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The Complete Queen-Size Bed Buying Guide For Beginner Shoppers

Written by Andrew | Last Updated 2019-10-30

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The Complete Queen-Size Bed Buying Guide For Beginner Shoppers

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Here is everything you need to know about buying a Queen-size bed. We talk about the pros and cons of going for a Queen-size bed, the different types of mattresses you can choose from, the pros and cons of buying online vs. buying in-store, and other things to consider while making a purchase decision.

Queen-Size Beds

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Queen-size beds are 60 inches by 80 inches as standard. They can comfortably hold one adult and one pet or one child, or two adults and no pets or children. They are longer as well as wider than a Full-size bed and are generally less expensive than King-size beds. They are perfect for couples who have limited bedroom space.

The pros of Queen-size beds are as follows:

They provide ample sleeping space for couples

They provide enough space for sharing your bed with a pet

They are great for narrow master bedrooms

They are generally not too expensive

You can also find plenty of mattresses and other bed accessories in Queen size, allowing you to deck and stage your room however you wish

Queen beds are also ideal for guestrooms and spare rooms

They work great if you are not too tall

In terms of cons, consider the following:

Queen beds provide less room for sleeping than King-size beds

They are not ideal for restless sleepers or those who want plenty of space to move around during the night

They are not suitable for smaller bedrooms and will look out of place in a larger room

Can become cramped if your kids or pets get on the bed with you

This is the default (and somewhat boring) mattress that everyone seems to buy

Queen beds may be becoming unpopular

You might want to buy a Queen-size bed if you want a larger, more comfortable bed for your master bedroom without taking up the space that a King-size bed would take. Even with a partner or a pet, you will still have plenty of space left over in your room once you’ve set up and installed a Queen-size bed. For single sleepers, Queen-size beds provide ample room for just one person, but if you have a large master bedroom, a small bed may look out of place.

Queen-size beds are ideal for rooms that are about 10 feet by 10 feet or bigger. If you place a Queen bed in a room that is smaller, it may become difficult for you to get around in the room.

Mattress Performance

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Before you go out and buy a Queen-size bed for your room, there are a few things you need to look at in terms of what your bed or mattress will do for you. How will it hold up with pressure over several years? What makes a good mattress good and a bad mattress bad? What are the different types of materials used in mattress construction?

Bed researchers have outlined nine key performance areas that you should consider before buying a mattress. Assessing your needs and preferences in the context of these factors will help you choose the right mattress for your Queen-size bed.

1.Durability: This refers to how long your mattress will last you and perform to your expectations. Most mattresses perform well for about 7 years or so before they need to be replaced.

2.Motion isolation: Movement on the bed can transfer from one place to another, disrupting the sleep of your partner, especially if someone frequently moves around or shifts positions while sleeping. Mattresses that are softer and have more adaptive layers for comfort can minimize the transfer of such motions and isolate them to smaller areas of the bed’s sleeping surface, thereby reducing the risks of disruptions for others on the bed.

3.Conformity: Some mattresses conform very closely to your body to align your spine and prevent excessive pressure at specific points. Others provide little or no conforming at all. Depending on how closely your mattress conforms to you, you will have fewer or more comfort layers, or thicker or thinner comfort layers that are made up of memory foam and/or latex foam as these are usually the materials that conform the best.

4.Sex: Bouncier mattresses are, by definition, more responsive to movement and are usually better for enjoying sex on. Unresponsive mattresses can cause you to sink in too deeply, negatively affecting the experience.

5.Temperature moderation: Some beds absorb and trap heat from your more than others do. This can cause some sleepers to feel warmer than they usually, and this can disrupt their sleep.

6.Off-gassing: Almost all mattresses release various particles when you first start using them, but foam (and to some extent latex as well) come with an unpleasant smell as well. Most of the time, these smells disappear within a few days – especially if you keep the room in a properly ventilated room, but some mattresses produce very strong smells that can last for a long time.

7.Edge support: Because of their nature, mattresses as a product tend to sing at the edges where people mostly get on to or get off of the bed. Mattresses that have good edge support will suffer less sinking when weight or pressure is applied to the edges of the bed.

8.Noise: This category is somewhat self-explanatory. Noise here simply refers to how much noise the bed makes as you sleep or move around on the bed. Noisy mattresses can be bad for couples if the movements of one person disturb the other.

9.Support: Support refers to a mattress’s ability to give you a comfortable, flat, and even surface that helps you align your spine and pelvis without sinking under the weight of the heavier parts of your body.

