Bed sizes in the UK

It's often difficult to figure out what size bed and mattress is best for your family. For a bed with two people sleeping in it is it better to get a double or a king? Is double too small? Why not a super king? Should you get a single or a small double for your child?

Usually it's recommended to get the biggest size of bed for a particular room. However, we think it's important to use past experience to figure out which size bed to buy. In general people are more disappointed by getting a bed that is too small rather than too large. It's important to leave at least 2 feet on all sides of the bed so that navigating your room is not too difficult. All doors and drawers near the location of your bed should also be measure to make sure they don't collide.

It is important to note that any time a shop speaks of the size of the bed it is safe to assume it is actually the size of the mattress. The physical size of the bed frame will usually be slightly larger. For example a UK king size bed frame which is 5'0" x 6'6" accommodates a mattress of that size and the actual frame is actually slightly larger.

Single bed sizes - This includes the UK Small Single, UK Single and EU Single sizes. They are usually usually good for children, young adults or adults with small sized rooms.

Small double bed - The EU 120cm x 190cm, EU 120cm x 200cm or UK Small double bed is suited for young adults and single adults with a small room. It can also be used for children. While two people can sleep in a small double in a pinch, it will not be comfortable and not recommended for a long term arrangement.

Double beds and King sized beds- The most popular sizes for couples and adults. The width of these beds rang from 135cm to 160cm and they can be either 190cm in length or 200cm in length. Usually the size depends on the size of the room with people with larger rooms preferring either a 150cm UK king or a 160cm Eu king.

Super King size bed - While not as popular in United Kingdom, this size is becoming more popular with people spending more time in their bedrooms.

Table of UK Bed Sizes

Size ft cm
Single 3’0” x 6’3” 90cm x 190cm Buy Single Beds
Small Double 4’0” x 6’3” 120cm x 190cm Buy Small Double Beds
Double 4’6” x 6’6” 135cm x 190cm Buy Double Beds
King 5’0” x 6’6” 150cm x 200cm Buy King Size Beds
Super King 6’0” x 6’6” 180cm x 200cm Buy Super King Size Beds

Table of EU Bed Sizes

90cm x 200cm
120cm x 200cm
140cm x 200cm
160cm x 200cm
180cm x 200cm