Buying Giant Beds & Family Beds
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Maybe you're a family who co-sleeps. Maybe you're a sports player looking for beds for tall people. Or maybe you're Joe Exotic and you sleep with a bunch of tigers.
In any case, you landed on this page because you need a bed size bigger than california king.
You need, a Giant Bed like a Family Bed or one of the Super King sizes.
These oversized mattresses come in many sizes, and they cost less then you would think. You don't need to be Drake, who just dropped $400,000 on his bed, to afford them.
So how huge are these beds? Keep reading to find out (hint: they are BIG)!
Giant Bed Sizes
This is important: There is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to mattresses. You have many options to consider, including custom shapes and sizes. This means that you can find the perfect bed to suit your sleep needs, meet your physical requirements, AND fit your bedroom!
Everyone is familiar with traditional mattress sizes (twin, full, queen, king, cal king).
Did you know? Giant mattresses come in standard sizes as well! Here they are:
Alaskan King Bed
What is the biggest bed in the world? The Alaskan King Mattress. The dimensions of this super king mattress measure a staggering 9' x 9' (108" x 108"). This is the equivalant of 2 full XL (54x80) size mattresses but with an extra 28" added to the end for length. While you can find family beds wider (ex: 144" x 84" and 152" x 80"), you won't find anything longer in length.
Where do you buy an alaskan king bed? You won't find these for sale at a mattress store. You can order Alaskan king beds, sheets, and mattress protectors at an online retailer like Mattress Insider (the site you're on now!). The one thing you likely won't find is a bed frame or a box spring. You'll either need to put the mattress on your floor, or have a carpenter or handy man build you a bed frame with slats.
Alberta King Size: There is also a cousin to Alaska king called the Alberta King Bed which measures 8'x8'.
How Much is an Alaskan King Bed? - $2500 - $4000
Texas King Bed
Not to be outdone, the Texas king bed is close behind the heels of the Alaskan King, measuring 80" x 98". For many individuals, the typical 80" length on most mattresses is not enough. The Texas King is a perfect fit for those people, giving plenty of extra length for stretching out.
Typical Cost - $2000 - $3000
Wyoming King Bed
Similar to the Texas King, the Wyoming King provides a slightly longer and wider sleeping surface than your typical King. The Wyoming King measures 84" x 84" (7'x7'), and is perfect for someone who needs a bit more room, but might be too restriced on space for something like the Alaskan King.
Typical Cost - $1500 - $2500
Family Bed Sizes
A standard Family Bed size is 10' (120x80) which is the width of two standard queen beds (60x80)
Want something larger? Consider a Family Bed XL size which comes in at 12' (144x84). That's the same width as two california king beds (72x84)
One of the nice things about family mattress sizes is that you can use two traditional boxsprings/foundations and bedframes to support them. You can even buy adjustable beds for them. Example: If you're buying a Family XL, you'll purchase two Cal King foundations and 2 frames.
Looking for something unique…?
Keep in mind - these are standard giant mattress sizes. We haven’t listed them all (such as the Ace), but these are the most common sizes available.
Looking for something unique…?
Custom Sizes Available, Too!
Most of us don’t think about getting a custom size mattress. ...but what happens when the standard sizes do not meet your needs or space requirements? No worries! Many companies can custom make mattresses in just about any size or shape! That’s not all… They can also make beds using a variety of components, including memory foam, latex, and innerspring.
Important Things to Consider
Measure Your Space
As you consider a new, large bed, you will want to make sure an oversized mattress will fit in your bedroom! You will also need to decide what, if any, foundation you’ll need.
Oversized beds need a LOT of room.
A typical Family Bed XL King is 12 feet wide (you read that right - 12 FEET!)
When measuring your room, be sure to calculate the space required for the bed itself. Leave a bit of room on the sides so you can get out!
Have you Considered the Type of Mattress You Want?
My definition of ‘firm’ or ‘soft’ will probably be very different from yours. With that said, what matters most is how the bed feels to YOU.
You’ll want to be sure that whoever you buy your mattress from know how to ask the right questions and get the perfect mattress for you.
With that said, I've put together some information on mattress basics to help equip you with the knowledge to make the right decision:
Common Mattress Types
Mattresses can be CONFUSING. There are so many different types of layers, how does one keep it all straight?
This should help simplify things: Here is a list of the most common mattresses on the market (regardless of the name or layers used):
- Memory foam mattresses: Contour to your body and relieve pressure points as you sleep
- Gel foam mattresses: Contour to your body and relieve pressure points like memory foam, and also are designed to have a slightly cooler sleeping surface
- Latex foam mattresses: These durable, eco-friendly mattresses aren’t temperature-sensitive. Latex, when properly made, has a uniquely supportive, buoyant feel
- Innerspring mattresses: These traditional mattresses support heavier weights per square inch and can also help to reduce motion transfer between partners
- Hybrid mattresses: This is a newer mattress design that takes the best in the mattresses listed above and combines them; more on Hybrid mattresses below...
Benefits of a Hybrid Mattress
First, let’s answer the obvious question: ...what is a ‘hybrid mattress?’ Hybrid mattresses are a combination of different mattress types, giving you the unique benefits of each in one bed. Hybrid mattresses come in many configurations; companies can combine memory foam with latex, or gel foam layers with innerspring.
Picking a Foundation (..or going without?)
You have more foundation options than you think for your oversized mattress!
Depending on size, some oversized mattresses can fit securely on two smaller-sized foundations put together. For example - a Family King mattress can be used on two Queen-sized foundations, or a Family LX King mattress can be used with two foundations sized for a California King.
Other sizes, such as an Alaskan King, will require a custom foundation. In this case, finding a local craftsperson to make a basic platform foundation may be your best option.
NOTE - you can also choose to use your oversized mattress without a foundation! Mattresses can be placed directly on the floor and will provide the same level of support and function as one placed on a foundation!
Is an Oversized Mattress Right for Me?
This is a great question, and one worth considering before purchasing an oversized mattress. Here are some reasons why you might need an extra large mattress:
Do you need more space?
Who DOESN’T enjoy snuggling at bedtime? However, if you’re like me ...when it is time to sleep, I need my space!
Enter the oversized mattress - it will give you and your partner plenty of room to stretch out and get comfortable. Go ahead! Shift positions all you want, with no worries of accidentally bashing the other person (be honest, it has happened to all of us).
This is beoming hugely popular; but what is it, exactly?
Co-sleeping is when babies or young children sleeping in the same bed as the parents (vs in separate rooms). There are several benefits to co-sleeping:
- It builds helps to build bonds between parents and children
- It allows new moms to nurse more conveniently
- It makes it easier for parents to soothe and attend to children during the night
An oversized mattress is perfect for co-sleeping - it provides everyone the room they need for great sleep (even if your kids include a few fur babies!).
There are still many misconceptions about co-sleeping and family beds. Jump over to this blog post to learn more.
Extra tall individuals, and anyone looking for more room
Some of us are tall. REALLY tall. For example, the average height of a basketball player in the NBA is 6' 7"! Your standard mattress length will not cut it for these folks, and most of us don't enjoy our feet hanging off the end of the mattress.
Honestly ...who DOESN'T want more sleeping space?
Whether you’re sharing your bed with a partner, kids, pets, or even if you sleep alone - a bigger bed can be a GREAT investment for anyone who wants more space.