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Title: Bed Sizes
Post by: veryfluffy on May 24, 2012, 05:51:17 AM
There is a discussion elsewhere about bed sizes, but rather than take that onto a tangent, I thought this would be a good topic for this area.

Just to start off, here is a handy guide to bed sizes in different places:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_size

So a King size bed in the UK is actually marginally smaller than what Americans call Queen size, and our SuperKing is smaller than your King size!

DH and I have a UK Kingsize bed (which we share with three cats).  I think King is becoming more popular with people who have large enough bedrooms -- which is by no means everyone. People who live in smaller houses would have trouble fitting more than a double. The SuperKing is very unusual, and it can be very hard to find bedlinen for.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: mechtilde on May 24, 2012, 06:56:59 AM
UK Kingsize is adviseable for pretty much any man over 6 foot tall, otherwise their feet will stick out of the bottom of the bed!
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Honeypickle on May 24, 2012, 06:59:38 AM
We have a UK Kingsize for me, DH, our 2 cats, our 16 month old daughter (on Saturday mornings only!) - and my ever-growing bump of Baby No 2!

When we stayed in a hotel recently in a double, it seemed really small in comparison.

Would love to have a Super King - that will have to be the next one. I also used to love Frasier's bed on "Frasier" - it looked enormous!! Big beds are definitely the way forward!
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: WillyNilly on May 24, 2012, 02:26:53 PM
DF and I have a (US) Full size bed and its plenty big enough for us.  A Queen might be nice, but it wouldn't fit our home well and the sheets/bedding are significant;y more expensive.

I've gotten (US) King size beds in hotels and find then too large for comfort - I actually have to crawl out of them, instead of just rolling and swinging my legs out.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Outdoor Girl on May 24, 2012, 03:14:02 PM
I live alone and have a queen sized bed.  I tend to be a starfish when I sleep; with the queen, I rarely have a limb over the edge anywhere.  A double is OK but I sometimes have to pull a limb back up and onto the bed.

I've slept in a king in motels and also find it a bit big but with a partner, it might be fine since I would still get to starfish without kicking him too much.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Giggity on May 25, 2012, 06:48:58 AM
My bed is a full-size (just a bit narrower than a queen), and I'm a tall broad with daddy-long-legs limbs. We like to sleep where we can touch if we reach out a few inches, but not right up against one another. We direly need a bigger bed.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: megswsu on May 25, 2012, 08:45:38 AM
Ha. My stepmom better never visit her sister in England! lol

I like that the US king is a "super king" in the UK. So much more fun to say. :)

I gotta say, I love our Cal King and am glad they can fit in most master bedrooms here in the US. Of course when we had a condo we bought a queen since it fit the room so much better.

Although, gotta say, I've never heard/seen of an "Olympic Queen" until looking at that chart.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: SPuck on May 25, 2012, 03:18:43 PM
Don't american beds have two sizes? A king and a california king?
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Thipu1 on May 25, 2012, 05:01:46 PM
My bed is a full-size (just a bit narrower than a queen), and I'm a tall broad with daddy-long-legs limbs. We like to sleep where we can touch if we reach out a few inches, but not right up against one another. We direly need a bigger bed.

Some years ago, there was an article about bed sizes.  It was said that the standard US double bed actually gives each sleeper only about as much lateral room as that of a child's crib.

That could be a little too much togetherness. 
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: #borecore on May 25, 2012, 05:09:53 PM
Don't american beds have two sizes? A king and a california king?

Technically, yes. But I don't know anyone who has the Cali, nor are the sheets as easy to find.

We have a queen for two, and it works nicely.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: WillyNilly on May 25, 2012, 05:29:17 PM
Don't american beds have two sizes? A king and a california king?

Huh?  We have several sizes.  And California King, while yes one of them, is by no means a common/usual bed size.  Well at least not in my experience.  Most people I know have "twin" or "single" beds as kids, then get a "double"/"full" or a "queen" as an adult.  King is rare, California King is something I've only ever read about, I've never known a person to actually have one.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: mechtilde on May 25, 2012, 05:29:58 PM
Ha. My stepmom better never visit her sister in England! lol

Aww- she'd be OK- I'm 5'7", DH is 6'4" and we are both not only big built, but overweight too. We fit into a UK kingsize just fine.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: AustenFan on May 25, 2012, 06:24:24 PM
I'm single and have a queen, my parents an grandparents have kings, most of my clients have kings with a couple California Kings in the larger homes. I don't think king size beds are that rare where I live.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: megswsu on May 25, 2012, 07:17:19 PM
Don't american beds have two sizes? A king and a california king?

Huh?  We have several sizes.  And California King, while yes one of them, is by no means a common/usual bed size.  Well at least not in my experience.  Most people I know have "twin" or "single" beds as kids, then get a "double"/"full" or a "queen" as an adult.  King is rare, California King is something I've only ever read about, I've never known a person to actually have one.

