sleep style will help you to determine what size mattress is best for your needs. For more on the unique ergonomic zones in The Parachute Mattress read here.