5 Tips for Selecting a Bed Size to Fit Your Bedroom

This is a guest post from Justin Greig.

There’s nothing more fulfilling at night than lying in your cozy, warm bed. But choosing the right bed for your bedroom takes more than just what’s comfortable for you: you must take into account the size of your room, as well as the other pieces of furniture.

Here are five tips to think about as you shop around for a new bed:

Walking Room

Measure the dimensions of your room and the furniture within it, including the dimensions of the bed you wish to purchase. Be sure to factor in a minimum of two to three feet of walking space around your bed. Most bedroom doors swing inward, so the bed should be at least three feet from the door if it is in its path.

Star of the Bedroom

Your bed should be the focal part of the room, placed in just the right spot and covered with bedding that reflects the room’s atmosphere and your personality. Carefully selected duvet cover sets lend beauty to your surroundings and make the bed look inviting. The bed should be the star, and thus should have ample space. The difference between bed sizes may not seem that great at first, but a bed that’s too big can overpower a room and leave limited space to get around.

Extra storage

If the size of bed you really want is larger than what you feel you have room for, consider a bed with storage in its base. You can also save space by using closet organizers and by keeping some items — such as sheets and duvet cover sets — in a linen closet or other storage space outside the room. If you limit the items of furniture you have in the room, you can have a larger bed, less clutter and a little extra space. That can promote a sense of calm in your own domain and bring on more restful sleep.

King or Queen? Who rules?

When sizing a bed to you and your room, note typical mattress sizes:

  • A king-sized bed is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long, giving plenty of room for rolling and stretching. It is a masterful piece of furniture that needs to have a commanding presence in a room and calls for ample space.
  • A queen-sized bed is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. Many couples prefer this size, which is a little more cozy than a king but does not present the closer quarters of a full-size bed.
  • A full-sized bed is 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. It can cozily fit a couple, but is also popular among single adults. The bed provides plenty of extra room for one, and can accommodate an overnight guest. A single person with a full-size bed can also sleep on the sofa and let a visiting couple use the bed.
  • A twin-sized bed is 39 inches wide by 75 inches long. A twin is meant for a single person, and is often used for a child or a college student in a dorm, but may also be used in a bedroom that has very little space. A twin can be used in a guest room that doubles as a sitting room, as you can convert the bed to a day bed using a daybed bedding set or large pillows. You can also buy a daybed or a twin bed that pulls out into a full-sized bed.


Be sure to factor in amenities of the bed. If the bed comes with a large headboard, you’ll need to factor the headboard size into the length of the bed. A heavy frame, such as a four-poster bed, will add to the dimensions as well.

About the Author Justin Greig: A self-proclaimed “21st century hippie,” Justin studied Journalism at Berkeley and freelances for many environmental publications. He has a special interest in conservation, and he and his wife recently added solar panels to their home.

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