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What Mattress Thickness Is Right for You?

In most cases, a mattress can range from 2 inches thick to over 16 inches. You might be confused about such questions: what is the best mattress thickness for me? And what things should I consider? Is there a standard mattress height / thickness, etc? That’s why we are here to support you. In this mattress thickness guide, we will list a thickness chart for you and show you the factors should be considered, helping you make a right decision.

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Mattress Thickness Chart

Generally, mattresses can be classified into 5 types for different demands and uses. And there is a simple chart for clarification.

TypeThicknessPerfect For
Low Profile Mattress2 to 5 inchesCribs; Fold-away beds; Bunk beds; Trundle beds; Murphy beds.
Slim Mattress5 to 8 inchesChildren or petite adults; Some sleepers with limited mobility.
Standard Mattress8 to 12 inchesMost adult sleepers; Back and stomach sleepers; Guest and adult bedrooms.
Thick Profile Mattress12 to 16 inchesAll types of sleepers (including the side sleeper); Heavy sleepers.
Extra Thick Mattress16+ inchesTypically unnecessary for most sleepers.

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Things to Consider When Picking Your Best Mattress Thickness

Plus, for the most suitable mattress thickness, there are some important factors you need to consider.    

Sleep position

Your sleep position determines what mattress thicknesses you can benefit from.
If you are a back sleeper, there will be more pressure on your lower back and shoulders. So you are typically suitable for mattresses around 8 to 10 inches thick to offer contouring support for your lower back and shoulders to keep your spine aligned.
If you are a side sleeper, there will be sharp pressure points on your shoulders and hips. So you need a thicker mattress to provide pressure-relieving comfort, making a mattress between 12 and 14 inches the perfect choice.
If you are a stomach sleeper, with lying face-down, you may feel suffocated on a soft mattress. You need a thinner and firmer mattress, roughly ranging from 10 to 12 inches thick, to prevent sagging too much but offer responsive support for your hips to in line with your shoulders. 

Body weight

Your body weight determines the pressure you put onto your mattress. Generally speaking, you need to choose a mattress thickness that suits your body type, ensuring you get enough support and comfort all night long. If you weigh 130 pounds or less, 12-inch mattress or thicker is an ideal choice. It can fully conform your body and relieve pressure and pain. And the thinner mattress may be too hard for you. If your weight is around 130 to 230 pounds, you can use a mattress that is 10 to 12 inches thick, which allows your body evenly distribute on the mattress, achieving a balance of comfort and support. If you weigh 230 pounds or more, you may need a mattress that is 12 to 14 inches thick to feel comfortable. And its comfort layer should be at least 6 inches thick so that you won't touch the spring layer or bottom due to sag. In addition, a mattress thicker than 14 inches may not be suitable for you. You may find it difficult to get out the bed because the bed is too soft.

Total bed height

Ideally, the total height of the bed, including the foundation or frame and the mattress, should not exceed 25 inches. If not, it may be difficult for you to get in or out the bed. If your bedroom has a small space and you need to increase the height of your bed for more extra bottom space for storage, then a 10-inch mattress (Novilla Bliss 10" or Serenity 10”) is very suitable for you, providing you the best support and comfort. If your bed base is no more than 13 inches, a 12-inch mattress can provide good durability and is suitable for most people.

 A perfect mattress should be able to provide you with optimal support and comfort. When choosing between different thicknesses, you should fully consider these three factors. I believe you can find a mattress that suits your personal needs.

This article is for informational purposes and should not be a substitute for medical advice from your doctor or other professionals.

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