Considering that one third of our lives are spent sleeping it’s quite important, both to our physical and mental health, that we get a good night’s sleep. Any bed we choose should have comfort and body support as the number one and number two priorities. However, as it is closely tied to the amount of comfort you will experience the size of the mattress comes in at a very close third – or possibly even ties – especially for those who share their bed with a partner.

A bed is made up of a combination of a mattress and its supporting structure. The supporting structure is usually a standard sized box spring, or a low profile box spring. The latter provides the same amount of support as the former and simply creates a few more options when it comes to the room’s design aesthetics. Low profile box springs also help to keep the sleeping surface at a more reasonable level when dealing with mattresses that may be higher than what you are used to.

The size of your bed may also impact how restful your sleep time will be so you will want to spend at least a little time considering the various pros and cons of a smaller or larger bed. Mattresses are available in five standard sizes: twin (sometimes referred to as single), full, queen, king, and California king. Unless you are purchasing a mattress for children we can disregard the twin as irrelevant to this discussion, but what is the real difference between a king and a queen sized bed?

Queen Low Profile Box Spring

Queen Low Profile Box Spring

As both sizes are created with the same length of 80 inches, many of us will be hard pressed to notice the difference between the two using sight alone. And just to confuse the issue a little more, many manufacturers show little respect for standards and produce mattresses which may be a little larger or a little smaller than the standard. In general, you can reasonably expect the queen size to always be smaller than the king size. A standard queen sized mattress should come in at 60 inches wide, while a standard king sized mattress will be 76 inches wide.

In terms of mattress size most people would agree that bigger is always better – especially those who have been blessed with partners who are a little more athletic than any person has a right to be while they are asleep. In these cases, a bigger bed will always be appreciated much more than a smaller one. Unfortunately, many of us are forced to restrict the size of the bed due to the amount of available space, and transport constraints.

A big frame may be impossible to maneuver into your bedroom. Even if you could get a large frame into the room a bed that is too big may make it difficult for you to navigate the room, such as when you are getting ready for the day. Fortunately, when dealing with king sized mattresses, it is possible to arrange for a low profile box spring split foundation – which essentially splits the box spring into two equal sized parts. A mattress is flexible, whereas a box spring is not, so splitting it into two parts may mean you can have that king sized bed you’ve been dreaming about.