Choosing Sizes of Beds and Mattresses

Mattress depth, width, length & bed frames

July 23rd, 2015

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When choosing new beds and mattresses, one of the most important things you need to consider is the size, especially if you have moved home or are considering up or down-sizing. Depending on where you buy your beds and mattresses from, it can be particularly important to have seriously considered size and the implications, as there are a lot of things you may not have considered – especially if you have only seen your new bed and mattress online. Read on to find out more.

Mattress Width and Length

The first thing you need to consider is the width and length of mattress you need. Depending on how many people will be sleeping on it, it may be necessary to have at least a double, single or even a king. If you, or your partner, are particularly tall then the length of the mattress is something you should pay particular attention to, taking into consideration the fact that you will not rest your head at the very top end of the mattress. In the UK, standard mattress sizes are as follows: Small-single 2’6”x6’3”; single 3’0”x6’3”; small-double 4’0”x6’3”; double 4’6”x6’3”; kingsize 5’0”x6’6”; super kingsize 6’0”x6’6”. Thus, anyone around 6 foot or above should definitely consider a kingsize if there is the room available in their bedroom.

Mattress Depth

Another thing you should consider when choosing a mattress is the depth. This aspect is often overlooked, as many of us do not even realise there is much variety. However, mattresses can range from four to twenty inches thick, with the average being around ten to fourteen inches. Generally speaking, the main concern with mattress thickness is in regards to the weight of the people on it. The heavier the load, the thicker it needs to be in order to be comfortable. You should also consider any difficulty in getting into bed – ensure it will be neither too low nor too tall for you to get onto it comfortably once it has been set up on the frame. This is particularly important for older people and children.

Bed Frame

Finally, when choosing from different beds you also need to consider the size of the bed frame itself. When measuring your bedroom, ensure you take into account the thickness of the bed frame as well as the width of the actual mattress. For example, a simple wooden frame may add around four inches to the width, whereas a divan base may add nothing. Similarly, consider whether you will have a head or foot board as these may also add a couple of inches each. Again, as with mattresses, ensure you choose the height of your bed carefully so that you can easily get in and out of bed, and so there is adequate space underneath for storage if this is an issue.

If you would like more information, or would like to order your own new beds or mattresses, visit Sealy UK today.