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How to Choose Between a Twin and Full-Size Mattress

January (4) _ How To Choose Between a Twin and Full-Size Mattress

Customers often ask us about whether or not they should purchase a king size mattress or a queen size mattress, but there is another debate in mattress sizes that exists for single sleepers. There are some key differences between a twin size mattress and a full-size mattress, and while both have their fair share of positive qualities, deciding on which one to purchase usually comes down to a matter of taste. Of course, one has to be familiar with the differences in order to to choose, which is where an exploration of these mattresses’ differences can come in handy.

The following are some things to consider when deciding between a twin and a full-size mattress:


The most obvious difference between the two mattresses is the size. At 54 inches in width, a full-size mattress actually is 15 inches wider than a twin, which is 39 inches across. While that’s plenty big for a single sleeper, a full-size bed also can be amenable for more than one person if the need requires it. Two children, for example, could share a full mattress rather comfortably.

On the other hand, while 54 inches can accommodate two adults, it can be a bit of a tight fit depending on how those adults are accustomed to sleeping. Conversely, a full bed will feel more spacious for one person, especially if they have been used to sleeping in a twin.

As the larger option, a full is a little more diverse for both single and double occupancy, but twin beds are perfectly appropriate for individual sleepers of all ages, as well.

The Room

So why would anybody choose the smaller twin mattress if the full-size one is larger and more accommodating? For starters, a smaller bedroom might not have the space to fit a full-size bedroom set comfortably. In order for a full-sized bed not to dominate the floor space in a room, it really needs to be ten feet by ten feet or larger. Anything smaller than that, and a twin-size mattress will be a better fit, allowing homeowners to fit other furniture items in the room, such as a dresser, bookshelf, or writing desk.


Not only that, but twin mattresses also are more affordable. To be fair, moving up to full-sized mattress is not that much of a difference, especially considering how often these beds are used and how long people own them, but for those on a tighter budget, the lower price of the twin beds may be a deciding factor. Even the accessories for twin beds, which include sheets, comforter sets, and mattress pads, are less expensive for twin mattresses, and that also can help customers decide on a size.

The good news is that there are great twin mattresses just as there are great full-size mattresses, and both can be purchased with the same variety of softness and materials, just in different sizes. Choosing a new mattress, either shopping online or in person at one of our Ben’s locations in greater the Atlanta, GA area, is a matter of taste and need, but thankfully there are plenty of excellent options in all shapes and sizes of mattress. Visit one of our stores today for a customized comfort test and choose the mattress that is right for you.


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