In one fairy tale, a girl who accidentally fell into an empty house belonging to the family of bears for a long time could not get to sleep comfortably. Until she chose Mishutkin’s bed, so cozy and comfortable that she immediately fell asleep. However, this happens not only in fairy tales - and in life, the size of the beds play a significant role for us.

What are the sizes of beds and what you need to know about them

What you need to know about bed dimensions

When buying new bedroom furniture, we look first of all at how it will fit in the room. And we do not always take into account the size of the place for sleeping, although this is no less important. To begin with, remember in which position you are most used to going to bed. Those who like to sleep on their stomach or back obviously need more space than lovers sleep on their sides with their palms under their cheeks. And yet: the older the person, the more personal space he wants to have, including in a dream.

Beds manufactured today differ by country of manufacture. Therefore, there are two bed size systems:

  • The English system (including inches and feet) is used primarily by US manufacturers.
  • Manufacturers from Europe use the metric system (which is characterized by centimeters and meters).

What is the optimal bed length

If a person who chooses his future bed has a small or medium height, then he has nothing to worry about. Indeed, in a standard two-meter bed, it fits perfectly. Another thing is when a tall customer comes to the store - for such a comfortable sleep, you need more space in length. There is a simple way to determine the length of the bed that is suitable for yourself, for this you need to add 30 cm to your height. However, if you adore large pillows, and sleep on your back, stretched out like a string, you can throw another 10 cm.

The most common standard bed sizes are 2 m and 1.9 m. The size of 1.95 m is offered by manufacturers much less often. Well, exotic bamboo beds are also perfect for people of high stature - because they usually have a length of 2.2 m. By the way, the factory treats such customers with all attention, offering to extend the bed they like. Naturally, you will have to pay extra for this.

Bamboo bed
Bed made of bamboo.

What you need to know about the width of the beds

As a rule, this parameter indicates how many people can comfortably fit on the bed - one person, two, or an adult with a child. Accordingly, they call these beds single, double or one and a half. However, the complexion and habits of all are different, and the sizes of these products are different. More on this later.

Single beds

In domestic products, the width of a single bed can be 90, 80 or 70 cm. Both a child and an adult (not too heavy) can sleep well in such conditions. You will not have to toss or turn or wake up from discomfort and crowding.

Single bed
Single bed with soft headrest.

By the way, the standard sizes of a single bed in Europe differ in a big way - its width will be 90 - 100 cm. A similar bed of the American manufacturer due to their system of measures will have a size of 190 / 90cm and is marked Twin. With these parameters, we produce beds called teenagers. So, if you want to buy a bed from America, but with a larger length, ask for the Extra Long brand (otherwise, Twin X-Long). It will still be 99 cm wide, but its length will increase significantly - up to 203 cm.

Simple single bed

One and a half beds

“One and a half” is called beds, which are somewhat narrow for two, but for one they are simply chic. The width of such products usually varies from 100 to 140 cm.However, as for the tightness for two, someone can argue - to ardent newlyweds who love to sleep in an embrace, this size is sometimes most suitable.

One and a half bed with a unique design
One and a half bed with an original design.

The domestic size of one and a half beds is closer to European double beds with a width of 140 - 160 cm. If compared with beds from America, the Full model (otherwise, Double) will be closest in size. Its width is 137.2 cm and its length is 190 cm. The Queen model has more comfortable, “royal” sizes: 152.4 cm wide and 203.2 cm long.

Classic one and a half bed.

Double beds

In this category, products with a width of less than 140 cm wide are not produced - so that they are not too crowded. In order not to disturb your soul mate, going to bed, a mattress with independent springs and a bed width of 160 cm is enough - it is the most popular today. Wider models are also available - 170 cm. The same, whose complexion is quite fragile, you can buy products with a width of 155 - 150 cm.

Double bed

And if you are not comfortable with the standard size of a double bed, and you want something special, by your standards, then the manufacturer can meet you by making an individual bed (with a standard step of 5 cm). However, get ready for additional costs: mattress, bedding, which will also need to be ordered.

Europeans, releasing products for two, do not skimp on the width - it happens to be 180 centimeters, or even two meters. In America, it is customary to call such lodges "royal." Longer products are called Western King or California King. Their width is 182, 9 cm, and their length is 213, 36 cm. Well, the King and Standard King models are wider - 193 or 198 cm. Their length is 203.2 cm.


Choosing the right size bed

Preliminary preparations

Going to the store and admiring the luxurious products for sleep, you can even get a little lost. Therefore, consider some important points at home:

  • Decide on the width. It depends on your preferences: a dream in splendid isolation, together on different sides, in the close embrace of a loved one. Or maybe you want the size of the double bed to fit and the kids who ran in the morning to mom and dad under the barrel?
  • The length of your double bed depends on the growth of which of you is taller. It is only necessary to add 30 cm.
  • Prepare a place for the future bed in advance, carefully making all measurements so that it fits there.

Choose sizes depending on the country of manufacture of the bed and mattress

Depending on the size of the bed frame, you will need to select both a mattress and bedding. And buying a mattress from Europe for an American-made bed is not worth it - it will not work. Here it is a matter of different systems of measures (American whole inches turn into fractional European centimeters). So, for example, 80 inches long and 60 inches wide in terms of centimeters look like this: 203.2 cm and 152.4 cm.

So, having bought a bed from the USA, you need to look for a mattress for it from the same edges. And the Italian model of a mattress which you liked will have absolutely the wrong sizes. The same situation will be with the European bed. You can, of course, order products with a "special size", but it will come out a little expensive.

We select a bed "for ourselves"

Can't make a final choice? Try lying on the bed right in the store. If you buy a bed for one, then lie down on your back, bending your elbows, and connect your index fingers in front of the chest. If it’s convenient, but your elbows do not hang down, take it.

If your height is above average, then you should order a mattress in size - it will cost about 10 percent more than the standard size. Adding 30 cm to the growth, we get the desired number. But the bed frame will have to be increased - do not forget about it. You should discuss in advance at the factory whether they can help you with this. If they refuse, then look among the standard products. For example, you can buy a model California King. It is convenient in that it has no back in the legs.

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