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Bed guide: 5 tips for choosing the right size mattress

Bed guide: 5 tips for choosing the right size mattress

From an early age, we often hear sentences like “you have to sleep at least 8 hours a day”. It is well known that it provides invaluable health benefits, from reducing stress levels and keeping the immune system strong to improving concentration, memory and decision-making abilities. To guarantee a good night’s sleep, having a comfortable bed adapted to the needs of users is essential, especially since man spends a third of their entire life sleeping. So, when homeowners and designers are faced with different bed options available in the market, the decision must be carefully considered and take into account a number of factors, whether related to aesthetics or functionality. But before any stylistic or material decision, it is crucial to start with the essentials: define the size of the mattress.

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Before that, several questions arise: Which bed will best meet my needs? How do I know the optimal bed size for my bedroom? How much space do I need around the bed? To answer these questions and make the selection process easier, below we present 5 tips for choosing the right bed size through a collection of inspiring examples. All these typologies are also found in Architonic ‘Beds’ section.

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Space Cloud Nine / Studio Gabriel Bordin. Image © Fábio Júnior Severo

Start by knowing the standard bed sizes

The size of a bed should allow a bedroom to function to its full potential and enhance its design; a mattress that’s too big will make the space feel crowded, while a mattress that’s too small can feel out of place. Therefore, the first step in choosing the right bed size is knowing the options available, whether single beds Where double beds. Although these may vary slightly by location, there are generally 6 common sizes: Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King and California King. Their dimensions (width, length and area) are detailed in the table below:

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© Valeria Montjoy (ArchDaily)

Note the size and number of people

After considering all the alternatives, it is important to prioritize the beds that suit their occupants. This involves determining how many people, children and pets will be using the bed at any given time – as well as considering their size and size. A double mattress, for example, is often the smallest standard size and is primarily intended for children and teenagers, but may also be suitable for adults who live in a small space and are of average or shorter height. Usually most bunk beds use this typology. Twin XL beds are similar, but add an extra five inches of legroom, making them ideal for tall people.

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Farmhouse La Pervinca / Archiplanstudio. Photo © Giuseppe Gradella

A full-size bed, also known as a double bed, can be ideal for a single adult who wants or needs more space. Although it is designed to accommodate two people, it can be quite cramped for some and prevent them from sleeping comfortably. A queen-size mattress, on the contrary, can easily accommodate two people and fits well in many room sizes, which explains its popularity. For those looking for even more extra space, the King bed is the widest on the market, while the California King is the longest. Both are great for tall people, couples who may have kids or pets with them all night long, or just anyone who wants to spread out and has a room big enough to do so. . In addition to width and length, height can also be an important measurement to keep in mind when selecting the mattress, as beds intended for elderly occupants or children may need to be closer to the floor for easier access.

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The House of the Box / TRAANSPACE. Image © Tejas Shah Photography

Measure and plan the room

In addition to meeting user needs, knowing the amount of space available for the bed is crucial during the selection process. A king bed in a small apartment, for example, is probably not the best use of limited space. Therefore, it is recommended to first calculate the area of ​​the room (length x width = area). If the space is not square in shape, the area can be divided into different sections which must be added together to get the total. By also knowing the surface of each mattress, it is then possible to imagine the place it will remain in the room. As a general rule, a bed should have at least 70 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) of clearance around it, both to make the bed without hitting the walls and to ensure that cupboards, drawers and the doors can open properly.

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House in Salento / Iosa Ghini Associati. Image © CosmoLaera

During this planning process, it may be helpful to trace everything on the floor, either by drawing the perimeter of the bed with masking tape, or by using sheets of newspaper to cover the surface of the bed, then making the round. This allows everything to be visualized and can also be used to experiment with different bedroom layouts. In addition, another factor to keep in mind is the location of the room, since it can be complex to transport a large mattress in a space that is difficult to access, such as one with small doors or narrow stairs. However, an easy way to avoid any potential problems is to purchase a bed-in-a-box style mattress, which comes in a smaller size and then expands to its full size once the packaging is removed.

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Rural hostel / workshop Rua. Image © Francisco Nogueira

In small rooms, consider space-saving solutions

It is also important to know that there are other ways to free up valuable space than reducing the size of the mattress, especially in small and cramped spaces. In this direction, wall beds, also known as Murphy beds or Murphy beds, can be very useful. No matter the size of the mattress, with the right system these can fold up out of sight and disappear when not in use. This translates into a lot more space to adopt other uses (such as an office or a TV room) or simply to facilitate circulation during the day.

A lot depends on your personal preferences

While space-related qualities greatly influence bed choice, convenience, personal taste, and sleeping style also play an important role. A teenager may want a stack Where extendable bed for sleepovers, while smaller children may be inclined to bunk beds Where beds that also function as playhouses. At the same time, regardless of the size of the room, some may opt for a smaller bed to prioritize more floor space, while others may choose to sacrifice space for a mattress. bigger. Sleep style can also be taken into account; if a user tends to curl up in sleep, a queen bed may not be as necessary as for sleepers who typically spread out. In any case, however, there must be enough space to sleep and live comfortably, whether it is a smaller or larger mattress.

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House Guararema / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Photo © Pedro Kok
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RR House / LADO Architecture and Design. Image © Francisco Nogueira

For different bed sizes and styles, visit the huge range available in the Catalog Architonic.