Due to factors such as mattress depth and bed frame design, heights of beds vary from home to home, but which height is right for you and your bed? We explore why bed height is important and what height your bed should be.
Low Beds Vs High Beds
Depending on your height, age and personal preference, you may prefer a bed which is lower or one that sits higher. Tall people and people of an older age may prefer a higher bed due to the ease of slipping out of it in the morning. Whereas people who are shorter in height will find a lower bed much easier to get into and out of.
The best way to find out whether your bed is the right height for you is to sit on the edge and determine whether your knees align with your hips. If your knees are above your hips your bed may be too low. If your knees are below your hips, your bed may just be too high.
If you are looking to increase or decrease the height of your bed, you may only need to invest in a new mattress or bed frame / divan bed rather than both. As bed frames vary in design and mattresses vary in-depth, if you aren’t ready to part with your much-loved bed frame, simply purchase a thinner or deeper mattress to suit.
How High Should The Top of a Mattress Be From the Floor?
Today, the average bed height is around 25 inches and so the top of your mattress should roughly sit 25 inches from the floor. As bed height corresponds with how tall a person is, this average is based on the average height of the UK population which is 5ft 9in. If you are shorter than this, your bed should sit lower to the floor.
Does Bed Height Affect Sleep?
In Feng Shui, it is believed that the height of your bed can affect your sleep. It is thought that sleep quality is dependent on how energy flows around the bed. The space under your bed should also be free from clutter to allow the energy to pass through freely. To get the right levels of energy for a good quality night sleep, the bed must also not be too high as this will eradicate the feeling of being grounded.
What is a Good Height For a Mattress?
Mattresses are made up of layers of varying materials. The type of mattress you have selected will determine the thickness and how many layers it has. For example, an orthopaedic or memory foam mattress will usually have a lot of depth for additional comfort and support. The standard height of a mattress is between 6 and 7 inches. However, mattresses now can be as deep as 10 to 15 inches.
Related: A Guide To Mattress Depth
Does the Height of a Mattress Matter?
The height of your mattress will matter when it comes to comfort. Over the years, mattresses have been getting thicker as the design and construction has adapted. What a mattress is filled with, how firm it is, and the method of construction are all factors which contribute towards the depth of a mattress. Mattress comfort is down to personal preference. Thicker mattresses tend to be more expensive but are more popular as they offer luxury and comfort. Deep mattresses are sturdy and offer support reducing the effect of sinking.
Why Are Beds Off The Floor?
Mattresses sit in bed frames to raise them from the ground. Beds are commonly raised off the floor due to a variety of factors, the first being cool drafts and damp floors. If you live in an older home which is hard to insulate and heat, sometimes mould can grow in damp conditions. Cool drafts can also keep you awake at night if you get too cold. Raising your mattress from the ground means you will be high enough to avoid the draft and mould will most likely not spread to the mattress.
Another reason beds are off the floor is accessibility, especially for elderly people. If you place your mattress on the ground and you are older or suffer from health problems within your knees, you may struggle to get out of bed in the morning. Having a raised mattress will allow you to slip out of bed with ease.
Bed frames are also designed to hold the mattress and offer support. As hard flooring has no give, you may wake up with aches and pains. However, placing a mattress on the ground has been linked to improving back pain as well as blood circulation.