How to choose the best queen size mattress

While king size mattresses are the biggest, queen size mattresses are arguably the most popular. They’re readily available and often considered the standard in hotel rooms and adult homes. Whether you plan on sleeping in one with your partner, your family, your pets, or you really just want to sprawl out on your own, queen size mattresses are the optimal size mattresses. 

Considering there are thousands of different types and styles of queen size mattresses to choose from, it can be a fairly daunting process. Luckily, there is plenty of information around about how to choose the best queen size bed and a little bit of research will steer you in the right direction.

For optimal day to day benefits, you should be getting at least seven hours of sleep a night and if you find yourself tossing and turning, maybe you’re not sleeping on the proper bed. Every adult deserves to experience the heavenly feeling of diving into a cozy bed at night. Whereas a full size mattress might seem the logical choice, upgrading to a queen bed gives you plenty of more space and you’ll most likely see a massive difference on days you get to sleep in. 

Before you start looking into how to choose the best queen beds, you’ll want to make sure it will fit in your bedroom in the first place. 

Traditionally measured at 60 inches by 80 inches, you’ll need to have a bedroom that is at least 10x10 square feet to ensure it fits and that it’s not the only thing in your bedroom. Granted at that size, sometimes queen mattresses will feel like it’s the only thing in your room.

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Evaluating your mattress needs

Sometimes, choosing the right queen size mattress is not an easy decision to make. You’ll need to evaluate the exact needs in terms of how many people will be sleeping in it and what type of sleeping patterns each sleeper has. If one of you wakes up early for example, you’ll want to consider choosing a mattress that doesn’t give off much bounce and is pretty firm so that when the early riser gets up to leave, the other person can keep sleeping. (Which, let’s be honest is a great feeling for the person who gets to keep sleeping.)

Consider your sleep habits

If you toss and turn a lot during the night, you might want a queen size bed that contours your body more and consists of memory foam. If you’re someone who sleeps with aches and pains, you might need more support and would probably favour a firmer mattress instead of a softer one. 

Be mindful of your space

While queen size mattresses take up about 20% more space than full size beds, the queen has a rectangular shape (instead of the square-shaped king size mattresses) and can take up a lot of room in smaller bedrooms. Queen size mattresses tend to fit best in traditional master bedrooms.

Do your research

Before going out to buy a queen size bed, you’ll need to do some research. Check out the internet and take in as many different honest and unbiased websites as you can. Watch videos, look at pictures, and read as many reviews as you can. While company and retail websites are great to show you your queen size options, customer reviews are a great way to get the pros and cons for every bed from thousands of different customers. You might want to bookmark pages that have good information or take notes about details that stick out to you.

Try some out

The best part about buying a new bed is going to a variety of different showrooms to try them out. If you’re looking for a bed with your significant other, let them tag along so you can test out beds in-store to see which ones fit your budget but most importantly, feel comfortable. 

Be sure to be honest with the salesperson and let them know you’ve done your homework. Always be wary that there are added prices to tack on to your mattress’ price tag including delivery and shipping options. Be sure to always check the return policy and warranties in case any unexpected problems arise. 

Body shape

Since every person has a different body shape, every sleep will focus on a different type of bed. Taller people for example, might need a longer style of queen size bed and heavier sleepers might be more inclined to go for a harder bed so as not to sink as much and vice versa for skinnier sleepers. 

Sleeping position

People who sleep on their backs might want to look for a queen size bed that offers more support and side sleepers might want a bed that contours your body more. These are all things to consider while laying in bed in the showrooms. 


While budget is obviously important, the most significant part of choosing a mattress is its comfort. If a bed is very comfortable but it costs an extra $400, it’ll pay off in the long run even if it stings a bit more at the time. You’re always going to get what you pay for and considering beds are something that you use every single night (and the occasional mid-day nap), you don’t want to be stingy. 

Your perfect bed is something that calls your name during long days and things that you don’t want to leave during the weekend.

The pre-planning that goes into choosing a queen size mattress is very important but it will pay off big-time dividends. Queen size beds are probably the most popular among adults and from budget, sleeping position, nighttime habits, and style are all things that need to be considered. 

Once you’ve picked out the queen size mattress that is perfect for you, don’t be afraid to splurge a bit more on comfortable pillows, blankets, linens, and comforters, because they can make all the difference. 

You’ll also want to ensure that the surrounding decor around your bed is as beautiful as your new bed is comfortable. Invest in a night stand, some decorations, soft lighting, books, and maybe even a rug. Plus, make sure you’re close to an electrical outlet so you can keep your cell phone plugged in on days where you actually don’t leave your bed. Because let’s be honest, those are actually the best days and your new queen size mattress might just become the final topper that makes your sleeps perfect on a nightly basis.