Tall Mattresses and Mattress Height
by: Michael O'Brien
Some folks may get confused whenever they hear the term tall mattress. A common misconception is that the term tall refers to the height of the mattress. Actually the term tall mattress refers to the length. It is true that many modern mattress designs have increased the height of the mattress. Mattresses with plush tops, Eurotops and pillow tops can measure more 17 inches high. Tall and extra long mattress sets provide folks with the extra room they need to really stretch out and relax.
Anyone who has recently purchased a deep pillow top or plush Euro top mattress have knows all too well about mattress height. Standard bed sheets have relatively shallow corner pockets. The height of a standard mattress may range from seven to nine inches. If you have owned a standard height mattress for any length if time, you no doubt have accumulated a number of fitted sheets. Switching from a standard height mattress to a thicker plush top mattress also means having to buy new bed sheets. Deep pocket sheets can be more expensive and you should factor the cost of new sheets into your purchase decision.
Back to tall and extra long mattresses. The length of a standard twin or full size mattress set is 75 inches. For those folks who are six feet tall or taller, 75 inches may not be long enough. At a full 80 inches in length, a tall twin of full size mattress will provide the extra room taller folks need. Again, the height of the mattress can vary, but the length can make all the difference. At 72 inches, someone who is six feet tall has barely enough room to fully stretch out. Without a tall twin or full size, the next size up – a queen size – can add significantly to the purchase price and takes up more space.
A tall mattress, whether twin size or full size, measures up to 80 inches without adding more to the width or the height of the mattress. While it’s true that a tall or extra long mattress set can cost more, the investment in comfort can continue to pay off for many years to come.
So remember, when thinking about a tall mattress, consider the length of the mattress, not the height.
About the Author
Michael O'Brien is a writer for many popular websites.