There are many situations that create the need for a new bed. Maybe you and your significant other are moving in together for the first time, or maybe you’re a parent and you noticed your child’s feet hanging off the end of their bed. These are just a few of the many events that will inspire you to start shopping around. When this time comes, you’ll have to answer the question, “What bed size should I get?”
In this article, we’ll help you find the answer.

Considerations When Choosing a Bed Size

1. WHO WILL BE SLEEPING IN the bed?

To help narrow down your options, let’s first think about who will use the bed. Is it for you and/or your partner, a child, guests that come to visit, or someone else? Think about how many people it needs to accommodate.

Children and teens can easily sleep on a single mattress, though often appreciate the width of a double or queen mattress.

Are you considering a double bed vs queen bed? While double beds often suit an adult or guests in a pinch, it’s often more comfortable to offer a queen bed in case two people need to sleep on the mattress. If deciding between the two, let your room size be your guide (see below).

Single sleepers and some couples find they have plenty of room on a queen mattress, but it’s best to be sure. One helpful hint: this size is often the most common in retail showrooms, so you can easily judge its size by visiting a retailer near you.

King mattresses are good options for taller persons or for couples who prefer extra room, especially if little ones like to hop into bed with mum or dad.

2. HOW MUCH SPACE IS AVAILABLE?

You may be wondering, “how big should my bed be?” While this is of course the primary concern, you should also consider how much space you have. This is very important as the bed will need to fit comfortably into the room where it will be used. Consider the amount of space required for comfortable living, factoring in clearance for doors and drawers, walking around the perimeter of your bed frame and other furnishings., and leaving enough room to rotate your mattress without hitting walls. About 75–90 cm clearance or more on 2-3 sides is ideal.

In our handy guide below, you will find mattress measurements for each bed size. It can be helpful to get an understanding for how a bed will fit into your room by marking out the dimensions on the floor using tape. Then you will be able to visually see which sizes will fit well.

3. HOW MUCH CAN YOU SPEND?

Like any major purchase, you need to set a budget. Beds can range widely in price depending on a few factors. As can be expected, the larger the bed, the more it will cost. However, you will run into other variables including the craftsmanship of the bed and the quality of the mattress. To ensure you find the right fit, run the numbers and identify your spending allowance up front.

4. What Are Your Current and Future Needs?

Lastly, be sure to consider your current needs as well as your potential needs for the years to come. For example, you may be thinking of purchasing a single bed for your child. However, a few years down the road, they are likely going to outgrow it and need more room. With that in mind, you may want to consider a king single or double bed. 

Now that you know what should be considered, take a look at our guide with measurements and more for each mattress size.

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Simply answer a few questions and we’ll recommend the right mattress based on your unique sleep profile. We will email you your customised results so you can take them in-store to a Sealy retailer near you.