Mattress Types | Types of Mattresses Explained

Mattress Types... There are many types of Mattresses!

Sleeping is extremely important and can affect every element of our lives. For the best sleep possible, you'll want to choose a comfortable mattress. It can make a world of difference. A mattress is something that is personal, and everyone has unique preferences they consider necessary when it comes to their perfect mattress. The Better Sleep Council suggests that if a mattress is 7 years old it's probably reached retirement. To protect your loved ones and yourself, consider a mattress protector with antimicrobial silver chloride agents which inhibit the growth of bacteria and viruses.

RV Mattresses

Camping doesn’t have to mean restless sleeps on a uncomfortable mattress. If your RV or holiday trailer has a shorter queen mattress we carry a 60" x 75" Queen RV mattress.

Waterbed Mattresses

Waterbeds might have been outrageously popular since 1970; however, with today’s technology and innovation, spring and foam mattresses offer much stronger support and greater health and sleep benefits.

Air Mattresses

Sleeping on air can be nerve wracking. It’s hard to say how much support these mattresses can provide. However, when camping or floating on water an air mattress is the best option. The mattresses are easy to carry, compact and can provide a quality sleep while enjoying your favorite activities.

Bonnell Coil Inner-Spring Mattresses

Bonnell Coils were originally used in buggy seats in the 19th century. From there they migrated to mattresses. Many of us grew up sleeping on bonnell coil mattresses. This is the good mattress to set up in a spare room or for temporary use. However, in today's world there's so little difference in price between a bonnell coil mattress and one with pocket coils, or an entry level foam mattress, you're probably further ahead not buying one. 

Continuous Coil Inner-Spring Mattresses

Mattresses with continuous coil inner-springs are excellent at distributing body weight throughout the mattress. Their superior ability to distribute weight can help to improve circulation resulting in a more comfortable sleep. These mattresses can provide some relief for health issues like arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet. Once again, in today's world there's so little difference in price between a continuous coil mattress and one with pocket coils, or an entry level foam mattress, you're probably further ahead not buying one. 

Offset Coil Inner-Spring Mattresses

The offset coil inner-springs mattress offers an inventive approach to the simplistic Bonnell coil inner-springs mattress. Their design allows them to better withstand pressure from body weight. This can improve sleep quality by increasing circulation and relieving pressure from elbows, hips, ribs, and shoulders. And again, in today's world there's so little difference in price between an offset coil mattress and one with pocket coils, or an entry level foam mattress, you're probably further ahead not buying one. 

Pocket Coil Inner-Spring Mattresses

A sleep partner's tossing and turning can result in sleep disruptions. A pocket coil inner-spring mattress can provide superior singular support on both sides of a mattress. As pocket coils are individually encased and joined at the center, they move independently of one another. Therefore motion on one side of the mattress is not transferred to the other side. Pocket coils also conform to the shape of your body which takes pressure off the lower back. And by taking pressure off your shoulder, rib, elbow, hip and knee pressure points, they improve circulation and provide relief from arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet, and reduce pain.

Memory Foam Mattresses

The cradling experience of a memory foam mattress is unlike anything else. The support provided by memory from is exemplary in pressure point relief. NASA is often given credit for the introduction of memory foam. They began to use it spaceships to improve comfort and reduce G-Force. Shortly after, memory foam began to be used by commercial airlines for pilot seats and eventually on burn units in hospitals. The introduction of memory foam mattresses in 1992 has been extremely influential in how we sleep today. When making the decision if memory foam is right for you, the best option is to lie down on a memory foam mattress for a few minutes. You'll know almost instantly if it is something you're looking for in a mattress.

There are many benefits of a memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses cradle which is great for those that like this feeling. They're also able to provide exceptional pressure point pain relief. By taking pressure off shoulder, rib, elbow, hip and knee pressure points, they improve circulation. This can provide relief to those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet. Memory foam also reduces motion transfer in mattresses that can cause restless nights. Memory foam is naturally dust mite resistant and anti-microbial, which prevents the growth of mold and mildew and it's also hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.

Despite having many benefits there are some common complaints when it comes to memory foam mattresses. Due to their cradling ability it can be difficult for some to turn and get out of. Memory foam is affected by temperature which can affect it's feel and firmness, and it generally sleeps warm. If temperatures cool it can firm up considerably, or if they warm up it can soften considerably. Finally, due to the process used to create memory foam it can create a noticeable odor, and this can be irritating to some people.

Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattresses

The addition of gel to memory foam mattresses provides for a cooler sleep. 

Latex Mattresses

Latex foam mattresses offer countless benefits and provide a unique sleeping experience that far outweighs the benefits of conventional foam bedding. There are two available types of latex foam mattresses, natural and synthetic.

