Bed buying guide

If you’re wondering how to choose a bed, you’ve come to the right place. The Furniture Village bed buying guide covers all the different types of bed available, helps you work out what bed size is right for you, offers bed style suggestions and has top tips when buying a bed. Read on to learn more about beds.

The best bed size for you will depend on the size of your bedroom and who’s going to be sleeping on the bed. Here’s a quick look at all the different bed dimensions available.

Small single beds

If you thought a single bed was the smallest bed around, think again. A small single bed is slightly narrower than a regular single bed and saves floor space in a very small bedroom.

Best for: A young child’s bedroom or for occasional use in a small guest room.

Mattress size: For a small single bed, you’ll need a UK standard small single mattress which is 75 cm wide and 190 cm long (2’ 6” wide and 6’3” long).

Single beds

Sometimes called a twin bed, a single bed is the original one-person bed. Single beds provide enough sleeping space for either an adult or a child.

Best for: A child or teen bedroom, or a small guest room.

Mattress size: For a single bed, you’ll need a UK standard single mattress which is 90 cm wide and 190 cm long (3’ wide and 6’3” long). For a European bed, you’ll need a Euro single mattress which is 90 cm wide and 200 cm long (3’ wide and 6’6” long).

Small double beds

If you don’t have quite enough room for a double bed, a small double bed is a great compromise. Small doubles can accommodate two people in only a little more floor space than a single bed.

Best for: Guest rooms and teen bedrooms.

Mattress size: For a small double bed, you’ll need a UK standard small double mattress which is 120 cm wide and 190 cm long (4’ wide and 6’3” long).

Double beds

The most popular bed size in the UK, double beds comfortably sleep two adults. Double beds don’t need an especially big bedroom or a lot of floor space.

Best for: Average size bedrooms for one or two people.

Mattress size: For a double bed, you’ll need a UK standard double mattress which is 135 cm wide and 190 cm long (4’6” wide and 6’3” long). For a European bed, you’ll need a Euro double mattress which is 140 cm wide and 200 cm long (4’7” wide and 6’6” long).

King beds

If you like having plenty of space to sleep in or you tend to toss and turn and don’t want to disturb your partner, then a king size bed is for you.

Best for: Larger bedrooms.

Mattress size: For a king bed, you’ll need a UK standard king mattress which is 150 cm wide and 190 cm long (5’ wide and 6’6” long). For a European bed, you’ll need a Euro king mattress which is 160 cm wide and 200 cm long (5’3” wide and 6’6” long).

Super king beds

The biggest bed there is, the super king size bed makes sure that both partners have plenty of room to sprawl and sleep. A super king bed is a good choice for larger than average people.

Best for: Very large bedrooms.

Mattress size: For a super king bed, you’ll need a super king mattress which is 180 cm wide and 190 cm long (6’ wide and 6’6” long).

Unlike mattresses, there’s no standard sizing for bed frames and bed bases. That’s why it’s really important to check the dimensions of any bed you’re thinking of buying so you can be sure that it’s the right size for your mattress and your bedroom.

Upholstered bed frame size

Upholstered bed frames vary according to style and manufacturer. Some very grand bed frames with scroll head and foot ends can be significantly larger than the mattress they accommodate.

Wooden and metal bed frame size

Wooden and metal bed frames are typically a few centimetres larger all round than their corresponding mattresses.

Divan bed size

Divan bed bases come in the same sizes as mattresses because the mattress sits directly on top of the base.