When the time comes to choose a new mattress, one of the first things to think about is the bed dimensions. As well as your own personal preference, there are several other factors to contemplate when looking at bed measurements. From the size of your room to the dimensions of your bed frame, getting the right size bed is a crucial step in ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep. Different mattress sizes have different benefits, so it’s a good idea to know what they are before making a decision.
Making an investment in a mattress is always going to be based on individual needs, so take the time to work out what it is that you need and the size that’s right for you. We’ve put together a few factors to think about when choosing the size of a mattress.
Size of the room
The size of the bedroom is a big deciding factor in which size mattress to invest in. Obviously, the bigger the mattress, the more space it will take up, so ensuring that you have enough room for the size you would like is essential. This is a mattress size chart based on the square footage that the mattress will occupy.
- Single - 18 ft sq
- Double - 28 ft sq
- King - 32 ft sq
- Super King - 38 ft sq
Measure the dimensions of your room and plan out how much space the mattress will take up by plotting out the mattress dimensions with masking tape on the floor. This way you will be able to see whether you can move around the room, open doors, or access wardrobes when the mattress is in the room.
One of the most important factors in deciding mattress size is how many people (or dogs!) will be sleeping in it. If you sleep alone, then a single or double mattress will most likely do the job perfectly, however, if you have a partner then it’s worth considering how close you would like to be to them, whether they move around a lot in the night, and if your sleeping positions mean that you need a larger space. The extra room that king and super king mattresses provide means that both partners have a chance to be comfortable.
If you have children or pets that like to join you in the night, then choosing a king mattress or super-king mattress will mean that everyone can get a good night’s sleep.
Your own dimensions are a consideration when choosing the right size mattress. Consider your height and width when measuring the dimensions of your mattress to ensure that you will have enough room to sleep comfortably. A standard double is around 6ft 3 inches long, so if you are taller than this then it might be worth investing in a mattress with bigger dimensions. A standard double measures 4ft 6 inches across the width, so a wider mattress might be more comfortable if you prefer to have more space to move around during the night.
Budget plays a big role in choosing the right size mattress. Obviously, the bigger the mattress, the higher the cost, so it’s important to work out which size mattress will give you the most for your money. It is worth keeping in mind that we spend an average of a third of our lives in bed, so a comfortable mattress is one of those investments worth making!
What are the different bed dimensions?
Now you know what you’re working with, it’s time to look at the different bed dimensions. These mattress dimensions will help you to work out which is the right mattress for you.
How big is a single mattress?
Standard single mattresses are perfect for bunk beds, children’s beds, or small rooms. The dimensions of a single mattress tend to be 6.3ft by 2.9ft inches or 91cm by 190cm.
How big is a double mattress?
Standard double mattresses are perfect for couples or those who just prefer a bit more room to stretch out in. Standard double mattresses tend to measure 6.3ft by 4.5ft or 137 cm by 190 cm.
How big is a king mattress?
King size mattresses are ideal for couples who need more space or for those with children or pets who join them in the night. The dimensions of a king-size mattress are 5ft by 6.5ft inches or 152 cm by 198 cm.
How big is a super king mattress?
Super-king mattresses are the ultimate in-bed luxury! They accommodate the whole family and the kitchen sink if need be. The dimensions of a super-king mattress are 6ft by 6.5ft or 180 cm by 200 cm.