What Is The Standard Bed Height & Why Does It Matter?

Shopping for your bedroom is always fun. It is such a personal process, from picking what mattress you want to matching duvet covers to getting that lampshade right. After all, this is where you put your mind and body to rest after a long day at work. Quite often, while buying a bed, the thing that gets overlooked is the bed height. And later, you find may yourself struggling to get on top of the bed. 

Especially if you like sleeping with your pets or children, you must pay attention to how tall the bed is. A slight misjudgement in bed height could make getting in and out of bed quite cumbersome and may also mess up your morning or nighttime routine.

You see, while the length and breadth of the bed are standardised, the bed height isn’t, and it can vary from brand to brand and from preference to preference.

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What Is the Standard Height of Bed?

The standard bed height is 24 inches from the floor, including mattress, and it’s applicable for all bed sizes – Single, Double, Queen, and King. The total bed height can massively oscillate from 18 to 28 inches, as it also varies based on the mattress thickness, bed frame height and brand. Hence the standard bed height of 24 inches (61 cm) is taken as an average.

The average adult knee height is somewhere between 16 to 24 inches off the ground, and hence the 24-inch bed height is a sweet spot for most. However, it’s worth mentioning that one should pick a bed that corresponds to their height – a taller person may do well on a high bed over a low platform bed (more on this below).

The average bed height of 24-inch is wide accepted as an industry-standard in Australia and globally. Platform beds are 20 inches or lower, while the ones above 32 inches can be a tad bit too high for comfort.

How To Choose the Ideal Bed Height For You?

The right bed height for you is when you sit on the edge of the bed and your legs hit the floor at a 90° angle.

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There are a couple of factors that play a role in deciding what bed height you must get.

  • Comfort

Comfort comes first and foremost when it comes to matters of the bedroom. A good way to test this out is to sit on the bed and see if your feet are placed comfortably on the ground without trying to reach for it. 

  • Your Height

Your bed height should correspond with yours too. To verify this, sit on the edge of the bed and check if the knees and hips are aligned. If your hips or knees are above each other, then your bed height may not be ideal.

A taller person (above 6’) may be more comfortable on a higher bed (24” inch above) than on a standard height bed.

  • Mattress Height

Another important factor that impacts your bed height is the height of your mattress. Mattresses come in a variety of shapes, sizes and heights. For example, the Koala mattress is about 9 inches in height, while the Eva mattress is about 12 inches thick.

Also, the mattress toppers and pillows add further to the height of your bed.

  • Chronic Pain

If you or the person you share the bed with deals with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, then you mustn’t add the struggle with a too high or too low bed, making it difficult to climb in and out. 

  • Bedroom Aesthetic

The bed height is also dependent on the style of decor you are going for. If you have modern and minimal decor, a standard bed would work. However, if you have high ceilings, then you may want to get a bed higher than 25 inches, to make it appear more balanced in dimensions. Of course, if that height doesn’t suit you, you can always add a canopy or headboard to make the bed appear elevated on top.

What Bed Height is Apt for The Elderly?

Yes, your age is a crucial determinant of the height of your bed. As one gets older, the muscles and joints get weaker and limited exercise could also deteriorate cartilages causing intense pains or aches in the knees.

Hence, 20 to 24 inches is an ideal bed height for elderly persons that allows them to sit comfortably without struggling to climb on or off the bed. Any bed which is too high or too low can be dangerous with a risk of falling off the bed.

Low-platform beds are not recommended for the elderly folks as it puts undue pressure on the ankle and joints while getting in and out of bed. Similarly, high beds would require older sleepers to use hand force to lift them up or down while using the bed, which can also be detrimental.

Types Of Beds Based on Height

The market is flooded with an array of height options to choose from, when it comes to beds, from low platform ones to the traditional ones with a standard frame.

  • Platform Bed

Along with a mattress, platform beds usually reach up to a height of 18 to 20 inches and go well with contemporary or modern decor. Instead of box springs, these beds have slats and don’t leave much space underneath. If you are really tall or deal with knee pains, or need storage space under your bed, it is best to choose a different bed. 

  • Standard Bed

This is a traditional style of bed that includes a box spring on which you place the mattress, which raises the height to your comfort. They are usually high enough to offer adequate storage space underneath.

  • Antique Bed

These are one the tallest beds in the bed and go up to 36 inches in height, which might be a comfortable option for tall people. However, if you have joint pain or if you are petite, it is best to avoid this one.

Feng Shui For Good Sleep

Quite often, people turn to feng shui, the ancient Chinese art that focuses on balance and flow of light and energy. A bed’s height is important for the flow of energy (chi). Chi needs to flow over and underneath your bed to offer you a good environment to sleep in. If there is no space underneath your bed, it blocks the flow of chi and if the bed is too high, it can build up energy and cause restlessness.

According to feng shui, sleeping in a bed with medium height and open space underneath is best.

In Conclusion…

Guess by now, it must be pretty clear to you that while buying a bed, along with the colour scheme and design of your room, the bed’s measurements matter too. It is always a good idea to note down your room and ceiling measurements before the purchase to make an informed decision. A bed with the wrong height can strain your body and honestly, getting in and getting out of bed should be the easiest thing to do for you. It should not become a discomfort.

Your bedroom is your peace sanctum, where you lay yourself to rest to revitalise and rejuvenate yourself for the next day and hence, every little detail is critical. 

We hope this post helped you with all the information you were looking for before buying your perfect bed. We’ve also reviewed and rated some of the top-rated bed frames in Australia to ease your buying process.

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