Choosing the right bed size is often a matter of considering comfort in relation to available space. Our helpful size guide provides information from measuring dimensions to planning room access.
W 90cm x L 190cm
A standard single bed features a mattress that is 90cm wide by 190cm long – as opposed to a small single that is only 75cm wide. Standard singles are typical for children and single adults living in smaller flats or dorm rooms. Their smaller size also makes them ideal for families who might have limited space for children's beds. A well-built single bed and mattress offer more than a decade of reliable service, making it possible for a child to sleep in the same bed through the teen years and into adulthood.
W 120cm x L 190cm
Measuring 120cm wide and 190cm long, a small double offers more space than a standard single without being so big as to not fit in smaller bedrooms. Small doubles make for a great transition bed in the teen years, when those bigger kids find singles a bit too confining. They are also ideal for couples who enjoy the experience of sleeping together but do not have the space for anything larger. Small doubles make great beds for less roomy flats or loft conversions. They are also an excellent choice for couples looking to downsize later in life. Just remember quality is the first concern.
W 135cm x L 190cm
Double beds are among the most popular choices for couples. They offer enough room to sleep side-by-side comfortably night after night. A double mattress measures 135cm wide by 190cm long. That is more than enough space for partners to stretch out, relax, and get a good night’s sleep. Single sleepers who enjoy more space to spread out also appreciate the roominess of the double bed. However, double beds do require a little more floorspace to accommodate other furniture and make access easier all the way around the bed.
W 150cm x L 200cm
The king size bed is where you start to see the extra length in addition to width. It measures 150cm wide and 200cm long, making it ideal for those with a few extra inches of their own. Taller sleepers love the king size bed for its comfort. King size beds are an excellent choice for the big and tall as well as couples who enjoy both snuggling up together and keeping their distance. Make your king bed a storage bed and you get the benefits of size with an efficient storage solution at the same time. A storage bed could allow you to go with a king even in a smaller room by eliminating the need for a separate chest of drawers.
W 180cm x L 200cm
For the ultimate in mattress space, choose a super king. You will enjoy a bed that is 180cm wide and 200cm long – plenty of space for you and your significant other to sleep in whatever position you deem best. Cuddle on those cold nights and spread out when it's hot. There's even room for the little ones on those nights when they can't sleep. The super king is the perfect bed for the family home with a larger master suite. Single sleepers who believe that more is better appreciate the super king just as much. If size matters, go with the super king.
Choosing the right bed size is often a matter of considering comfort in relation to available space. Assuming mattresses of equal quality across the entire size spectrum, comfort becomes more an issue of the amount of space you need to sleep comfortably versus how much space you have to work with.
As standard singles are typical for children, it is important to remember that kids do not stay the same size forever. It might not be wise to start with a small single only to have to upgrade to a standard single later on. If the child's bedroom will accommodate a standard single, that might be a better way to go.
Where room size is concerned, a single adult might prefer a double – or something larger – but their particular room size won't allow it. A standard single with plenty of room to move around the bed may turn out to be more comfortable than a double that leaves very little room to walk.
How to decide which bed size is right for you and your room?
Start with the general idea of what you would like to buy – accounting for all of the furniture. Using the dimensions that we provide here on our website, mark off the space in the room according to where you think you might place the furniture. You can use anything. Masking tape is a good choice because it will peel up easily without harming the floor.
This will help you visually understand the space you are working with and whether or not your choices are smart from a size standpoint.
If you already have the frame and are planning to buy just the mattress, take note of the dimensions of that frame. Bear in mind that most bed frames are slightly larger than the mattresses they accommodate. The actual size of the frame is what matters most when laying out the room.
NOTE: If you are interested in a storage bed, you will need to take that into account when measuring and marking the room. There needs to be enough room to slide out the drawers or lift up the platform for a storage bed, whichever is applicable.
Headboards on standard singles do not tend to be exceptionally large or bulky. However, they can be. It is a good idea to note the overall dimensions of your headboard of choice as it may have an impact on your eventual purchase. View our Headboards
NOTE: You might not want the headboard flat against the wall. If so, be sure to add a couple of centimetres to your measurements to accommodate leaving a slight space between.
Having enough space for your favourite bed doesn't necessarily mean you should buy that particular model. Consider electrical access and how the bed in question will influence it. For example, a standard single might be the best option for a child's room even if the space is big enough for a double, simply because you want access to electrical sockets for nightlight, baby monitor, etc.
Last, but no less important is access to the room. You will want to think of this from two angles. First is access once the bedroom furniture is in place. In the event of an emergency, you are going to want fast and easy access to the room. And if you are furnishing a child's room, it is equally important that the child has an easily accessible escape route.
The second angle is considerably less important than child safety: getting the actual furniture into the room. Consider the size of the door, how furniture will be moved around once in the room, whether or not staircases and halls will cause problems, and so forth.