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How to Find The Best Twin Mattress for You

Looking for the best twin mattress for you? You may be surprised by the variety of twin mattresses out there. Despite being the smallest standard mattress size, twin mattresses are the primary size of bed for a number of different situations and are thus designed to meet a variety of needs.

Twin mattress dimensions

Twin-size Mattresses

These smaller mattresses are perfect for kids and guest rooms.


38” x 75”

Twin XL

38” x 80”

Not only that, but their smaller size makes them ideal for all types of spaces, while their lower price point also makes them ideal for short-term solutions (dorm beds), growing children, and more.

As a result, it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming to find the best twin mattress for your needs. That’s where Texas Mattress Makers comes in. Discover everything you need to know about twin-sized mattresses, from pricing to dimensions to other important buying considerations.

Pros and Cons

Size and Dimensions


Buying Considerations

Pros and Cons of Twin Mattresses

Deciding between a twin mattress and another size of mattress? These are the top twin mattress pros and cons to keep in mind while shopping.

Twin mattress pros

  • Space-efficient
  • Big enough for the majority of adults 
  • Typically less expensive than larger options
  • Best option for growing children and/or short-term stays

Twin mattress cons

  • Too short for most people over 6 feet tall
  • Too narrow for two people

Twin Mattress Size, Explained

Your standard twin mattress size is 38 x 75 inches (96.5 x 190.5 cm). Someone who is 6 feet (72 inches) tall can technically sleep on this size of mattress, but may feel somewhat constricted.

Twin mattresses are often ideal for the following:

  • Toddlers and children beds
  • Teenager beds
  • College dorm room beds
  • Guest beds and daybeds
  • Bunk beds
  • Adults with limited bedroom space

Sleepers who are taller than 6 feet will likely have their feet dangle off of the bed, which most sleepers find uncomfortable.

Taller sleepers, therefore, may benefit from a twin XL mattress (38 x 80 inches, 96.5 x 203.5 cm). These mattresses are the same width as standard twins but come with a few extra inches in length. Twin XL mattresses are growing in popularity, especially for college dorm beds. Since twin XL mattresses do not provide additional width, they are still not ideal for couples. 

Couples looking for a bed that fits within a smaller space but is big enough for two people may have better luck with full size mattresses (which may still be a bit cramped) or queen size mattress.

Twin Mattress Pricing

How much should a good twin mattress cost? Typically, a good starting price point for a twin mattress is around $500; our top-selling hybrid twin mattresses start at $319 (with our open coil twin mattresses for children starting at $169). From there, the price will vary depending on the type of material used in the mattress’s construction, which in turn impacts the support and comfort of the mattress. Keep in mind that when buying a brand-name mattress at a typical retailer, you may pay extra for the brand.

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Buying Considerations for Finding The Best Twin Mattress

1. Your sleeping position

Knowing your preferred sleeping position (back, side, stomach, or combination) can really help narrow down what mattress will be most comfortable for you. For example, someone who sleeps on their stomach will typically prefer a mattress that provides extra support, while a side sleeper often prefers a mattress that provides pressure relief.

If you’re purchasing a mattress for a guest bed, you’ll likely want to purchase a mattress that makes provisions for multiple sleeping positions (unless you have a frequent guest with special sleeping needs).

2. Firmness preferences and support needs

Firmness and support are often conflated in discussions about mattresses, but are actually two separate things. Firmness relates to the feel of the mattress (soft, medium, firm, etc.) while support refers to the amount of support your body will receive as you sleep.

Frequently, people assume that all firm mattresses are supportive, while all soft mattresses aren’t. In reality you can have one soft mattress and one firm mattress that are equally supportive.

So, when looking for your best twin mattress, make sure you know both your preferences for feel (firmness) as well as your support needs.  

3. Mattress type

At Texas Mattress Makers, we are often asked questions along the lines of  “What is the most comfortable twin mattress?” And as with all questions related to mattress comfort, the answer depends on who is sleeping on the mattress. Everyone has their own preferences and needs when it comes to contouring, responsiveness, pressure relief, temperature control (breathability), and overall feel.

To see how the different types of mattresses can meet these different needs, please see the following buying guides:

Texas Mattress Makers can Help Find the Best Twin Mattress for You

Looking for the best twin mattress for your growing child? Or the best twin mattress for a daybed? The sleep experts at Texas Mattress Makers have over 3 decades of experience helping our customers find the mattress that suits their wants and needs.

We don’t want to sell you just any mattress; we want to sell you the right mattress. Find the best choice for your body by browsing our full selection of handmade mattresses online or visit any of our mattress stores in Katy, Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, Rosenberg, Humble, or Baybrook, TX!

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