Twin bed dimensions

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Forum topic by Jeff posted 07-06-2010 08:43 PM 2595 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2010 08:43 PM

I’m building a twin bed and using a standard twin mattress, 75” x 39”. I don’t have the mattress yet to play with fit, and I’m just not sure how much room to leave on the interior dimensions. Should it be 76×40 or 75 1/2×39 1/2 or less? I’m also not sure about a good height for the rails which really sets the top of the mattress. And again, I don’t have the mattress, so i’m not sure what the thickness is. My couch is at about 17”, so I thought that may be a good height. Just wondering if anyone has any “rule of thumb” suggestions. Thanks for your input. Also, I will be putting rails on this bed as my son is disabled and needs to have full rail support on both sides. So that is the main concern with the height of the mattress as we will be getting in and out of the bed with him every day.


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#1 posted 07-06-2010 09:16 PM

In general, beds set higher than couches or chairs that you sit on. I’m guessing, but from my observations, it seems like 2’ is a typical height for a bed. That does not mean that you need to make your bed 2’ high. Do what works best for you and your son.

Personally, I would want a little play room between the mattress and the frame to make it easier to tuck sheets and covers under the mattress. I would probably go 76’ x 40’. But that is just me.

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