When it comes time to purchase a new mattress for your bed, proper measuring must be done. If you do not measure your bed prior to purchasing a mattress you could find yourself with a new mattress that does not fit. Measuring your bed is a simple process and will ensure that you get a mattress that fits properly. Follow these tips for measuring:
1. Measure the length of the side board on your bed frame. If your sides are not even, measure the shortest side. Once you have this measurement you will need to subtract approximately 2 inches to get your true mattress length. The subtraction allows for bedding.
2. Next measure the distance between the blocks that hold your side boards to the headboard and the footboard. If your bed does not have these blocks, simply measure the distance between the outside edges of the side boards at the foot and the head of your bed. Use the shortest measurement if the two widths are not the same. You will need to subtract about 1 inch, again to allow for bedding. This is the width of the mattress that you need.
3. Now you will need to measure from the top of your bed rails that are nearest to the headboard to the spot on the headboard where you want the mattress to hit. This measures your mattress and box spring height.
4. Once you have done all of your measuring, determine the proper size of mattress based on the size of your bed. If your bed is oddly shaped or oddly sized, you may need to purchase your mattress from a custom shop that provides bedding that is not typical in size. Mattresses typically run the proper sizes but there can be a variation of about ½ inch or so. As long as you have properly measured your bed, it should not be difficult to purchase a mattress that perfectly fits the bed.