Discover the Weight of Each Mattress Type: A Complete Guide

2023-05-21 00:04:08 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

When it comes to mattresses, weight can vary depending on both the mattress size and type. It's important to keep this in mind when selecting a bed frame or adjustable bed, as these typically come with specific weight limits. Additionally, understanding the weight of your mattress is crucial for determining whether you can move it on your own.

While larger and heavier mattresses can come with a higher price tag, there are options available to fit every budget. In this article, we'll provide you with the weight of each mattress type, as well as explore thickness levels and provide answers to common mattress shopping questions.

Size and Weight of Mattresses

Here are the dimensions and weight of each mattress size:

  • - Twin (38 inches by 75 inches): 40 to 45 pounds
  • - Twin XL (38 inches by 80 inches): 43 to 48 pounds
  • - Full (56 inches by 75 inches): 50 to 60 pounds
  • - Queen (60 inches by 80 inches): 120 to 160 pounds
  • - King (76 inches by 80 inches): 130 to 180 pounds
  • - California King (72 inches by 84 inches): 130 to 180 pounds
  • Twin

Of all the mattress sizes, twin mattresses are the lightest. With dimensions at 38 inches by 75 inches, these mattresses typically weigh between 40 and 45 pounds. Twin size mattresses are ideal for children's rooms and college dorms, and even some smaller adults can comfortably sleep on them. Moving a twin size mattress is generally easy, as most people can do it on their own.

Twin XL

Twin XL mattresses offer extra legroom, making them a great option for taller sleepers. Sized at 38 inches by 80 inches, these mattresses weigh slightly more than twin size mattresses, usually between 43 and 48 pounds. Twin XL mattresses are designed for single sleepers and are commonly found in small rooms and studio apartments. Check out our twin vs. twin XL mattress guide for more information.

Regardless of which mattress size and weight you choose, remember to always read up on the product specification and weight limit before making your purchase.

The Benefits of Full Size Mattresses

Upsizing to a full size mattress is a favorable choice for those who have larger bedrooms. A full bed can easily accommodate either a solo adult or two small children. If you demand extra wiggle room for shifting sleeping positions during the night, the added width on this mattress will come in handy.

The dimensions of a full mattress measure 56 by 75 inches, and their overall weight ranges between 50 and 60 pounds.

Why Queen Size Mattresses are Ideal for Couples

Couples often prefer queen size mattresses. This size of bed generously provides ample space for both partners to sleep comfortably without feeling constricted.

Queen beds measure 60 by 80 inches and should weigh between 120 and 160 pounds. This size of mattress is, however, a bit pricey when compared with smaller mattresses.

King Size Mattresses

If you and your spouse are taller or want to cozily sleep with a child, then a king size mattress will work out best for you. It can easily fit two adults and one or two small kids. However, you should ensure that you have adequate space in your bedroom to accommodate it safely.

King mattresses measure 76 by 80 inches and should weigh between 130 and 180 pounds. However, if you opt for a split king mattress, which is essentially two twin XL mattresses fused together, the weight may vary.

California King Size Mattresses for Taller Sleepers

A California king size mattress has similar dimensions as a king bed but measures 72 by 84 inches. This mattress's narrower dimensions with added width are specifically designed to cater to taller sleepers over 6 feet. Like a traditional king bed, a California king mattress usually weighs between 130 and 180 pounds.

The Various Mattress Types and their Weights

Hybrid Mattresses

Hybrid mattresses are an excellent choice for sleepers who desire the benefits of both a memory foam mattress and an innerspring mattress. These mattresses feature a coil spring support base with at least a 2-inch comfort layer on top. This layer can contain latex foam or polyurethane foam. Hybrid beds are ideal for sleepers who want pressure relief or a cooler sleep surface. We usually recommend hybrid mattresses for side sleepers who require a bouncy bed instead of the traditional innerspring style. Other benefits of sleeping on a hybrid mattress include bouncy support, superior edge support, and high motion isolation.

SEE ALSO: Our Hybrid Mattress Buying Guide

Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses have been around for decades. A traditional innerspring mattress features a thin comfort layer paired with steel coils at the bottom. Innerspring beds are known for being cheap and readily available.

When searching for an innerspring bed, it's important to be aware of its drawbacks. These mattresses tend to be noisy, sag prematurely, and may not be comfortable for some sleepers. If you have specific support needs, it's recommended to opt for a mattress with a thicker comfort layer.


For a springy and responsive bed, consider a latex mattress. This type of mattress prevents sinking or feeling trapped, making it perfect for people with mobility issues, night sweats, or allergies.

