Choosing the Right Size Bed For Your Bedroom


 But, how do you choose the right one that is best suited to your bedroom? Too often the big bed small room problem can kill the potential in a space. After all, you need to be comfortable while you’re awake, too.

Bed expert and writer Nancy Ulrich is here to fill in the blanks on what type of bed you should be thinking about if you’re looking to replace the one you’ve got, specifically with the idea of space and comfort in mind even if that does mean big beds for small rooms.


You want a bigger bed. You’re tired of bumping elbows with your partner at night. But you also don’t want your bed to stuff the available space like King Kong in his cramped cage. So how can you tell if the bed size that you want will put the squeeze on your bedroom’s style and usability?

It’s easy to choose a bed size that fits your bedroom dimensions if you keep in mind the answers to these three questions:

  1. How much ‘walking around’ space is needed for comfort?
  2. What are the best, most popular mattress sizes for kids, singles and couples?
  3. How do you fit big beds in small bedrooms without making it look or feel cramped?

What’s the minimum space around your bed


Two to three feet is best, depending on your room’s layout. You’ll need to have at least 22 inches of walking around space on either side of the bed and at its foot.

And don’t forget that most bedroom doors swing into the room. The smallest standard doors are 36 inches wide. So your bed is going to have to be at least 3 feet from at least one of the walls.

What’s your best mattress size?


Your best bed size depends upon your size, age and whether you sleep as a couple.

The most popular mattress for couples of average height is the queen size. But if you’re both 5’9” or taller you may have to get the larger king or California sizes.

Single adults with average builds find that they often sleep well on a twin bed. This size has the maximum width per person. If you’re taller than 5’9”, choose the longer ‘dormitory’ or twin XL size.

Once out of their cribs, children do well with full size beds. But once they become teenagers, get them a twin size to grow into.

For detailed measurements, link over to this comprehensive mattress size chart.

The 3 best ways to fit big beds in small rooms

If you decide that you really can’t live without that larger bed, you need to be smart about how you conserve space.

1. Get Organized

Spend the money for good closet organizers. Make sure that you’re using every inch of closet space.

2. Ditch Your Dresser


Second, throw away your wood box foundation and that big chest of drawers. Then replace your traditional bed frame with a platform bed that has storage underneath. You can store the items from the drawers in your new closet organizers and underneath your bed.

3. Say Goodbye to Swinging Closet Doors

Finally, replace your closet and bedroom doors with curtains. Yes, it is unconventional. But a heavy fabric with a lining can provide privacy and a sound barrier in much less space than a conventional swinging door. And the fabric can easily be matched to bedroom décor, providing a luxurious, almost bohemian feel to your bedroom design.

Think twice about getting that bigger bed

If you’re getting a bigger bed just because you move a lot when sleeping, consider getting a new memory foam bed in the same size that you have now.

The best mattresses  made of visco elastic foam will reduce night movements by spreading your weight evenly. This prevents pressure points that make you wake momentarily and shift position. You may not need a bigger bed because you won’t be moving around as much.

However, if you have decided to get a bigger bed, you now have the information you need to keep your bedroom livable and looking good.


Thanks, Nancy!

Nancy Ulrich writes for and is a local business consultant for web, mobile and social media marketing.

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