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Single Wide vs Double Wide: What’s the Difference?

Considering purchasing a mobile home? You aren’t alone. Manufactured home sales are on the rise. For many, manufactured homes are the more desirable option compared to stick-built homes. This is due to the inherent affordability of mobile home construction. But the game has changed. Manufactured homes of 2023 ain’t your grandpappy’s mobile home anymore. Today, mobile homes include premium features that have, in times past, been restricted to only those who can afford premium prices. But before I start nerding-out about game stations and functional art, let’s clear the air by answering one of the most common questions we get: “Single Wide vs Double Wide: What’s the Difference?

You’ve probably come across the terms “single-wide” and “double-wide” while searching for a mobile home but which option is the best fit for you? Ultimately this is a personal decision and completely depends on your needs! Let’s discuss single-wide vs double-wide homes and how they differ!

Single-Wide Mobile Home

Single-wide mobile homes are normally anywhere from 14’-18’ wide and 52’-80’ long. The most obvious fact about single-wide mobile homes is that they are long and narrow. Since the rooms must line up in a row, there is usually a long hallway connecting the secondary bedrooms and maybe even the laundry room to the living area. In return, there is usually less of a variety of layouts for single-wide mobile homes than for double-wide mobile homes.

Usually singles or couples are the most common buyers of single-wide, but small families can make them work if they have a way of positioning furniture cleverly, making the most of space. In this case, “small” is a subjective term!

A single-wide mobile home can also be shipped on a single semi-trailer because they are narrower. Additionally, delivery, installation, and other costs will be considerably lower than with a double-wide mobile home.

Double-Wide Mobile Home

Double-wide mobile homes normally range in width from 28′ to 36′ and length from 52′ to 80′. Double-wide mobile homes are known as “double” because they are composed of two separate units. They are built in two sections at the factory and transported separately to the site. These homes are most attractive to families of many sizes because of the extra space and accommodating floorplans.

In today’s manufactured homes, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell you are in one from the inside. They boast so many luxury features today you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a stick-built home. 

One more factor to consider is resale value. Whether you see yourself living indefinetely in your mobile home or if you know it is just a temporary housing situation, something to keep in mind is that double-wide mobile homes will sell for 20-50% more than a single-wide mobile home.


We hope this information we shared at least cleared up some questions at the forefront of your mind. Single Wide vs Double Wide: What’s the Difference? Which is best for you? Well, the most obvious difference is the size of the mobile home. As for which is the best fit for you, it all comes down to your family size, lifestyle, and stage of life. Do you consider yourself a minimalist? Do you have lots of furniture? Do you have large gatherings regularly? These are all factors to consider when making your decision. 

When you are ready to dive in further, contact our team here at Braustin Homes and we will be more than happy to walk you through the process of becoming a homeowner, that much easier.


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