How Much Does a Mattress Weigh

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How Much Does a Mattress Weigh?

How much does a mattress weigh? Well, this isn’t a generic question that often gets asked while buying a mattress, but you must know that the question is of utmost cruciality.

 

Mattresses come in different sizes and therefore weigh different. When purchasing a mattress, it is essential to consider length, width, compactness, firmness and material according to the bed size. Sometimes people believe the more the mattress weighs, the better the quality. 

 

There are different sizes of mattresses available and the king size mattress weighs relatively more than any other mattress. However, the average mattress weight ranges between 50 and 150 pounds.

Read this blog to learn how much a mattress weighs based on its type and how the thickness and age affect its weight.

Mattress Sizes & Their Weight

The type of mattress and its thickness are essential considerations for how much your mattress weighs. The smaller the mattress, the less it weighs; as the size and thickness increase, the weight gradually increases. Let us discuss each type in detail.

  • Twin Size

The Twin mattress weighs significantly less than any other mattress, making it very light and easy to move. The mattress weighs between 40-45 pounds. As a result, it’s suitable for children.

  • Twin XL Size

The twin XL mattress is 5 inches longer than the twin mattress. It adds 3-5 pounds extra to the twin XL mattress; hence, it’s suitable for growing children as it fits them in. It is slightly heavier than the twin mattress.

  • Full / Double Size

Full-size mattresses are for young adults or couples. The full mattress weighs only 55 to 60 pounds making it more comprehensive than twin and twin XL mattresses. However, it is a heavy mattress. 

  • Queen Size

A queen mattress is a significantly heavier mattress. It weighs between 70-85 pounds. It is preferred by couples, giving enough space for two people. However, the queen-size mattress is 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than the full-size mattress. This makes it challenging to carry or move around. 

  • King Size

The king mattress is one of the heaviest mattress types. It is ideal for couples, families, combination sleepers, or those who prefer a lot of personal sleeping space. A king-size mattress can weigh anywhere from 90 to 95 pounds. It is primarily used in hotels and for people taller than 6 feet.

  • California

California King beds are 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. Specially designed for tall people, it provides extra legroom. However, their measurements and construction using coil toppings and layers make them the heaviest mattress weighing between 130-180 pounds.

Mattress Type & Their Weight

Each mattress has a different type; some are soft, some are hard, some are heavy, and some are light depending on the material. These are some factors to consider before purchasing the right mattress.

  • Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress weighs between 40 and 180 pounds and thus is considered to be the heaviest mattress of all. It is heavy as it contains many layers of coils and dense material. In terms of weight and ability to move, a memory foam mattress is similar to a latex mattress. However, moving or sliding a memory foam mattress isn’t an easy task due to its heavy weight. 

  • Latex

Latex mattresses are also hard and tough to move as they weigh up to 170 pounds for queen or king size. Latex foam has similar conforming properties to memory foam, and its density determines how heavy it is, but in general, natural latex is denser. As a result, latex mattresses can be firmer than other mattress types depending on the number of layers it is made up of and their thickness.

  • Innersprings

An innerspring mattress is lightweight and portable as it ideally weighs between 40 pounds and 130 pounds. The coil count and gauge determine the exact weight of the mattress. But, the structure of the mattress makes it cool, lighter, and easier to move.

  • Hybrid

Due to the number of materials and layers used, hybrid mattresses are one of the heaviest mattress types available. They weigh between 60 pounds and 120 pounds, depending on the size.

A hybrid mattress is usually recommended for side sleepers who prefer sleeping on a bouncy surface. Improved edge support and high motion isolation are two prominent advantages of sleeping on a hybrid mattress.

Mattress Thickness

While knowing the weight of your mattress is essential, it has no bearing on its quality. 

A heavier mattress does not always imply a superior mattress. Quality is influenced by many factors, such as materials and comfort layers. High-profile beds, between 12 and 14 inches high, usually have more materials or thicker layers, making them heavier. Some people prefer a high-profile mattress, but remember that it will likely be firmer.

 

Mattress weights range from light to heavy, with king and California king mattresses being the heaviest mattress sizes and twin mattresses being the lightest mattress size.

How Does Age of Mattress Influence Its Weight?

The age of your mattress significantly affects how much it weighs because your mattress accumulates weight with time. For example, a clean, new mattress may only weigh 150 pounds, but after 10 years, it may weigh up to 300 pounds due to the accumulation of body oils, sweat, and dead skin cells in your mattress. For this reason, we recommend changing your mattress every 7-10 years.

Why Does Mattress Weight Matter?

It is essential to consider the weight of the mattress as heavier mattresses tend to be more supportive than lighter mattresses. Also, knowing the weight of the mattress is essential for supporting your weight, transporting your mattress, cleaning it, or buying a foundation.

  • Set-Up and Moving

Setting up a new bed, whether purchased in a mattress store or online, can be challenging. It’s possible that you won’t be able to put up your mattress on your own if it’s too hefty as it won’t just be time-consuming but also difficult. And even when you plan to change the appearance of your room by shifting your bed, a heavier mattress can take more of your time and effort. Hence, considering the weight of your mattress is important in this case.

  • Mattress Foundation

When it comes to replacing a mattress, knowing the weight of the mattress you’re buying is important as it lets you save some bucks on the foundation. Moreover, it ensures you don’t sleep on an imbalanced mattress.

  • Body Weight

The heavier you weigh, the more likely you will sink into your mattress. Hence, as a general rule of thumb, if you weigh more, you should go for a thicker and heavier mattress.

Conclusion

The best part about heavier mattresses is that they move less on the base, allowing them to maintain their size and shape for longer. But on the other hand, they are difficult to transport and might be costly to ship. If you’re alone, you might even need assistance moving it.

 

When buying a new mattress, the weight of a mattress should not be a significant consideration. Although keeping the size of your mattress in mind for moving, cleaning, and determining the best foundation is essential, the types of coil, layers, materials, and everything contribute to determining your mattress’s choice for a good night’s sleep.

Moving a mattress alone, i.e., without help, is difficult. However, it is doable. It also depends on the weight of the mattress, as heavier mattresses are hard to move. Those with a weak back, restricted mobility, or severe joint problems should avoid moving a mattress independently.

No, a heavier mattress does not always imply a better mattress. Quality is influenced by far too many factors, such as materials, durability, pricing, coils, and comfort layers. So while knowing the weight of your mattress is crucial, it has no bearing on its quality.

Every mattress, regardless of its kind, has a weight restriction. The weight limit of a mattress relates to how much weight it can carry without drooping. For example, a twin, twin XL, or full-size mattress can typically support 400 pounds, but a king or California king mattress can support 400 pounds on each side of the bed for 800 pounds.

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