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Want a Memory Foam or Foam Mattress? 

A memory foam or foam mattress used to be used for camping with the family or as a spare bed when the kids had a sleepover. While it was ‘comfortable enough’ in those rare occasions, you would not have considered using it as your full-time mattress. Times have changed and so has foam. Memory foam mattresses have become one of the most popular choices for everyday beds in homes. You can even read about them in Mom blogs! Here's more information:

What is a Memory Foam Mattress?

Let’s look at a few online definitions of a memory foam mattress. The dictionary defines memory foam as a polyurethane material that is sensitive to pressure and temperature, used especially in mattresses, where it molds to the shape of an individual’s body.

Memory foam is made up of polyurethane and other components that increase its density and viscosity, compared to the old foam mattress from days-gone-by. It works well as a daily mattress because it forms to the shape of your body, while supporting your neck and general spine alignment.

Memory foam’s cells are effectively open, and that creates a space for air to move freely. The higher the density of a memory foam mattress, the softer it will get as it reacts to your body heat. This allows it to form to a warm body in just a few minutes. The better quality and higher density foam mattress you purchase, the more quickly it will recover to its original shape, and the longer it will last. Learn more about top memory foam mattresses.

What is the History of Memory Foam?

Memory foam was developed under a contract by NASA in 1996! It was developed in a research project to help improve the safety of cushions in aircraft. Manufacturers back then made it by allowing gas into a polymer matrix. The open celled solid structure would match the pressure against it, but still slowly sprang back to its original shape.

In the 1980’s, NASA introduced memory foam to the world, and it was first used in medical equipment, sports equipment and in medical settings. Because of its ability to properly support without putting pressure on key pressure points, it was ideal for patients that were bed-ridden with limited mobility. A memory foam mattress increased blood flow to certain pressure points, helping to reduce pressure sores and/or gangrene. It was also discovered that memory foam mattresses helped reduce pain in patients who suffer from fibromyalgia.

Back then, memory foam was very expensive and not really used much outside of the medical world. Over the years, the price went down, and more households were purchasing memory foam for mattresses and even pillows.

In more recent years, higher-quality memory foam was introduced to the regular consumer market. It's more breathable, springs back faster and feels softer (but not too soft). Big mattress companies started using memory foam around 2011. Nowadays, you can purchase a memory foam mattress online, and have it delivered to your door!

Why Buy a Memory Foam Mattress?

A high-density, good quality memory foam mattress will soon become your favourite kind of mattress! It's soft yet supportive, heat absorbent and a great surface for sleeping. Plus, foam mattresses have really come down in price, making it a cost-effective alternative to those large, expensive box-store brand mattresses. Learn more in this memory foam information guide. Here are more benefits of memory foam mattresses:

Memory foam will fit to your exact body shape:Your memory foam mattress will mold to your body when you lay down. It responds to pressure and heat, allowing your body weight to be evenly distributed on the mattress. Your memory foam mattress will support your spine, lower back and neck while you sleep. When you get up, the mattress reforms. Most people will find a memory foam mattress more comfortable than a traditional mattress.

Memory foam can regulate temperature:Everyone knows it is difficult to sleep when you're too hot or too cold. Some memory foam mattresses are made to regulate temperature. When you get too hot, a cooling feature is activated. Regular memory foam will naturally respond to heat. As mentioned above, this allows it to perfectly adjust to your body. Learn more about a cooling gel memory foam mattress.

It can help reduce and manage pain:If you suffer from chronic pain, a memory foam mattress might be the best option for you. It can displace pressure from certain pain points on your body. Because your body creates heat in areas, the foam will detect the heat difference and mold to your body accordingly. This reduces pressure in areas like your shoulders, ribs, elbows, hips and knees.

Motion transfer is reduced with memory foam:If you have a partner that tosses and turns or wakes you up when they get up at night, you might want to consider a memory foam mattress. Because the mattress conforms to each individual’s body, it is more resistant to motion transfer than most conventional innerspring mattresses.

Foam mattresses are better for those with allergies:A regular spring mattress that's been used for a few years can contain hundreds of thousands, even millions,of dust mites! Polyurethane foam can prevent the collection of dust mites. Because of its density, it collects less dust, dander and other allergens over time. And, if you have a quality waterproof mattress protector, you can simply wash it frequently, further reducing allergens.

Buy your Memory Foam Mattress from Gotta Sleep!

