A Guide to UK Bed Sizes

This guide is aimed at helping you understand UK bed sizes and UK bedding sizes. There are 6 standard sizes all with varying lengths and widths.

Knowledge of the different UK bed sizes available is the first step in helping you choose the right size for you. You’ll want to choose a bed that suits you, but also the room space available.

Size Measurements in CM  Measurements in Inches
UK Small Single 75 cm x 190 cm 2'6" x 6'3"
UK Single 90 cm x 190 cm 3' x 6'3"
UK Small Double 120 cm x 190 cm 4' x 6'3"
UK Double 135 cm 190 cm 4'6" x 6'3"
UK Kingsize 150 cm x 200 cm 5' x 6'6"
UK Superking 180 cm x 200 cm 6' x 6'6"

UK Small Single Bed

The UK small single bed at 2’6” wide is ideal where space is confined. It comfortably accommodates one person, but for an occasional use bed, or where you don’t want to encroach too much on floor space, this is the sensible choice.

UK Single Bed

The standard UK single bed is 6 inches wider than its smaller cousin, but at 6’3” long it’s the same length. This is a better option for a be in regular use to suit one person, where space is not at such a premium.

UK Small Double Bed

As the name suggests, a small double is smaller than a standard double. A great choice for a guest bedroom or a room that serves multiple purposes. It provides enough room for two but when possible you’ll find bigger is better.

UK Double Bed

A standard UK double bed provides a value 6 additional inches of width.

UK Kingsize Bed

In keeping with the general theme, a kingsize bed is wider still at 5 foot wide. Not only is it wider it’s also longer at 6’6”. A kingsize bed provides a generous sleep for two people.

UK Superking Size

The largest of the standard UK bed sizes, the UK superking size bed is a luxurious 6’ wide and 6’6’ long.

What Size is Right For You?

There are many factors to consider when buying a bed, size is just one of them. It’s important to strike the right balance between sleep space and room space. Measuring your room is key as it could mean the difference between opting for a double versus a superking size. It could also mean the difference between making a big mistake and not. Another useful tip is to make sure the bed or mattress is long enough to fit the tallest person to use the bed. Other aspects of body size and shape are worthy of consideration, as is preferred sleeping position. Do you like to lie face down straight as a poker or do you like to lie spread-eagled on your back?

Measuring the room is important when purchasing a new bed, but make sure that you also measure the width and height of doors and hallways to ensure it will fit through. If your chosen new bed is bigger than your previous bed, check you will still be able to comfortably open or access any cupboard doors or drawers within the room.

The standard double is currently the most popular bed size in the UK, but larger bed sizes are increasing in popularity. Generally the larger the bed, the more expensive the bed. Generally the larger the bed, the more expensive the bedding also. But once you've chosen your bed, the fun sure does continue when you get to chose your bedding, but look no further than our linen bedding sets!