When you’re buying yourself a new bed or mattress, or even a new piece of furniture, considering the size of rooms is incredibly important. If you never take any measurements, you might have a hard time navigating the new bed through your house altogether.
This quick guide will provide you with all the information you need to know about measuring your bed and home, so you can rest assured knowing your new bed with fit beautifully.
How to Measure Your Bed
If you’re looking at a mattress or bed to purchase and want to make sure it’ll fit in your room, the easiest way to check its size is by the dimensions tab on the product page.
If you have a product loaded up on your screen, scroll down to the tabs at the bottom and find the one labelled "dimensions". Click this and select the bed type (single, double, king, etc.) to see the length, width, and height of the new product.
From here, you can then move on to measuring up your rooms, hallways, and doors to make sure the new product can be successfully moved to its new home.
Making Sure Your Bed is Compatible with Your Room
Once you have the bed dimensions at hand and understand the space the bed will take up, you now have to measure the room to make sure there is adequate space.
In the UK, for a room to be legally habitable, the room needs to be 70 square foot (7' X 10' or 2.13m X 3.05m) and have a ceiling height of 7 foot 6 inches (2.28m). Although this normally only applies to landlords, it’s a good starting point to understanding whether the room should have a bed. If the dimensions of the room fall under this qualification, maybe use it as a study or storage area.
If you’re set on using the room, it’s important you have enough room for both wardrobes, bedside tables, and other piece of complimentary furniture. As well as furniture, you will also have to consider the space around the bed, as people will need to walking space.
In general, leaving around 2 feet of walking distance around the bed is a good starting point. This will allow more freedom when it comes to movement. However, this distance should increase if more people are using the bedroom and if pets will be allowed in as well.
Also, be aware you might need extra space depending on the bed type you get. If you opt for a divan bed, for example, you’ll need ample space on either side of the bed to access drawers/storage.
The Room Compatibility Table
Use this easy table to quickly understand if the size of your room will be compatible with the size of bed you’ve chosen. Bear in mind, this table shouldn’t be used by landlords who must adhere to the 70 square foot rule mentioned above regardless of bed size.
||Minimum Room Size
||7' x 7' (2.13m x 2.13m)
|Small Double Bed
||9' x 9' (2.74m x 2.75m)
||9' x 9'6" (2.74m x 2.79m)
||9'6" x 10' (2.9m x 3.05m)
|Super King Bed
||9'6" x 11'6" (2.9m x 3.51m)
With all these criteria in place, making sure the bed and room are compatible should be breeze. Simply section out a space in the room where you think the bed would suit and assess whether they’d be sufficient space for both people and necessary furniture.
Even if you think it might be a squeeze, there are a few ways you can maximise space.
How to Maximise Bedroom Space for your New Bed
If you find yourself struggling to fit everything in with your measurements, there are plenty of tips and tricks to use to ensure you’re optimising all the space available.
- Buy a bed with built-in storage – Beds like ottoman beds have storage built in to the base. So, if you're having trouble fitting wardrobes and drawers in the room, this might be your hidden answer.
- Make use of storage containers – You’d be surprised about how much room you can save with storage boxes and containers. Try them out when you’re organising the space.
- Hideaway beds – If you feel like getting super creative, you can experiment with a hideaway bed like a murphy wall bed. These can be hidden in the walls and create a huge amount of space. Just be sure to leave enough room for when they’re being used.
- Be critical about the layout – Layout and room design are everything when it comes to saving space. Be critical and make sure every piece of furniture is in the perfect spot. One simple change could open up a whole new area to be used.
Those are just a few quick tips. If you want to learn more, see our extensive guide on saving space here.
Measuring for Delivery and Placement
Not only should you be measuring for your room, but you also need to measure hallways and doors to ensure there’s enough room when the product arrives. A lot of people forget this part and suffer the consequences when they can’t get the bed through their house.
Size up doorframes, hallways, and those dreaded stairs before you place an order.
For doorways, either measure the width of the door or the height of the door. The reason you do this is to give more options when the product arrives. If the largest box is less than the width of the door, the bed can simply slide through. If, however, it is too chunky, the bed will have to be twisted and taken through tilted.
Halls and Internal Doors
Similar to the front door, make sure the halls and internal doors are wide enough and tall enough for the largest box. You will also need to make sure there are no pieces of furniture in the way, such as tables and shelving. Measure the complete path to the bedroom to make sure the product will fit through the narrowest parts.
Stairs are an awkward one. With these, you’ll need to measure width, height, and depth to ensure you can turn the product around bends. If your staircase goes straight up, you won’t have to worry about this as much.
Don’t forget to include handrails and light fixtures in your measurements. You don’t want the bed to rip off anything on the way!
What if the New Bed Doesn’t Fit?
If you’ve done the measurements and discovered your home or room won’t be able to house your product, you may have to opt for something smaller and compact. Alternatively, you could always consider a different product.
If you’re choosing a bed, opting for a divan bed could be more efficient, as the base can be split into multiple pieces. For mattresses, choosing a rolled one means it’ll come in a box, saving time and effort when you’re carrying it through your home.
However, if in doubt, feel free to contact us and our team will be able to help.
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