Are you hankering for a good night’s sleep? Gotta Sleep offers a cooling gel and graphite infused memory foam mattress called the OMG. The cooling gel and graphite work together as perfect cooling agents, removing high temperatures from your bed surface so you can rest more comfortably in a cooler, healthier sleep environment. This mattress is considered the best in its class, and will have you waking up feeling rejuvenated, and ready to take on the day.

Plus, buying a memory foam mattress from Gotta Sleep is easy. Just purchase it online and it will be shipped in a box to your house. Unroll it, give it time to decompress and start enjoying your new foam mattress.                                                                                 20/4/2019-EB


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Mattress Sizes & Dimensions and Bed Size Guide | Gotta Sleep

Mattress Sizes and Dimensions

Looking for mattress sizes?  This article will help you find the right dimensions for your mattress.  Beds come in many sizes, from the small single Twin to the massive California King.  Unfortunately, manufacturing procedures, padding and types of support can all alter the size.

IMPORTANT: This guide offers the most common sizes.  It is important to know that there is no legal standard mattress dimensions.  As a result, if you are looking for a specific bed size in Canada or the USA, be sure to ask your vendor for exact measurements if you are unclear.   

In Canada and the USA, we use terms like Queen, King, Double and so on to define mattress sizes. 

The commonly manufactured sizes in Canada and the USA are:

Bed sizes in Canada are typically the same as US bed sizes.

Standard Mattress Sizes Differ Based on Type

For each mattress and box spring, there are actually TWO acceptable sizes:

When the coils in spring or coil mattresses are manufactured, the count and thickness of the wire varies. This can greatly affect the width and length of coil mattresses. Because of this in Canada and the USA, manufacturers must produce inner-spring or coil mattresses within 1” of what they have indicated in their marketing.

Foam mattresses are cut from slabs of foam, so their sizes don't vary as much.  As a result, you don’t have to worry about size variations with foam mattresses. They are the exact size they state on the label and description.  

When buying mattresses online, like bed in a box, they’re usually foam mattresses. Some of them also contain coil inner-springs, so it’s good to check.

Foam Mattresses

Foam Mattress Sizes and Dimensions

 

Bed Width and Length

(Bed sizes in Inches)

Bed Width and Length 

(Bed sizes in cm)

Sizes We Carry

Twin (Single)

39" x 75"

99 x 190.5 cm

39" x 74.5"

Twin (Single) Extra Long - TXL

39" x 80"

99 x 203 cm

39" x 79.5"

Super Single (3/4)

48" x 75"

122 x 190.5 cm

N/A

Double (Full or Standard)

54" x 75"

137 x 190.5 cm

54" x 74.5"

Double (Full) XL

54" x 80"

137 x 202 cm

N/A

Queen

60" x 80"

152.5 x 203 cm

60" x 79.5"

Queen RV (common in recreational vehicles)

60" x 75"

152.5 x 190.5 cm

60" x 74.5"

King

76" x 80"

193 x 203 cm

76" x 79.5"

California King

72" x 84”

183 x 213 cm

72" x 83.5"

 

At Gotta Sleep we offer the 7 most popular sizes of foam mattresses. Less popular sizes need to be custom modified, which makes them more expensive.  Our mattresses are all shortened by 1/2" to provide the best fit for sheets and to fit into tight bed frames.

Coil Inner-Spring Mattresses / Spring Mattresses

Coil Innerspring Mattress Sizes and Dimensions

Size

Bed Width and Length

(Bed sizes in Inches)

Bed Width and Length

(Bed sizes in cm)

Sizes We Carry

Twin (Single)

38" x 74½"

96.5 x 189 cm

N/A

Twin (Single) Extra Long - TXL

38" x 79½"

96.5 x 202 cm

N/A

Super Single (3/4)

47" x 74½"

119.5 x 189 cm

N/A

Double (Full)

53" x 74½"

134.5 x 189 cm

N/A

Double (Full) XL

53" x 74½"

134 x 202 cm

N/A

Queen

60" x 79½"

152.5 x 202 cm

N/A

Queen RV (common in recreational vehicles)

60" x 74½"

152.5 x 189 cm

N/A

King

76" x 79½"

193 x 203 cm

N/A

California King

72" x 83½"

183 x 212 cm

N/A

 

Mattress Sizes Explained

Twin or Single - 38" x 74½"

Despite ‘Twin’ being in the name, twin sized mattresses are mostly used for single sleepers. The average length of single bed is 74 1/2.  The average width of single bed is 38".  Their small size means they’ll fit well in most spaces. It’s a great size for growing kids to give them enough space to sleep and grow without taking up so much space. It’s also the most common size found in dorms due to their compact but comfortable size.

