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A bed is probably the single most important piece of furniture you will buy. A good bed will look after your back and posture, give you a great night’s sleep and look good in your bedroom. According to the SleepCouncil, sleeping on an uncomfortable bed could cost up to one hour of sleep each night, so it’s important to get the right one.
You should look at changing your bed and mattress every 8 to 10 years. After 8-10 years of use, a bed will have deteriorated by 75%, but the deterioration is over such an extended period of time that you might not even notice.
In this guide we help you determine what size bed is best for you, which will best fit your bedroom, what style to go for, how to keep your bed looking like new and everything in between.
There is a staggering selection of beds available on the market and shopping for a new bed is often overwhelming. Below we summarise what beds are available before trying to determine which one is the best option for you.
Size is the first thing you should decide on when choosing a bed. Beds are available in 3 core sizes; single, double and king size. Variations of each of these are also available; small single, small double, queen size and super king size. Read more about these sizes in the measurement section of this guide.
Once you have chosen your size, you need to decide what type of bed frame you’re after. Beds are available in several forms and it’s important to know the difference when shopping for a bed:
A divan is essentially a bed base without an attached headboard, footboard or frame. It is an extremely popular bed base meaning it is very widely available and competitively priced. There are two types of divan available; pocket sprung divans that have springs in the base and standard divans that have a hard-based top. Some divans are available with extra storage. Divans are less ornate than bedsteads but it is easy to find add-ons such as headboards to make it more attractive.
A bedstead is formed of a bed frame with slats, on which you place your mattress. Bedsteads are normally made of wood or metal and are more decorative than divans, with hundreds of different finishes, styles and colours to choose from. There is also the option to choose your bed slats based on how hard or soft you like your bed. Bedsteads are normally self-assembled and can be more expensive than divans depending on the style and finish of the bedstead.
You may also consider bunk beds, folding guest beds and beds with built in storage.
Once you have chosen your base, it’s time to decide what the bed is made of. Bedsteads mainly come in solid wood or metal and are available in different styles such as modern or contemporary. It is worth considering your priorities here but the key is to find the perfect compromise between style, comfort and value. Read our bed style guide for more advice on which style is right for your bedroom and budget.
In order to find the perfect bed, you should consider the following questions:
Who will be using the bed? One of the most important factors when choosing a bed is the amount of space the sleeper will have.
If the bed is for a child: There are three types of beds for children; small single bed (for young children aged 1 – 4 years), single bed (for children/teenagers aged 4 – 18 years), double bed (for children/teenagers aged 6 – 18 years). You may also want to consider bunk beds for your child, perfect for sleepovers and if you’re short on space. Another option available for younger children are cabin beds, which incorporate a bed with a desk or play area.
If the bed is for 2 adults: The minimum size bed you should consider is a double bed. Even now a lot of couples will find that a double bed isn’t big enough for 2 people to sleep comfortably over a long period of time. Partner disturbance is one of the most common complaints for poor sleep. You should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching. If your bedroom allows, consider going for a king size, super king size or queen size bed.
If the bed is for 1 adult: It is unlikely that a single bed is big enough for an adult, and we would recommend starting at a double bed size at least. A double bed will provide a good amount of sleeping space for an adult, for even more space you might consider king size, queen size or super king size.
A bed is a big investment, but it’s worth bearing in mind how much you’ll use it. Every £100 you spend on a bed is equivalent to a nightly cost of just 2.7p over 10 years.
There is a bed available for almost any budget, you will need to consider what areas you’re willing to compromise on. Bedsteads with intricate headboards will cost much more than a basic divan. You should also take into consideration the price of a new mattress if you need one.
It is important to shop for the best value bed, rather than the cheapest.
Whilst it is not essential to buy a mattress and bed at the same, we do recommend buying them at the same time. The two are designed to work together, if you have a really old mattress on a new bed, you are unlikely to feel the full benefit of your new bed – and vice versa.
One of the most important aspects to consider when looking for a new bed is how much space you have available.
If there are 2 adults sharing a bed you will want to leave space either side of the bed. It is generally recommended that you leave 30 inches around each side and at the end of the bed (unless your bed is against a wall on one side). Also take into consideration bedside tables, lamps etc. You will need to measure the size of the bed rather than the mattress as bedsteads are usually wider than mattresses.
The Internet is an increasingly popular option when buying a new bed. As well as more variety, prices of beds are generally more competitive online. One of the benefits of buying a bed online is that you can test it out in your own home, rather than in a shop. If you purchase online, be sure to buy from a website that allows free returns and refunds.
Whether you purchase online or from a store, make sure you’ve planned how to get your bed home. Internet retailers will almost always have a delivery option.
As a focal point for most bedrooms, the style of your bed plays a huge part in the look and feel of your bedroom.
Think about the look you’re trying to create. If you are trying to create a warm and rich feel you might want to consider a bed made of darker woods such as walnut, sheesham or dark oak. Lighter woods such as pine give out much more neutral tones meaning it blends well with other types of wood – ideal if you already have wooden furniture pieces in your bedroom. Metal bedframes are also very versatile and create a modern feel to a bedroom. Metal bedframes generally compliment any type of décor including traditional, modern and Victorian.
