Sizing Up a Single Mattress
To help take some of the confusion out of buying a new mattress, Cheap Mattress Reviews was founded to provide you with consumer reviews of all the leading mattresses available today.
It would be far too simple for all single mattresses to be the same size – after all this is the world of bedding where things are rarely simple! If you are looking to but a single mattress it depends where in the world you are as to what size you will be getting.
In the US the single mattress is usually referred to as a Twin – it sounds less lonely perhaps? The North American standard size of the Twin is 39 inches wide × 75 inches long; in Australia it measures 36 inches × 74 inches; in the UK it will be 36 inches × 75 inches and in Continental Europe and Latin America it will be 35.4 in × 79 in. So there are some slight variations even to the so-called standard single or standard twin.
Then it gets more complicated as there are non-standard single sizes. In North America there is the extra long twin which is 39 inches × 80 inches and the very rare three quarter which measures 48 inches × 75 inches .There is also the wider and longer Super Single (48 inches × 84 inches) which is like a 4ft bed.
In the UK the non-standard single mattresses are the small single, which measures 30 inches x 72 inches and the three quarter (which can be considered a large single or a small double) at 48 inches x 75 inches. The latter is not very common at all.
In mainland Europe there are yet more other sizes, such as the small single which is narrower than the standard single, the extra small single which is narrower again and the large single which is wider than the average single ( but close the US standard Twin.)
Are you confused yet? Don’t worry too much. If you are shopping around for a cheap single mattress the likelihood is that the standard sizes in your country will be the ones on offer, but it is a good habit anyway to be aware of all the sizes available and to check both the labels on your mattress and the size of your room before buying.