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Choosing a bed
 

Choosing the best bed for your needs can seem like a tricky task with so many sizes and styles to compare.
Thankfully, there are a few straightforward ways to narrow down your options.


What size bed do you need?


Start by thinking about the size of your space. If you’re working with a large main bedroom or a generous guest suite, you might want to choose a super king or
king-size bed frame and mattress to match. Medium-sized rooms often call for double or small double beds, while children’s bedrooms and
small spare rooms might better suit a single bed and mattress.

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Single beds
 

Most single beds measure 90cm x 190cm, making them ideal for small bedrooms or children’s rooms.

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Double and small double beds
 

If a single’s too small and a double bed is too big, why not look for something in between? Small double beds measure 120cm x 190cm, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds. They’re large enough for two people but help maximise floor space in compact rooms, while offering extra space and comfort for single sleepers. How big are double beds? This standard mattress size measures 135cm x 190cm, perfect for two people sharing.

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King-size beds
 

If you have the space, opt for a king-size bed. This size measures 150cm x 200cm, which means extra space to spread out, whether it’s one sleeper or two people sharing. King-size beds also offer an additional 10cm in length compared to single and double beds.

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Super king beds
 

For the ultimate comfy luxury, choose a super king bed. These large beds measure 180cm x 200cm, offering plenty of space for two sleepers. Super king beds should result in a great night’s sleep, undisturbed by any tossing and turning on the other side of the mattress. Think luxury hotel at home!

Choosing the perfect bed frame
 

Once you’ve decided which size bed is right for you, it’s time to choose your frame and mattress. The best bed frame for you all comes down to your personal taste and the style of your room.
Materials like wood and metal are pretty common for bed frames. Upholstered bed frames can add warmth, while platform frames are perfect for minimal tastes.
Many bed frame styles offer a different aesthetic – discover the one that’s right for you.

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Wooden beds
 

Wooden bed frames are among the most versatile, perfect for a traditional and contemporary interior design. Wooden beds are also perfect for kids’ rooms and guest bedrooms, available in various light and dark wood shades to suit any scheme. Want to add some colour into your bedroom décor? Painted wooden bed frames in grey, cream or brighter shades are perfect for adding personality to your space.

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Upholstered beds
 

Upholstered bed frames bring a welcoming touch to any bedroom design. Whether you choose a textured wool or plush velvet bed frame, this style is an effortless way to elevate your space into a cosy sanctuary. Upholstered beds are a favourite in main bedrooms and guest rooms, a perfect blend of style and sophistication. Choose a studded upholstered headboard for a traditional and timeless finish.

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Metal beds
 

If you’re choosing a bed frame for a sleek, modern or minimal room, metal could be your perfect material. Metal bed frames are solid and durable, and there are many styles available to suit any taste. Simple metal bed frames can look beautiful in traditional bedrooms, providing a vintage aesthetic that never gets old. More intricate metal frames with twisted headboards evoke Parisian charm, ideal for creating a welcoming guest room they won’t want to leave.

Functional bed options


Why not combine style and functionality? Many bed frames conceal seamless storage solutions or fold away,
providing extra flexibility in your home.

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Hideaway and folding beds
 

Need a bed for occasional guests? If you don’t want to dedicate a permanent room to the job, a hideaway bed is a perfect solution. These metal bed frames come with comfy single mattresses, easy to fold away whenever they’re not in use. Store a folding bed frame in a cupboard or simply slide it to the corner of your room, opening it out when you need an extra guest bed.

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Storage beds
 

Don’t waste the precious floor space underneath your bed; whether it’s your own bedroom, guest space or kids’ room, choosing a bed frame with storage is a great way to maximise your choice. Bed frames with ottoman storage are perfect for keeping linens, towels and clothes you don’t need to access every day. You could also choose a bed frame with drawers, letting you grab what you need whenever you need it. Storage beds are perfect for children’s rooms, providing plenty of space to keep toys out of sight when playtime’s over.

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