Olympic Queen VS Regular Queen – What’s the Difference?

Investing in a new mattress is not something to be taken lightly, as this is a product that will be stuck with you for years. We don’t mean to alarm or put any sort of unnecessary pressure on your shoulders, but buying a mattress that’s wrong for you can have a negative impact on your sleep which, naturally, affects your day-to-day life.

Olympic Queen VS Regular Queen

There are many things that you have to pay attention to before investing in a new bed, and size is just one of them. Today we’re going to take a side-by-side look at the most popular mattress size in America versus one of the least popular ones. Without further ado, here is the battle between the Olympic Queen and the Queen-sized bed.

All About the Olympic Queen Bed

If you haven’t heard about beds available in an Olympic Queen size, that’s because it’s not a choice that popular. In fact, buying Olympic Queen mattresses can be rather tough because they are difficult to find.

Size

One of the main differences between the Olympic Queen and the Queen mattress is the size. The former is a bed size situated between the Queen and the King sizes, measuring 66 by 80 inches. Being 6 inches wider compared to its smaller counterpart, it can offer more movement space for couples and is actually on the most popular mattresses sizes for RV with big beds.

Related: Twin VS Full Mattress – What’s the Difference?

Who’s It For?

Before you venture off thinking that you need an Olympic Queen mattress, let’s determine first who is better off sleeping on such a bed:

  • Because it is difficult to find, Olympic Queen mattresses aren’t for people who want to buy the first mattress they see, but instead are willing to do a little bit of research to find a mattress in this size option.
  • If you’re sharing you bed with a partner and you ever felt cramped because there’s wasn’t enough wiggle room, the Olympic Queen mattress might be the right choice for you. While it may not seem like much, those 6 inches extra in width will make a difference.
  • The fact that the Olympic Queen mattress isn’t that expensive compared to a Queen-sized bed, it is also suitable for people who have the budget for the latter but would like something larger like the former.
  • People who have additional room to spare can choose an Olympic Queen mattress but most people don’t because it occupies more space. When you have every square inch of your bedroom carefully planned, those 6 inches extra will seem like a lot.
  • Those of you looking for a mattress for the guest bedroom might fancy the idea of choosing an Olympic Queen. It’s comfortable, large, inexpensive, can support two people with ease, and you surely don’t mind sacrificing some extra space to put that bed in the master bedroom.
  • People who have large RVs and often find themselves travelling across the country would find it more comfortable to get an Olympic Queen bed. If we’re talking about couples, the idea of investing in this mattress size is even better.

What’s it Made From?

Just like other mattress sizes available on the market, the Olympic Queen is available in a variety of material combinations and construction. Some mattresses are made entirely out of foam, while others have individually-wrapped coils and organic cotton covers. However, you need to always keep in mind the scarcity of this bed size and remember that if you find a Queen bed with a construction that you really like, odds are you won’t find it in an Olympic Queen version.

Accessories

Finding accessories for an Olympic Queen bed is a bit more difficult compared to finding everything you need for the more standard mattress sizes. If you invested in a bed in this size and would like to buy something along the lines of a waterproof mattress protector or perhaps a fitted sheet, the first place you should start looking is the website of the mattress manufacturer. These brands realize that Olympic Queen mattresses aren’t that common, so they’ve made sure to create a line of bedding items that would accommodate this size.

All About the Queen Bed

Did you know that 47 percent of Americans choose a Queen-sized bed over any other available size? Being the most popular size when it comes to mattresses, Queen beds are a dime a dozen, and finding a good mattress in this size is the easier thing possible.

Size

A Queen-sized bed measures 60 by 80 inches, which makes it 6 inches narrower compared to an Olympic Queen. The size of the bed makes it a popular choice with couples, although people who have large bedrooms often prefer investing in a King-sized bed, which is more generous in terms of sleeping space. However, Queen mattresses are popular among couples because they occupy less space and not everyone has a large bedroom.

Related: Full Bed VS Qeeen Size – What’s the Difference?

Who’s it For?

