Bed size guide
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In terms of style, the wrong size can impact on the design of a room. Too big and the room can feel overcrowded. Too small and the bed will look out of place. It needs to be just right.
The overall external dimensions of a bed frame are usually bigger than the mattress. For some beds, like sleigh beds with big curving ends, the overall footprint can vary significantly. While for simpler styles, the mattress may go all the way to the foot end.
Top tip: if you’re tall, remember that double beds are only 190cm (that’s 6”3) and king size is 200cm (or 6”6) in length. So a bed with a low foot end may be best.
Remember to allow for things like skirting boards and door frames when planning how you want to set up the room.
Top tip: use sheets of newspaper to mark out how much floor space will be taken up by the bedroom furniture you’re planning. It’ll give you a clear picture of the remaining space and how workable it is.
If the bed is going under eaves, a high headboard may restrict how far back the bed can go against the wall.
It’s worth seeing if plug sockets will be in the right place for things like bedside lamps, alarm clocks and phone chargers.
This is probably the most important thing to check. Will the items you want fit up the stairs and around balustrades and banisters? While most beds are self-assembly, some headboards are extremely large. It’s always better to double check than have the hassle of an item that won’t fit.