Depth dimensions vary.

Twin XL - 38" x 79½"

Twin XL bed dimensions measure 38" x 79½".  The average length of Twin XL bed is 79 1/2".  The average width of Twin XL bed is 38".  

Like a twin, this mattress is the same width, but is 5 inches longer to accommodate taller sleepers. This size is commonly used for growing teenagers who are close to 6’0” and in dorm rooms.

It’s a longer economy size that’ll fit well in the spare room.

Super Single - 47" x 74½"

Super Single bed dimensions measure 47" x 74½".  The average width of a single bed is typically 47".  The average length of a single bed is 74 1/2".  

Super Single beds are a throwback to the 1920s.  Designed for one sleeper but often accommodating two, these beds are very rare on the market today. For the most part, only antique bed frames and military living quarters will require this size so Gotta Sleep doesn’t carry it.

Double / Full - 53" x 74½" to  75"

Double or full bed dimensions typically measure 53" x 74½".  The average length of a double bed can extend to 75" which is why the 53 x 75 size is also quite common.  The average width of a double bed is almost always 53".

The double, or the full, used to be the industry standard for a bed meant for two people. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the Queen sized mattress overtook the market, as people were getting taller and rooms were getting larger.  Couples appreciated the extra space offered in a Queen.

It’s a popular choice nowadays for spare bedrooms, luxurious singles, growing children, or spaces that aren’t quite large enough for a queen. 

Full mattresses work great for children as they are cost-effective and are long enough to last until the child has grown into an adult.

Double XL or Full XL - 54" x 79½"

The Double XL or Full XL comes in at 54" x 79 1/2".  The average length of Double XL bed is 79 1/2".  The average width of Double XL bed is 54".

The full extra long can be found as a 53 x 80 mattress.  Just like the Twin XL, the Double or Full XL is made longer and a little bit wider. It’s meant to accommodate the taller sleepers or those who want something just a bit bigger than a double, but don’t have excess of space. Unfortunately, this less popular option is not carried at Gotta Sleep.

Queen - 60" x 79½"

Queen-sized mattresses range between 55 and 100 pounds and the average dimensions of a queen size bed typically are 60" x 79½".  The average length of Queen bed is 79 1/2".  The average width of Queen bed is 60".

Queen sized mattresses have become the preferred and most popular size on the market. It’s considered the ideal size for two people to share, and fits comfortably into most modern bedrooms.

They provide plenty of space for sleeping, even for those who move a lot in their sleep. Gotta Sleep offers high-quality Queen-sized memory foam mattressesthat greatly reduces motion transfer. This makes it even more desirable for couples, as getting up or rolling over won’t disrupt the other person’s sleep.

Because Queen mattresses have more room, restless sleepers can sleep the night without being woken by the people next to them as they turn in their sleep.

It’s considered the most cost effective mattress, meaning it’s the most mattress for the least expense. There’s benefits to buying the most popular mattress out there.

Queen RV - 60" x 74½"

A Queen RV bed dimensions measure 60" x 74 ½".  The average length of Queen RV bed is 74 1/2".  The average width of Queen RV bed is 60".

Essentially a Queen mattress but 5 inches shorter, the Queen RV is exactly what it sounds like. They’re made for Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailers, and Motor homes, where every bit of space matters.

It’s rarely found outside of these contexts, as the name would imply it was a size invented with nothing but RVs in mind. As a result, Gotta Sleep does not carry this size. If you find yourself in need, give us a shout.  We would be more than happy to help you.

King - 76" x 79½"

King bed dimensions measure 76" x 79½".  The average length of King bed is 79 1/2".  The average width of King bed is 76". 

At double the width of a twin, the King sized mattress offers 16 inches more wiggle room than the Queen. Even the most restless sleepers won’t disturb their partners on this massive surface. Not recommended for smaller rooms unless taking up the entire floor-space with a mattress is your idea of a perfect bedroom.

For those who often have children or pets joining them to sleep, the King sized mattress is large enough to accommodate everyone without feeling cramped. It’s highly recommended for families who have the space. We often hear couples say that once they got a King sized mattress, they couldn’t comfortably go back to a smaller size. 

If you are interested king bed dimensions Canada, you don't have to worry they are the same as the US.

