Oversized beds are large beds with a bigger sleeping surface than mass-produced California King and regular King beds. They are becoming increasingly popular as more people realize the benefits of extra space for comfortable and undisrupted sleep.
That’s why we’ve created this oversize mattress guide that should help you learn more about the benefits of owning these giant beds, different oversized mattress sizes, and how to choose the perfect one for your needs.
So, let’s dive in and discover how to say goodbye to your old bed and enjoy a more comfortable sleep in 2024 with an oversize bed.
Benefits of Oversize Mattresses
An oversized mattress provides enough space to spread out and get comfortable, which is a huge benefit for most people.
Here are some of other advantages of getting an oversize mattress:
1. More Sleeping Space
This is the most significant advantage of oversized beds – they provide more sleeping space.
Regular-sized mattresses often feel cramped, especially if you share your bed with a partner, children, or pets. As a result, you are more likely to wake up cramped, achy, and tired.
Think of it this way: if you sat at a cramped desk all day, hunched over and unable to move freely, you’d probably feel stiff, sore, and uncomfortable afterward. The same goes for sleeping on a regular-sized mattress.
An oversize mattress brings more space and freedom to move around, stretch out, and find the most comfortable sleeping position. This results in a more relaxed and restful sleep.
In addition, an oversized bed allows you to co-sleep with your children and pets. More room ensures that everybody stays comfortable throughout the night, which is vital if you want to get the most out of co-sleeping.
2. Fewer Nighttime Disruptions
Most people are light sleepers who wake up at even the slightest disturbances during the night.
Unfortunately, being a light sleeper is not ideal when sharing a bed with someone because every time your partner moves can feel like an earthquake, jolting you out of your slumber and disrupting your sleep.
Sleep interruptions affect your mental and physical well-being. According to research, disrupted sleep has several negative effects, including:
- Feeling more stressed
- Worse mood and emotional regulation
- Increased perception of pain
- Reduced quality of life
- Worse memory and cognitive performance
Even worse, if the disrupted sleep becomes chronic, it can lead to hypertension, weight gain, cardiovascular problems, mood disorders, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and other conditions.
Luckily, having an oversized mattress can provide the necessary space and reduce these nighttime disruptions. That way, you and your partner can move around freely without waking each other up, making for nights of more peaceful and restful sleep.
3. Better Comfort & Support
Being comfortable is one of the most important things when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. An oversize mattress can take this to the next level by providing more room to spread around and find the most comfortable sleeping position.
That way, you’ll need less time to relax and fall asleep.
But it’s not just about comfort. You also need proper support.
A mattress that’s too soft can leave you feeling unsupported and achy, while one that’s too firm can cause discomfort. Additionally, without proper support, you and your partner can roll into the middle of the bed, which will make for a very uncomfortable sleep.
An oversized mattress provides enough space and support so that you don’t have to worry about falling into the middle of the bed every night. With the extra space, comfort, and support, you are guaranteed to get a better sleep.
4. Ideal for Families Looking to Sleep Together
Co-sleeping has become more popular in recent years because it can help build a stronger bond between parents and children, making them feel safe and loved.
But, if you want to co-sleep with your family, you need to have enough space. And the only way to do that is to get an oversize bed.
Oversized beds are the perfect way to create a cozy sleep environment for the whole family, where parents can keep an eye on their kids and ensure they get enough sleep.
But an oversize bed is so much more than a sleep sanctuary. It is a place where you can read bedtime stories, snuggle up for movie nights, play games, nap during the day, or enjoy a lazy weekend morning while cuddling with your family.
In addition, some oversized mattresses have extended legroom where your pets can join in. With everyone sleeping together, the whole family can feel a lot closer and enjoy a more comfortable sleep.
Common Oversize Bed Sizes
Alaskan King is a perfect choice if you’re looking for an oversized king mattress. It’s one of a few family-sized mattresses that bring that extra space you need. So, let’s see some of the common oversized mattress sizes you can get:
Alaskan King (108” x 108”)
Alaskan King is truly a king of oversized mattresses as it features a sleeping surface that’s nine feet by nine feet.
Thanks to its sheer size, the Alaskan King bed can accommodate up to four adults or two adults and several children or pets. That’s why it is often referred to as the ultimate family bed.
Besides families, Alaskan King is ideal for couples looking for extra room or exceptionally tall people.
Alaskan King Shorty (108” x 80”)
Alaskan King Shorty is the perfect choice if you’re looking for an extra-wide King mattress because this model is 80” long and 108” wide.
