The Benefits of Split King Beds and Bed Sheets

Author: Manchester Collection  Date Posted:7 June 2024 

Do you prefer to sleep on soft cotton, while your partner would rather sleep on silk? Compromise is an essential component of any relationship, but it's not needed here. Let's find out how both you and your partner can sleep how you like.

A split king bed with white split king bed sheets.

Are you and your partner seeking the ultimate sleep solution for couples? A customisable sleeping arrangement might be just what you are looking for. And we are not talking about sleeping in separate beds, but sleeping together while adjusting each side of the bed to individual preferences. Think this is just a tall tale? Don’t worry, it’s not. We are talking about split king beds and accompanying split king bed sheets.

This innovative option combines the spaciousness of a king-size mattress with the flexibility of two twin XL mattresses, allowing each sleeper to customise their side of the bed. However, to properly utilise a split king bed, you also need split king bed sheets. So let’s discuss the benefits of split king bed sheets and beds, while also covering the potential drawbacks. Naturally, we should start with the basics.

What Are Split King Beds?

Essentially, a split king mattress is a king-size mattress (193 cm x 203 cm), but it's divided into two twin XL mattresses (97 cm x 203 cm) placed side by side. This design maintains the spaciousness of a king bed while allowing each sleeper to customise their side of the bed according to their comfort needs. This configuration is particularly advantageous for couples who may have different firmness preferences or who frequently change sleeping positions throughout the night. 

Importantly (and expectedly), split king mattresses are compatible with adjustable bases, providing even greater flexibility and comfort customisation. With an adjustable base, each partner can independently adjust the position of their side of the bed, whether they prefer to elevate their head or feet for added comfort or support. Now, when people say split king beds, they may be referring just to split king mattresses or a bed with an adjustable base with split king mattresses. 

For the purpose of this article, when we talk about a split king bed, we will be referring to the latter. 

What Are Split King Bed Sheets?

Split king bed sheets are specifically designed for a split king bed, so, they are sheets that fit the two twin XL mattresses placed side by side to form the split king bed. The typical configuration of split king bed sheets includes two fitted sheets made for the individual mattresses and one larger, king-size flat sheet that spans the entire bed. 

The fitted sheets are typically 91 cm wide and 203 cm long, while the depth depends on the wall depth of the mattress - for most configurations, that’s between 40 cm and 50 cm deep. The dimensions of the flat sheet are 300 cm by 274 cm, in order to comfortably span both beds and drape over the sides. Plus, the usually split king bed configuration also comes with two pillowcases.

The Pros and Cons of a Split King Adjustable Bed

A split king adjustable bed offers a plethora of advantages that cater to individual sleep needs and preferences. With the ability to customise each side independently, users can enjoy personalised comfort without compromise. This innovative design accommodates varying sleep preferences and positions, ensuring a restful night for both partners.

The split king adjustable bed provides exceptional motion isolation, minimising disturbances caused by movement. This feature promotes uninterrupted sleep, enhancing overall sleep quality for couples. Additionally, the option to elevate the head, feet, or both sides of the bed can provide various health benefits, including alleviating snoring, improving circulation, and managing various health conditions such as GERD, acid reflux, or back pain.

These beds are particularly beneficial for individuals with mobility challenges - the adjustable bed enhances accessibility, making it easier to transition in and out of bed comfortably. Furthermore, the bed's versatility transforms it into a multifunctional space, ideal for activities such as reading, watching TV, or working from the comfort of one's bed, all without disrupting a partner's sleep.

In general, transitioning to a split king adjustable bed not only improves sleep quality but can also enhance your overall well-being. With its blend of comfort, functionality, and therapeutic features, a split king adjustable bed promotes truly restorative rest.

While split king adjustable beds offer numerous benefits, there are some drawbacks to consider before making a purchase. One significant factor is the cost. Split king beds, especially those with adjustable bases, tend to be more expensive than traditional king mattresses and foundations.

Another potential downside is the possibility of a noticeable gap or stiffness in the centre of the bed, particularly with certain mattress types, such as innerspring designs. The superior edge support of an innerspring mattress can create an uncomfortable ridge in the middle of the bed, which can be bothersome if you tend to occupy the centre of the mattress or enjoy snuggling in the middle.

Furthermore, split king beds may not be suitable for families with young children who co-sleep or for pet owners whose pets prefer to sleep in the middle of the bed. Kids and pets that typically occupy the centre of the bed may find it challenging to adjust to the divided sleeping surface. 

Finally, split king beds may not be suitable for families with young children who co-sleep or for pet owners whose pets prefer to sleep in the middle of the bed due to the gap between the mattresses. Kids and pets that typically occupy the centre of the bed may find it challenging to adjust to the divided sleeping surface. 

That being said, the crack mostly exists in old split king beds. New beds have features that keep the mattresses together, like connectors and straps, and minimise the gap. Adding a mattress topper will create an even surface and further minimise the gap, so it’s questionable whether this can be considered a drawback or not.

In total, despite these drawbacks, a lot of people find that the benefits of a split king adjustable bed far outweigh the potential downsides.

