Whether you and your partner are moving out to a larger place or simply trying to revamp your master bedroom, switching to a big bed might seem like a no-brainer.
But before you go for a king size bed, is there something else you can do? How about putting two twin beds together instead? Do two twins make a king for real? Well, they are pretty close!
This blog finds out what two twins make and what you can do about it.
What Size Bed Do Two Twins Make?
As we mentioned above, two twin size beds do not precisely make a king. But they almost do!
Now, what size bed do two twin beds make? Two twins make a king size bed, but not accurately! Although the width of your new bed will be the same as that of a king, it'd be five inches shorter lengthwise. Your new creation will be about 76 inches wide and 75 inches long in dimensions. That's because a standard twin size mattress measures 38 inches wide and 75 inches long. On the other hand, a king measures 76 inches wide and 80 inches long.
However, if you and your partner are under six feet in height, this strategy should work well for you two!
Do Two Twin XL Make a King?
What happens when you place two twin XL beds together? Well, there you go! Two twin XL beds make a king.
A standard twin XL mattress measures 38 inches wide and 80 inches long – five inches longer than a regular twin. And that means when you combine two twin XL mattresses, you essentially create a bed that replicates the dimensions of a standard king!
So, with this extra-long twin, you can not only make a DIY king bed but also ensure that nobody's feet are dangling outside.
How to Turn Two Twin Beds Into a King?
By now, you must have understood that when you combine two twin size mattresses, you are likely to construct a bed that is somewhat shorter than a standard king. But you can still do that – in case neither you nor your partner is overly tall. Otherwise, two twin XLs shall come to your rescue.
Either way, you will have to follow the simple steps listed below to turn two twin mattresses into a king and secure your new bed firmly.
- Create a sturdy foundation.
You want your new bed to be strong-and-sturdy. For that, you will have to use a suitable king sized bed frame. A bed platform replaces the need for a box spring. You can also use two separate twin or twin XL frames but know that they might make your bed shaky.
- Add a non-skid rug pad.
Although this step is optional, you will benefit considerably by adding a rubber pad between your mattress and bed frame. Cover the top of your metal bed platform with a non-slip rug pad, and your twin (or twin XL) mattresses will stay in place forever!
- Bridge the gap.
When you push two twin beds together, you are left with a gap right in the middle. You can insert a foam bed bridge between the two beds to tackle this. A bed bridge is specifically designed to join two mattresses and create an even sleeping surface.
- Level the surface.
The gap filler will probably form a lump in the middle of your new bed, which can be annoying! We strongly recommend using a king size mattress pad or a mattress enhancer, for that matter. It will ensure that your new bed has a uniform thickness and is smoother than before.
- Compensate for the shorter length.
Of course, this step is essential only when using two regular twin size mattresses. Since twin bed dimensions are five inches shorter than those of the king size bed frame placed beneath, there will be a space either towards the head or foot of the bed. One efficient way to fill this gap is by using a DIY upholstered headboard between the bed and the wall.
- Secure the mattresses and put the bedsheets on.
To make your bed feel more stable, you can consider adding a strap around the edges of your twin or twin XL mattresses. This will help lock them together and keep them secured. After that, cover your bed with king size sheets and enjoy your huge new bed!
In conclusion, we'd like to re-emphasize the fact that while it is true that two twin beds equal a king, they are not bang-on! Instead, two twin XLs placed together will do the trick fairly well. However, in this guide, we've compiled some DIY tips and tricks to make a king size bed using either two twin mattress sizes or two twin XLs. And we hope this helps you create the bed of your dreams!