Twin/Single, Full/Double

by Andrew Himes January 10, 2012

Over the past few weeks we have fielded a lot of questions about bedding sizes.  Unfortunately while the sizes have been standardized, the names have not, which can create quite a bit of confusion.  For example, twin mattresses and single mattresses are the exact same size (39" x 75") and full mattresses and double mattresses are the same size (54" x 75").  What often happens is that people assume that a double and a twin are the same thing and inadvertently purchase something that is either too big or too small.

All 39" x 75" bedding at Soaring Heart is labeled Twin, all 54" x 75" bedding is labeled Full.

So why have such ambiguous names in the first place?  Like most things that confuse, it stems from history.  Twin beds originally referred to two single beds in one room.  A suitable set-up for children's rooms or 1950's sit-coms.  Over time, the term has been co-opted in America to simply refer to any single bed.

Full/double is simply the next size up, followed by queen, then king and California king.  Important to note, king and California king are not the same thing.  Your standard or East Coast king mattress is 76" wide by 80" long and a California king is 72" wide by 84" long.

All Soaring Heart bedding is designed to fit all standard North American sizes.

And lastly, for those of you who bought a bed in or from Europe, unfortunately your sizes don't match North American sizes at all.  If you own a European or UK mattress or frame, the sizes are going to be off by a few inches.  So, in that case, you would have to talk to us about custom work, which luckily, we do.  I know, it's a pain. 

So to sum up, a single and a twin are the exact same size (39" x 75") and a full and a double are the exact same size (54" x 75").  A California king is slightly longer, but not as wide as a east coast king (normally referred to as simply, king).  And at Soaring Heart we use the labels twin and full only, for consistency, and all of our mattresses and bedding are crafted to standard North American sizes. 

Andrew Himes
Andrew Himes


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