Bed Frame UK Size Guide

Bed Frame UK Size Guide

Are you looking to create your perfect bedroom? You might be wondering what size bed frame you need to get to fit your space, your budget, and your style. 

Here at DUSK we know our bed frames, so whether you’re wondering if a double will do for your spare room or you’re dreaming of stretching out in a super king, we’re here to help. In this guide, we’ll take you through the different UK bed frame sizes available, and what you need to consider, so you can make your choice with confidence.  

UK Bed Frame Sizes

UK bed frames come in a range of standard sizes, from single to super king. Here are the bed frame sizes you’ll usually be able to choose from, going from smallest to largest: 

Bed Size

Feet / Inches*




3ft x 6ft3"

36" x 75"

90 x 190cm


4ft6" x 6ft3"

54" x 75"

135 x 190cm

King Size

5ft x 6ft6"

60" x 78"

150 x 200cm

Super King Size

6ft x 6ft6"

72" x 78"

180 x 200cm

*Please be aware that bed size measurements are a guide. It’s important to check the actual measurements of your bed frame before purchasing.

How Do I Know What Bed Frame Size to Buy? 

With so many options available, including different UK and European standard sizes, it can be tough to know where to start when choosing a bed frame. Before diving into the types and dimensions on offer, it’s worth nailing down what you’re looking for based on your space and your needs. 

What room is the bed going in? 

A good place to start is looking at the bedroom where the bed is going to go. Firstly, the size and shape of the room will dictate the overall space available and where you’re able to place your new bed. If you’re replacing an existing bed, use that as a guide, especially if it feels too big for the room or if there’s plenty of space available to size up.


If it’s a bed for a guestroom that only gets used occasionally, you can focus more on practicality when choosing a bed frame size. A double bed frame might be a good choice as it will suit a couple or a single person staying over, even if it takes up a fair bit of space in the room. As it won’t be used every day, it’s usually better to prioritise the bed and how usable and comfortable it is for guests, and don’t worry too much about making the room feel spacious. 

Main Bedroom 

If you’re choosing a bed for your own bedroom, it is worth thinking more about the overall effect, and how it will fit into everyday use as well as your own sleeping habits (and your partner if you have one). You might have your heart set on a king size bed frame, but if it means there’s no space left for wardrobes or even walking comfortably around the room without bumping into the bed, it can quickly become a daily nuisance. It’s just about finding the balance between making your bedroom spacious and practical, and having the ideal, comfortable bed size. 

Measure your room and your current bed so you know the space you have to play with. Or, if the room is currently empty, you could mark out templates using newspaper so you can see how different size beds would fit in the space.  

Who is going to sleep in the bed? 

The other main consideration is who is going to be sleeping in the bed. This comes down to whether they’re an adult or a child, as well as how tall they are. If you’re a taller person, you’ll likely have experienced the less-than-desirable sensation of your feet hanging over the end of a bed, so you’ll probably be looking for a longer frame. 

With this in mind, it’s useful to know that standard UK bed frame sizes come in two lengths - 190cm for single and double beds, and 200cm for king size and super king size. 

If you have a partner, it’s worth considering how much space you need to sleep comfortably, and if you like to have more room to move around during the night. If you like to be more cosy and intimate, a double bed may be large enough, whereas a king size might be a better option if you both like your own space.   

Matching your bed frame to your mattress

Another important factor is choosing the right size bed frame if you already have a mattress you want to keep using, or figuring out what size to buy if you’re getting a new one. 

Make sure you know the size of your current mattress, or the one you intend to buy, so you can check it will fit. Keep in mind that if you have a standard European size mattress, it likely won’t perfectly fit a UK standard size bed frame. The best way to be sure is to measure your mattress and check carefully against the bed frame measurements.  

Buying Bedding to Fit Your Bed 

Once you’ve chosen your perfect bed frame and mattress, you’ll need some comfortable and stylish new bedding. This is when you need to make sure you’ve got the correct size pillows and duvet, and the matching size bedding, especially if you’ve changed the size of your bed frame and mattress. 

Check out our Ultimate UK Bedding Size Guide for full sizing information when it comes to choosing duvet covers, flat sheets, and fitted sheets. 

Kids bedding

Our range of kids bedding works with UK standard bed frame and mattress sizes, so your kids can still enjoy fun and comfortable bedding even when they’ve moved up to their first full-size bed. At DUSK, our kids' bedding comes with the option to fit UK single or double size bed frames, but always check the measurements of your bed to make sure any bed linen will work. 

The Finishing Touches - Styling Your Bed Frame 

As well as providing a comfortable and cosy place to relax and sleep, your bed also forms the centrepiece of your bedroom decor. The style you choose can have a big impact on the overall look of your space, so it’s worth thinking about how you can complement your bed frame with some stylish and elegant touches. 

A throw is an easy way to add another dimension to your bedroom decor, introducing colour and texture to complement the style of your bed frame. Combine this with some gorgeous cushions and you can create a beautiful bedroom ensemble. 


If you’ve gone for a neutral upholstered frame such as the Hampton in stone grey, a pop of colour with the Chenille Throw in soft pink would add the perfect touch. And you can add to this with cushions, such as the Geo Velvet in pink, creating a harmonious overall look. 


Texture is also an important part of the decor of a bedroom, and can really make the space feel luxurious and elegant. If you’ve gone for a metal bed frame such as the Harlow Bed in black, you can add the chunky knit of the St Ives Throw in light grey to bring in a soft and cosy element.   

A quick way to add some sophistication to your bedroom is to drape a gorgeous bedspread over your duvet during the day. Not only does it add colour and texture, but it will help to create that feeling of five-star hotel luxury. 

Take a look at our Instagram gallery for more bedroom style inspiration and ideas. 

Discover Our DUSK Guides 

If you’re looking for more inspiration and information on all things beds and bedding, take a look at more of our DUSK Guides. You’ll also find plenty of home inspiration and useful tips over on the DUSK blog.