If you have a small bedroom, we would not recommend this large-sized mattress, but for medium to larger rooms, this is often the most comfortable choice for couples who like to spread out in their sleep.

California King - 72" x 83½"

California King bed dimensions measure 72" x 83½".  The average length of the California King bed is 83 1/2".  The average width of the California King bed is 72", 4 inches less than a King bed.

If you are looking for a mattress that can truly accommodate taller people, those who like to stretch out in their sleep or share their sleeping spaces with pets or children, nothing will beat a California King mattress.  

A little bit narrower and a hand longer, California Kings are the kings of comfort. It’s ideal for taller people who like the extra foot room, as well as those who have pets that like to sleep on the end of the bed. The extra length lowers the risk of getting kicked off in the middle of the night.

The California King’s luxurious size means you might not have the space for end tables or dressers in some bedrooms. For those with the space, the sprawling space may be worth it.

Other Considerations

When deciding on which size mattress is right for you it is important to consider a variety of influential factors. Each of these factors play a significant role in sleep quality, comfort and can help to select the perfect mattress. By carefully selecting the bed dimensions or size of mattress you are one step closer to ensuring you can receive a proper night's sleep.

Country of Origin

Mattress sizes vary from country to country. Standard sizes in Canada and the USA are mostly the same, but there are some slight variations. Common bed sizes for the U.K. and E.U. are listed below, they don't all quite match up the same way.

Popular U.K. Bed Sizes

Grand King 71 in x 79 in 180 cm x 200 cm
King 60 in x 78 in 152 cm x 198 cm
Double 53 in x 75 in 135 cm x 190 cm
Single 35.5 in x 75 in 90 cm x 190 cm


Popular European Bed Sizes:

Grand King 71 in x 79 in 180 cm x 200 cm
King  63 in x 79 in 160 cm x 200 cm
Double 55 in x 79 in 140 cm x 200 cm
Single 35.5 in x 79 in 90 cm x 200 cm


If you’re not sure about the right mattress type your bed frame, and our sizing charts are a touch too confusing, you can reach out to us for clarification. Things like manufacturing procedures, padding, and types of support can all alter both the length and width of a bed. These things can vary country to country, so it’s good to check.

Height

Your height can play a large role in determining the perfect mattress size, especially if you are taller than average. XL or California King mattresses can be ideal as since they provide more length to accommodate longer legs.

When you are unable to comfortably fit your entire body on your mattress, you are potentially compromising your quality of sleep. With the wide variety of dimensions available, no one should have to sacrifice comfort as a result of their above average height.

Room Size

The size of the bedroom or space where you would like to place the mattress is another factor to consider when choosing the perfect mattress. A mattress too small or too large can offset the feel of the bedroom and leave it feeling either empty or overloaded. If space is limited a smaller mattress is always recommended. Before making a purchase, it’s important to measure the room to figure out how much space you have to work with. You want to make sure the room has enough space to safely navigate through, and enough space for other furniture like an end table and/or dresser. Of course, if the room can accommodate a larger mattress, having more space can result in a more comfortable sleep.

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Measure the Space

Before your purchase a mattress, take the time to measure the space or the bedroom that the bed will go into. This will give you an accurate idea of the size of mattress you should buy. The last thing you want is to have a mattress delivered to your house that does not fit the bedroom.

Number of Sleepers

For individual sleepers a Twin or Double size mattress will provide good amount of room to ensure a quality sleep. If you share a mattress the bigger you can afford the better. For two people a Queen or King-sized mattresses are ideal. If you’re lacking space, a double-sized mattress is the next best option.

When sharing a mattress with two adults and children or pets a King or California King sized mattress is best. These large mattresses will provide space for two or more individuals to sleep comfortably, but putting one in a too-small bedroom can be a safety hazard and make the room feel cramped and uncomfortable.

It’s important to be thorough when deciding which mattress is right for you. By choosing carefully you’re guaranteed a good quality and restful sleep. Remember that standard mattresses sizes Canada and standard mattress sizes USA, do not include bed linens.

Custom Sizes

There are some bed frames and furniture that require non-standard sized mattresses, such as the 3/4 size and other antique sizes. If you need a mattress with custom dimensions, Gotta Sleep has options outside of the standard sizes we sell to solve any and all of your sleeping needs. Whether you are looking for a specific rv mattress size for your Recreational Vehicle (RV), truck, unusual room, or boat, we can custom order mattresses in specific sizes to meet your needs.

If you have any questions on mattresses dimensions or anything else, contact us!