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How High Should Your Bed Be? A Complete Guide To Bed Height

How High Should Your Bed Be? A Complete Guide To Bed Height

How High Should Your Bed Be? A Complete Guide To Bed Height

While the height of your bed probably won’t impact your sleep, it can have an impact on how easy it is to get in and out of, depending on your life stage and mobility needs. 


It also determines how much storage you can fit underneath, as a higher bed can accommodate pull-out drawers underneath, which is important if you want to maximise space in your bedroom.


The Average / Standard Bed Height 

In general, beds range between 16 - 24 inches high. A standard bed frame height is around 25 inches or 63 cm tall, without a mattress. 


Futon style beds tend to sit directly on the floor, whereas antique beds tend to be taller than modern equivalents. 


Ottoman or divan beds are taller to accommodate more under bed storage, while low beds have a more contemporary look. 


Simba’s bed bases are on the lower side. The Orion bed base is 11.4 inches or 29 cm high, while the Platform bed and Atlas bed are slightly taller, at 12.2 inches or 31 cm high. 


What Is The Ideal Bed Height?

The ideal bed height is based on your height. You should be able to sit comfortably on the edge of your bed with your feet firmly on the floor, and your knees level with your hips. 


If your knees are above your hips, then your bed frame could be too low. If your knees are below your hips or your feet can’t reach the floor, your bed frame is probably too high. 


High Bed Frame Vs Low Bed height 

What are the pros and cons of a high or a low bed?


  •  - A bed that is too low can put pressure on the joints, and should be avoided by anyone elderly, infirm or with mobility issues
  •  - Low beds are safer for toddlers, small children and parents who co-sleep with young children
  •  - High beds with lots of storage can maximise a tight space 
  • - Cabin beds, mid sleepers and bunk beds can be fun for kids and incorporate a desk, truckle bed, storage or play space underneath
  •  - A low bed can fit under eaves or a sloped ceiling 
  •  - High beds can be risky for the elderly or infirm 
  •  - Low beds look more modern than high beds and tend to have a cool, minimal style 
  •  - A high / tall bed can feel very decadent  

How To Find The Best Bed Height?

When shopping for a new bed it’s sensible to consider;


- Who is the bed for?

- Is there more than one occupant?

- Do I need to do more with the space than just sleep?

- Do I need additional storage?

 How To Raise The Height of Your Bed

There are a handful of ways to raise the height of your own bed; 


- Use bed risers or your D-I-Y skills to raise your bed base. These moveable supports come in plastic, metal and wood, and sit under the legs or corners of your bed frame


- Replace your mattress with a deeper version. Engineered with ten supportive and comforting boosting layers, at 31 cm, the Hybrid Luxe is our deepest mattress


Use a mattress topper such as our Hybrid® Mattress Topper. With four additional layers of comfort-boosting technology, including a layer of 2,500 Aerocoil® springs, Simbatex® foam comfort layer and a supersoft, breathable sleep surface, it can add extra inches to any mattress

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