Latex mattresses are highly durable and resilient. They do not require rotating or flipping. Their average shelf life can easily exceed 15 years. They conform to body shape which provides support for the body, pressure point relief, and reduced motion transfer that can cause restless nights. By taking pressure off shoulder, rib, elbow, hip and knee pressure points, they improve circulation. This can provide relief to those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatism, sciatica and tingling of the hands and feet. Latex does not react to changes in temperature and is highly breathable. Natural and synthetic latex mattresses are dust mite resistant and anti-microbial which prevents the growth of bacteria. Synthetic latex mattresses and high quality natural latex mattresses can be hypoallergenic if cleaned properly during manufacturing. Latex is an environmentally friendly product (contains no formaldehyde, carcinogens, petroleum fillers, artificial additives, or harsh chemicals)

Natural Latex Mattresses

Natural latex mattresses are produced from sap taken from rubber trees. In order to create a natural latex mattress only natural, organic, biodegradable ingredients are used. No harmful solvents are used or emissions created during the production process. Natural latex prevents the growth of allergens, making it a good choice for people with respiratory difficulties. 

Synthetic Latex Mattresses

Synthetic latex mattresses are produced by using a molecular copy of natural latex. A process called Talalay is used to create both natural and synthetic latex. This process relies on renewable resources and water based materials to create the latex. Due to this procedure, the sleep industry has been able to create the most breathable, resilient and consistent material for mattresses.

Blended Latex Mattresses

Blended latex mattresses are produced using a combination of natural and synthetic latex materials. By conjoining these two materials together consumers receive a mattress that has the look and feel of a natural latex mattress that also has the durability of a synthetic mattress.

Despite latex mattresses being considered a hypoallergenic option, it is always encouraged to discuss any concerns with an allergy specialists before making a decision on which mattress is right for you. For more information about latex visit www.latexinternational.com

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Standard Mattress Sizes Dimensions - Canada and USA Mattress Sizes

The standard mattress sizes in Canada and the USA commonly manufactured are:

Standard Mattress Sizes differ based on Type in Canada and the United States

For each mattress and box spring, there are actually TWO acceptable sizes: 
When inner-spring mattresses coilsare manufactured, the count and thickness (gauge of wire) varies. This variance cangreatly affect the width and length of coil mattresses.
 
As a result, manufacturerstypically produce inner-spring mattresses within a tolerance range of plus or minus 1”.
 
Foam mattressesare cut from slabs of foam, so they always fit the published standard size.

Foam Mattresses

Foam Mattress Sizes and Dimensions

 

Width & Length (Inches)

Width & Length (cm)

Sizes We Carry

Twin (Single)

39" x 75"

99 x 190.5 cm

Yes

Twin (Single) Extra Long - TXL

39" x 80"

99 x 203 cm

Yes

Super Single (3/4)

48" x 75"

122 x 190.5 cm

*

Double (Full or Standard)

54" x 75"

137 x 190.5 cm

Yes

Double (Full) XL

54" x 80"

134.5 x 202 cm

*

Queen

60" x 80"

152.5 x 203 cm

Yes

Queen RV (common in recreational vehicles)

60" x 75"

152.5 x 190.5 cm

Yes

King

76" x 80"

193 x 203 cm

Yes

California King

72" x 84”

183 x 213 cm

Yes

 *At Gotta Sleep we offer the 7 most popular sizes of mattresses available. Less popular sizes need equipment retooling which adds to cost.

Coil Inner-Spring Mattresses

Coil Innerspring Mattress Sizes and Dimensions

Mattress Size

Width & Length (Inches)

Width & Length (cm)

Sizes We Carry

Twin (Single)

38" x 74½"

96.5 x 189 cm

*

Twin (Single) Extra Long - TXL

38" x 79½"

96.5 x 202 cm

*

Super Single (3/4)

47" x 74½"

119.5 x 189 cm

*

Double (Full)

53" x 74½"

134.5 x 189 cm

*

Double (Full) XL

53" x 74½"

134.5 x 202 cm

*

Queen

60" x 79½"

152.5 x 202 cm

*

Queen RV (common in recreational vehicles)

60" x 74½"

152.5 x 189 cm

*

King

76" x 79½"

193 x 202 cm

*

California King

72" x 83½"

183 x 212 cm

*

 

Mattress Sizes Explained

Twin

Twin mattress bed dimensions are 38" x 74½". Twin beds are perfect for single sleepers.  Being a little smaller, they are great for small spaces as they fit in most rooms and in small spaces. These mattresses are also great for children’s rooms as they do not need as much space on the mattress.  Twin mattress depth dimensions differ based on the mattress.

Twin XL 

Twin XL bed dimensions measure 38" x 79½" and are perfect for today’s taller sleepers. Twin XL mattresses are the same width as a Twin, but are 5-inches longer.  These mattresses are great for small spaces as they do not take up as much room as larger mattresses. Being longer they are ideal for people who are taller than average.

