What Size Bed Should You Choose?

This content was created by the National Sleep Foundation


Whether you like to snuggle or sprawl out, there’s a bed that’s right for both you and your partner.

When it comes to getting a good night’s sleep, comfort is key. That’s true of the sheets that you choose, the pajamas that you wear, and the size of the bed that you snooze in—especially if you sleep with a partner. In fact, your significant other’s sleep issues can impact your own shut-eye, so hitting the hay in an appropriately sized bed is crucial. With some careful consideration, you can pick the one that will best meet your particular needs.

If you really like to cozy up to your partner…

A full-size or queen mattress will give you the best opportunity to get close. And doing so may make your marriage healthier: The happiest couples report that they sleep within inches of each other, spooning or otherwise snuggling. Caveat: Just think about your height and your partner’s height and how the length of the bed will feel, because a full-size bed is best for people under five feet five inches tall.

If you prefer a little personal space…

Consider a queen. Now the most-often-bought bed size for couples, its surface provides each partner with about 30 inches of horizontal sleeping space. That’s good news in the comfort department, and still gives you the chance for physical closeness (like toes touching while you snooze).

If you like to spread all the way out when you sleep…

Pick a king. With its royal-sized surface—each sleeper gets 38 inches of horizontal space to enjoy—you can roll over for solitude when you want it. But there’s also enough room to cuddle together. Of course, some couples—about one in four in the U.S.—prefer to sleep in separate beds altogether; in that case, two twin beds could be your best option. While it may not work wonders for the state of your marriage (people who sleep far away from their spouses report less closeness), it can be good for your health, since bed sharers suffer about fifty percent more sleep disturbances than those who snooze solo.

Looking for the perfect mattress for couples? Check out our guide.