There’s a reason why you don’t see many adults sleeping in a standard twin bed. Of course, the only time you see a couple spooning in a twin bed is when it’s for comedic relief. And don’t let the name “twin” mislead you; this bed size really is designed for a single sleeper.
The standard twin bed dimensions are 38 inches wide x 75 inches long, which should be enough room for young children to sleep comfortably.
Another benefit of the slimmer bed model is that it takes up less floor space. Because most children’s rooms are smaller than master bedrooms, twin beds fit more conveniently. What’s more, bunk beds hold twin mattresses. Even the designs with a full mattress or a futon on the bottom feature a twin up top.
A twin XL model measures ever so slightly longer than the standard version. Instead of 75 inches long, it stretches to 80 inches. While that extra five inches may not seem like enough to make a difference, you’d be surprised. It’s the same length of full, queen and king mattresses. Albeit it’s not any wider, but the added length could make sleeping more comfortable for older children and even adults. In fact, most college dorm rooms house this type of bed.
Also, if you push together two twin XL mattresses, they become the equivalent of a king-sized mattress. Granted some couples prefer a seamless, one-piece sleeping surface, but in many locations around the world, this is a standard practice.
Before You Buy
Regardless if you are shopping for a bed for a child, teen, or guest room, anytime you are in the market for a mattress, it’s important to know the facts before dishing out the cash.
• Barter – Believe it or not, many mattress and bedroom furniture retailers will barter on price to a degree.
• Comfort guarantee – Depending on the store (traditional or online), you often are entitled to a grace period to try out the mattress and return it if you’re dissatisfied. Be sure to get the details in writing, including the comfort period, the return period, and any costs involved in shipping.
• Warranty – These generally are issued by the manufacturer and last for 5-10 years. Read the fine print to know for certain what is and what isn’t covered.
• Tag – All jokes aside, don’t remove the mattress tag even after you get it set up at home. It’s not illegal for homeowners to cut it off, but if you do have to return it or use the warranty, the store and/or manufacturer could reject your claim if the tag has been removed.
You will be hard pressed to find a more comfortable mattress in a more affordable price range. With 6 inches of memory foam under you, it will feel like sleeping on a cloud every night. Plus, it’s infused with the green tea extract Evergreen to help negate that “new foam mattress” odor.