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Best Mattress For Petite People

Best Mattress For Petite People

A guide exploring the Slumber Yard experts’ picks for the best beds for small people

Your body weight plays an important role in finding the right mattress that’s most accommodating for you. A mattress will typically feel much different to sleepers who have a more petite frame or a smaller BMI, compared to a sleeper who weighs 170 or 230 lbs. In this guide, we’ll reveal our top choices for the best mattresses for small and petite people. We’ll also include additional information you should keep in mind when you’re a smaller-than-average individual shopping for a new bed.

Best Mattress For Petite People 

When it comes to finding the right mattress, keep in mind that beds are not one size fits all, and you should consider how your body weight might affect the feel of your mattress. If a brand advertises their mattress as a medium and you purchase from them, you might discover the bed is a bit firmer than you anticipated. Small people tend to exude less pressure onto a mattress than average or heavy-set sleepers, and therefore, might need a softer bed to accommodate their needs.

How Did We Choose The Beds On Our List?

We’ve given you a solid place to start with our Best Beds For Petite People list, and have hand-picked these mattresses using our knowledge and experience with over 200 beds (151 of them are stored in our mattress room right now)! Our team members have been testing beds for several years now and continue to do so, whether it be in our office or in our own homes. We chose the mattresses on this list based on the soft profiles they offer, their stand-out features, and or their great values. 

Top 5 Best Beds For Petite People 

Nolah Mattress – Best Foam Mattress

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Nolah is a great mattress for petite individuals

The all-foam Nolah Original 10” Mattress is a great bed for those who need a softer mattress profile, i.e. more lightweight sleepers. It’s made with three different layers and topped with their proprietary Nolah AirFoam, giving the mattress an overall neutral feel with just a hint of memory foam peeking through. But don’t worry, if you hate that “stuck-in-the-mud” feel that traditional memory foam gives, you certainly won’t feel that with Nolah Mattress.

We usually dub it a mattress for side sleepers, but since petite individuals will likely think it feels firmer than your average-weighted sleeper, you might find it to be around a medium. That makes it ideal for any lightweight sleeper type whether it be back, side, stomach or combo.

Besides their great mattress, Nolah is also committed to protecting wildlife and will donate to the Defenders of Wildlife, a charity focused on protecting wildlife in the United States. This is another thing we really love about the Nolah brand, and suspect most animal lovers will too. 

Why we added Nolah – The Nolah mattress was designed with a soft profile, which we think is perfect for small people who don’t exude a ton of pressure on a mattress. As such, this bed will accommodate all sleeper types and it’s also relatively wallet-friendly with the queen size selling for under $1,000 after discounts (it usually comes with free gifts too). 

Layla – Best For Side Sleepers

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A look at the soft side of the Layla Mattress

This all-foam bed has a versatile flippable design; one soft side and one firmer side. We think petite side sleepers will like the softer side of the mattress, but you also have the option to flip it over if you want to try out a firmer mattress profile. Though, the firmer side is still rated around a medium-firm for petite sleepers, making it viable for side sleepers who switch positions during the night.

It has a memory foam design, giving the bed a viscous and slow responding feel that memory foam lovers are crazy about. Though, the foam is copper-infused to help regulate temperature better than the traditional foam is known to do. 

Why we added Layla – Side sleepers usually prefer a softer mattress, and like we mentioned earlier, petite individuals tend to think beds feel firmer than your average-weighted sleeper. As such, petite side sleepers need an extra plush mattress and we think Layla Mattress offers that! We also love that it’s flippable, giving sleepers 2 different firmness options to choose from at any given time. 

Brooklyn Bedding – Best Hybrid Mattress

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The comfortable and premium-looking Brooklyn Bedding Signature

Brooklyn Bedding is Slumber Yard team member McKenzie’s favorite brand because they offer very well-constructed mattresses at affordable prices. Their Signature model is no different, and it’s made its way onto several of our best lists because we’re such big fans of the bed. 

It starts with a thin layer of foam, underneath a thick layer of pocketed coils for bi-directional support. Next, the top comfort layers are made out of Energex foam and TitanFlex foam, the brand’s own proprietary foams, and we gave it a medium rating on our firmness scale. That makes it an ideal mattress for lightweight individuals who predominantly sleep on their back and stomach.  

