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Bedroom Furniture Buying Tips

Measure bedroom size including window and door placement. (also measure height from floor of windows)

If trying to match other furniture, bring in a small piece of the item (like a door or drawer, all of which are removable) or also, the original receipt of the piece you are trying to match.

Only pieces labeled as “solid wood” are truly solid. “Real wood” or “all wood” labeled pieces, as well as any piece which is listed as having veneers, can have fiberboard. The more decoration and intricate detail on a piece, the greater chance of the item containing fiberboard and/or resin. (intricate carvings are usually made of resin on lower price range items)

Beds are usually sold by “size name” based on the nominal size mattress they hold. The actual bed size will be larger in both dimensions and varies with construction.

WideHead to Toe

Common American Mattress Sizes For Beds
Twin 39″ 74″
Twin Extra Long (XL) 39″ 80″
Full 54″ 74″
Full Extra Long (XL) 54″ 80″
Queen 60″ 80″
(Eastern) King 78″ 80″
California King* 72″ 84″
*not available in Louisiana

When looking for Full size beds, consider Queen models also. The difference is a Queen is only 3″ wider on each side of the bed. There are only a handful of beds in Full size. Most beds are available in Queen with Full attachments. The actual bed is the same width Full or Queen, but the Full size is 6″ shorter head to toe. If the bed is a complete Headboard, Footboard, & Rails package, the Full size rails will be shorter than the Queen rails.

Furniture pieces vary widely in both size and construction, though most accessory pieces such as dressers, chests, and night stands tend to average about 18″ in depth from the wall.