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How To Measure A Bed And Mattress

January 30, 2014
How To Measure A Bed And Mattress

A very important piece of furniture the bed is made up of the frame and of course the mattress. Most mattresses and beds are sold in standard sizes from single through to King Size. If you are buying a bed you need to have a clear understanding of the size of the room, think about if you need storage, or maybe you are looking for a Sofa bed something comfy when friends or family stay over. If you are selling bed, providing accurate measurements and descriptions of the size, material or and the style of the bed, along with great photographs is vital.


Mattresses are sold in standard sizes- typically ranging from single through to king. However, these sizes can vary from country to country, so be sure to always provide exact measurements when selling and request exact measurements when buying.

As a general rule, people like to buy the largest bed that will easily fit in their bed room space. Queen and King size’s are the most popular with couples.

Australian Bed Sizes are:

Bed Type Metric Measurements Imperial Measurements
Single Bed size 92 cm x 187 cm 3'0" x 6'2" (36" x 74")
Single Extra Long size 92 cm x 203 cm 3'0" x 6'8" (36" x 80")
King Single size 106 cm x 203 cm 3'6" x 6'8" (42" x 80")
Double Size 137 cm x 187 cm 4'6" x 6'2" (54"x 74")
Queen Size 153 cm x 203 cm 5'0" x 6'8" (60"x 80")
King Size 183 cm x 203 cm 6'0" x 6'8" (72" x 80")

When you’re selling a bed frame, using a tape measure, take the following measurements in order be able to accurately list the size:

  1. Height from floor to top of mattress

  2. Height from floor to top of bed base

  3. Height from floor to top of top of bed head

  4. Height from bottom of bed head to top of bed head

  5. Width: Measure the bed from side to side.

Additionally, if the bed head is detachable, make sure this is clear to buyers. Whether to use a bedhead or not can be a personal preference.

Bedroom Furniture

You will also need to think about your storage, what bedroom furniture do you need, side tables, maybe a trunk or tall boy, many retailers sell these items as bedroom suites, or can always be sold separately to mix and match with your existing bedroom furniture. Maybe you are looking for a bed for the guest room, a Sofa Bed is a great alternative, the room can be used for a study, sewing room, or just a quiet room in the house during the day, then will become a bedroom whenever you need it. Also consider the storage space in the room, you will need furniture that can hide away your work during the day so great furniture pieces to think about are, a chest of drawers, tall boys, cabinets, chests or consoles.

Getting ready to buy or sell a bed, mattress or bed frame? Take the guesswork out of the preparation, check out our Furniture Guides. At House of Home we've got the best tips on how to buy or sell bed, mattress or bed frame.

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