Lol. Now you "know" someone! :) That's all my parents had growing up, but then again we're from CA! Now DH & I are in NC and while we just bought a CalKing here, we had to order the Cal King bedding online. Go figure. However those extra inches lengthwise are awesome!


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Aww- she'd be OK- I'm 5'7", DH is 6'4" and we are both not only big built, but overweight too. We fit into a UK kingsize just fine.

Sadly she wouldn't despite her being 5'4" and my dad 6'2". Apparently they simply cannot sleep in a queen/kingsize. I say a person can make do with less room as long as the bed itself is comfortable, but she would disagree. Whatever!  :D

Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Ereine on May 26, 2012, 12:07:48 AM
I'm in Finland and we don't have special names for beds, though a bed wide enough for two will be called a double bed (literally, a couple bed), but that's not a standard. It will most of time be 160 cm wide, or possibly 140 though that's rarer and a difficult to find bedding for (which I discovered after I got one). There's also 120 cm wide beds, a sort of single adult size and 80 cm or 90 cm, used probably mostly by children (and me, before I got the new bed a few years ago). You can push two beds (if they're the right sort) together to make wider beds, though if it was 240 cm wide you'd probably have custom order your bedding, 180 cm wouldn't easy either.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: greencat on May 26, 2012, 12:39:38 AM
I'm currently sleeping alone in a standard American King...and although I COULD have downgraded to a smaller bed when my ex moved out and took the bedroom set and mattress with him, I chose to keep to the larger mattress size.  I tend to sleep not "starfished" but with my arms stretched over my head, so the other bed sizes feel short to me.  Also, I tend to rotate as I sleep and end up oriented "sideways" in the bed - since the king is more or less a big square, that means I don't end up falling off the edge of the bed like I used to when I slept in a twin or a full.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: scotcat60 on May 27, 2012, 06:31:51 AM
I'm fascinated to read the article and see that my 4 foot or three quarter bed is known as a Prince in the UK. I'm in the UK but I'd never heard one called that before. Oddly, I got my last new mattress without any bother, but the previous one I had to order. The bedspring is a really old one that was used by my Grandparents.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Zilla on May 27, 2012, 07:06:03 AM
Don't american beds have two sizes? A king and a california king?

Huh?  We have several sizes.  And California King, while yes one of them, is by no means a common/usual bed size.  Well at least not in my experience.  Most people I know have "twin" or "single" beds as kids, then get a "double"/"full" or a "queen" as an adult.  King is rare, California King is something I've only ever read about, I've never known a person to actually have one.


Interesting enough, I know more babies that have twin beds, kids that have full sized beds (my girls have a full) and adults have Kings or Cal Kings here. All my single women friends have queens.


I have a King which I would love a bit bigger.  I may get a custom bed next!


Maybe our bedrooms are bigger in the South?
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: kitty-cat on May 27, 2012, 10:19:13 AM
The bed I have here in Paris is just a bit wider than my pillow is long, but it's longer than a normal twin.

Makes me miss my pillowtop queen size at home.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: WillyNilly on May 29, 2012, 02:17:09 PM
Don't american beds have two sizes? A king and a california king?

Huh?  We have several sizes.  And California King, while yes one of them, is by no means a common/usual bed size.  Well at least not in my experience.  Most people I know have "twin" or "single" beds as kids, then get a "double"/"full" or a "queen" as an adult.  King is rare, California King is something I've only ever read about, I've never known a person to actually have one.


Interesting enough, I know more babies that have twin beds, kids that have full sized beds (my girls have a full) and adults have Kings or Cal Kings here. All my single women friends have queens.


I have a King which I would love a bit bigger.  I may get a custom bed next!


Maybe our bedrooms are bigger in the South?


That's probably part of it - I don't know anyone with a room big enough to realistically fit a king sized bed and the rooms can fit them are rarely bedrooms.  Plus the difference between living in an apartment building or a private house.  I can't think of any buildings anyone I know lives in with elevators big enough to accommodate larger then a Queen mattress and finding friends willing, or paying movers to, carry a King mattress up several (sometimes several dozen!) flights of stairs is not to appealing a scenario for most people.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Snooks on June 03, 2012, 02:07:32 PM
We've got a King size, we're lucky that our bedroom is big enough for one.  Ikea has a lot to answer for because their beds and bedding are slightly larger than the standard size which means that if you have an Ikea duvet you can only buy Ikea covers because normal covers leave the duvet all scrunched up and lumpy.  Sharing a smaller bed doesn't bother me particularly but that might be from 18 months of sharing a single bed!
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: violinp on June 03, 2012, 02:10:18 PM
I'm a 20 - something in America, and I sleep comfortably in a twin day bed, mostly because I'm insanely short.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Girlie on June 06, 2012, 10:21:01 AM
This is interesting. I guess I never honestly thought about bed sizes elsewhere...

