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A Guide to Small Double Beds

Posted by mattfallon 29/11/2021 1 Comment(s) Bedding Guides,

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Although its a very popular size there is not much information online about small double bedding.  However this gives us the perfect opportunity to publish a full 'info bomb' here in our blog expanding your knowledge in all area's of small double beds and bedding.

Have you ever wondered what size a small double bed is? Or maybe how a one can benefit you? Or even where you can pick up the bedding?! 


If you've asked yourself these types of questions then this is the place for you. You are indeed our kind of bedding geek! Read on and get the skinny on everything small double related....

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What is a Small Double bed?


A small double is essentially a bed that is 6 inches smaller than a UK double bed. It can go by a few other names, most popularly as a 4ft bed or a three quarter bed.



What Size is a Small Double Bed?


A small double bed is 4ft, 48 inches or approximately 122cms wide. Its name comes from the fact that it is 6 inches smaller than a standard UK double bed. 

Some small doubles are the same length as a double bed at 6ft 3" (or 191cms). However some are made extra long at 6ft 6" (200cms) or 7ft (215cms).


Why should I buy a Small Double bed?


If you are thinking of changing your bed for a small double, you should consider whether it fits your needs.

Small doubles are perfect for anyone who needs just that extra bit of room to sleep comfortably, for example, these types of beds are great for teenagers as they can accommodate for them as they grow into an adult. They are also great if you have a bedroom that is slightly smaller and where a standard double might just be too much of a squeeze to fit in.


I bought a small double bed, what do I do next?


So you have your bed and it fits beautifully in to your bedroom. It looks great but we want it to look greater still! The next thing you want to do is dress your small double bed perfectly so it looks amazing in your home.

The small double bed isn't as popular as some UK sizes so finding bedding to fit can prove difficult. However there are retailers (like us) who can provide sheets, duvets and more, making your bed look fab-u-lous!


What small double bedding do I need?


Firstly, lets start with the basics. Now that you have a new small double mattress, its time to take care of it. The first thing we reccomend you buy is a protector. This will keep the mattress clean and fresh, protecting it from spillages and restricting the growth of harmful allergens and bed bugs.


What's the best Small Double Mattress Protector?

One thing we always recommend when buying your protector is to find a good quality fabric.  One of our best sellers is a fabric called TENCEL, its perfect!

This fabric is naturally sourced and made from plant and wood materials. It is both waterproof and breathable meaning it can protect your mattress from any spills or mess. The breathability means it allows air to pass through which is great at regulating the temperature while your in bed. This means you'll be cooler and less likely to get to hot and uncomfortable. TENCEL is also great at wicking away moisture from the body so you won't wake up feeling sticky, its anti allergen properties also restrict the growth of any bacteria or allergens. 

A small double protector like this is ideal to give your mattress a long life, and keep you comfy at night!


Small Double Fitted Sheets


Small double fitted sheets are another basic that should be at the top of your bedding list. Many people make the mistake of buying double sized bedding then tucking the excess under the side of the bed. This might sound like a good idea but usually results in an untidy bed and sleeping on an uneven mattress. When its comes to this idea, its a big no from us!

We think getting a sheet that fits is super important when it comes to sleeping well at night. Ruffled up sheets lead to sleeping on creases and discomfort.

Why is thread count important?

Thread count is super important (and this goes for all the bedding you buy), always buy bedding with a high thread count. Its definitely something you should pay attention to when your browsing online or in the supermarket.

Thread count is how many vertical and horizontal threads there are on any given inch of your bed sheet. Higher thread counts mean more threads which makes the sheet softer and more durable. We wouldn't recommend anything below 200 threads per inch and with no more than 50% polyester in the threads make up. Sheets at a 50% polyester and 50% cotton with a 200 thread count should last for years.

A sheet made to a small double size is a much better plan, these are made to fit and will sit perfectly in place on the mattress.


Small Double Duvet

Can you get a duvet for a small double bed?

In short yes you can. Although its a specialist size there are a few UK retailers like ourselves who stock small double duvets. Where a double duvet is 78 inches (200cms) our small double duvet is 72 inches (184cms) about 6 inches shorter which is ideal as the small double bed is 6 inches shorter than a standard double.

The small double full size is 72 x 86 inches (184 x 220cm) which is great for standard and longer small double beds.

Getting a duvet to fit (ideally 72 x 86" or 184 x 220cm) is a much better idea. It will fall just over the edges of the bed and make for a much neater appearance.


Find our small double duvet range here


Small Double Duvet Covers

A duvet and cover go hand in hand and although its a rare size there are plenty of small double duvet covers out there. Youi'll find plenty available online including from ourselves in a range of easy care and 100% Cottons. 

Most website will offer plain fabrics but we can supply a range of small double designer duvet sets that we adapt to fit your size.  Most sets also come with matching pillow cases to give you a complete look.

Check out our new designs and more duvet sets here



I've got the basics, what next?




Standard pillows will still look great on a small double bed and are available widely. Two pillows side by side will be fine although they may look a little tight. One alternative is to buy 4ft pillows and have these across the entire bed. This will look great although they're may be disputes if your sharing the bed with someone else! In this case maybe get a mixture of both :)


Now you have your fitted sheet and mattress protector and duvet its what you want to go over yourself at night. In the hotter months you may want just a sheet or you may like nothing better than to snuggle down into a snug duvet. Either way we have you covered (lol)!


Top Sheets


A small double top sheet can be placed over on its own or combined with a duvet for a super snug nights sleep. You can find these as standard top sheets (basically a big square of fabric thats been hemmed). 

Some retailers offer a semi fitted sheet. These sheets come with elastic on each corner at the foot of the bed and open out at the head of the bed like a flat sheet. Its the perfect way to have a flat sheet that stays in place all night!



Small double bedspreads are something of a speciality of ours.  We make fitted and flat bedspreads in a range of stunning jacquards and chenilles including designs from Sanderson and William Morris.

As a curtain maker we hold 100's of lines of heavier fabric that we also use to make bedspreads.  You can always pop into our showroom to see these fabrics first hand or contact us and we can send you out some samples. 



That just about covers all the bedding you would need for your small double bed. If you have any comments please add them below or if you would like any further information call us on 01706 220020 or drop us an email with any questions or comments. We'll be happy to help.


1 Comment(s)

Anne nicholson:
21/12/2021, 11:16:12 PM, Victoria linnen

Please how much are your pillows for 4 ft double bed not feather soft touch thank you

M Fallon:
14/01/2022, 11:45:38 AM

Hi Anne. We have pillows available for your 4ft bed. Call the office on 01706 220020 and we cant help you out. Thanks Victoria Linen

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