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

Grey double bed and mattress from Quercus Home Furniture

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. 

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Beyond Firmness: Choosing the Right Mattress for a Bad Back

The right mattress choice for a bad back at Quercus Home Furniture


When it comes to finding relief for a bad back, many people instinctively opt for a firm mattress, believing it will provide the necessary support and alleviate discomfort. However, this common misconception oversimplifies the complex relationship between mattress firmness and back pain. While a firm mattress may indeed work for some individuals, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. In this blog, we’ll delve into why a firm mattress isn’t necessarily the best option for a bad back and explore other crucial factors to consider when selecting a new mattress.

Understanding the Back-Pain-Mattress Connection:

  1. Spinal Alignment: The spine’s natural S-curve plays a pivotal role in maintaining proper alignment and minimizing back pain. A mattress that is excessively firm can cause the spine to deviate from its natural shape, leading to discomfort and exacerbating existing issues.

  2. Pressure Points: An overly firm mattress can create undue pressure on specific points of the body, such as the shoulders and hips. This pressure can hinder blood circulation and result in pain and numbness.

  3. Muscle Relaxation: While support is vital, relaxation of muscles is equally important for alleviating back pain. A mattress that is too firm might prevent muscles from fully relaxing during sleep, potentially leading to stiffness and discomfort.

Factors Beyond Firmness to Consider:

  1. Mattress Type: Memory foam, latex, innerspring, hybrid—each mattress type offers unique benefits for back pain sufferers. Memory foam contours to the body, providing even support and reducing pressure points. Latex combines support with a responsive feel, while innerspring mattresses offer bounce and airflow. Hybrids blend various materials for a balanced approach.

  2. Supportive Comfort: Instead of focusing solely on firmness, prioritize a mattress that offers supportive comfort. Look for a mattress that maintains spinal alignment while cushioning pressure points. This balance can contribute to better sleep quality and reduced pain.

  3. Personal Preference: Every individual has different preferences and needs when it comes to mattress comfort. Factors like weight, sleep position, and existing medical conditions should all influence your decision. 

  4. Edge Support: A mattress with proper edge support ensures you can sit or lie comfortably without feeling like you might roll off. This feature is especially important for those with back pain, as it can aid in getting in and out of bed easily.

  5. Motion Isolation: If you share your bed with a partner, consider a mattress with good motion isolation. This feature can prevent disturbances from movement during the night, allowing for more uninterrupted rest.

A woman asleep in a comfortable bed from Quercus Home Furniture


While the allure of a firm mattress as a solution for back pain is widespread, it’s essential to recognize that mattress selection is a nuanced process. The optimal mattress for a bad back isn’t solely about firmness; it’s about finding the right balance between support, comfort, and individual preferences. By understanding the intricate interplay between spinal alignment, pressure points, and muscle relaxation, and by considering factors such as mattress type, supportive comfort, personal preference, edge support, and motion isolation, you can make a more informed decision to improve your sleep quality and alleviate back pain. Remember, there is no universal answer—what matters most is what works best for your body and your unique needs.

The best way to find the correct mattress choice for you is to ask the advice of expert. Richard and Lisa are always on hand to talk you through the options. 

After all, a good mattress should last you around eight years. That’s a lot of broken nights’ sleep if you get it wrong. 

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The Perfect Match: How Weight and Sleeping Position Influence Your Ideal Mattress Choice

The Perfect Match: How Weight and Sleeping Position Influence Your Ideal Mattress Choice

Selecting the right mattress is crucial for a good night’s sleep and overall well-being. While factors like material, quality, and brand play a role, your weight and sleeping position are fundamental determinants of the type and firmness of mattress choice that will offer you the utmost comfort and support. In this blog post, we will delve into how your weight and preferred sleeping position impact your mattress choice, helping you make an informed decision for a restful slumber.

