A few years ago, a mattress size called an Olympic queen was introduced. Measuring 66 inches wide and 80 inches long, the Olympic queen was designed to appeal to couples who wanted more sleeping room without moving up to a king size bed. The Olympic queen did not catch on though many thousands were sold and are still in service today.
Another, more common specialty queen mattress size if the queen XL or queen Extra Long. Measuring 60 inches wide by 84 inches long, a queen XL mattress will require using a queen XL frame and bedding.
Choosing the Right Queen Size Mattress
Shopping for a mattress is a lot like shopping for a car. Like a car, a mattress should be comfortable, supportive and a good value for the money. And like a car, you should give the mattress a thorough test drive before you make a purchase decision. Most mattress retailers will not allow you return a mattress simply because it does not feel right. The burden is on the consumer to choose the right mattress before buying.
A mattress test drive should include getting on the mattress and finding the position you usually sleep in. It is important to spend enough time on the mattress. Imagine yourself spending every night for the next 5 to 7 years on that mattress and ask yourself if the mattress supports your body. If the mattress provides enough support than ask yourself if it’s comfortable. If you have spent enough time on the mattress and the answer to both questions is yes, than that chances are you have found the right mattress.
Queen Size Bed Frames
Any size bed requires a sturdy, well built frame. A quality metal bed frame for a queen size mattress and foundation will have an adequate system of center supports that distribute weight evenly around the frame. Pay close attention to make sure that the frame does not have any sharp corners or edges that can damage your bedding or injury to you or your family. If you plan on attaching a headboard or footboard to your frame, make sure that the frame has the proper attachment points. If the frame lacks the proper attachment points, it might be possible to modify the frame or purchase the proper attachments.
There are also many different styles of ornamental metal bed frames that can be used to accent almost any decorative scheme. From wrought iron to return post styles and canopy beds, metal frames can be decorative, functional, strong and long lasting. For queen and king size mattresses, always make sure that the frame has a proper center support system. If your frame lacks a center support system, consult your local mattress or furniture retailer. Many bedding retailers offer center lift kits that may be suitable for your frame.
Queen Size Bedding and Accessories
A quality mattress represents a big investment and protecting it can add years to its usable life. At QueenSizeMattress.com we recommend that you purchase a quality mattress cover. Unlike a fitted mattress pad, a mattress cover encases that entire mattress. The mattress cover will help prevent dirt, stains and dust mites from denigrating the usefulness and value of your mattress. A good quality mattress cover will be machine washable and machine dryable.
Other accessories for your queen size bed include fitted and quilted mattress pads, mattress heaters and fine bed sheets. High thread count bed sheets can greatly enhance your sleeping experience, are long wearing and very comfortable. A minimum thread count of 200 will provide you with a soft feel, durability and good value. Thread count is determined by counting the number of threads per square inch of fabric. Cotton is by far the most popular fabric for bed linens though cotton polyester blends are also a very good value.
Mattress heaters are a great alternative to the traditional electric blanket. Mattress heaters fit on the bed just like a mattress pad and come with thermostatic controls that allow you to set the right temperature for your sleeping comfort. Dual control mattress heaters are perfect for two sleepers, allowing each to control the temperature on their side of the bed.