Because of this, it can accommodate families that sleep together or couples looking for more room. However, it doesn’t provide as much legroom as the other Alaskan King mattresses.
Alaskan King Shorty L (108” x 84”)
Alaskan King Shorty L adds four more inches in length while measuring 108” in width. So, it’s another excellent choice for anyone looking for an extra-wide King mattress.
Alaskan King Shorty L is perfect for parents whose kids like to sneak into bed occasionally or dog parents who want to cuddle up with their fur babies at night.
In addition, those few extra inches of legroom can be a godsend if you’re on a taller side.
Alaskan King Shorty XL (108” x 96”)
Alaskan King Shorty XL is another oversize bed ideal for families looking to co-sleep. Its massive 108” x 96” sleep surface is big enough to accommodate two adults and several kids or pets.
This oversized bed is perfect for co-sleeping families, pet owners, tall individuals, or couples looking for more room. People whose bedroom is not big enough for the full-sized Alaskan King may also prefer the Shorty XL.
Alaskan King Mini (96” x 96”)
Alaskan King Mini, also known as Alberta King, features a 96” x 96” sleep surface. This oversize king mattress is big enough to accommodate two adults and one to two children. There is also enough room at the foot of the bed for any pets looking to join you.
Alaskan King Mini is also perfect for tall people or couples looking for more room to stretch out during the night. It can be a great alternative if you can’t fit the full-size Alaskan King into your bedroom.
The Alaskan King Mattress on our Elias Bed Frame
Choosing the Right Oversize Mattress
Here’s how to select the best oversized mattress based on your needs:
What Factors to Consider When Buying an Oversize Mattress
Choosing the right Alaskan King mattress is not an easy task, as there are several factors you need to consider.
First, you need to pick the type. Most companies offer foam, innerspring, latex, or hybrid mattresses. Each material has certain advantages that can make it better for some people. For example, innerspring beds are more bouncy and breathable, while foam mattresses are typically softer and contour better to your body shape.
The other factors you need to consider when buying an oversize mattress are your budget, bedroom size, delivery options, bed frame and bedding availability, and the quality of materials and craftsmanship.
Lastly, you want to choose the right firmness level that doesn’t feel too soft or hard.
If you want to learn more about mattress firmness, read our guide that explains in detail how to select the firmness level based on your favorite sleeping position and body type.
Tips for Selecting the Perfect Size for Your Needs
If you want to fit an oversized bed into your bedroom, you need to make sure there is enough room. The standard Alaskan King bed frame requires a bedroom that’s at least 16 feet by 16 feet. That way, you have enough space to fit the other furniture and move around your bedroom without anything getting in your way.
Other Alaskan King models require smaller bedrooms, but they still need a lot of free space to fit comfortably.
In addition, you should consider how many adults, children, and pets need to sleep in your future bed. That way, you can select the perfect size for your needs.
Oversize Mattress FAQs
1. Will an oversize bed fit inside my bedroom?
You need a large bedroom if you want to get an oversize bed. For example, your bedroom must be at least 16x16 feet to fit the Alaskan King bed, which is why they are usually reserved for master bedrooms. Other oversize models require smaller bedrooms.
2. What is the difference between an oversized King mattress and a regular King mattress?
The regular King mattress is 76” wide and 80” long. In comparison, oversized beds like the Alaskan King can be as big as 108” by 108”. That provides a lot more sleeping space than the standard King bed.
3. How much do oversized mattresses cost?
The price of an oversized mattress depends on many factors, like the type of mattress, quality of materials, craftsmanship, delivery options, and more. You can expect to pay anywhere from $3,000 for more basic models and up to $10,000 for premium models that bring more luxury to your bedroom.
4. How long do oversize mattresses last?
The lifespan of oversize mattresses depends on the quality of materials and craftsmanship, level of care, and frequency of use. On average, these mattresses last between seven and ten years. However, some higher-end models can last up to 15 years and more with proper care and infrequent use.
5. Can I use regular sheets on an oversize mattress?
No, you won’t be able to use regular sheets on most oversized mattresses. Instead, you can buy oversize sheets that fit perfectly on your large bed to accommodate the extra size. At the moment, we offer cotton sateen and bamboo premium oversize sheet sets.
And that’s everything you need to know about oversize mattresses.
We hope this complete guide has helped you decide to throw away your old mattress and upgrade to a bigger model that provides more comfort for the whole family.
Make sure to visit our online store and discover how our Alaskan King mattresses can provide the ultimate sleep experience for you and your loved ones.