Bed Frame UK Size Guide

Are you looking to create your perfect sleep sanctuary? Well, sooner or later, you’ll have to start thinking about the best bed frame for your bedroom, budget, and style – and we’re here to help!

Whether you’re wondering if a double will do or you’re unsure on the difference between bed frame styles, we know our stuff. In this guide, we’ll talk through UK bed frame sizes, different types of bed frames, and where to buy a bed frame, so you can make your choice with confidence.

Continue reading, below, to find the best bed frame for you.

UK Bed Frame Sizes

From single to super king, UK bed sizes cater to a wide range of sleeping needs. Here are the standard UK bed sizes that you’ll typically be able to choose from when shopping for the best bed frame, ordered 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 these UK bed size measurements are a guide. It’s important to check the actual measurements of your favourite bed frame size before purchasing.

How do I know what UK bed frame size to buy?

With so many options available, including different European and standard UK bed sizes, it can be tough to know where to start when choosing the best bed frame. Before diving into the types and dimensions on offer, it’s worth nailing down what bed frame size you need.

What room is the bed frame going in?

When weighing up the best bed frame size, start by thinking about where the bed will go in the bedroom. 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 for your new bed frame size, especially if it feels too big for the room or if there’s plenty of space available to size up.

We’ve also put together the following considerations for which UK bed frame size to opt for, depending on the type of bedroom:

  • Guest room: If it’s a bed for a guest room that only gets used occasionally, you can focus more on practicality when choosing a bed frame size. A double bed frame size 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, rather than worrying about a large bed frame size overwhelming a smaller room. 
  • Main bedroom: If you’re choosing a bed frame size 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, most comfortable UK bed size. 

Regardless of the room, measure your space and your current bed so you know the dimensions 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 standard UK bed sizes would fit in the space.  

Who is going to sleep in the bed? 

The other main consideration when choosing a bed frame size is who will actually be sleeping in the bed. This comes down to whether they’re an adult or a child, as well as how tall they are. 

For example, 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 bed frame size. 

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 bed frame size, if you both like your own space.   

Matching your bed frame size to your mattress

Another important factor is choosing the right bed frame size for your mattress. This includes whether you’re keeping your current mattress or taking the opportunity to find a new mattress that suits the best bed frame you can buy.

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 standard UK bed frame size. The best way to be sure is to measure your mattress and check carefully against the bed frame size measurements.  

What type of bed frame should you buy?

With the bed frame size sorted, you can start thinking about the bed frame styles that best suit the décor of your sleep sanctuary. Continue reading, below, for a breakdown of the different types of bed frames you can buy at DUSK:

Fabric bed frame

If you want a luxurious bed frame style, then look no further than a fabric or upholstered frame. These types of bed frames create a softer, warmer vibe in your bedroom, as well as being more comfortable to rest your head against.

Fabric bed frame styles are also the most versatile in terms of style, available in many different colours, patterns, and textures that let you further customise your décor! 

Wooden bed frame

For those who prefer a more natural finish, wooden bed frames are a great choice for creating a cosy and inviting atmosphere. This type of bed frame can also be further customised with stains and paints, if you wanted to mix up the look after a few years.

What’s more, wooden bed frame styles are really easy to keep in tip-top condition. All you need to do is a bit of dusting and polishing to keep this type of bed frame fresh and shining. 

How to style your bed frame

Happy with the type of bed frame you’ve chosen? Well, you can further complement your bed frame style with some small, elegant touches. 

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

We’ve also got a couple tips and tricks that can help you enhance your bed frame style, below:

Add a pop of colour

A sure-fire way to draw the eye to your bed frame style is to add a pop of colour. 

For example, 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!

Our Ascot Ottoman bed frames also offer the chance to add that eye-catching pop of colour, available in teal, burnt orange, forest green, and pink, to name just a few.

Contrast the textures

Texture is also an important part of the decor of a bedroom, as it can really make the space feel luxurious and elegant.

So, if you’ve gone for a wooden bed frame style such as the Salcombe in white, you can add the chunky knit of the St Ives Throw in light grey to bring in a soft and cosy element.   

You can also add some sophistication to your bedroom by draping a gorgeous bedspread over your duvet during the day. Not only does it add colour and texture to your type of bed frame, 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. 

Where to buy a bed frame?

With all the questions about UK bed frame sizes and types of bed frames out of the way, we come to perhaps the most important, where can you buy a bed frame?

Well, this answer is a simple one: right here at DUSK!

Our bed frames collection combines the stylish and the practical, ensuring you can always find the best bed frame at DUSK. Don’t just take our word for it though, start browsing our bed frames today.

Or, 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.