How to choose the right bed size for you and your bedroom

Bed in a bedroom

Considering that we spend nearly half our lives in bed, we don’t think we’re exaggerating when we say that the bedroom is the most important room in the house. The quality of sleep you get affects how rested you feel, and that in turn can have a major impact on your physical and mental health. That means it’s worth putting some thought into what size bed will give you the best night’s sleep - but what should you consider when you’re shopping for a bed, and what bed size would work best for your bedroom?

All about bed sizes

If you’re confused about bed size options, it’s not surprising - there are quite a few. The UK’s most popular bed size is a standard double (135cm by 190cm), but that’s actually a surprisingly restrictive space for two adults to sleep comfortably in. That’s fine if you like sleeping close together, but it also means it’s more likely that you’ll disturb each other when you’re moving around in your sleep.


Over in Europe, the double bed size is a slightly roomier 140cm by 200cm, which is closer to the UK’s king size (150cm by 200cm). A European king is bigger still, at 160cm by 200cm, while a superking is 180cm by 200cm. And there are even more sizes, ranging from a small single to an ‘emperor’, with dimensions listed in full here.


The good news is that European-sized beds are now available in the UK from many retailers, and here at Strawberry & Cream we’re pleased to supply European-sized bedding as well as standard UK sizes.

Choosing the right bed size

Let’s now take a look at the main considerations when you’re choosing what size bed to buy.

How many of you will be sleeping in the bed?

We’re talking about doubles in this post, and we’ll assume that even if you’re living on your own, you’re still going to want something bigger than a single.

How tall are you?

Your bed should be at least 10cm longer than the tallest person who’ll be sleeping in it, so that they aren’t having to curl up or have their feet dangling off the edge. If you or your partner are taller than 5ft 11 (180cm), that means you’ll need a king size bed for maximum comfort.

How big is your bedroom?

Your bed needs to be proportional to the size of your bedroom, because a small bed will look a bit lost in a large room, while a large bed will make a small room feel even smaller. It’s said that a 1:3 ratio of bed to bedroom works best, though this isn’t always practical, particularly in cramped new build houses. If you’re pushed for space, remember that you’ll still need space to walk around the edges of the bed comfortably. Aim to make sure that you leave 24 to 30 inches between the bed frame and wall on each side of the bed.

What other furniture will you need to accommodate in the room?

Finally, your bed isn’t the only item of furniture in your bedroom, so you’ll need to leave space for other pieces of furniture, such as bedside tables, chest of drawers and wardrobes. If you have a wardrobe at the foot of your bed, leave 24 to 30 inches between the end of your bed and the wardrobe so that you can move around easily and open the doors fully.


So, to summarise, the more space you have in bed, the more comfortably you’ll be able to sleep. That means it makes sense to invest in the biggest bed you can afford, provided that it will also fit comfortably into your bedroom. And, when you’ve treated yourself to that new bed, why not treat yourself to a gorgeous new organic cotton bed linen set to go on it?