Weight and Mattress Firmness

If you fall into the light weight category, a mattress with a softer firmness level is recommended. A softer mattress conforms closely to your body, providing the necessary support and minimizing pressure points. This type of mattress is ideal for preventing joint pain and ensuring proper spinal alignment. Look for mattresses labeled as “soft,” or with a lower pocket spring count, such as 1000.

For those with an average weight, a medium-firm mattress is usually the best choice. This firmness level strikes a balance between support and comfort, ensuring that your body weight is evenly distributed while maintaining a slight plushness. Other factors come into play, but a mattress with around 1500 pocket springs is likely to offer the right amount of support and pressure relief.

Heavier individuals require a mattress with greater support and durability. A firmer mattress is generally recommended to prevent sinking too deeply into the mattress and causing discomfort. Opt for mattresses labeled as “firm” or with 2000+ pocket springs. These mattresses will provide the necessary support for your body, maintaining proper alignment and preventing sagging over time.

Sleeping Positions and Mattress Selection

Natural Touch mattress from Quercus Home Furniture
The Quercus Natural Touch 1500 is an ideal choice for the average back or side sleeper.

Back Sleepers:

Back sleepers generally benefit from a mattress that offers a balance between support and cushioning. A medium-firm mattress is often ideal for maintaining the natural curvature of the spine while providing adequate support to the lower back. This firmness level ensures that your hips and shoulders are properly cradled, preventing discomfort or pain.

Side Sleepers:

Side sleepers require a mattress that offers pressure relief for the shoulders and hips, which can be vulnerable to pressure points. A softer mattress is typically recommended for side sleepers as it allows these areas to sink in slightly, keeping the spine aligned. Look for mattresses with a soft to medium firmness rating to ensure your body receives the necessary contouring and cushioning.

The Quercus Ultra Edge Latex topped mattress with 1000 pocket springs is a great choice for side sleepers.
A firm 2000 pocket spring Natural Touch mattress is the perfect choice for stomach sleepers and those who need extra support.

Stomach Sleepers:

Stomach sleepers need a mattress that prevents excessive sinking of the hips and maintains proper spinal alignment. A medium-firm to firm mattress is often the best choice, as it provides the necessary support to prevent the lower back from arching unnaturally.


In the quest for a rejuvenating night’s sleep, your weight and preferred sleeping position are vital factors that determine the type and firmness of mattress that suits you best. By understanding your body’s unique needs and the relationship between weight, sleeping position, and mattress firmness, you can make a well-informed decision that promotes optimal comfort, support, and overall well-being. Remember, investing in the right mattress is an investment in your health and quality of life.

Check out some of Quercus Home Furniture’s most popular mattresses here. If you’re not sure, give Richard or Lisa a call. Between us we have over 20 years experience of selling beds…and almost a century of sleeping in them. We’re confident we can point you to the right mattress for you.

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The Battle of the Mattresses: Memory Foam vs. Cool Blue Gel Foam and Latex

A good night’s sleep is essential for our overall well-being, and choosing the right mattress plays a significant role in ensuring that. Among the plethora of mattress options available on the market, memory foam mattresses have gained popularity over the years. However, there’s a growing concern about their tendency to overheat, leading many to explore alternatives such as cool blue gel foam and latex mattresses.

At Quercus Home Furniture we typically see two types of customer when it comes to memory foam – those who want one because they’ve heard they’re the last word in comfort – and those who have had one and didn’t like it due to overheating and night sweats.

In this blog, we’ll dive into the reasons why memory foam mattresses might not be the best choice due to overheating, particularly for women of a certain age (like me),  and explore why cool blue gel foam and latex mattresses could be superior options in terms of heat distribution, support, and durability.

A woman struggling to sleep in bed becauae of overheating due to a memory foam mattress

The Overheating Issue with Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses have garnered attention for their ability to contour to the body, providing a comfortable and snug sleeping experience. However, this very trait that makes them comfortable also contributes to their overheating problem. Memory foam is known for trapping body heat, which can lead to an uncomfortably warm sleep environment, particularly during hot summer nights. The close conformity of memory foam to the body’s shape restricts airflow, creating a situation where heat becomes trapped and unable to dissipate effectively.

