The most popular size of mattress for couples in the US is easily the queen size, but there are a few variations in queen size mattress dimensions to be aware of if your are shopping for one of these items.
In North America and Australia the standard queen size bed size is 60 inches wide × 80 inches long (152 cm × 203 cm.) In the UK the queen size doesn’t even exist and instead the closest mattress size is called a King and measures 60 inches wide × 78 inches long (150 cm × 200 cm.) In Continental Europe and Latin America the queen is different again at 63 inches × 79 inches. Any mattress you buy in the US should be clearly marked in US sizes.
In North America there are a couple of rare variations on queen size bed measurements. There is the Olympic queen, which is wider than the standard queen, measuring 66 inches wide × 80 inches long. This is a novelty size by Simmons. Then there is the California queen at 60 inches × 84 inches, which is a longer Queen, but is hardly ever seen these days.
If you are upgrading your mattress from a Full size to a queen you will need to pay close attention to what are the measurements of a queen size bed, because you will want to ensure your room is big enough to handle the larger mattress. This may sound obvious but some people do get caught out by the extra width of the queen size. A minute with a tape measure is time well-invested!
The size of queen size bed sets is most suitable and convenient for couples who like their space but want to remain intimate enough to not feel like you’re sleeping on opposite sides of the room, as can happen with a king size mattress!
The Sleep Number bed, made by Select Comfort and sold in their retail outlets across the country, has been heavily advertised over the years and, since it came onto the market in the late 1980′s, has made a name for itself as one of the leading adjustable beds sold in the US. But what are some of the Sleep Number Bed problems that get fed back from users?
The Sleep Number collection includes 9 main mattresses in 3 different lines and they range in price from around $1000 to $4500 for a queen set. Basically a Sleep Number bed is remote controlled and uses a setting number between 1 and 100 which represents the owners’ ideal combination of mattress comfort, firmness and body support. The remote controls, which are normally wireless nowadays, work by inflating or deflating the air chambers on either side of the mattress. The design of the bed has the air chamber between 2 support foam layers, then a comfort foam pad on top and a cover. Some of the higher range models will use memory foam and they will have thicker comfort pads.
The Sleep Number beds are easy to assemble and use no tools. They all come with a 20-year limited warranty and a 30-Night trial.
As we trawl through the review sites the main Sleep Number bed complaints relate to the air chambers. Some people say that the foam strip that separates the two air-chambers in the middle of the mattress is uncomfortable and makes sex difficult. Some users say they experienced a roll towards the center of the mattress, but this was more so with users who had settings vastly different on one side to the other. Others said that the mattress lost air itself over time; still others said that their Sleep Number setting was influenced by external factors such as atmospheric conditions and could vary significantly on hot days to cold days.
Other problems voiced were that the bed is noisy when inflating or deflating – to be honest this is fairly normal for air mattresses in general – and that the bed is expensive.
Sleep Number Bed complaints are not particularly plentiful as these beds generally stack up well with the best on the market. They rate well for painless sleeping, longevity and motion isolation and, of course, the adjustability means that the comfort level is generally perceived as excellent because it can be changed according to the desired level of firmness.
Sealy are old and big! If you are looking for a mattress then you will likely come across a few of their mattresses in your excursions. They are the largest maker of mattresses in the world and have been around since 1881, when they were formed in Sealy, Texas, so they know a bit about mattress making and how to please their customers. They are well known for their Posturepedic mattress which has been one of the most popular innerspring mattresses for many decades, but here we look at what you can expect from a Sealy foam mattress.
The major foam range from Sealy is the Embody range. The mattresses use high quality memory foam and latex foam to provide a sleep surface that is both highly comfortable and highly supportive, also allowing for proper airflow and temperature regulation. The cell structure of the memory foam Sealy use is open enough to allow air to circulate and the mattresses are topped off with Body Climate fabrics that keep moisture from getting to the mattress and aid breath-ability – which is an important word to Sealy. The foam is also anti-microbial, resistant to dust mites, allergens and microbes.
