A Guide to Bed Height
Last updated: October 2023
How high should a bed be?
In a nutshell, your ideal bed height is based on your height, though you’ll also want to think about your health, plus the style of the bed when considering its height. A normal bed height is around 24 inches from the floor, this includes the bed frame and the mattress. However, typical bed height can range from 18 to 36 inches tall. For example, platform beds will usually be around 20 inches or less. Whereas a bed such as an Ottoman that has more storage than traditional frames, will be in the late twenties to 30 inches.
Why bed height is important
Although the height of your bed is unlikely to affect your sleep, it will affect how easily you can get in and out of your bed. Bed height can also have an impact on the décor of your room. So choosing the ideal bed height for your style and practical needs is an important decision. Bed height is important because of:
Feng Shui considerations
Choosing the right bed height isn’t only about style, but also energy. For example, in Feng Shui, the height of your bed is said to determine the quality of your sleep, and therefore your mood. Practitioners believe that chi energy needs to be able to flow uninterrupted all around your bed. A bed that is too low can block the chi energy, preventing you from getting a good night's sleep. Whereas a bed that is too tall can leave you vulnerable to high levels of energy and cause restless nights.
If this practice is of interest to you, have a read of our Feng Shui tips.
Depth of mattress
The height of your bed is dependent on the size of the mattress and not just the frame, as they come in many different types and thicknesses. Depending on your chosen bed frame, your mattress should comply. If you’re after an extra thick mattress for comfort, go for a shorter bed frame.
On the other hand, if you fancy a tall bed frame with lots of storage space underneath, you’ll find a thinner mattress is a good idea. The various mattress types and comfort grades all offer you a variety of different depths to find one that’s right for you.
Finding the right bed height for you
As bed height is so important, it's a big decision to get right. Generally, you need to think about your height, health, partner (if you share a bed) and bedroom style. Here we'll go through these considerations.
Different bed frame heights
Although bed height tends to be 24 inches from the floor, including the mattress, there are some variations. The different heights add a different feel to the room and can be better for different people.
How to raise your bed height
If you do find your bed is not high enough off the ground, there are several ways that you can increase its height. The easiest way is to use a dedicated bed riser. These little devices come in metal, plastic, and wood to suit the aesthetics of any room. They’re ideal if you need a few extra inches on your bed height and save you having to purchase an entirely new bed.
Another easy way to add height to your bed is to get a thicker mattress. If you don’t want to switch to a thick mattress , another alternative is a mattress topper which will also make sleeping more comfy.
Bed height is a crucial factor in finding the right bed for you. It can contribute to the look and function of your bedroom, aid in your comfort and it also has a significant impact on health and wellness.