Divan with cool blue gel foam topped mattress available from Quercus Home Furniture

Cool Blue Gel Foam: The Cool Alternative

Enter the cool blue gel foam mattress, a modern innovation designed to combat the overheating issue. Cool blue gel foam incorporates gel beads into the memory foam, enhancing its ability to dissipate heat. The gel beads are infused throughout the foam and work by absorbing and dispersing body heat, thereby preventing the accumulation of warmth. This clever engineering ensures a more temperature-neutral sleeping experience, which can be especially appreciated by those who tend to sleep hot.

The cool blue memory foam has a 60kg density making it durable and long-lasting. Cool blue memory foam offers all of the comfort and orthopaedic qualities of standard memory foam but it dissipates heat up to 5 times quicker than standard memory foam, for a cooler, fresher sleep.

Latex excapsulated mattress available from Quercus Home Furniture

Latex Mattresses: Natural Comfort and Durability

Another contender in the battle against overheating is the latex mattress. Made from the sap of rubber trees, latex mattresses have gained popularity for their natural materials and impressive durability. Latex is inherently more breathable than memory foam, allowing for better airflow and heat dissipation. This breathability, combined with the unique bounce and support of latex, makes it an excellent choice for those seeking a cooler and more supportive sleep surface.

In short, opt for a latex mattress over memory foam if you prefer:

A lighter feel.
More bounce.
Faster response time.
Less hug.
Better cooling.
More generalized compression.

A couple asleep in a comfortable bed

Support and Longevity

While memory foam mattresses offer initial comfort and contouring, they may lack the necessary support for some sleepers. Over time, the foam’s ability to provide adequate support can diminish, leading to sagging and discomfort. On the other hand, both cool blue gel foam and latex mattresses are praised for their superior support and longevity. The structure of these mattresses ensures consistent support for years, contributing to better spinal alignment and overall sleep quality.

Environmental Considerations

Natural latex rubber

When it comes to sustainability, latex mattresses take the lead. Latex is a renewable resource harvested from rubber trees, making it an eco-friendly choice. Memory foam, while comfortable, is typically made from synthetic materials that can have a higher environmental impact. Cool blue gel foam mattresses often combine memory foam with gel beads, which may have varying degrees of sustainability based on the manufacturing process.

The Verdict

While memory foam mattresses offer undeniable comfort and contouring, the issue of overheating is a valid concern that cannot be ignored. For those who prioritize a temperature-neutral sleep environment, cool blue gel foam and latex mattresses present themselves as excellent alternatives. Their superior heat distribution, combined with enhanced support and durability, make them formidable contenders in the world of sleep innovation. As you embark on the quest for the perfect mattress, consider the advantages offered by cool blue gel foam and latex – a cooler, more comfortable, and sustainable choice for your sleep sanctuary.

PS. If you want to know which one we prefer, it’s the latex. That’s the one we sleep on.

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Quercus Offer of the Week – Divan Bed Sets

If you’re looking for a bed for the spare room, maybe a children’s room, or you just need something that doesn’t stretch the budget, Quercus Home Furniture is  here to help.

We offer a complete bed package deal from just £349, including an orthopaedic mattress, a two drawer divan base and your choice of matching strut headboard. Or upgrade to a 1000 pocket spring mattress for just £50 more. 

Evesham tufted mattress from Quercus Home Furniture

Available in tufted or quilted version, our entry-level matress  is a stylish and modern addition to your living space, providing a comfortable and supportive sleeping experience. The mattress is 2-sided, allowing you to flip it over and prolong its lifespan. The perfect choice for those looking for a comfortable and stylish mattress option that is easy to maintain.

This mattress is made with high-quality polyester and features a spring count of 12.5g, making it perfect for those who want a medium-firm feel. It is also available as an upgraded 1000 pocket spring version, which  help to distribute your body weight evenly for support.