Why we picked Brooklyn Bedding Signature – In short, we added Brooklyn Bedding Signature to our Best Mattress For Petite People list because we think it offers one of the best values in the online market because it’s high-quality, but has a lower price tag than beds like Bear Hybrid or the Purple Hybrid beds. You can snag a queen size for less than $900 after discounts. Other hybrid beds might be overkill in terms of support for petite sleepers, but we think Brooklyn Bedding Signature is perfectly supportive without being overbearing.

My Green Mattress – Best Natural Mattress

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My Green Mattress certifies that it uses organic materials that are naturally sourced

The Natural Escape bed from My Green Mattress utilizes natural and organic materials to provide a comfortable and eco-friendly sleeping experience. One of the beauties of a natural and organic mattress, as you may or may not know, is that they’re hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. This means it won’t cause you to be sneezy, snotty, nor will it be a host for dust mites, dander, and other pesky household allergens. 

The Natural Escape Mattress starts off with a 3-zone pocketed coil base layer to provide either targeted support or pressure relief to specific parts of your body. It also has stiffer edges for enhanced edge support — a nice feature for couples who share a mattress. 

As a comfort layer, the Natural Escape Mattress uses natural Dunlop latex and natural wool in the top layer for added plushness. Overall, the entire mattress has a bouncy latex foam feel to it and we rated it around a medium-firm on our firmness scale. Other natural and organic latex beds, like Avocado Mattress, have a firmer profile that might be too firm for a lot of petite sleepers. 

Why we chose this bed – We picked My Green Mattress to be the best for lightweight sleepers for a number of reasons; it has a softer profile than other natural and organic mattresses, a more affordable price tag than other comparable beds, and we think it’s super comfortable if you like a latex foam feel!

Helix Mattress – Best For Back And Stomach Sleepers

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Helix’s core models like Helix Midnight sell for under $1,000

Opposed to side sleepers, lightweight back and stomach sleepers often like sleeping on firmer mattresses because they offer the proper amount of support to keep your spine in neutral alignment. While there are many viable options for petite sleepers who favor these sleeping positions, we think Helix Mattress gives you the option to choose how firm you want your mattress to be and how much support you want it to offer.

Helix has 6 different core models to pick from, but we think Helix Midnight or Helix Dusk are the most accommodating. They each offer ample support for small back and stomach sleepers without being overly firm, and have a neutral-foam feel that most people seem to really enjoy. Or, if you’re in the market for a very firm bed, you can opt for their Twilight or Dawn models instead. 

Not sure which Helix bed to pick? The brand actually offers a helpful sleep quiz that matches you with the best Helix mattress based on your answers. 

Why we chose Helix – We added helix to our best beds for small people list because they allow so many different options you’re essentially able to customize your mattress to you and your specific needs. But whichever bed you pick (or what the Helix Sleep quiz recommends), you’ll end up with a quality mattress that’s ultra comfortable. 

Best Bed For Small People Price Summary

MattressTwinTwin XLFullQueenKing/CalKing
Nolah$619$759$879$1,019$1,119
My Green Mattress$829$1,099$1,099$1,299$1,519
Brooklyn Bedding Signature$599$649$799$949$1,149
Layla Mattress$649$749$949$1,049$1,149
Helix Midnight$600$700$850$995$1,245
Why Trust Us

Get the kind of sleep you’ve only dreamed of with some help from our team of mattress experts. We personally test more than 150 of the best sleep solutions from over 60 leading brands on site, so you can be sure you’re getting unbiased reviews, fair comparisons and personalized recommendations.

Review team

  • dillon lopez slumber yard
    Dillon Lopez

    Combo Sleeper

  • kenzie
    McKenzie Dillon

    Combo Sleeper

  • wesley-ott
    Wesley Ott

    Combo Sleeper

  • Tharon
    Tharon Green

    Stomach Sleeper

How Weight Affects The Feel Of A Mattress

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — when an individual is shopping for a mattress, it’s important to understand how/if your weight will affect its feel. Since you’re not able to test these mattresses yourself in person, consumers are forced to rely on mattress reviews (such as ours) and mattress website information for insight on how the bed feels. Most firmness ratings are done from the perspective of an average-weighted sleeper in between 150 to 230 lbs, and will likely not be a completely accurate rating for lightweight individuals. However, if you anticipate beds to be slightly firmer than advertised, you’re much less likely to be disappointed with your mattress’ firmness level when you receive it. 

