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When shopping for a mattress, most will look at size, materials, and price are usually the first things shoppers look at. However, height is another important factor to consider when shopping for a mattress. For one, you’ll want a bed that fits your current lifestyle and living situation. Also, you’ll want a mattress that suits your body type.
When it comes to mattresses and pillows, many people are drawn to the idea that a thicker mattress equals more comfort. However, that is not always the case. In our mattress height guide for 2022, we will revive why mattress height matters, the pros and cons of a thick mattress, and provide some tips on how to choose the height of your next mattress.
If you’re looking to buy a mattress, you probably have a few priorities on your list. Most shoppers choose a mattress based on its materials and construction. However, we tend to overlook the mattress’s height, which is one of the most important factors in deciding what mattress to buy.
Today, you can buy mattresses as thin as 6 inches or as thick as 16 inches. Mattresses with a firmer feel are better for supporting your spine, while those with a plusher, softer feel are better for relieving pressure points on your body.
When it comes to comfort, thicker mattresses aren’t always better; it all depends on your sleep position and body type. Mattress height matters because it directly correlates to the support you need. For example, heavy people need thicker mattresses in order to keep their mattresses from sagging or compressing.
When evaluating the mattress’s support and comfort, the thickness is an important consideration. It is not always better to have a thicker mattress. The quality of a mattress’s materials and construction greatly influences its comfort and long-term usefulness.
The majority of mattresses that are now available on the market are between 9 and 12 inches deep. The variations in thickness profiles of the mattress shouldn’t be too noticeable if the mattress is built properly. A thicker mattress might seem ideal. However, a thicker mattress isn’t always better. Not sure if a thick mattress is for you? Here are some pros and cons to help you decide what mattress thickness is best for you.
Pros of a Thick Mattress
Cons of a Thick Mattress
Thin mattresses might not seem like they would be comfortable or even a good option. Like thick mattresses, thin mattresses also have pros and cons.
Pros of a Thin Mattress
Cons of a Thin Mattress
Still not sure what mattress to get? Here are some things to consider when shopping for a new mattress and how to choose the perfect mattress thickness.
Your body size plays an important role in choosing the perfect mattress thickness. Those who weigh more than 250 pounds need thicker mattresses for deep compression and mattresses that provide enough weight support without sacrificing comfort or durability. Those who are smaller and weigh less than 250 pounds, will be comfortable on a thinner, plusher mattress that provides more pressure relief.
Here’s what mattress thickness to choose based on your body type:
Your age is likely to affect the height of your mattress because as you grow, you need to opt for taller beds. The mattress thickness should be proportional to your height so that you don’t strain your body while getting in and out of bed. A mattress with the right height offers maximum comfort and edge support.
Different sleep positions require different mattress thicknesses for optimal comfort and support. Here’s the best mattress thickness based on your sleep position.
Recommended Mattress Firmness
Best Mattress Thickness
Best Mattress Material
Memory foam, softer hybrids
10 inches and up
Latex or innerspring
People with certain health conditions will be more comfortable on a shorter mattress as it’s easier to get in and out of bed with aches and pains. Those with joint pain often require softer and thicker mattresses for proper cushioning at hips, neck and joints. If you suffer from the following, a shorter, softer mattress is your best bet:
For those with mobility aids, such as wheelchairs or crutches, a taller mattress allows for a smooth transition back and forth without straining their legs, back and arms.
It’s a common notion that thicker mattresses tend to last longer than 10 years. Mattresses, especially with a denser foundation layer, more than 5-inches tall, are expected to last for 12 years or so. However, the materials used also affect the durability of your sleep surface — HD polyfoam foundation layer mattresses have a longer lifespan. They do not compress or break when pressure is applied. Before buying a mattress, make sure that it is high quality and made with durable materials.
The height of your mattress has an impact on the entire atmosphere of your room. Thin mattresses on low bed frames give your space a more open feel. Short beds go well with your room’s minimalist decor. If you have a high ceiling, however, a tall bed will be ideal.
The standard height of a mattress sometimes referred to as the average height of a mattress, can range anywhere from 8 to 12 inches. However, it is not uncommon to see mattresses with a height of 14, 16, or even 18 inches. When deciding on a mattress height, consider the height of your bed frame and foundation as well.
The standard of the average height of a queen mattress ranges from 18 inches to 36 inches. The height of a queen mattress will slightly vary. The difference between heights is determined by the mattress materials and type of mattress.
The standard height of a twin mattress ranges anywhere from 8 inches to about 12 inches. This range can change depending on the type of mattress and materials. On average, expect a twin mattress to be around 24 inches off the floor while on a bed frame with foundation and box springs, if using them.
To measure the height of your mattress, follow these steps:
If you have a shorter bed or just want some added height, here are a few things you can do to add height to your mattress.
Choosing the right mattress height is vital to ensuring your new mattress is perfect for you. Following this guide will help you find the perfect mattress height. Remember, there is no right or wrong mattress or height; it all depends on what you find comfortable and what works for your body and living space.
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