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Your Guide to Bed Height and Why It Matters

You're shopping for a new bed, and whether you're looking for a twin, a queen, or a California king, the size of your bed is important. What often gets overlooked in the shopping process is bed height, but this measurement should be considered too. So maybe you're wondering, "What is the average bed height, and why is it important?" This handy guide answers this question and many more. 

Bed Height and Bedroom Style

Professional designers know the height of your bed can affect the look of your sleeping space. While a lower bed gives the appearance of more space, a taller bed looks more cohesive in a room with high ceilings. For design purposes, lower beds better suit contemporary and modern decor, while taller beds complement a traditional or a modern-glam aesthetic. 

Determining Proper Bed Height

The measurement from the floor to the top of your mattress is significant because it affects how easily you get in and out of bed. To determine the proper bed height for you, sit on the edge of the bed. The height is perfect if your hips and knees align and your feet are flat on the floor. If you have a taller sleeping partner, you can use a handy step at night and in the morning. 
While beds come in many sizes and styles, there are some average heights from the floor to the top of the mattress for common bed types. 
  • Platform beds – 18 inches
  • Standard beds with box springs – 25 inches
  • Futons – 20 inches
  • Antique beds – 36 inches

Advantages of Low and High Beds

Low beds and high beds offer different advantages. 
High beds suit taller individuals, while tall frames provide more storage space underneath. These beds also act as a deterrent to pets and small children, which some people appreciate. 
On the other hand, many low beds require no box spring, so they are often less expensive than higher beds. Low beds also offer a more minimalist look, which is aesthetically appealing to many people. 

Bed Height and Age

Age plays a key factor in determining the bed height that works for you and your family members. If you're an aging adult, getting in and out of a higher bed may be easier on your body. For the most comfort, choose a bed with a height that corresponds to your body height. 
Bed height also matters for children. Kids from two to six years of age have an easier time getting in and out of a lower bed, and being somewhat closer to the floor makes a tumble out of bed during the night much less dramatic. But if your child insists on sleeping high up – for instance in a bunk bed – make sure the distance between the top mattress and the ceiling is at least 36 inches to ensure they don’t hit their heads. 

Feng Shui for Better Sleep

When designing any room, many people turn to feng shui, the ancient Chinese art that emphasizes proper balance and flow. According to feng shui philosophy, your bed's location in the room and how it is positioned are both important factors for good rest and relaxation. 
Bed height is also important for the proper flow of chi (energy). Not only does chi need to flow around your bed for good sleep, but it needs to flow underneath it as well. A bed that is too low can block the flow of chi, and a bed that is too high can create a buildup of energy and cause restlessness in the night. According to feng shui experts, the best bet is a medium-height bed with a clear and open space underneath.  
For more bed-related tips, feng shui experts recommend:
  • Allowing equal space on both sides of your bed for a balance of energy 
  • Placing your bed so you can see the door when lying down for a sense of safety and stability
  • Getting a sturdy, solid headboard for a better connection with your partner, or to draw a new love interest if single
When shopping for a new bed, measurements matter. Although you need to know the length and width of the frame for fit purposes, the height of the bed is important too. Bed height affects the style of your sleeping space and your personal comfort. To find the perfect bed for you, check out comfy mattresses and stylish bed frames from CORT Furniture Rental