Whats My Bed Size?
Common (and Uncommon) Sizes of Bed
Globally there are many different sizes of bed that different countries class as there 'standard size'. With the growth of the online sales and the global village these sizes are much more readily available for everyone, with customers buying the bed size they want, whether it be here in the UK or importing it from another country.
As a bed linen manufacturer of over 20 years and bespoke bedding specialist we have made for a massive range of sizes. We've collated / tried to remember as much of our knowledge as we can about and detailed it below to help you. If you were ever unsure about what size of bed you have or are interested in the many sizes that are available then this page is for you! We've set out below our knowledge in relation to what constitutes a standard size depending on what country you are in.
We hope this helps. If you have any other questions or have think there is something we have missed please call on 01706 220020 or drop us an email.
We'll be happy to help with any questions you might have.
UK Standard Beds
For the most part beds in the UK and Ireland still use imperial dimensions but are often sold in their (very) approximate metric equivalents.
Single UK Size
3' x 6'3" ( 90cm by 190 cm)
Double UK Size
4'6" x 6'3" (135 x 190cm)
King UK Size
5' x 6'6" (150 x 200cm)
Super king UK Size
6' x 6'6", (180cm x 200cm)
As demand for more larger beds has grown bed makers have produced more luxury statement beds theat measure up to 9ft wide.
Emperor / Eastern king: 78" (200 cm) wide
Large Emperor: 84" (210 cm) wide
Caesar: 96" (240 cm) wide
Super Caesar: 108" (277cm) wide
Twin beds can also be known as zip and link beds or if they are adjustable beds they can be termed king or queen split. They are commonly two single sizes that are linked together to make either a queen, king or super king bed.
Queen Twin / Split
2 x 2'6" x 6'6" (76 x 200cm)
King Twin / Split
2 x 3' x 6'6" (90 x 200cm)
Super King Twin / Split
2 x 3'6" x 6'6" (107 x 200cm)
Inbetween bespoke beds:
As the demand for different sizes of homes and with changing lifestyles we have seen an increase in the range of sizes now available. These sizes are sometimes made to fit into smaller rooms that may not take a standard size bed ie caravans or boats. They are also typical sizes for adjustable beds which tend to be slightly longer (about 6'6" long) than UK sizes.
75cm x 200cm (2'6 x 6'6)
Extra small single
72 cm × 200 cm (2'3" x 6'6")
100 cm × 200 cm (3'3" x 6'6")
107 x 200cm (3'6" x 6'6")
Prince or Small Double or Three Quarter bed
4' x 6'3" (120 x 190cm)
Long Small Double
4' x 6'6" (120 x 200cm)
Although these are the most common there are often variations in the length with some beds measuring up to 7ft or 7ft 3"
European sizes are mainly referred to in centimeters and can be found in the UK in European stores such as IKEA. In some Euro zones such as France and Spain the length of older beds is sometimes closer to 190cm.
In Italy, beds are classified by width:
Una piazza or Singolo
80 to 90 cm (31 to 35 in) wide
Una piazza e mezza
120cm (47") wide
140 cm (55 in) wide
Due piazze or Matrimoniale
160 to 180 cm (63 to 71") wide
Tre piazze or Osimano
200 to 400 cm (79 to 157 in) wide
Most mattress sizes in the Netherlands are also available in extra long, meaning 220 cm instead of 200 cm.
In the Scandinavian countries, standards vary from one country to another. In Norway, these sizes are used:
75 cm × 200 cm (30 in × 79 in)
90 cm × 200 cm (35 in × 79 in)
European Large single
120 cm × 200 cm (47 in × 79 in)
150 cm × 200 cm (60" × 79") which is equal to two small single mattresses)
European Super King
180 cm × 200 cm (71" × 79") equal to two single mattresses)
Beds/mattresses are often available also in extra long (220 cm or 87 in length). Some older beds are only 190 cm (75 in) long, while antique beds often are even shorter (since they in older times often slept in a reclined position rather than the close to supine position which is common today, and also, on average, people are taller now than they used to be).
Most sizes available in Australia have already been covered above but there are some other outsized beds that are covered below
Single extra long
92 cm × 203 cm (36 in × 80 inches long)
106 cm × 203 cm (41 in × 80 inch)
Round sizes can vary starting from around 4'6" (135cm) widths up to 7' (213cm) and beyond. Round beds are measured by the width across the widest part of the bed, (its diameter). Victoria Linen use this when categorising the sizes of round beds.
Adjustable beds (also known as electric beds) are those which move into different positions allowing you to sleep in different positions giving extra comfort. Some even help bring you to a vertical position, helping you out of bed in the mornings. The sizes of these beds varies greatly depending on what machinery the bed uses. Most adjustable beds tend to be made at an extra length, finishing at 6'6" or 6'9" instead of the standard 6'3" length. Please see our adjustable bed section for more information.