Before buying a bed, a question naturally arises: how can I be sure this bed size is right for me? If you’re still not sure if a Queen-sized mattress is the right option for you and your bedroom, here are some bits of information that might help you make up your mind:

  • If you share your bed with a partner but your limited bedroom space won’t allow you to buy the larger and more spacious Olympic Queen, then the regular Queen is definitely the right choice for you.
  • If you currently own or previously owned a Queen bed and you already have the right accessories for it (that means everything from bed sheets to box spring or bed base), then choosing a Queen mattress this time as well is a good idea.
  • If you sleep alone but share a bed with a pet (even if it’s just a cat), a Full-sized bed might be too small and an Olympic Queen bed is too large for that. That makes the Queen mattress a viable choice in your case as well.
  • If you don’t share a bed with anyone but you have some medical condition that limits your mobility, having more bed room is a good idea. In that case, you might be on the list of viable candidates for a Queen-sized mattress.
  • If you want a stress-free purchase and don’t want to worry about situations where you find a mattress configuration that is right for you only to end up being frustrated that it’s not available in the size you want, you can’t go wrong with a Queen bed. All large mattress brands have Queen-sized versions of the bed you want to buy.

What’s it Made From?

Because they represent the most popular mattress size on the market, Queen-sized beds are made from everything. Foam beds are common among people who want affordable and pressure-relieving beds, hybrids are a newer and more luxurious choice for people who want to enjoy the benefits brought forth by as many mattress-specific materials as possible, latex mattresses are great for hot sleepers who want a durable product, and so on. The important thing to remember is that all of these are viable choices when you’re buying a Queen mattress.

Accessories                               

Finding accessories for a Queen-sized bed is one of the easiest things in the world. There are plenty of accessories to choose from sold by mattress brand themselves, other bedding manufacturers, and third party retailers as well. You can find bedding items available in a wide variety of colors, materials, and patterns, and especially for every budget. When you buy a Queen-sized bed, make sure that you purchase a set of suitable sheets, some pillowcases, and a mattress protector to shield the bed for as long as possible against all sorts of spills.

Which One Is Better for You?

Knowing which of these two sized to pick can be difficult because they aren’t that much different in size compared to each other. If you already have a bed base or a foundation that’s compatible with one of these two mattress sizes, then you should pick the mattress that matches that size.

Price is also a considerate that might weight in when it comes to choosing one mattress over another. However, the price difference between these two beds isn’t all that big (typically an Olympic Queen bed will cost about $50 to $100 more compared to its Queen-sized counterpart). Even so, you will have to consider the fact that the accessories for a larger bed will cost more, which makes the end cost of an Olympic Queen higher.

It is also important to note that not all major mattress brands have bed available in the Olympic Queen size, which makes the product scarce and, sometimes, darn right difficult to find.

Conclusion

It is somewhat incredible how those 6 inches of width can make such a huge difference between the regular Queen and the Olympic Queen mattress. Even if the similarities outnumber the differences, each of these two beds addresses quite different market segments, so make sure that you carefully consider all the specification and pros and cons of each mattress size before you actually buy either of them.


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Easy Things To Make In Your Spare Time Using Simple Resources

Little projects help to keep our creativity going and to inspire us to come up with new ideas for future and possibly bigger projects. They’re also a nice way to pass the time when we don’t really have anything else to do.




Moreover, there’s plenty of easy things to make that you can offer as gifts or that you can use to make your own home more welcoming and pretty. Let’s take a closer look at some of the many possible ideas and to hopefully reveal a few details that you could then use in some of your own crafts and projects. 

Having a place where you can hang your keys when come into the house is very practical. That way you won’t misplace the keys and have to look for them everywhere while in a hurry and they’ll also look better and more organized. This gilded square nail key rack is just one of the many easy designs that you can choose to craft. It uses supplies like square nails, a rectangular piece of wood and some gold spray paint. 

Here’s a cool way to use test tubes to make a decoration for your home. It’s a test tube vase with a solid wood base which you can make out of an old block or a reclaimed piece of wood. Sand the wood and make it look nice and pretty, then drill some holes into it for the glass test tubes. Fill these with a bit of water and then add flowers in them. You can use faux flowers if you want to in which case the water is not needed or can be colored to serve as a decorative purpose. 

Another simple thing to do is take a basic strand of lights and give it a makeover so you can then display it in your home. You can use some vintage mold tins (or something else, be creative) and create sort of like mini lampshades for each tiny light on the strand. They’ll glow and they’ll look nice and pretty and you can find lots of different ways to customize the design based on your preferred style and whatever resources are available to you. 