The Embody memory foam and latex foam line includes four different styles of mattress starting at $1999 for a Queen set. They are available in all the standard sizes including California King .The higher up the range you go, the larger amounts of memory foam and latex are used.
Caring for your new mattress will mean allowing it to air properly before use, so that the odors dissipate. You will want to use a mattress cover with it to avoid stains that will invalidate the 20-year warranty and keep your mattress in tip-top condition. You will not need to flip the mattress as its comfort layers are on one sides only, but rotating it will help to even out the high pressure usage areas of the mattress.
If Conservative Talk show hosts Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are to be believed Sleep Number beds, from Select Comfort, are fit for a King. We take a look at some Sleep Number reviews to see if all the marketing is right!
Sleep Number beds have been around since the late 1980′s when they were introduced as the adjustable and program-able bed. Almost 25 years later they’re still going strong and the fundamental design has remained roughly the same. It still utilizes the air chamber set between two layers of support form above the foundation, with a comfort layer of foam and a cover over the mattress. This is all controlled by the Firmness Control system that will nowadays be a wireless remote control connected to an inflating or deflating device. The Sleep Number system allows the sleeper to select a firmness level number between 1 and 100 which should provide the same level of firmness at all times and allows for two different settings on either side of the bed, customizing the mattress for couples.
When you buy a Sleep Number you will get a 30-night trial and a 20-year warranty. The bed is assembled without the need for tools. Without going through them all there are 8 main mattresses in 3 different ranges – the main differences being the thickness of the comfort layers and the remote control systems.
The main Sleep Number bed reviews we came across reported great owner satisfaction in general. One site that monitored feedback from 1500 owners reported 78% customer satisfaction, rating especially well for longevity, motion isolation and overall comfort – which are 3 of the most important categories.
The main complaints were about the center of the bed where some people reported being able to feel the foam padded joint between the two air chambers; some people also reported a downwards roll towards the center, but this problem seemed to be worse in couples that had vastly different settings on the two sides of the bed. People who had similar settings didn’t point to this as an issue. The other main issues were with the bed gradually losing air and fluctuating in firmness levels because of atmospheric conditions, temperature or body-weight.
For those just starting out on their mattress-hunting journey you may come across the term “visco-elastic mattress” and wonder what on earth it is. Well, don’t worry – it’s a fancy name for “memory foam” and we will take you through a bit about what memory foam is and how it is used right here.
Visco-elastic is a polyurethane-based foam that is mixed with additional chemicals to increase its density and viscosity (which basically means its resistance.) It is totally man-made. The properties that make it good for use in mattresses are its softening in response to body heat, the way in which it envelops the body by molding to its contours and then returns to its original shape once the weight is removed.
If you are just starting to search for a new mattress you wills see many “memory foam” mattresses being advertised and you will need to exercise some caution and do your research before buying. The material was first developed by NASA in the 1960′s for their astronauts to use as a highly shock-absorbing foam, helping to ease some of the pressures on the body from the extreme forces exerted during take off. A company called Tempurpedic spent many years developing the material for use in bedding after it was released to the public domain and introduced the first Tempurpeduic Swedish mattresses onto the US market in the 1990′s. These are high quality memory foam models that get the response from the foam that people read about and which has popularized these mattresses recently. However, not all memory foam mattresses you will finds are of comparable quality.
The thing is that the quality of memory foam and its suitability as a springy, cushioning and supportive mattress material is greatly affected by its composition. Cheaper methods of production have made the mattresses more widely affordable but in some cases, quality has suffered. When shopping for these items you will need to check several things apart from how the mattress actually feels when you lie on it. Look out on the labels for the amount of memory foam used, the IFD rating and the density rating.
First things first – anything less than 2 inches of memory foam probably isn’t going to achieve much so make sure there is adequate amounts of the material used in your mattress. More than 6 inches would usually make it too soft and it would also be expensive.