Anyway, until I was married, I had a twin bed. Now, my husband and I share the full-size bed that was his before marriage. Although, with two growing Maine Coon kittens, my husband is insistent that we will need a much bigger bed, and soon.

My mom has had the same Queen size bed since before I was born. My in-laws have a California King for their bedroom, and a Queen in their spare.

Our roommate has a Queen, but he is hoping to move up to a King at some point.

Big beds are pretty normal here, though - in my experience, Queen is the standard. Our full-size bed (which I love! I'm a cuddler.  ;D) is the smallest of any of our friends, even the single ones.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: hobish on June 06, 2012, 04:12:15 PM
The bed I have here in Paris is just a bit wider than my pillow is long, but it's longer than a normal twin.
Makes me miss my pillowtop queen size at home.

That is what i have always heard referred to as a single. Not as wide as a twin, but longer. I remember people being warned to bring the right sheets to dorm living because twin sheets would be too short.

I have a queen. I would gladly go for a king, as would 6'2" Gish, but it would take up too much of our bedroom, i think.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: #borecore on June 07, 2012, 10:13:14 AM
The bed I have here in Paris is just a bit wider than my pillow is long, but it's longer than a normal twin.
Makes me miss my pillowtop queen size at home.

That is what i have always heard referred to as a single. Not as wide as a twin, but longer. I remember people being warned to bring the right sheets to dorm living because twin sheets would be too short.

I have a queen. I would gladly go for a king, as would 6'2" Gish, but it would take up too much of our bedroom, i think.

My college had "long twin" in most dormitories. We had to buy long twin sheets or just fold twin sheets funny and go without a proper fitted sheet. The bedding was sold as long twin or twin long (often labeled with something like "Great for dorm living!") in most major department stores right before the start of the school year, or at Target/Wal-Mart year-round only at the locations nearest to campus. I don't recall them ever being referred to as a "single" size, but maybe it's regional.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: misha412 on June 28, 2012, 03:33:33 PM
Interesting subject.

My fiance and I just got a new bed. It is a California king. He is 6' 4" (abt 193 cm). Even a regular king bed is a bit short for him.

Both of us, living as singles, used to have full sized beds. When we tried to sleep in one together, we found that neither of our mattresses could handle the both of us comfortably. After a couple months of trying different things, we broke down and got the Cali king. A great bed, perfect size.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: CakeBeret on June 28, 2012, 03:40:55 PM
Ever since we got married, DH and I have had a US King size bed. We were pretty insistent that we wanted a king, and ruled out apartments and then houses that did not have a bedroom big enough for a king bed. We're both on the bigger side, and I *must* toss and turn at night. Plus I like to have enough space to sleep comfortably without touching. I'm weird, I can't stand anything touching me when I sleep. We've slept on a full together, and it was a miserable experience; I was uncomfortable enough that I never fell into deep sleep. We've also slept on a queen that wasn't as bad, but still was not comfortable.
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: marcel on June 29, 2012, 04:01:14 AM
First there is length, as the article mentioned, in The Netherlands, next to 200cm,  220cm is also a standard length (The DUtch are among the tallest people in the world, which explains this.) As you can imagine, I do find the beds in sme countries too small.

 A very common size that I am missing in this article is the 180x200. This is a very easy size, since it is simply 2 single matresses of 90 x 200 put together.

In the netherlands we also do not really use names for bed sizes. A bed is either a one-person or a two-person bed, which does not yet indicate the exact sizes.

There is one more word, and that is for beds of more the 100, but less then 140 cm. these are called "twijfelaar" which would be literally translated as "doubter", since it is neither a one- nor a two-person bed
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: greencat on June 30, 2012, 02:32:15 AM
First there is length, as the article mentioned, in The Netherlands, next to 200cm,  220cm is also a standard length (The DUtch are among the tallest people in the world, which explains this.) As you can imagine, I do find the beds in sme countries too small.

 A very common size that I am missing in this article is the 180x200. This is a very easy size, since it is simply 2 single matresses of 90 x 200 put together.

In the netherlands we also do not really use names for bed sizes. A bed is either a one-person or a two-person bed, which does not yet indicate the exact sizes.

There is one more word, and that is for beds of more the 100, but less then 140 cm. these are called "twijfelaar" which would be literally translated as "doubter", since it is neither a one- nor a two-person bed

"I doubt I'm going to share this with anyone, but just in case?"
Title: Re: Bed Sizes
Post by: Glaceon on June 30, 2012, 12:33:48 PM
This American needs a king size bed.  Snorlax and I are big people and don't like to be crammed together while we sleep.  King is the biggest size you can get here (California King is longer but is actually not as wide).  We bought it when we set up our first place together, and it's fit in all the apartments and houses we've lived it.  We make it work.

Since Piplup was born we decided on a family bed, so now there's three and soon there will be one more, so we need all the space we can get.  Actually before Jiggly arrives we'll be sticking a twin size next to use for maximum space.