The Pros and Cons of Split King Bed Sheets

White cotton split king bed sheets.

When it comes to the pros and cons of split king bed sheets, the latter will be quicker, so let’s deal with that first. And, in essence, there are no disadvantages to split king bed sheets besides the fact that you likely need to buy a set. On the other hand, when it comes to the benefits of split king bed sheets, there are many.

For one, they help you deal with the drawback of split king beds we mentioned - the gap between the mattresses. The flat sheet spans both mattresses and helps create an even surface, allowing you to sleep comfortably at night, even if a member of your household tends to occupy the middle.  

Then, split king bed sheets are made to fit the two twin XL king mattresses of a split king bed, providing a secure fit and staying in place on the mattress due to their elastic corners. This ensures a smooth sleeping surface, prevents bunching and slipping, and ultimately enhances your comfort while you sleep. Plus, it simplifies bed-making, providing a tidy and polished look to the bed.

Most importantly, split king bed sheets add another level of customisation to your sleeping arrangement. Just like you can customise the height and firmness of the mattresses, you can do similar with the bedding. You may prefer traditional cotton bedding, while your partner would rather sleep on silk bed sheets. 

Maybe bamboo is the best choice for you due to its moisture-wicking properties, while your partner is a cold sleeper and would like warmer bedding like flannel. The main benefit of split king bed sheets is that you can set up any configuration you want - both you and your partner can decide what the best material for bed sheets is individually and fit your preferred sheets on your mattress.

Naturally, that means that the benefits of split king bed sheets largely depend on the fabric you choose. Some standard fabric options are:

  • Cotton: Cotton is breathable, soft, and durable, and is one of the most popular choices for bed sheets. It absorbs moisture, keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter and cotton sheets are easy to care for. However, you should also know that there are various types of cotton fabrics, each with some additional qualities, so this should also factor in when you are choosing cotton bedding.
  • Sateen: Sateen fabric is woven to create a smooth, lustrous surface with a slight sheen. It is typically made from cotton but feels silkier and softer due to its weave. Sateen sheets drape well and offer a luxurious feel but tend to be less breathable than cotton sheets
  • Silk: Silk is a natural fibre associated with a luxurious feel and smooth texture. It is hypoallergenic, temperature-regulating, and moisture-wicking. However, silk sheets are delicate and require special care.
  • Bamboo: Bamboo fabric has a soft, almost silk-like feel, but is much easier to care for. On top of that, it is highly breathable, moisture-wicking, and naturally antibacterial. Bamboo sheets are also eco-friendly and suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Linen: Linen is a natural fibre best known for its breathability and durability. It has a slightly coarse texture that softens with each wash. Linen sheets are excellent at temperature regulation, making them ideal for hot climates, and they have a rustic, casual look.
  • Flannel: Flannel is a soft,cosy fabric typically made from cotton or wool and brushed to create a fuzzy surface. It is excellent for retaining warmth, making it perfect for colder climates. Flannel sheets are comfortable, durable, and easy to care for, but generally not recommended for hot sleepers.
  • Microfiber: Microfiber is a synthetic fabric made from tightly woven polyester fibres and its best qualities are durability and affordability. It is also wrinkle-resistant and moisture-wicking. Microfiber sheets are easy to care for and quick-drying, requiring the least amount of work to keep them fresh. 

Can You Use Standard King-Size Bedding for a Split King Bed?

You could use regular king-size sheets for a split king bed and they would fit, mostly. However, you would be losing many of the benefits - for one, the ability for each person to choose their preferred sheets. Plus, a king-size fitted sheet would pull and bunch if one side were to elevate the head, for example. So, while you could use standard sheets, the best option is always split king bed sheets.

The Solution for Couples with Different Sleep Habits?

We’ve mentioned this point several times, but we need to stress it again as that is its main purpose - a split king adjustable bed with accompanying sheets offers an ideal solution for couples with different sleeping habits. By allowing each partner to customise their side of the bed independently, you can get the type of sleep and comfort you want. 

Whether one partner prefers a firmer mattress while the other prefers a softer one, or one likes to sleep on silk while the other prefers the coarser texture of linen, the split king configuration is designed to specifically cater to diverse sleep preferences. This versatility promotes harmony in the bedroom, ensuring that both you and your partner can enjoy a restful night's sleep tailored to your needs.

The Final Detail for a Perfect Night of Sleep

You are likely considering a split king bed so that you can have comfortable, peaceful, and truly rejuvenating sleep. If that’s the case, don’t discount how bedding affects the quality of sleep. Besides properly fitting your split king bed, high-quality bedding can add luxury and help you find that perfect night of sleep you are searching for. 

That is what we offer at Manchester Collection. You will easily find the type of bed sheets you prefer, be it Egyptian cotton, bamboo sheets, or satin sheets and our collection includes split king sheets. You can also get anything else you need for your bedroom, from quilt covers to pillowcases to mattress protectors for your new split king bed. 

Simply place your order online, and we will deliver it to your address or visit a store near you - and make sure you contact us if you need any help!


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