When it comes to updating a room in your home, there’s probably no greater challenge than picking out a new bed frame and mattress; not only does the bedroom set need to match your aesthetic, the mattress must be good enough to ensure a good night’s sleep for years to come. Admittedly, the search for a new bed can be overwhelming, considering the sheer number of style options available to you.
To make things even more difficult, standard sizing and the naming conventions you may be used to (King, Queen, Double, etc.) differ from one part of the world to the next. This guide intends to make this process easier for the Canadian shopper by shedding some light on the various bed sizes available.
Standard Bed Size Comparison in Canada
There are probably more bed sizes than you realize, and that’s okay. Most of us grow up using a Twin or Single bed as a child and only graduate to a Queen or King sized bed as we transition to adulthood. You might be surprised to learn that there are a number of different sizes that you may not have heard of before, and one of those sizes could be just what you’re looking for!
As you can see, the name of a particular bed may infer a much greater size, (the difference between a Full/Double bed and a Full XL is a mere 5 inches (12.7 cm), so it’s important to remember that the difference in cost may not translate to an appreciable difference in size).
Things to Consider
Even if the variations don’t look like much, they can make all the difference in the quality of your nightly sleep. Of course, there’s no accounting for personal preference, but all else considered, there are a few general rules of thumb that should be observed.
If you’re 5’9” (180 cm) or taller, the extra length offered by a Queen or King sized bed will give you more room to stretch out. For those that are 5’6” (170 cm) or shorter, the extra length will not be advantageous. The term “Double” might infer that it is twice the size of a Single bed, but that isn’t the case. While there is no difference in length between the two, the difference in width is less than a foot and a half (46 cm). A Double may also infer that it is big enough to accommodate two people, but it is generally recommended that if you’re sharing a bed with someone else and space permits, a Queen sized mattress is a much better option.