However, keep in mind that natural latex can be more expensive due to production costs and certification fees associated with organic latex mattresses. Because of their weight, they may not be suitable for people with movement difficulties. If you have a latex allergy, it's essential to avoid sleeping on a mattress or bedding item containing latex, even if you use a mattress protector.

Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress has thick, dense layers of supportive foam that conform to your body, providing a uniquely customized and comforting experience. People with joint pain or muscle tension can experience relief when using memory foam mattresses, and it's a recommended option for back pain sufferers as an affordable way to alleviate pain.

One downside is the mattress's tendency to overheat and lack of water resistance. However, you can consider purchasing a cooling memory foam mattress that has an infusion of heat-wicking materials.

SEE ALSO: Best Mattress for Joint Pain

Air Mattress

While not a primary mattress type, air mattresses or air beds are popular because they're lightweight and budget-friendly. Air mattresses can have various designs, ranging from simple plastic bags filled with air to more complex designs, including multiple air chambers, foam comfort layers, and smart technology that tracks your sleep patterns and maintains a comfortable temperature.

However, the downside of an air mattress is that if it develops a leak, it loses all support. Because of this, it's best to use them temporarily for guests or as a camping or RV mattress option.

SEE ALSO: How to Find and Patch a Hole in an Air Mattress

Factors to Consider When Choosing Mattress Thickness

Just like a mattress’s size, its thickness – also known as its depth or height – influences its dimensions and weight. Mattresses come in all sorts of thicknesses, ranging from as thin as 6 inches to as thick as 20 inches.

When choosing the best mattress thickness, consider your budget, desired comfort level, and durability. Keep in mind that taller mattresses are usually heavier.

For most shoppers, a 12 inch mattress provides the ideal balance of comfort, support, and durability. Thicker mattresses, such as a 14 inch mattress, may provide a soft and cushioning feel, but can also come in medium or firm options.

The thickness of your mattress also impacts the height of your bed. To ensure a comfortable height, choose a bed height that lets you sit comfortably on the edge of your mattress with your feet flat on the ground.

How to Move Your Mattress

Whether you’re moving into a new space or simply buying a new mattress, moving it can be a challenge. Transporting and installing your new mattress will depend on its size, weight, and your personal preferences.

If you have a bad back, knees, or a large mattress, you may need help moving it. Always lift with your legs to avoid injuring your back. You can also use a dolly or cart with wheels to make the process easier.

Compressing your mattress at home can also make it less cumbersome to move, although it won’t affect its weight.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are Mattresses So Heavy?

Modern mattresses are heavier due to their thicker comfort layers and support technologies. The more thick and dense materials used, the heavier the mattress will be. However, the added weight often translates to improved support and a better night’s sleep.

What Is the Lightest Type of Mattress?

Futon mattresses are the lightest type of mattress. If you’re looking for a lightweight option for your bed, consider purchasing a twin or twin XL size mattress. Innerspring or memory foam varieties are recommended for those needing a lighter mattress. Airbeds are also a good option.

Will My Mattress Double in Weight after 10 Years?

No, your mattress will weigh the same after 10 years as it did when you bought it. However, over time, mattresses can accumulate dead skin, dust mites, bacteria, and allergens. To prevent this, wash your sheets at least once a week or every two weeks.

What is the weight of a double mattress?

A double mattress is the same dimension and mass as a full-size bed, measuring 56 by 70 inches. Normally, a double mattress weighs around 50 to 60 pounds. It is recommended that only one grown-up or two young children sleep on a double mattress.

What is the ideal thickness of a mattress?

The thickness of a mattress varies from as thin as 2 inches to over 16 inches. However, most mattresses have an 8 to 14-inch thickness. Your mattress's perfect thickness depends on the position you sleep in and your weight:

    Side sleepers ought to have a 12 to 14-inch thick mattress.Back sleepers require a 10 to 12-inch thick mattress.Stomach sleepers should go for a 10-inch thick mattress.Combination sleepers need a 12-inch thick mattress.Heavier people should opt for a thicker mattress than lighter ones. Similarly, if you're sleeping alone, you can go for a thinner mattress.

    Final thoughts

    Modern-day mattresses come in various weights, sizes, categories, and prices. The mattress weight typically ranges from 40 to 180 pounds, based on its size and kind. The best mattress for you depends on who is sleeping in it and how much support you need.

    The price of a mattress is determined by various factors including its size, thickness, and type. A large mattress made of top-quality materials is more expensive than a typical innerspring mattress or traditional memory foam mattress.

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