Foam vs Hybrid Beds For Petite Sleepers

What’s the difference between a foam and hybrid mattress? Foam beds are entirely constructed out of…wait for it…foam, while hybrid beds combine coils and one or more kinds of foam. We usually recommend hybrid beds to heavy individuals or folks who are seeking a durable mattress with great support, but to be honest, petite individuals don’t have to spend the money on a hybrid bed if they don’t want to. More often than not they’re pricier than beds with all-foam constructions, and all-foam beds are perfectly accommodating for individuals who weigh under 150 lbs. With that said, don’t let us stop you from buying a hybrid bed if you want one. They do offer long-lasting durability and support, and might be good if you co-sleep with someone who has a medium or heavy body type. 

Different Types Of Foam

You’ve probably heard of mattress foam materials like memory foam, but there are many different kinds of comfortable materials that companies use to make their beds. Below, you can find a brief description of the main types of foam used in the industry.

Memory foam

You’ve likely seen those old commercials with a girl jumping on a mattress right next to a wine glass, proving that it won’t spill — that’s memory foam. If you were to press your hand down firmly into memory foam and pull it away quickly, you’ll see the imprint of your hand slowly disappear as the foam moves back to its original state. It tends to be very pressure relieving, and more new-age memory foam typically has some type of temperature regulating technology so it doesn’t retain head as bad as traditional memory foam does.

Polyurethane Foam

Don’t be turned off by this foam’s fancy name, we normally refer to it as “neutral-foam” because it just has a soft, classic, quick responding foam feel that most people seem to think feels neutral — it’s very hard to stick your nose up to like some do with memory foam. Beds like Casper Mattress and Tuft and Needle use their own forms of poly foam, and ultimately feels very comfortable for most of the people who try it out.

Latex Foam

Latex foam isn’t literally latex, it looks and feels more like a spongey material and it is aerated to allow for increased airflow for extra breathability. Beds like My Green Mattress use natural latex foam, but there’s also such a thing as synthetic latex foam like the material found in GhostBed Mattress. It isn’t antimicrobial or hypoallergenic like natural/organic latex foam, but it does provide the same supportive and bouncy feel without the higher price tag.

Proprietary Materials

Some brands went off the cuff and made their own type of mattress material, which is specially designed for their own use. Beds like Purple Mattress have their unique Hyper-Elastic-Polymer which doesn’t fall under the foam or innerspring category because it’s unlike any mattress material that’s ever been made, and you won’t find it in any other brand’s products. It’s more gel-like, and comparable to a jelly toy or a Dr. Scholl’s insole. Not all proprietary foams are this out-of-the-box, but we think you get the jist. It’s a type of material that’s made by a brand, for the brand.

Other Considerations For Petite Sleepers

Besides mattress material and your body weight, here are a few other tips you should keep in mind when you’re on the hunt for a new bed.

Pricing

The online mattress space offers a ton of mattress options at affordable prices, or more luxury-tier; the point is, you can likely find a mattress that fits your budget. Decide how long you intend to keep your mattress and how it will be used to help determine how much you should spend. A mattress won’t endure as much wear and tear under your lower body weight, and you could save money by buying an all-foam mattress at a real wallet-friendly price point. However, if you intend to sleep on your mattress with a partner who weighs more than you, or you want additional support because you experience back or joint pain, you could opt for a hybrid mattress made with innersprings or pocketed coils.

Company Policies

Most online mattresses will come with a 90 to 100-day risk-free trial so you can have plenty of time to sleep on your new bed before you fully commit to buying it. Some brands like DreamCloud even offer 365-night trials so customers can test their bed for a full year. If you don’t like the mattress you ended up with, reach out to customer service within the company’s trial period to initiate the refund process and get your money back.

Bedding Accessories

If you plan on adding some comfy new accessories for your bedroom setup with your mattress purchase, keep in mind your weight might play a role in the option you should choose. In pillows, for example, most petite sleepers will want a pillow with lower loft or else they might end up with a pillow that’s too tall or stiff. This can cause mis-alignment in your back and spine, and promote unwanted aches and pains when you wake up in the morning.