A guest bedroom is typically not used as often as a regular bedroom. It’s likely that you will only have guests occasionally, if at all. For these occasions, you want to make sure that your guest has a comfortable sleeping surface. However, mattresses are sometimes an overlooked element of the overall guest bedding setup.
This article breaks down what size mattress you should buy for your guest bedroom and provides some tips for creating a comfortable and inviting atmosphere for your guests.
The Importance of Mattresses
The mattress is the most important part of the guest bedding set.
It provides a comfortable surface for your guests to sleep on and is an essential component in creating a relaxing atmosphere.
A common misconception is that guest beds with mattresses are smaller than regular beds with mattresses. However, this isn’t always the case and it depends on the type of mattress you own, the size of the room itself, and the number of guests that will be sleeping in the room at one time.
It’s important to buy an appropriate size for your guest bedroom because the wrong size can lead to back pain and discomfort for both you and your guests.
The Ideal Mattress Size for a Guest Room
If you’re wondering what size mattress to purchase for your guest bedroom, you can use the following guidelines to determine what’s best.
The most commonly used mattresses are between 75-80 inches in length. The main differences between twins, full, queen, and king are the widths. Queen mattresses are 60 inches wide by 80 inches long, making them long enough for most people regardless of the height and offering enough room for two people to sleep comfortably side-by-side.
A queen mattress is also still small enough to fit in most guest rooms while still leaving room to walk around the bed and add nightstands and other bedroom furniture.
Guest Room for Kids
If you’re planning to host your grandkids or the neighbor kids on a regular basis, then your needed mattress size may vary from the general recommendations of a queen mattress. Though a queen mattress can work just fine for a child, if you have multiple grandkids, you may want bunk beds to create space for multiple kids per room. A common layout with the full-size beds would be two bunk beds by each other. This would accommodate four children in one room comfortably. However, it also takes up a lot of room so check to make sure your guest room can accommodate.
Another option would be twin-size beds. This is ideal for younger children. A mattress typically lasts around ten years so if you have a 3-year-old staying with you, then in ten years, they will be 13. For most children, they are still small enough to fit comfortably in a twin-size mattress. However, as teenagers, they will grow quickly and you would likely only get a couple of years of them fitting comfortably on a twin-size bed. For this reason, you should consider the lifetime of the mattress and how big your grandkids will be in the next few years. A huge benefit of this size bed is that you can fit them in small spaces. Additionally, you may be able to fit multiple beds per room. However, if you plan on using bunk beds, make sure that you take safety precautions to ensure that the kids don’t fall out of the bed. This is especially important if you are accommodating toddlers who may get hurt if they fall out of the bunk. Many bunk beds are made with safety features such as railing to prevent kids from falling out while they sleep. That being said, you may have issues with the kids on the ladder. It might be worth extending the ladder so it has a less steep angle and is easier to stay on.
Tips for a Comfortable Guest Room
The size of the mattress is key, especially if you have a guest who is taller or shorter than average. You’ll probably want to go with a queen mattress so they have plenty of room to move around.
A comfortable pillow is important for a good night’s sleep. Guests can easily bring their own pillows from home, and may if they have specific needs, but it is nice to have at least one spare on hand for those occasions when guests forget or lose theirs.
Guest rooms should be inviting and comfortable. A rug can help create this feeling and also provide an area for guests to put their shoes on before entering the bedroom.
Consider providing a small refrigerator in your guest room as well as some complimentary beverages for your guests. This will make the guest feel at home and ensure that they are well taken care of during their stay.
With many different types of mattresses available on the market, the decision to purchase the correct size for your guest bedroom can be confusing. A guest bedroom needs a mattress that is both comfortable and supportive. For this reason, it’s important to choose the right size for your bed frame so you can enjoy an optimal level of comfort during sleep. A too-small bed will be constricting while one that’s oversized could result in a room that feels crowded and unwelcoming. But the right size mattress will make your guests feel welcome, comfortable, and sleep peacefully however many nights they stay with you.