Some rope that you can easily find at your local hardware store is the main material that you’re going to need to make a decorative rope basket. Start to craft it from the bottom and coil the rope into circles, adding hot glue as you go to keep the rope nice and tight. Then start shaping the edges of the basket and try to keep it symmetrical. Widen it as you add more layers of rope and when you’re happy with the size cut off the rope and secure the end with more glue. The final touch is to spray paint the bottom of the basket. 

Another idea is to make a hexagonal tray which you can use to store and to organize little things like keys, jewelry, various desk items and so on. You can make the tray out of some pieces of plywood and spray paint it once it’s done so it looks nice and pretty. The hexagonal shape gives it a chic look but can be altered and changed in case you prefer something different, like a simple rectangular tray for example. 

Speaking of interesting geometric shapes and designs, check out this hexagonal shelf from diys. It’s made from lots and lots of popsicle sticks which are glued together to create many layers. As you can imagine, this is not the strongest kind of shelf that you can make and it won’t be able to hold heavy items. Still, it’s nice if you want to display a little vase or a framed picture on it. 

With a block of wood and a drill with various different-sized drill bits can be used to make a nice gilded pencil holder for your desk. The gilded part is optional but it definitely makes this whole thing look more stylish. An alternative can be to paint it or to use tape to create a pattern or an interesting design on it in combination with some colored paint as well. Either way, it’s an easy project with a lot of potential for customization. 

If you have an empty wall that you feel could use some sort of decoration, perhaps it might look nice with some plates on it. You can easily learn how to hang plates and how to use them as display pieces just by experimenting. You can use metal picture hangers and super glue to attach them to screws into the wall so you can easily swap them, remove them to clean them or put up new ones. 

Usually building a piece of furniture of furniture from scratch is not exactly a very easy or quick thing to do. However, this pallet table with hairpin legs is an exception. It’s su[er easy to put together something like this. A few simple alterations to a wooden pallet and a set of four hairpin legs give you a nice unfinished product which you can then detail and customize using stain, paint, clear varnish or whatever else you prefer. 

Concrete is used for lots of big-scale projects but can also be a great resource for various little crafts. For example, it would really nice to make a bunch of small concrete planters for succulents, cacti and other plants and to have them displayed on a windowsill, a shelf or a table. You can use empty yogurt cups or other containers as molds for the planters. You can find out all the details of this simple project on diys if you’re interested. 

Yarn and other similar things can be used to make various decorations, like this string wall art for instance. This is one of the easiest ways to craft a wall decoration using very few materials: just a wooden dowel and a bunch of yarn in different colors. Mix and match various types of yarns and colors to create combinations and designs that you think would suit your home best. You can easily change the design and color palette later on if you renovate the place. 

This wooden photo holder is just another little thing that you can keep on your desk or put up on a shelf as a way to personalize the space a bit more. It’s very easy to make using only a little piece of wood which you can cut to the desires shape and size using a saw. Make a little slit at the top so you can insert a picture or a note in there. You can also use tape and paint to decorate this photo holder however you want to. 

If you have a bit of wallpaper leftover from your remodeling project, this is a cool way to use incorporate it into another DIY project. This is also a really cool and interesting way to make a lampshade that looks beautiful and modern without relying on any of the classical techniques and materials. All you need to do if you want to turn wallpaper into a lampshade is just cut out a circle shape, find the center, make a cut halfway through and then proceed to create folds all the way around. Use double-sided tape to connect the edges. 

Over the door hangers are great for bathrooms and small bedrooms in general because they give you a little bit of extra storage space for towels, clothes and various other things. They’re also out of the way but still easily accessible and they don’t take up any space on the walls, floor or counters. This facade wire hanger is just as practical and all the ones you find in stores and on top of that it has a cool handmade design. You can make the whole thing from scratch from copper grounding wire. 

A wooden log (or just half of it really) is something you should definitely bring home. You can use it in all sorts of interesting ways to craft decorations and accessories for your home, like these half log bookends for example. They’re not very detailed which is why this is such an easy project. If pink is not really your color then feel free to choose something different or to decorate your log in other ways. Just leaving it plain and natural can also look beautiful. 

