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What Is the Difference Between a Twin & Double Mattress?

When choosing a mattress, you need to consider room size and how much sleeping space is required. While the difference in twin and double beds is just a matter of inches, it can make all the difference for a good night's sleep.


Size

Double mattresses are 15 inches wider than twins.

Twin mattresses are 39 inches wide and 75 inches long.  Double mattresses are 15 inches wider at 54 inches wide and 75 inches long.


Function

Often used in the rooms of children, twin beds take the least amount of space in a room.  Double mattresses provide additional space for the single sleeper, and they give kids more comfort as they grow.


Considerations

While double beds are 15 inches wider than twin beds, couples may not find double mattresses wide enough.  They provide only 27 inches of width per person.


Fun Fact

Double beds were the most common choice for couples until the 1960s.  It's then that queen and king size mattresses became popular.


Famous Ties

After Little Ricky was born on "I Love Lucy," some thing changed.  Producers decided that, although they were married, Lucy and Ricky should sleep in separate twin beds in order to downplay any suggested sexual relationship.

About the Author

A native Midwesterner, Maggie Vink has been writing for more than 15 years. After a stint as a software industry technical writer, Vink began writing about her passions including health/wellness, parenting and DIY. She studied journalism at Oakland University and health information technology at Davenport University.