There are also considerations when it comes to the style of bed. The range available is quite daunting. As well as the traditional bed frames and divans, the following variations are also available:
Mid or high sleepers are a good alternative to bunk beds. In mid or high sleepers, storage pieces replace the bottom bunk, therefore offering not only a place to sleep but also a place to store clothes, toys or do homework.
Bunk beds are great for children’s rooms when you’re short on space. You may wish to consider bunk beds that can be separated and used as single beds when needed.
Guest folding beds offer an extra bed that you can tidy away and store. Guest folding beds typically comprise of a metal frame with springs and a mattress.
Remember a bed is a focal point of the bedroom and an ideal opportunity to express yourself and push your design ideas. Bold sheets and throws and additional pillows/cushions can make a real statement and further tie the room together.
Be sure to compliment the colour of the bedsteads in your bedding choices.
It is important to take time to measure up before shopping for a bed. The last thing you want to do is to haul a bed upstairs to realise that it doesn’t fit.
Below is a summary chart showing the dimensions of each bed size. We recommend double- checking the dimensions of your bed, even if you are replacing a single with a single or a double with a double as whilst bed sizes are typical, they are not standardised.
Read our guide to each size below.
Single bed measurements in the UK are always 3 feet wide and 6 feet 3 inches long (90 x 190). In general this is the standard size for children's beds and bunk beds.
Bear in mind there are also small singles available which are the same length as a standard single mattress, but 6 inches narrower, measuring 2ft 6 inches wide.
The depth of single mattresses are generally anything from 7-13 inches and bunk mattresses often have a depth of 6-7 inches.
The size of a Double bed is 4 feet 6 inches wide by 6 feet and 3 inches long. Between this and a single there are a few variations.
A small Double is 4ft wide and 6 feet 3 inches long, so basically 6 inches narrower than a standard double. This size is useful for guest bedrooms or rooms with limited space.
A Twin sized bed is an American term for mattresses that are slightly wider than a single. These measure a metre wide.
Did you know that two people sharing a standard double size bed have only as much personal sleeping space as a baby in a cot?
King size beds are 5 feet wide and 6 feet 6 inches long.
From King size beds upwards, the length increases from 6ft 3 inches to 6ft 6 inches which generally is great for tall people and stops feet hanging over the edge.
It's best to get the largest bed that can fit into the space. Ideally a bed should be 10-15 cm longer than the tallest sleeper.
Make sure when buying this, that the size of the King size bed will mean that you can fit it into the house.
With King size beds be sure to check that the frame has a support strut as these are large items and will sag over time.
Queen size beds are exactly the same as Super King size. Queen size bed dimensions are as follows: 6ft wide by 6 ft 6 inches long.
Queen size bed is the American name for a Super King size bed.
A Super King size bed is the same as a Queen size bed (which is the American terminology for a UK Super King.)
Super King size beds are 6ft wide by 6ft 6 inches long which is the same size as a US Queen sized bed and would provide a little more space than a king size bed.
A bed is a huge investment in your health, look after it and in return it will reward you with many good night’s sleep. Follow our simple dos and don’ts below to keep your bed looking and feeling like new.
For the first 3 months, it is recommended that you rotate/turn over your mattress every 2 weeks. Check the manufacturer’s instructions regarding turning, as some mattresses are non-turn and should only be rotated, not turned.
Check all bolts and screws etc regularly to make sure they haven’t loosened or dropped out
Clean your bed regularly. Dust can often collect and trigger allergies in the night.
If you have a solid wood bed, we recommend re-waxing or re-oiling periodically
Overload your ottoman/storage bed, they are designed to store lightweight items such as linen, duvets and spare pillows.
Jump on your bed, this can cause the bed to break
* Oak Furniture Solutions do not accept any responsibility for any damage caused to furniture by the following of these guidelines. These guidelines are provided as informed suggestions only and are written as general notes for customers. Customers seeking professional, specific after-care advice should either contact us directly or get in touch with a professional polisher or furniture restorer.
We are often asked questions about beds, in particular which size to get. Read our FAQ’s below, and remember if you have any questions of your own that aren’t answered in the guide please feel free to give our friendly team of experts a call.
You might be in a dilemma as to which size will suit you best. A Double bed may have seemed adequate for years, but maybe now you feel the need for an upgrade or have moved to a bigger property. Is a King size bed a waste of money or a valuable investment?
In general, it seems the trend for King sized beds is on the rise, with more couples preferring the extra space a King size will give them. More and more bedrooms are becoming social spaces where the whole family want to be able to hang out comfortably. There's no doubt about it, a king size will provide the ultimate relaxation space, something that may be much needed.
A double will do the job, but perhaps a king size will offer just a little bit extra and have a major impact on the quality of sleep.
A Super King size bed is the equivalent of a queen sized one, but using English terminology.
It is a useful alternative to a King size bed, especially if you want to go the extra mile and really indulge yourself.
King sizes are practical for those who like a lot of space to spread out, but super kings are ideal for those that share their beds with children and pets.