Follow these practical guidelines to help you choose the best layout and furniture to maximise your sleeping space. Our bedrooms can be on the small side, yet we all aspire to creating airy, uncluttered spaces that are beautiful, restful and practical. There are two things to get right if you want to maximise your available space: first, choose the right-sized furniture (especially the bed), and second, create a layout that works best for the size and shape of your room. Whether you’re wondering how far apart twin beds should be, or how far a top bunk should be from the ceiling, here are some key dimensions to have at your fingertips so you can create the sleep space you’ve been dreaming about.
Double bed sizes
A small double mattress, sometimes referred to as a queen size, typically measures 120cm wide x 190cm long in the UK and Ireland. This could be great for a growing teen or where space is limited.
A standard double in the UK and Ireland measures 135cm wide x 190cm long, while a king-size mattress measures 150cm wide x 200cm long. If you want to go really roomy, a super king measures 180cm wide x 200cm long, but these are best reserved for particularly wide rooms, otherwise the bed will tend to dominate the space.
European double mattresses measure 140cm x 200cm, with the king size measuring 160cm x 200cm and the super king 180cm x 200cm.
When choosing your bed, you’ll need, of course, to take care that your bed frame, mattress and bedclothes all match in size.
Single bed sizes
The traditional single mattress sizes in the UK and Ireland are 70-75cm wide x 190cm long for a small single bed, and 90cm wide x 190cm long for a standard single. The smaller size is great for younger children, or where space is tight.
A European single mattress will be longer, measuring 90cm x 200cm.
Again, you’ll need to coordinate your choices of frame, mattress and bedclothes to avoid unfortunate mismatches.
Bunk bed essentials
Off-the-peg bunk beds are designed to fit in a standard room height of 2.4m.
As a rule of thumb, you’ll need to allow a minimum of 60cm clearance between the top of the upper mattress and the ceiling, more if the occupant of the top bunk is tall.
The height of the top bunk will typically be a maximum of 180cm above the floor.