Buying a bed is not a simple task – what type of mattress (pocket spring, foam, viscoelastic), whether or not you need a topper, do you need a headboard, what type of base do you need – the questions keep on coming.
And there is the big one. What size should you buy?
What sizes are available?
There is a huge range of sizes available for mattresses. Here are some of the more common ones (we have put the feet and inches in brackets):
- Super King 180cm x 200cm (6’0″ x 6’6″)
- Euro King 160cm x 200cm (5’3” x 6’6’’)
- British King 150cm x 200cm (5’0″ x 6’6″)
- Double 135cm x 190cm (4’6″ x 6’3″)
- Single 90cm x 190cm (3’0″ x 6’3″)
Some of the names that you see here can also have a double meaning – so for example the British King size bed is the equivalent of the American Queen size bed.
Here is a table of equivalent bed sizes:
|UK||Spain||USA||Metric size||Imperial size equivalent|
|Narrow Single||75 x 190 cm||2’6″ x 6’3″|
|Narrow Single Long||75 x 200 cm||2’6″ x 6’6″|
|80 x 190 cm||2’8″ x 6’3″|
|80 x 200 cm||2’8″ x 6’6″|
|Standard Single||Standard Single||Regular Single||90 x 190 cm||3′ x 6’3″|
|Long Single||Large Single||Long Single||90 x 200 cm||3′ x 6’6″|
|Extra Long Single||90 x 210 cm||3′ x 6’10”|
|Large Single||100 x 200 cm||3’3″ x 6’6″|
|Small Double||120 x 190 cm||4′ x 6’3″|
|Small Double Long||Twin Extra Long||120 x 200 cm||4′ x 6’6″|
|Spanish Double||135 x 190 cm||4’5″ x 6’3″|
|Standard Double||Double Full or Regular||137 x 190 cm||4’6″ x 6’3″|
|Double Size Long||Double Extra Long||137 x 200 cm||4’6″ x 6’6″|
|European Double||140 x 190 cm||4’8″ x 6’3″|
|Large Euro Double||140 x 200 cm||4’8″ x 6’6″|
|Spanish King Size||150 x 190 cm||5′ x 6’3″|
|King Size||Queen Size||150 x 200 cm||5′ x 6’6″|
|Euro King Size||160 x 200 cm||5’3″ x 6’6″|
|Super King Size||King Size||180 x 200 cm||6′ x 6’6″|
|Emperor||Super King Size||200 x 200 cm||6’6″ x 6’6″|
|Long Emperor||Californian Super King Size||200 x 210 cm||6’6″ x 6’7″|
What is the right size of bed for you?
There are a number of things you need to take into consideration when determining the size of your bed.
Who is going to be sleeping in it?
The people that are going to be sleeping in the bed and for how long are both important considerations to take into account when choosing the size.
If you are looking at a guest bed for example the requirements are going to be less than if you are buying a bed for you and your partner. Here are a few examples:
- Kids and teenagers can comfortably sleep on a single mattress, though older teens often appreciate the width of a double mattress.
- While Spanish double mattresses are suitable for adult couples or guests, it’s often more comfortable to have a UK standard double or European double mattress for two people to sleep on regularly. If deciding between the two, let your room size be your guide.
- Singles and smaller couples find they have plenty of room on a Spanish double or UK standard double mattress, but it’s best to be sure. One helpful hint: this size is often the most common in retail showrooms, so you can easily judge its size by coming and visiting us.
- King size mattresses of 200cm length are good options for taller people or for couples who prefer extra room, especially if little ones like to hop into bed with Mum or Dad.
How big is your bedroom?
Next, how much space do you have? This is obviously a very important question, as the bed will need to fit comfortably into the room where it will be used. You especially need to consider the amount of space required for comfortable living, factoring in clearance for doors and drawers, walking around the perimeter of your bed frame and other furnishings., and leaving enough room to rotate your mattress without hitting walls. Generally, this works out to be about 75–90 cm (2’6” – 3’) clearance or more on 2-3 sides.
What is your budget?
Like any major purchase, you need to set a budget. Mattresses, bases, and headboards can range widely in price depending on a huge range of factors. As can be expected, the larger the bed, the more it will cost. However, you will run into other variables including the craftsmanship of the bed and the quality of the mattress. To ensure you find what you can afford for the size you want, please give us a call and we will be delighted to help you choose the best for your budget.
What are your current vs. future needs?
Lastly, be sure to consider your current needs as well as your potential needs for the years to come. Here are a couple of situations. Imagine you have a 12-year-old who needs a new bed. In a couple of years time, he or she may well want to have a double bed, so you could save yourself some money by buying the double straight away instead of having to make two purchases in a short period of time.
On the other hand, you may have a son or daughter who is about to fly the nest and convert their bedroom into a guest room. Buying the size for your guests would seem the sensible thing to do.
It ain’t half hot Mum! In the summer the nights can get pretty clammy on the coast with temperatures sometimes not dropping below 23 or 24 degrees. Apart from having a mattress and topper that are well designed for hotter nights, the size of the mattress will also make a difference. Generally speaking the larger the bed the more comfortable you are likely to have with space to spread out!
What bedding do you already have?
If you are thinking of changing your bed size you should perhaps also think about the bedding you already have. Going from larger to smaller is not always a problem – fitted sheets can be a little awkward. However, if you are going from a smaller bed to a larger bed you should take into account that you may require a new duvet as well as sheets.