No matter if you call home a one-bedroom apartment in the city or a multi-bedroom single-family home in the suburbs, you want to create a space that reflects your personality. And no room is as personal as your bedroom. But filling it with too much stuff or furniture that’s too big won’t create a satisfying sanctuary for you. In fact, it could become a source of agitation if you try to squeeze in a king-sized bed in a room that’s better suited for queen bed dimensions. So before you go shopping for throw pillows, take a little time to figure out how to perfectly size up your bedroom.
It would be great if every space could fit a king-sized bed, but that’s just not reality. Some bedrooms run on the small side and you have to choose the bed size that will compliment the space, not consume it.
Most likely, you’re familiar with the different mattress categories of twin, full, queen, king, and California king, but do you know how much space they require?
Here are the standard dimensions (width x length in inches):
Twin: 38 x 75
Full: 54 x 75
Queen: 60 x 80
King: 76 x 80
California king: 72 x 84
Depending on the manufacturer, the measurements can vary by an inch or two.
Keep in mind, these are mattress measurements and they don’t account for the actual bed frame. When calculating what size bed will work best in your bedroom, you also have to accommodate for the head- and footboards as well as the space immediately surrounding the bed so you have room to walk around or places available for other furniture.
First, choose the mattress category you think will fit well in your bedroom. Then tack on 4 to 12 inches for the head- and footboards—assign streamlined, narrow frames a lower number and a higher one for larger, bulkier designs.
Add another 3 inches to allow for comforters and other bedding. Then finally, add 24 to 36 inches on each side and at the foot of the bed as “free space.”
Now calculate the sum for the width and length. This is how much space you must allot for that particular size bed. For example:
Queen mattress: 60 inches wide & 80 inches long
Medium-sized frame: 2 x 7 inches (7 for the headboard thickness and 7 for footboard thickness)
Comforter: 3 inches x 2 (each side of bed)
Free space: 24 x 3 (each side and foot of the bed)
Width total: 60 + 6 (each side of comforter) + 48 (each side of bed) = 114 inches
Length total: 80 + 14 (headboard + footboard) + 24 (foot of bed) = 118 inches
In order to fit a queen-sized bed with a medium-sized frame into your bedroom, you should devote at least 9-1/2 feet in width and 9-3/4 feet in length. So if your bedroom is 10 x 10 feet, then the queen is probably not the best choice for you because there’s little space leftover.