Super Single 

Super Single bed dimensions measure 47" x 74½" and are a throwback to the 1920s. They wereoriginally designed for one sleeper, but since bedroom space was so limited in the 1920s they often fit two people.These days, we get very few calls for Super Single's except for antique beds and military living quarters. As a result, we do not carry this size of mattress at Gotta Sleep as it is a less popular option.

Double / Full

Double bed dimensions measure 53" x 74½". Full bedsare designed for single sleepers who want something more room than a Twin. A double can sometimes work for a couple who have limited space.
 
Throughout the first half of the 1900's, full size mattresses were the standard for couples. After the introduction of the Queen mattress, the Full become almost obsolete.
 
Some couples may be able to make a Full size bed work, but since there is such a small price difference between a Full and a Queen, we recommend a Queen. Full mattresses offer inferior comfort, so unless you have a space constraint a Queen is likely best.
 
Full mattresses work great for children and are a cost effective option as the child will be able to fit the mattress for a significant period of time.

Double XL or Full XL

Full XL (Extra Long) bed dimensions measure 53" x 74½". The Full XL accommodates taller single sleepers who don’t have room for a Queen, but need something wider than a twin.
 
Full (double) XL mattresses are the same width as the Full, but are 5-inches longer. This is great for people who are taller than average. We do not carry this size of mattress at Gotta Sleep as it is a less popular option.

Queen

In looking at the weight, length, and width of a queen sized mattress, they are in the range of 55 to 100 pounds with a length and width of 60" x 79½".
 
Queen bed dimensions are 60" x 79½".  Queen mattresses are the standard size of mattress for anyone sharing a bed with another person.Queen mattresses are ideal for couples who are looking for a cost-effective andspace-friendly mattress
The queen sized mattress provides a enough amount of room for two people without overwhelming the room.The queen mattress is the most cost effective mattress as it provides enough space as a reasonable price. The Queen and King Mattresses are the most common bed size for master bedrooms.

Queen RV

A Queen RV bed dimensions measure 60" x 74½"and areessentially a Queen mattress that’s 5” shorter in length.
 
Queen RV's are generally found in Fifth Wheel and Holiday trailers, or where space is at a premium.
 
This size of mattress provides space for two people. Yet, it isslightly shorter to fit into compact spaces making it an ideal choice for camping.

King

King bed dimensions measure 76" x 79½". King beds are an excellent choice for couples who want the greatest amount of personal sleep surface. King beds are also great as they reduce sleep interruptions. King sized mattresses are ideal for larger spaces as they take up a considerable amount of room.King size mattresses provide a significant amount of space for each partner and are excellent for couples who like to spread out
 
If you have children or pets who join youregularly in bed, a King size mattress will offer plenty of room as it is 16” wider than a queen. King mattresses are an excellent option for families who have the space for them.

California King

California King bed dimensions measure 72" x 83½".When it comes to a wider mattress for taller people sharing a mattress, nothing beats a California King.
 
Although not quite as wide as a King, the extra 5” in length can be a blessing for those who are taller. Having a mattress with a little extra leg space is perfect for those who are tall.
 
The California king mattress is also ideal for couples who have pets who sleep at the bottom of the bed. With a California King, you will have enough room for the pet without interrupting foot space.
 
As these beds are a considerable size, a significant amount of bedroom spaceis required to accommodate them.

Other Considerations

When making a decision 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.Bycarefully selecting the size of mattress you are one step closer to ensuring you are able to receive a proper night's sleep
 
Your height can play a large role in determining the perfect mattress size, especially if you are taller than average.If you are taller than average, a XL or California King mattress is ideal as they provide more length to accommodate longer legs.
 
When you are unable to fit your entire body on the mattress you arepotentially compromising your quality of sleep.With the wide variety of mattress sizes available people should not have to sacrifice comfort as a result of their above average height.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 empty or overloaded. If spaceis limited a smaller mattress is always recommended. Yet, if the room can accommodate a larger mattress having more space can result in a more comfortable sleep.
 
It is important to measure the space where you are hoping to put the mattress. This will inform how large of mattress you can buy.
 
For individual sleepers a twin or double size mattress will provide an adequate amount of room to ensure a good quality sleep.
 
Finally, if you share a mattress the larger the size of mattress you can afford the better. For mattresses shared between two people a double or queen sized mattress is ideal. They both provide enough space for each individual without taking up too much room in the bedroom.
 
When sharing a mattress with two adults and children or pets a King or California king sized mattress is best. This mattress size should onlybe considered if there is enough space in the bedroom.A king sized mattresses will provide space for two or more individuals to sleepcomfortably
 
It isextremely important tothoroughly consider all these factors before deciding which mattress is right for you. By making the correct decision you will ensure you be on your way to having a good quality and restful sleep.
 
Please consider that standard mattresses sizes Canada and standard mattress sizes USA, do not include bed linens.
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