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What bed size do you need?

By Ben Slater

With 10 adult mattress sizes to choose from, finding the right mattress for your bed frame and bedroom size – and your height – isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Find out more, plus what bedding sizes you'll need.

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You’d be forgiven for thinking there are only three adult mattress sizes – single, double and king. But adult mattresses actually come in 10 different sizes.

This should make it easier to buy a mattress that's just right for you, but it also increases the risk of buying a mattress only to find it doesn’t quite fit your bed frame or bed sheets.

While a bigger mattress may help you sleep, it won't help nearly as much as buying a mattress that provides excellent long-lasting support for your body size and sleeping position. Take a look at our Best Buy mattresses to see which do best in our tests.

The table below shows the full range and dimensions of adult mattresses available to buy in the UK.

UK mattress sizes
Name Size in centimetres Size in feet and inches
Small single mattress 75cm x 190cm 2'6" x 6'3"
Single mattress 90cm x 190cm 3' x 6'3"
Euro single mattress 90cm x 200cm 3' x 6'6"
Small double mattress 120cm x 190cm 4' x 6'3"
Double mattress 135cm x 190cm 4'6" x 6'3"
Euro double mattress 140cm x 200cm 4'9" x 6'6"
King size mattress 150cm x 200cm 5' x 6'6"
Euro king mattress 160cm x 200cm 5'3" x 6'6"
Super king mattress 180cm x 200cm 6' x 6'6"
Emperor mattress 200cm x 200cm 6'6" x 6'6"

Single mattress sizes 

Small single mattresses

Also known as a narrow single mattress, this is the smallest adult bed you can buy. It measures 75x190cm (approximately 2’6” x 6’3”). So while it’s the same length as a standard single – and therefore long enough for most adults – it’s 15cm narrower.

Small single mattresses are often used for children, but they’re also a good option for a box room or study that you want to turn into a small guest bedroom.

Looking for something even smaller? Go to our cot mattress reviews.

Standard single mattresses

There’s a reason the standard single mattress is still the fourth most popular mattress size in the UK.* Unless you’re a lot taller or broader than average, the single mattress is the right size for a single adult.

It’s 90x190cm (approximately 3’ x 6’6”), so there should be enough space to roll into a different sleeping position during the night.

*According to a May 2018 survey of 5,630 Which? members.

Euro single mattresses

If you’re looking for a single mattress but find that your feet tend to dangle over the edge of the bed, you may want to consider a European single mattress.

It’s 90x190cm (approximately 3’ x 6’6”), making it 10cm longer than a standard single.

Double mattress sizes 

Small double mattresses (Queen size)

If you thought a queen-size bed was somewhere between a standard double and a king, you’re not alone. In actual fact, it's smaller than a double.

A queen-size mattress is the same length as a standard double, but it’s 15cm narrower, hence why it’s also known as a small double mattress. It measures 120x190cm (approximately 4’ x 6’3”)

Two adults will find a small double mattress pretty snug, but it could be just the thing for a small bedroom or if you sleep alone but like to stretch out.

Standard double mattresses

Double mattresses measure 135x190cm (approximately 4’6” x 6’3), are the second most popular mattress size* and tend to look well-proportioned in most bedrooms.

They’re generally long and wide enough to accommodate two average-sized adults but there may not be much wiggle room. Ideally, you and your partner should both be able to lie on your back with your hands behind your head without your elbows touching each other or the edge of the bed.

If you’re a restless sleeper or larger than average, you may want to consider a slightly larger mattress, provided your bedroom and bed frame is big enough.

See our double mattress reviews.

*According to a May 2018 survey of 5,630 Which? members.

Euro double mattresses

If a double mattress feels a tad too cosy, but your bedroom isn’t quite big enough for a king, you’ll want to consider a European double mattress. They measure 140x200cm (approximately 4’9” x 6’6”).

But they’re less widely available than standard doubles, so you may need to shop around. International manufacturers, such as Ikea, and online-only mattresses, such as Casper tend to stock them, but they’re less common at high-street retailers.

See which are the best mattress retailers.

King size mattresses 

King size mattresses

Four in ten Which? members own a king size mattress, making it the most popular size.* They’re widely available now and, while a king size is always a fair bit more expensive than a double, it will provide a lot more sleeping space. A king size mattress is 150x200cm (approximately 5’3” x 6’6”).

*According to a May 2018 survey of 5,630 Which? members.

Euro king size mattresses

As with the European versions of the single and double mattress, the Euro king is a fraction bigger than a standard king. It’s 160cm x 200cm (approximately 6' x 6’6”).

The length is the same, but it’s 10cm wider, giving you a touch more space to roll over and switch sleeping positions during the night.

Super king mattresses

A super king mattress is basically two standard single mattresses stuck together. In fact, some super king mattresses are literally just that, with a growing number of couples opting for two different singles that zip together to form a super king. This means each person can get the firmness that suits them.

A super king mattress measures 180x200cm (approximately 6’ x 6’6”).

Emperor mattress size 

An emperor mattress is the biggest you can get and is basically an enormous square. Measuring 200x200cm (approximately 6’6” x 6’6”), it’s easily big enough for two larger-than-average adults.

Many mattress brands don’t make mattresses this big, so you may need to shop around and be prepared to spend significantly more.

Ikea mattress sizes 

Like other European bed manufacturers, Ikea sells both standard UK mattress sizes and European variants, which tend to be fractionally bigger. If you're buying from Ikea, make sure you double check the dimensions of the mattress against your bed frame and your bedding to ensure it will all fit.

See our Ikea mattress reviews.

What mattress size do most people have? 

More than three in four Which? members sleep on either a king size or a double mattress, and that’s been the case for several years. 

More recently, super king mattresses have become the third most popular mattress size.

Get the right bed size for your bedroom 

No matter how much you like the idea of stretching out on a huge new emperor mattress, you need to consider how the bed will look in your bedroom.

A huge bed in a small bedroom can look out of place, as can a small bed in a huge room.

A ratio of around 1:3 between bed and bedroom is sometimes said to look best, but depending on the size of your bedroom that can be difficult in practice. Following this advice would mean, for instance, that for a king size bed –1.5x2m – you'd need a 6x8m bedroom.

At the very least, you should aim for a space of 30 inches between the sides and bottom of the bed and your nearest wall or piece of furniture.

Bedding and bed sizes 

Bedding and bed sizes
Name Bed size Fitted sheet size Flat sheet size Duvet size
Single 90x190cm 90x190cm 180x260cm 135x200cm
Double 135x190cm 135x190cm 230x260cm 200x200cm
King size 150x200cm 150x200cm 275x275cm 225x200cm
Super king 180x200cm 180x200cm 300x265cm 260x200cm
Table notes: Sheet and duvet sizes can very by brand, so always double check dimensions.
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