Larger logs, or better said tree stumps, can potentially be used to make furniture. One really easy option is to make a tree stump side table. All you really need to do is make sure the stump has a flat top and bottom. You can leave the bark on if you prefer a rustic look or you can remove it for a cleaner look. Also, since this will be a heavy side table, you can install casters on the bottom so you can easily move it around the house if needed. 

Here’s something else that you can use yarn for: a Halloween spider web. It’s a very easy decoration that you can make and you can make it as big as you want to. It’s great if you have a big empty wall that you don’t know how to customize for Halloween. All you need to make this web is black yarn and some tape. Make sure the tape doesn’t leave residue on the walls and that it’s strong enough to hold the yarn in place for a while. 

We’ve mentioned DIY lampshades quite a few times so far. Here’s yet another interesting idea: a woven basket lampshade. It’s made from a woven basket paper bin. If you already have a hanging pendant lamp, all you need to do is make a hole into the bottom of the basket so you can fit the fixture through. It doesn’t need to look pretty at the top since you won’t be seeing it from that angle. 

Framed artwork is very common and very versatile. You can frame pretty much anything and it’s a nice way to fill a gap on a wall or to create a focal point for a room. This whitewashed frame letter art is a simplified version or many other custom designs that you can potentially create based on this idea. The frames are simple which puts more emphasis on the artwork itself. 


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  • Buyers are actively searching for and purchasing homes at a record-breaking pace. According to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), in July, 68% of homes were on the market for less than a month.
  • With homes moving from listing day to pending sale in an average of just 22 days, it’s a great time to sell a house.
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A Gorgeous Three-Section House With Magical Gardens

The architects and designers at studio Caceres + Tous created an amazing residence in Indonesia which we’re about to take a look at. It’s a 325 square meter house that takes up an 800 square meter piece of land and it’s an awesome place both as a home as a guest entertainment hub.

The swimming pool and the bohemian deck illuminated by hanging string lights are situated between the two public areas
The swimming pool and the bohemian deck illuminated by hanging string lights are situated between the two public areas

The project was completed in 2018 and the house is structured into three separate sections, each with a distinct overall function. Both the interior and the exterior are featuring a beautiful combination of exposed concrete and wood always complemented by large glass surfaces which connect the two environments. Furthermore, string lights hanging from the trees create a magical ambiance. 

The living room, dining area and the kitchen are combined into a large volume with an exposed concrete ceiling and full-height windows
The living room, dining area and the kitchen are combined into a large volume with an exposed concrete ceiling and full-height windows
All the exposed concrete helps to give the interior of the house a very organic and outdoor-inspired feel
All the exposed concrete helps to give the interior of the house a very organic and outdoor-inspired feel
The master bathroom resembles a relaxing and inviting oasis infused with greenery
The master bathroom resembles a relaxing and inviting oasis infused with greenery
The furniture, area rugs and the beautiful lighting fixtures help to soften the decor and to create a warm and inviting ambiance
The furniture, area rugs and the beautiful lighting fixtures help to soften the decor and to create a warm and inviting ambiance

The way in which the spaces are organized is revealed by the functions of the three volumes. One structure houses the most public areas such as the parking, the main entrance, a guest room and a TV area. There’s another semi-public volume which is comprised of the living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry and a bedroom.

There are five bedrooms in total spread throughout the three parts of the house
There are five bedrooms in total spread throughout the three parts of the house
The large windows and sliding glass doors compensate for the cold nature of the concrete walls and ceilings
The large windows and sliding glass doors compensate for the cold nature of the concrete walls and ceilings

The third part of the house is where the three remaining bedrooms and a stylish bathroom with a freestanding tub overlooking the green garden oasis are situated and this is the private section. These three modules are separated by the swimming pool and two beautiful gardens.

The natural wood and its color complements the concrete is a gorgeous manner
The natural wood and its color complements the concrete is a gorgeous manner
There's lots of vegetation and greenery in the two gardens and the areas surrounding the house
There’s lots of vegetation and greenery in the two gardens and the areas surrounding the house
The kitchen has a large island which can also be used as a bar
The kitchen has a large island which can also be used as a bar
The bedroom wing enjoys a secluded and relaxing decor with easy access to an intimate garden area
The bedroom wing enjoys a secluded and relaxing decor with easy access to an intimate garden area


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