How to measure for a new bed

Mar 30 , 2022

Amjid Ali

How to measure for a new bed

Shopping for a new bed is exciting, whether you’re buying a new bed to go in a brand new home, or you’re looking to upgrade your current style. There are so many things to consider when finding your perfect match, from the size and style of the bed frame to the colour and material it’s made from. It’s easy to get carried away when shopping for a new bed, however, just like a square peg won’t fit in a round hole - a bed that’s too big won’t fit into your bedroom. Unless you want to spend the next few years climbing over your bed or constantly walking into it, you need to think carefully about the size of the bed you choose. 

Measuring is a crucial step when it comes to shopping for your new bed, so it’s important that you double-check your figures before you click buy! In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the key considerations when measuring for a brand new bed. 

Where will your bed be placed?


First of all, it’s essential to consider the intended location of your bed. Will you be pushing it up against a wall or do you need a bed that allows for space on either side? Typically, you need at least 40cm of room on each side of the bed, ideally, 60cm for assured comfort when getting in and out. If you want a bed that has storage drawers, you will need to add extra room to ensure you can pull these out. Consider whether you will be adding other furniture to the room and make sure you leave enough space for these once the bed is in situ. 

It’s important to note that although the stated sizes of beds are as accurate as they can be, you should always allow for an extra couple of centimetres in your measurements. This will cover you for any slight sizes differences due to the thickness of the material used. 

Don’t forget the skirting boards


One of the most common measurement errors we hear of is customers forgetting to take their skirting boards into account. A wall to wall measurement may not be accurate if you have skirting boards across the bottom, so it’s always best to measure along the floor to get this figure. 

Check the delivery path


Imagine the horror of having your new bed or mattress delivered and realising that there’s no way of actually getting it into the room? You should always ensure that your new bed can be transported to the room it’s being placed in. Typically, this requires access to a flight of stairs, which is where most problems emerge! If your staircase is especially narrow or has tight bends, you (or your delivery company) may struggle to get it up the stairs. Most modern bed frames, such as those sold at Ambassador Beds, are delivered in multiple pieces, making it easy to get everything in place before assembly. Mattresses can prove just as tricky, with many having a strict bending limit of 45 degrees to avoid damaging the mattress interior. Always check the delivery path before ordering, or that your bed can be easily dismantled for transportation. If in doubt, speak to a member of our team before ordering for their expert advice.

Discover a wide range of modern bed frames, including wingback beds and platform beds at Ambassador Beds today. With free, fast UK mainland delivery on your order.