Custom Mattress Buying Guide

The standard sizes available in the market have dimensions which suit the needs of most people. However there could arise certain requirements when you could consider ordering a custom size mattress for yourself. Some possible scenarios are:

  • Mattresses for antique beds
  • Mattresses to suit the needs of certain rooms (small rooms or rooms with narrow width)
  • Special needs: Examples : tall height , old age , patients.
  • Personal preferences

Custom Sizes available

Many stores offer you the option of ordering a custom size mattress. Some stores will make a mattress of any dimension you specify. Other stores would give you a catalog of the custom sizes available with them. Generally all will make a mattress with width ranging from 30 inches to 54 inches and length ranging from 60 inches to 84 inches. If you have needs which  surpass these dimensions then try looking for stores specializing in making custom mattresses.

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Where to buy

You may have to do some scouting to find a good outlet . Try the local mattress store. If they do not make a custom size , consider ordering  through phone companies or online stores . They offer extremely low prices and are a convenient method of ordering a custom made mattress. Make sure to talk to a customer service agent and clarifying any queries before ordering your mattress. Also make sure to ascertain their return policy in case you feel the need to return the mattress.

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Full Mattress Size

Full mattresses are also known as a double mattress and were the most common sizes till 1960’s.The full size mattress provides the maximum comfort to people up to a height of 5 feet 5 inches.

A recent trend has been buying a full mattress for children bedrooms. This gives children ample space to spread themselves and allows parents to tuck in with their kids during story telling sessions.

Read more: Twin Mattress & Twin XL Size

Dimensions: 54 (width) x 75 (length)

Width Per Person: 27 inches

Full Mattress Pros:

  • The small size fits perfectly into smaller rooms & guest rooms.
  • The bedding is also cheaper than other mattress sizes and are available in a variety of patterns.

Full Mattress Cons:

  • Though it is called a double mattress the sleeping space per person is only 27 inches. Comparing it to a twin mattress  it gives 12 inches less space per person.
  • The length of the mattress is also less and is not comfortable for tall people.

Approximate Prices: Online mattress prices for a full mattress range between $600 to $3500.

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Twin Mattress & Twin XL Size

Twin mattresses are also known as ‘singles‘ and  are the ideal choice for children bedrooms and for multi user guest rooms. Their narrow width fits most small rooms.

A variation of the mattress is the  Twin XL mattress which is  5 inches longer  than the  standard twin size  but has the same width . They are commonly used in college dormitories  and hostels to accommodate tall teens and are often used in bunk beds also.


  • Standard twin: 39  (width) x 75  (length)
  • Twin Xl: 39  (width) x 80    (length)

Width Per Person: 39 inches

Twin Mattress Pros:

  • The narrow width  of a twin mattress makes it ideal to move around.
  • Many people join  2 twin mattresses instead of buying a king mattress. A advantage of this technique is that it increases the life of the mattress. Constantly sitting on the edges of the mattress can make it sag over a period of time.  By using a twin mattress the edges facing outside the bed can be rotated for  uniform sagging.

Twin Mattress Cons:

  • Large built people could find the twin mattress size a bit small even for single sleeping.
  • Finding the right bedding size for a twin Xl could be a bit of a problem . Since this size is not very common bedding may not be available in all required patterns.

Approximate Prices: Twin mattress have the lowest cost among mattresses. Online prices range from $400 to about $ 1900.The prices of Twin Xl are slightly more .

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Queen Mattress & Olympic Queen Size

Queen size mattresses are very popular among couples, as there is enough space to twist and turn and sleep well at night. Queen Mattresses also comes in a wider version known as Olympic Queen which is 6 inches wider than the standard version.


  • Queen Mattress :60 inches (width) × 80 inches (length)
  • Olympic Queen   :66 inches (width) × 80 inches (length)

Width Per Person:

Queen Mattress :30 inches & Olympic Queen : 33 inches

Queen Mattress Pros:

  • The cost of bedding is less when compared to a king mattress size.
  • It is the ideal choice for small master bedrooms and guest rooms.

Queen Mattress Cons:

  • Though queen mattress gives ample sleeping space , it might seem a bit congested for overweight or genetically broad built people. The sleeping space is 9 inches less than a twin mattress.
  • Some bedding is sold marked as ‘full/queen’ size but does not fit either of them perfectly. It  is advised to check dimensions before buying.

Approximate Prices:

Online Queen mattress prices for brands such as Serta, Sealy , Simmons range between $450 to $5000.

See also: Twin Mattress & Twin XL Size

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California King Mattress Size

The California King or Cal King in short is popular along the west coast region and sometimes is also known as Western King. California King is often assumed as the standard King mattress west of Mississippi River .It is 4 inches narrower and 4 inches longer than a standard/Eastern King Mattress. Among mattress dimensions available in the market it has the maximum length and makes an excellent choice for tall people.

Dimensions: 72 inches (Width) x 84 inches (length)
Width Per Person: 36 inches

California King Pros  :

  • A California king is roomy for couples  and at 84 ” length is long enough for people more than 6 feet in height. If length is more important  than width, the California King is a better choice. If the extra length is not required accommodating extra width of a standard  King size mattress is advised.

California King  Cons  :

  • California King is a large mattress  and might be problematic to move around narrow stairs or rooms.
  • If you live in other parts of the country outside the west coast  you might face some problems in getting cal size sheets. Shopping online is a good idea if you do not live on the west coast..

Approximate Prices :
Prices are higher than other mattresses but slightly lower than a king Mattress. Prices vary hugely   according to the thickness , the brand and the comfort level . Online Prices range between $800 for a firm mattress to about  $5200 for a pillow top mattress.

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King Mattress

If you like to sleep like a king then the King mattress is the size for you!
King Mattress is the widest size available in the market. It is also known as Standard King or Eastern King. On the west Coast a slight variation California King is popular. Eastern / Standard King  is the most common of the two sizes and the original King size.

Dimensions : 76 inches (Width) x 80 inches (length)
Width Per Person: 38 inches

King Mattress Pros :

  • Provides ample sleep space and is the most comfortable for two adults. The additional width of the mattress will make you glad when the kids jump in on a holiday. It is also a good size for people who allow pets on their beds.

King Mattress Cons :

  • Due to its large size it is not a practical choice for singles who may have to move by themselves. The dimensions of the mattress would often trouble you in small rooms or while shifting it along corridors, windy hallways or stairs. If you are looking for versatility  then it may be a good idea to combine two twin XL mattresses in place of a single king mattress.(Using this method you would only fall short of 2 inches in width)
  • The Bedding of a King Mattress is also the most expensive . You would need 3 standard size pillows to cover the entire width of the mattress.

Approximate Prices:  King Mattresses require the maximum investment as compared to other sizes. Prices depend on the thickness of the mattress and the brand. Online Prices of good quality mattresses range between $800 for a basic mattress to about  $6000 for a high quality pillow top mattress.

See also: California King Mattress Size

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