The Difference Between a Queen and King Bed
Most of us are familiar with the all too intimate experience of sharing a twin size or a full-size bed with someone. Between the battle over the blanket and the war for enough sleep space on the mattress, twin size or full size beds often feel too small to share comfortably. If you and your sleep partner have kids or pets who insist on sharing the bed with you, too, you can forget about finding comfort on these smaller beds. At only 38 inches wide, a twin size mattress is the narrowest on the market. A full-size mattress is more comfortable to share since it measures 16 inches wider than a twin, for a total of 54 inches in width. Either way, sharing these smaller mattresses can become tiresome. If you have been sharing one of these smaller size beds for too long, a queen or king mattress in a box may be exactly what you need. These larger mattresses are the best sizes for sharing or for simply sprawling out in comfortable bliss.View Mattress Size Guide
The Queen Mattress in a Box
A queen mattress in a box measures 80 inches long and 60 inches wide after it is unboxed and unrolled. This makes the mattress 6 inches wider than a full size mattress. Six inches may sound like a small difference, but it adds just enough breathing room between you and your sleeping partner. A queen size mattress in a box means that you can sleep without being so close to,or maybe even touching, your partner. At BedInABox®, an Essential memory foam queen size mattress can be purchased for as little as $749. The more luxurious BedInABox® mattress models, such as the Eco-Lux® or the Dual Hybrid™, retail between $1,299 and $2,199 for a queen size. If you keep your eye out for a sale event, you may be able to score a great discount on either of these mattress models.
Before you buy a queen size mattress, there a few things to consider, such as bedroom size and budget. The general recommendation is that your bedroom offers 24-27 inches of walking space on both sides and at the foot of the bed. For a queen size BedInABox®, a bedroom should be at least 104 inches long and 84 inches wide to fit comfortably. When determining your budget, you should plan for the cost of certain sleep essentials in addition to your new mattress. At BedInABox®, we usually recommend pairing a new queen sheet set and mattress protector with your mattress to help protect it from day-to-day wear. You may also want to buy new or extra pillows with your new mattress. For a new queen size mattress in a box and essentials, you should plan on spending between $800 and $1,000.Shop BedInABox® Mattresses
The King Mattress in a Box
At 80 inches long and 76 inches wide, the king mattress in a box is significantly wider than both a full and queen size. A king size is 22 inches wider than a full-size mattress and 16 inches wider than a queen size mattress. Where the queen size adds breathing room, a king size BedInABox® adds enough room to not only share the bed comfortably with your partner, but your toddler, and maybe even your pet too can hop in, too! The BedInABox® Essential king size retails for $849, while the more premium Eco-Lux® or Dual Hybrid™ mattresses can be purchased for $1,499 to $2,399. Again, you may be able to get a great deal on a high-quality BedInABox® mattress if you catch one of our seasonal sales.
If you are considering a king size mattress upgrade, then you will want to make sure that your bedroom has enough space for it to fit. Since the general rule of thumb is to have 24 inches of walking space on the sides and foot of the bed, your bedroom should be at least 104 inches long and 100 inches wide in order to fit a king size. For a new king size mattress in a box and sleep essentials, you should plan on spending between $900 and $1,100.Shop BedInABox® Mattresses
Queens & Kings are Both Good Options
Both a queen or king mattress in a box are good options if you need a larger bed or even if you simply want to feel like royalty when you go to sleep each night. Just remember, there are a few things to think about when before you buy a larger bed. You will need to make sure your bedroom can fit a king or queen mattress in a box with about 2 feet of walking room on each side and at the foot of the bed. You should also consider purchasing a new sheet set and mattress protector at the same time to protect your investment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much bigger is a king size than a queen size?
A king mattress measures 80 inches long and 76 inches wide compared to a queen mattress in a box, which measures 80 inches long and 60 inches wide after it is unboxed. This makes the king size a total of 16 inches wider than a standard queen size mattress, but the two mattress sizes do share the same length.
What size bed do most couples sleep on?
The queen size mattress is the most common mattress size for couples who share a bed. The queen size allows for just enough breathing room at night if you share the bed with your partner, so you can both sleep comfortably without feeling too close. The king size mattress is another great option for couples. A king bed usually leaves more than enough room you and your partner to sprawl out, and maybe even enough extra space for your child or pet to get in on the comfort.