Comparing Full and Twin XL Mattresses

Comparing Full and Twin XL Mattresses

For those looking for mid-sized mattresses that aren’t quite as large as a king or queen, a Twin XL or standard full mattress might be the right choice. These sizes, which are good for individuals ranging in ages, have a variety of potential options.

At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re happy to provide numerous options for both these styles of bed. Let’s look at some of the basic differences between these styles, and why you might go about choosing each.

Standard Full

The standard full mattress, also simply called a full-size mattress or a double is the same length as a regular twin bed, or 75 inches. In some cases, this will make it too short for adults. Standard full beds are generally best for individuals, as their width would only allow 27 inches apiece for a couple. It has significantly added width compared to a twin, however, making it a common choice among parents for teenagers and even younger children.

Twin XL

The Twin XL is the same width as a standard twin mattress (38 inches), but is about five inches longer – it’s the same length as a king or queen. Twin XL beds are common in college dormitories, or for taller children with smaller rooms. They’re also often found in hostels where multiple beds are placed in a single larger room. If you combine two Twin XL beds next to each other, they equal the dimensions of a single king bed.


A few basics tips to consider if you’re choosing between these mattresses:

  • Measuring: Measure the space in a given room, and be sure to leave plenty of room for the sleeper(s) to move around. Most designers recommend about 30 inches of space around the bed for movement or more.
  • Who is using it? Consider who is using the bed – is it a child or an adult? One person or two? If it’s a single person, consider their height.
  • Seasonal shopping: Twins, Twin XL, and even full beds are popular for children, teens and college students, so back-to-school periods are commonly good times to shop for these and find discounts.

For more on basic mattress sizes, or to learn more about any of our offerings or services, speak to the pros at 2 Brothers Mattress today.

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