The offer includes a two drawer divan base with matching headboard and is available in either slate grey or charcoal grey in single (3ft), double (4ft6in) or king size (5ft)

All beds are manufactured to order from our supplier in West Yorkshire. Give us a call on 07368 493569 to order,  with FREE local delivery.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Mattress at Quercus Home Furniture

A restful night’s sleep is essential for your well-being, and at Quercus Home Furniture, a family-run bed and furniture store, we understand the importance of finding the right mattress. Our mattresses are meticulously crafted to order by established businesses in the renowned “bed triangle” area of West Yorkshire. In this blog, we will explore the various mattress options available at Quercus Home Furniture and provide valuable insights on how to select the perfect mattress that suits your unique needs.

  1. Innerspring Mattresses: At Quercus Home Furniture, we offer a range of innerspring mattresses that provide exceptional support and durability. These mattresses feature a steel coil support system combined with comfortable layers of foam, fiber, or a combination of both. Innerspring mattresses are known for their excellent breathability, bounce, and traditional feel, making them a popular choice for those who prefer a cooler sleep surface and a more classic sleeping experience.

  2. Memory Foam Mattresses: Experience ultimate comfort and pressure relief with our memory foam mattresses. Crafted from high-density polyurethane foam, these mattresses contour to your body’s shape, providing optimal support and reducing pressure points. Memory foam mattresses excel in motion isolation, making them ideal for couples with different sleep patterns or individuals seeking relief from joint or back pain.

  3. Latex Mattresses: If you value responsiveness, breathability, and hypoallergenic properties, our latex mattresses are an excellent choice. Made from natural or synthetic rubber, latex mattresses offer a bouncy feel akin to innerspring mattresses, combined with superior durability and pressure relief. At Quercus Home Furniture, we prioritize your well-being, making latex mattresses a suitable option for individuals with allergies or asthma.

  4. Hybrid Mattresses: Discover the best of both worlds with our hybrid mattresses. These mattresses combine a coil support system with layers of foam or latex for enhanced comfort, support, and motion isolation. Our hybrid mattresses offer a perfect balance of pressure relief, responsiveness, and durability, ensuring a rejuvenating sleep experience.

  5.  Pillow-top Mattresses: Indulge in luxurious comfort with our pillow-top mattresses. These mattresses feature an additional layer of plush padding stitched on top, providing a sumptuously soft surface. Our pillow-top mattresses are perfect for those who desire extra cushioning and a plush sleeping experience.
Monet 2000 pocket spring mattress

Choosing the Best Mattress for You:

  1. Consider your sleeping position: Take into account your preferred sleeping position to determine the level of firmness and support your body needs. Side sleepers may benefit from memory foam or softer mattresses, while back and stomach sleepers might require a firmer surface for optimal spinal alignment.

  2. Assess your body type and weight: Your body type and weight can influence the level of support you need. Heavier individuals may require firmer mattresses for enhanced support, while lighter individuals may find softer mattresses more comfortable. Consider the weight capacity of the mattress when making your selection.

  3. Evaluate your specific needs: If you have allergies or asthma, our hypoallergenic latex mattresses are an excellent choice. If you experience back pain, look for mattresses that offer proper lumbar support. At Quercus Home Furniture, we have a wide range of options to address your specific needs.

  4. Check warranties and return policies: We understand that choosing the perfect mattress is a significant investment. That’s why we offer satisfactory warranties and flexible return policies, ensuring that you can exchange or return your mattress if it doesn’t meet your expectations.

Conclusion: At Quercus Home Furniture, we are committed to helping you find the perfect mattress for a restful night’s sleep. With our wide selection of innerspring, memory foam, latex, hybrid, airbeds, and pillow-top mattresses, manufactured to order by established businesses in the “bed triangle” area of West Yorkshire, you can rest assured that your sleep needs will be met. Follow our guidelines for selecting the ideal mattress based on your preferences, and give us a call for help in choosing from our experts. Your journey to a rejuvenating sleep experience starts with Quercus Home Furniture.