Based on the factors above, you can begin to narrow down your selection to choose the mattress type that works best for you. However, since many different mattresses will likely provide you with the features and functions you need, you should look into the different types of mattresses available to see which one you like best. We talk about different mattress types in the next section.

Mattress Types

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Here is a quick summary of the main differences and similarities you will find between the five most common mattress types on the market.

Foam mattresses have a polyfoam support core and come with a memory foam layer for comfort.

Latex mattresses come with a polyfoam, latex, or coil support system and a layer of latex for comfort.

Innerspring mattresses provide you with a support layer made of coils and a memory foam or polyfoam layer for comfort.

Hybrid mattresses provide a layer of pocket coils for support and a thick layer of memory foam, polyfoam, or other materials for comfort.

Airbed mattresses come with adjustable air chambers and a comfort layer made up of polyfoam or memory foam.

Now that we know the different types of mattresses available in the market and the various factors that define how good or bad a mattress is, you can go ahead and choose the Queen-size bed and mattress that suits you best. There is no decision as good as an informed decision!

Once you are ready to take the plunge and make a purchase, here are a few additional considerations you should keep in mind in order to get the most bang for your buck.

Additional Considerations

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Policies differ across mattress brand and retailer, so it is important to ask about the following factors before placing an order.

Can my mattress be shipped to me? You may live outside the service area of your retailer of choice, and they may not deliver to you. Make sure they do before placing an order unless you are able to pick up the item yourself.

Many mattress and bed retailers offer free delivery using the services of third-party couriers such as UPS or FedEx. It can take a week or more for you to receive your mattress via such services, and you need to also consider the delivery window they give you so that you are home and able to receive your shipment once it arrives.

Some companies and brands offer ‘White Glove’ in which they provide you with mattress delivery, assembly, and disposal of packaging. This service may or may not be free, so find out what you will be offered.

Buying a new mattress usually means you are getting rid of an old one. You cannot just dump your mattress outside on the curb; you may have to pay for it to be removed. You can ask your new mattress company if they will remove your mattress for you.

Some brands also offer sleep trials that can last several months. If you like your mattress at the end of the trial, you keep it, and if you do not, you simply return in. Find out about potential sleep trial offers as well so that you can test out your new mattress.

Ask whether or not returns are free. If you buy a new mattress but are unhappy with it, you may end up keeping it because it is just now worth the cost of sending it back. Don’t get yourself caught up in such an issue and find out about your mattress’s return policy before buying the mattress.

What kind of warranty does the mattress come with, what does it cover, and how long will it last? Most warranties are at least 10 years long, with 25 years becoming a new norm.

Where Should You Buy Your New Bed?

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You can choose from many different options when buying a new bed and mattress. Here are a few important points to consider when looking at the different options available.

Online Retailers

If you buy your bed or mattress directly from the source, you can generate substantial savings. The pros of this approach are that you can enjoy lower prices while still being able to enjoy a sleep trial as well as warranty coverage. However, you cannot test the mattress before you buy it, there may be some shipping fees, delivery may be limited outside a certain service area, and options may be too many to choose from.

Mattress Stores, Big Box Retailers, and Furniture and Department Stores

Large brick-and-mortar establishments usually have a very wide selection of bed and mattress models on the store floor. You may be able to negotiate on price with some of these outfits, and they usually provide delivery and in-home assembly (‘White Glove’ services) as well.

The pros of this approach are that you can test the mattress before you buy it, you have the assistance of knowledgeable sales staff while looking around deciding what to buy, you can potentially negotiate on price, and there may be no shipping fees. However, prices tend to be higher at brick-and-mortar sales locations, it may not be convenient to make an actual trip to a store to purchase a bed or mattress when you can order one online from the comfort of your home, returns are difficult (next to impossible for some!), and the specs of the mattress you are buying may be unclear.

The Bottom Line

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There are plenty of options out there, not just in terms of bed and mattress size (King, California King, Queen, Full, Twin), but also in terms of where you can buy a mattress (online or from a store) and the types you can buy (hybrid, air, latex, innerspring, and foam). While the combinations, price points, brand names, warranties, features, specs, delivery options, and your personal requirements may make a purchase decision complicated, we hope the information provided in this post helps you narrow down the field so that you are able to choose the best mattress for your specific needs. In case you need more information, do not hesitate to drop into your local mattress store to speak to an experienced salesperson, or visit online forums for discussions about other bed and mattress pros and cons beyond what we have discussed above.

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