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Updated: 6 May 2022

What bed size do you need for your mattress?

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.
Lisa Galliers
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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 mattresses and expert buying advice or compare using our full list of mattress reviews to see which do best in our tests.

UK mattress sizes

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

NameSize in centimetresSize in feet and inches
Small single mattress75cm x 190cm2'6" x 6'3"
Single mattress90cm x 190cm3' x 6'3"
Euro single mattress90cm x 200cm3' x 6'6"
Small double mattress120cm x 190cm4' x 6'3"
Double mattress135cm x 190cm4'6" x 6'3"
Euro double mattress140cm x 200cm4'9" x 6'6"
King size mattress150cm x 200cm5' x 6'6"

Single mattress sizes

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 with Which? Connect panel members.* 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.

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

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. Just 2% of our Which? Connect panel members own one, according to our latest mattress survey*.

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, and this is the mattress size we use to test. 

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.

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, tend to stock them, but they’re less common at high-street retailers.

Need a new mattress, but not sure where's best to shop? See which are the best mattress retailers.

King size mattresses

King mattress sizes

King size mattresses

Nearly half of Which? members own a king size mattress, making it the most popular size.* This size is widely available and, while a king size can be 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”).

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. 11% of Which? members own a super king size mattress*.

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.

Not many mattress brands make mattresses this big, so you may need to shop around and be prepared to spend significantly more.

Ikea mattress sizes

Confused by Ikea mattress sizes? You’re not alone. Ikea sells both double mattress and Euro double mattress sizes. 

If you bought a bed from Ikea some time ago, you may have a European double size, so before you buy a new mattress, it’s worth checking what size Ikea bed you have, before you head to the shops.

The mattresses are sometimes listed separately on the Ikea site, so try searching by mattress name and then check you’ve chosen the correct size mattress for your bed.  

Or, on some mattress pages on the Ikea website, there’s a ‘choose size’ box – so make sure the correct size is chosen here. Our advice would be to check what size you are buying on the website before forking out any cash.

All the Ikea mattresses we test are standard UK double mattress size (135cm x 190cm), but the thickness can vary.  Our lab experts check the dimensions of all the mattresses we test, so we can see any larger or smaller than this size.

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.

  1. King size 46% (1112) 
  2. Double 32% (760)
  3. Super king 11% (252)
  4. Single 7% (169)
  5. Other 2% (56) 
  6. Small double 2% (39)
  7. Small single 0% (8)

*According to an August 2021 survey of 2,851 Which? members.

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. And don't forget to check where you plug sockets are, so you don't inadvertently block access with a bed that's too big. 

Bedding and bed sizes

NameBed sizeFitted sheet sizeFlat sheet sizeDuvet size
Single90x190cm90x190cm180x260cm135x200cm
Double135x190cm135x190cm230x260cm200x200cm
King size150x200cm150x200cm275x275cm225x200cm
Super king180x200cm180x200cm300x265cm260x200cm

Sheet and duvet sizes can very by brand, so always double check dimensions.