Mattress shopping can be confusing. After all, it can feel like there are a million different kinds of beds out there and choosing the one that’s right for you is hard. When it comes to your options for different sizes of beds, that can feel confusing, too. You may be surprised to learn that there are bed sizes you probably haven’t heard of before. While these are less popular, they may be exactly what you need.

There are several different options when it comes to queen sized beds. One of these is the Olympic Queen. If you’re trying to choose between this and a regular queen, here is everything you need to know.


The Olympic Queen

While it may sound like a title for a top female sports here, an olympic queen is actually a mattress that is wider than a regular queen while still being narrower than a king. A traditional queen measures 60” x 80” and the olympic version is 66” x 80”. This extra space can mean more comfort, less fighting over mattress space, and can even mean that there’s room for a dog or a baby in the bed, too.


Using the Olympic Queen

There’s no rhyme or reason when it comes to who buys an olympic queen vs. a queen. For the most part, it has to do with space. You need to find a balance between the space available in your bedroom and the space that you need to sleep.

How much space a person needs in order to sleep well can vary widely. Some people don’t move much at night and sleep straight or curled up in a little ball. These folks can sleep comfortably on small beds. Other sleepers like to stretch out, relax, or prop themselves up with several pillows. All of this means that they will take up more space.

Whether or not you sleep with a partner also comes into the equation. Sleeping with another person almost always means taking into account how they sleep as well as how you like to rest. If both you and your partner like to take up a lot of space when you sleep, then a regular queen could very well be too small to provide the space you both need to get comfortable.

When it comes to the size of your room, think about everything you want to fit in the bedroom. You’ll want at least 2 feet of space around the bed except for the side that’s up against the wall, preferably 3. That’s so you can walk around the bed comfortably, without worrying about tripping or falling.

You will also want your bed to balance the space well. A bigger space will require a bigger bed, while a smaller space will need a smaller bed. Queen mattresses, in general, are perfect for medium-sized bedrooms. If your room is wider than it is long or you don’t quite have room for a king, then an olympic queen could fit perfectly in your room.



Things to Consider When Choosing Between a Queen and an Olympic Queen

Outside of the space concerns mentioned above, the biggest consideration when you’re choosing between a queen mattress and an olympic queen is the price. Because the olympic queen is less popular, it’s often more expensive. This price difference can vary, though. For some manufacturers, the olympic queen is only $50-$100 more. For others, it’s a more significant cost increase.

Similarly, all of your bed accessories will be more expensive when you’re getting an olympic queen. This includes your bed frame, any mattress pads and protectors, bedding, and more. While you can always use king sized bedding as a workaround, it won’t look the same as bedding made for your olympic queen sized bed.

Outside of price, you may not have as many options in the olympic queen size as you will if you buy a regular queen. Many manufacturers don’t make this bed in every type of mattress, and some don’t make it at all. If you have your heart set on getting a particular type of bed from a particular manufacturer, make sure it’s available in olympic queen before you decide you need that bed size.

In the end, you need to choose the bed that will work best for you. Consider how you and your partner sleep, the size of your room, your budget, and whether the mattress you love comes in the size you need. Put all of this together, and you should find a bed that’s perfect for you.