How to Decide on the Ideal Mattress Height 

How to Decide on the Ideal Mattress Height

Your mattress height will determine how thick or thin the mattress is and, therefore, how plush or supportive it may feel.

If you are ready to purchase a new mattress, you must carefully consider numerous factors. Your mattress significantly impacts your life, comfort, and well-being, so it is crucial to be thoughtful when selecting one. One of the factors you must consider is mattress height. Your mattress height will determine how thick or thin the mattress is and, therefore, how plush or supportive it may feel. How do you decide on your ideal mattress height? Consider the following factors before selecting your new bed at Mattress Peddlers. 

Body Size

If you weigh more than 250 pounds, a thicker mattress is recommended for deeper compression and support that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and durability. Your mattress should be at least 12 inches tall, with six inches of comfort and a six-inch foundation layer. 

Those who weigh less than 250 pounds will be comfortable on a thinner, plusher mattress that still provides pressure relief. Mattresses for these people can be nine to ten inches high. 

The mattress height should always be proportional to your height so you don’t strain your body when getting in and out of bed. 

Sleep Position 

Different sleep positions require different mattress thicknesses for optimal performance and support. Use these recommendations to find your ideal mattress height: 

  • Back Sleepers: Firm mattress, six to eight inches, high-density polyfoam
  • Side Sleepers: Soft mattress, six to eight inches, memory foam and softer hybrids
  • Stomach Sleepers: Medium firm mattress, ten inches and higher, latex or innerspring 

Health Conditions

If you have certain health conditions, this may influence which mattress height is best for your comfort and well-being. A shorter mattress, for instance, is often more accessible for those with aches and pains. Those with joint pain often need softer and thicker mattresses for proper cushioning at the hips, neck, and joints. If you suffer from the following conditions, a shorter, softer mattress is best: 

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Hip and shoulder pain 

If you use mobility aids like wheelchairs or crutches, a taller mattress allows a smooth back-and-forth transition without straining legs, backs, and arms. 

Room Size Restrictions

The height of your mattress impacts the entire atmosphere of your bedroom. Thin mattresses on low bed frames can give your room a more open feel. Short beds can go with minimalist decor. However, if you have high ceilings, a tall mattress may be best so your bed looks comfortable, plush, and proportional to the rest of your space. 


There are a few questions mattress shoppers ask when searching for their new bed:

  • What is the standard height of a mattress? The average height ranges from eight to 12 inches. However, it’s not uncommon to find 14 to 18-inch mattresses. When deciding on mattress height, factor in the height of your bed frame and foundation. 
  • How do you measure mattress height? First, place a hard-edge ruler at the mattress’s lower seam. Measure up to the mattress’s highest point, including the height of the pillow top, foam topper, or mattress pad. Avoid pressing on the mattress when measuring. 
  • Can you add height to your mattress? You can add height using bed risers, a mattress topper, a boxspring, a mattress foundation, or switch to an adjustable bed. 

After considering these factors and which mattress height is best for you, contact Mattress Peddlers to select your new bed. 


When doing your research on Mattress Peddlers, you’ll find we match up to top-quality mattress company criteria, and even go beyond it! We’ve been a family-owned business providing quality mattresses and furniture throughout Delaware and even beyond since 1994. We love working closely with our customers to figure out their needs and also offer free shipping throughout Lewes, Millsboro, Rehoboth Beach, Harbeson, and the surrounding areas of Delaware.

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