The standard bed height is usually around 24 to 26 inches or 61 to 66 cm. This figure can vary widely depending on the mattress height, the bed frame height, and the presence of a box spring. When choosing furniture to go under your bed, it is best to measure before making any purchases.
Components of beds are usually around the following heights:
- Bed frame: 12 to 16 inches (30 to 41 cm)
- Mattress: 8 to 14 inches (20 to 36 cm)
- Box spring: 9 inches (23 cm)
Choosing the Right Bed Height
The standard bed height is around knee height. This lets you get in without awkwardly bending down too low and get back out without any extra strain. When choosing a bed, ensure you know the height of your knees and the heights of any parts of the bed you already have.
If you have already selected a tall bed frame, you may want to skip the box spring and choose a thinner mattress. Conversely, if you have chosen a thicker mattress, you may want to look for a lower bed frame.
The standard bed height considers several factors, such as the age or mobility of the user or the need for extra storage, and you should consider these factors, too. You should consider what is most important to you when choosing your bed—whether that is style, comfort, or the flow of your room.
If the person using the bed is a small child, select a lower bed so the child can get in and out more easily. A lower bed height will also keep the child safe should they fall out of it.
If the person using the bed is older or has mobility issues, it is even more important to follow the knee-high rule. A bed that is too tall may force you to climb to get in or drop when getting out—both unnecessary risks for elders. A bed that is too low can cause back strain when entering or exiting.
Whether the bed is for a child or an adult with limited space, you may want a bed with extra storage. There are multiple ways of creating storage under your bed.
A bunk bed is an excellent option for two children or a small room to make extra space for a desk. If you choose a bunk bed, make sure there is enough room for the child to sit up without hitting their head—and leave a little extra room for growth!
It is also important to remember if you have a ceiling fan when considering a bunk bed. If you do, use the height of the bottom of the ceiling fan as your ceiling height for safety.
If you don’t have the space for a bunk bed—or if you’re an adult who doesn’t want to climb—a taller bed with drawers underneath is a great option to create extra storage. Just make sure that everyone using the bed can get in, and consider a step stool if necessary.
Many people consider Feng Shui when designing their bedrooms. The art of Feng Shui involves the direction of energies and the flow of rooms when choosing furniture and placement. For the best Feng Shui, a bed should neither be too high nor too low. About 7 inches (18 cm) off the ground should create the right balance.
A taller bed frame can make a room look lavish or elegant, and is a great option if you are taller or in good shape. On the other hand, a shorter bed can make a room look more modern and chic.
If you have high ceilings, a taller bed will make the room feel more connected, but If you have a low ceiling, a high bed may make the room feel closed in or claustrophobic, so consider the style of your home when making your decision.
There will inevitably be times when the ideal bed height is different for both people using the bed. When this happens, consider mobility first. If one partner has more trouble getting in and out of bed, choose the correct height for them.
If both partners struggle to get in and out of bed, choose an option for the taller partner and consider a step stool for the shorter partner. Alternatively, some beds have two separate, adjustable mattresses that are a great option for partners with differing needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hopefully, any of your remaining questions will be answered below.
Can I put my mattress on the floor?
Leaving your mattress on the floor can create a space for dust, mould, and moisture to build up and should be avoided. A bare mattress on the floor is also far lower than the recommended height, creating unnecessary strain when getting in and out of bed. The standard bed height is the standard for a reason.
If you’ve just moved or can’t afford a bed frame, the floor is fine as a temporary solution. The floor will provide enough support to protect your mattress’s integrity and strength.
Is it better for a bed to be tall or short?
Ideally, your bed will be the right height for you—neither too tall nor too short. If you must choose one or the other, it is better to err on the side of being too tall. Reaching to get in and dropping down from your bed will do less damage to your back than bending too far down repeatedly.
What do I do if my bed is the wrong height?
If your bed is the wrong height, don’t worry, you don’t need to buy a whole new bed. Instead, there are options to adjust your bed height.
If your mattress is too low, you may add a mattress riser that will give you the extra height you need. You could also add a mattress topper, which can add extra cushion and height.
If your bed is too tall, check to see if your bed frame is adjustable. Alternatively, consider removing the box spring to lower the bed.