Article - Bed Sizes

How in the world is anyone supposed to know the difference between all the bed sizes on the market today? Even the sales person in your local department store bed department might not really have all the facts. It can be very confusing!

And if you think you're sure that a King is larger than a Double (doesn't that make sense!) you might not know just how much larger.

What exactly is the difference between the different sizes of beds available?

We're going to help you understand the sizes of beds on the market and how to decide which one is right for your needs.

Note: Some manufacturers are custom-cutting beds larger or smaller than "standard" sizes. But beware! While it may seem intriguing to have a "custom size" bed, you may have trouble finding bedding to fit.

Read on to get details on Single, Double, King Size and Super King Size Beds.


Single beds. They're the most common choice for children's rooms or multi-use guest rooms. These beds are narrow and fit easily into the smallest bedroom. Sometimes twin beds have a "trundle" underneath to accommodate a sleep-over or second guest. Bunk beds are also the same footprint size as a single bed.
Overall dimensions: 36" (3ft) or (90cm) wide x 78" (198cm) long"

Pros: Because of its small size it will fit easily into smaller bedrooms. Single sheets are the least costly of all sheet sizes and are available in lots of patterns. It is easy to make a single bed.
Cons: A standard size is too short for many adults.


Are you thinking about a Double, a King, or even a Super King size bed?

Any of these sizes fit in a normal room, but many couples feel that a Double bed is definitely too narrow for anything more than an occasional night's sleep.

Here are the basic differences between a Double Bed and a King Size:

Double beds (4ft 6") are 18" wider than a Single, but if two share the bed, each has only 27" of personal space, much less than a single!

A king Size bed is 6" wider than a Double bed, allowing more room for each person, but still 9" less than a twin bed.
Now the facts on Double, and King Size Beds.

Double beds were the most common for two to sleep in until the 1960's. They're only 18" wider than a Single bed, leaving only 27" of sleep space for each of two adults.  At 78" long, a Full size bed may be too short for some taller adults.
Overall dimensions: 54" (4ft 6") wide x 78" long
Width per person: 27"

Pros: Fits into smaller rooms. Might be just right for a single sleeper who is under 6ft tall. Sheets are slightly less expensive than king size.
Cons: Many people find a Double bed too narrow for 2 adults.

King Size beds are 24" wider (5.0ft wide) than a single bed and 6" wider than a double size bed. Though this extra width can make all the difference in getting a good night's sleep, each adult still has 9" less of width than if they each slept in a single bed.  A King Size bed works well for guest rooms and small master bedrooms and is a good choice for couples who like to snuggle.

Overall dimensions:60" wide x 78" long
Width per person: 30" (2ft 6")

Pros: Gives 2 adults more space than a double. Sheets and quilts are easy to find. Standard size pillows work well.
Cons: With only 30" of personal space for each person (only 6" more than a Double), a King Size may be too narrow for everyday sleeping for a couple.

Super King Size. Two people sleeping in a Super King size bed will get the same amount of personal sleeping space as in a Single bed. In fact, if you pushed two Single beds together they'd be about the same size as a Super King.

When buying sheets, you have to be careful to purchase the right size. Flat sheets will fit both sizes of King beds, but fitted sheets are cut to fit one or the other. Before you go shopping for sheets, be sure to measure your bed exactly to be sure to buy the linens that will fit exactly.

Pros: As the widest bed commonly available in stores, the Super King is the most comfortable for two adults.  Bedding is now much more available for Super King.
Cons: Because of its size, a Super King bed may not be practical for a single person who has to do the moving by himself. They're hard to get upstairs, through narrow, winding hallways, and small rooms.
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