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Understanding UK Mattress Sizes: How They Differ from European and Scandinavian Beds

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When it comes to choosing a bed, size matters. In the United Kingdom, bed sizes follow a unique standard that can be quite different from what you’d find in other parts of Europe or Scandinavia. Understanding these differences is crucial, especially if you’re moving to the UK or planning to buy a bed there. In this blog post, we’ll outline the standard UK bed sizes and explore how they compare to European and Scandinavian beds.

UK Bed Sizes

In the UK, bed sizes are generally standardized, making it easier for consumers to find the right fit for their bedrooms. Here are the most common UK bed sizes:

  1. Single Bed = 3ft x 6ft3in (90cm x 190cm): A single bed is the smallest option, suitable for one person. It’s perfect for children’s rooms or guest bedrooms with limited space.

  2. Small Double Bed = 4ft x 6ft3in (120cm x 190cm): This size, sometimes referred to as a “Queen” in the UK, is larger than a single bed but smaller than a standard double. It can comfortably accommodate one person but is a bit cozier for couples.

  3. Standard Double Bed = 4ft6in x 6ft3in (135cm x 190cm): A standard double bed is designed for two people, offering more space for each person compared to a small double. It’s a popular choice for couples or those who want more room to spread out.

  4. King Size Bed = 5ft x 6ft6in (150cm x 200cm): A king-size bed provides extra space for couples, ensuring a more comfortable night’s sleep. It’s a common choice for master bedrooms.

  5. Super King Size Bed = 6ft x 6ft6in (180cm x 200cm): The super king size bed is the largest option available in the UK. It’s perfect for those who want ample space to sleep comfortably, and it’s often found in luxury bedrooms.

European and Scandinavian Bed Sizes

Across mainland Europe, bed sizes differ from those in the UK. European bed sizes are generally measured in centimeters, and the dimensions can vary from one country to another. However, here are some common European bed sizes that you might come across:

  1. Single Bed (90cm x 200cm): Similar in width to the UK single bed but longer.

  2. Double Bed (140cm x 200cm): Wider than a UK standard double bed and slightly longer.

  3. Queen Bed (160cm x 200cm): Wider than a UK king-size bed but the same length.

  4. King Bed (180cm x 200cm): Similar in size to a UK super king bed.

It’s important to note that while these dimensions are common, variations exist, especially in countries like Germany and the Netherlands, where you may find different standard sizes.

Scandinavian made beds, such as those from IKEA, are the same as standard European sizes.

If you’re moving between the UK and other European or Scandinavian countries, be prepared for potential differences in bed sizes. It’s always a good idea to measure your available space and consider your comfort needs when choosing the right bed size, regardless of where you are in the world. With the right knowledge, you’ll be well-equipped to find the perfect bed for a good night’s sleep. Still unsure, give us a call and we’ll talk you through your options. You can see our range of divan beds here, mattresses here and oak bed frames here.