Next the firmness of the mattress is measured by its IFD rating – this stands for Indentation Force Deflection and basically tells you how much pressure needs to be exerted on the mattress to make a 1 inch dent in the foam. This will vary from around 10 to 16, with 10 being the softest and 16 the firmest.
Some people feel that the IFD is less important than the density rating of the mattress in determining how soft, firm or generally how comfortable a model is. A higher IFD foam, with a lower density, may feel soft when weight is put on it. The density will be measured in pounds per cubic foot and the best mattresses will be 5 or above.
The last factor that affects the quality of visco elastic is the cell structure. A more open cell structure of the foam allows air to circulate, keeping the mattress cooler and allowing air to circulate – this is generally healthier for the mattress and the sleeper than one which traps the air or maybe traps odors too, as is more likely in a closed cell structure.
You can see from the above that, when you chose your visco elastic mattress, you will need to find the right combination of height, density and composition to give you the lasting qualities you are looking for. Read the labels and check the specs carefully!
The “Sleep for Life” mattress is an alternative name for the “Sleep to Live” mattress range which is made by Kingsdown – one of America’s oldest and most established manufacturers. Unlike Serta or Simmons, Kingsdown is a small, independent company that has always mixed quality craftsmanship with innovation and the Sleep for Life mattresses demonstrate this perfectly.
Sleep for Life is the name of the Kingsdown body diagnostics system that they have developed which allows them to take 18 different measurements from your body, ask a series of questions about how you sleep, then make over 1000 calculations to suggest the perfect mattress for your body. Once this has been determined Kingsdown will then supply a box spring mattress from its Sleep to Live 200, 400, 600 or 800 series to match your needs. So this traditional box-spring mattress manufacturer that has been making mattresses for over a century, is also at the forefront of innovation, using technology to design a mattress that is tailored to your specific body.
The crux of the Sleep for Life philosophy is to address two basic factors that affect a good night’s sleep : providing a mattress that gives correct posture support and gives ample pressure relief for your unique body.
The 200 Series mattresses include independent sleeping zones for both partners to minimize disturbance between couples when sleeping. They have semi-rigid foundation for correct support and comfort layers that ease the pressure on the body. They come with a 15 year warranty.
The 400 series includes a high end knit-cover that increases breathe-ability and a torsion box spring which is designed as a shock absorber and to assist with pressure relief. This carries a 20-year warranty.
The 600 and 800 series are even higher-end mattresses and carry a lifetime warranty. They include memory foam which responds to the body’s shape and temperature and enhances comfort and pressure relief. Both mattresses use a zoned torsion box spring which helps with lessening pressure.
The best place to buy a mattress may be online, but only if you have first tested it out – either at a friend’s house or in an actual store.
Mattresses, like clothing, are one of those things that are a very personal type of purchase…we like to feel the fabric on a pair of jeans, make sure it fits right and we might try countless pairs before finding one that fits perfectly. The same applies to a mattress: a pocket-spring one will feel different to a continuous coil spring mattress; a memory foam or latex foam mattress will feel different again. We need to try before we buy and that may mean checking 15 or 20 different mattresses until we find the right blend of size, softness, support, motion isolation and luxuriousness of the finishing fabric.
Don’t forget that if you are buying a mattress to share with your partner it’s important for you both to try the beds out together, as that will be the case in the real situation at home. It’s impossible to judge a mattress that 2 people will be sleeping on by just testing yourself.
Once you have found a few mattresses that suit you a good trick is to make a careful note of the specifications – not forgetting to note the finish you prefer as most leading mattress lines give you a choice of finishes from pillow-top through to extra firm – and then try to find the mattress discounted online at one of the many mattress retailers around. If so you can go ahead and order, pay and arrange delivery online in full confidence that it is going to meet all your requirements, because you’ve already put it to the acid test.