What’s the Best Bed Height and How Do You Figure It Out?


What’s your checklist for a comfortable bed and peaceful slumber? A firm organic mattress, a cozy comforter, a supportive pillow, lights out and eyes shut maybe?

What about the height of your bed? If not then it should be, because it matters not only to the look and function of your bedroom but your overall comfort.

While mattress length and width are standard, there’s no such thing as standard bed height. Many factors go into determining the right height of a bed, including the height of your mattress, the type of bed frame and your preference.

If you have no clue, keep reading to learn how to determine the best bed height for you.

Everything You Need to Know About Bed Height

What’s your ideal bed height? Have you considered how tall (or short) your bed should be and how it affects your overall comfort? No? Read on.

Factors to Consider When Determining the Right Bed Height

Before you make changes to your current bed or go shopping for a new one, it’s necessary to learn the key factors for choosing the ideal bed height.

  • Your Height

The height of your bed should be proportionate to your height. For example, no matter your height, your bed (including mattress) should be slightly above your knee when standing next to it.

  • Age

Your age plays a vital role in choosing the most suitable bed height. Young people are usually comfortable with beds of any size including the top of a bunk bed. However, older adults prefer a bed closer to the floor as it’s easier for them to get in and out. Taller beds can lead to severe injuries for seniors in case of a fall. The same’s true for kids as some children roll off their bed during the night. Lower is safer when it comes to children’s beds.

  • Comfort

How comfortable you are sleeping on a tall or short bed is subjective. Try sleeping on beds of various heights before deciding on the most comfortable one for you.

  • Style

The style of your bedroom should also be considered but not at the cost of your bed’s functionality. Many designers suggest choosing lower beds for a small bedroom as they give the appearance of more space whereas taller beds look good in a room with high ceilings.

Common Bed Heights

The height of your bed depends on the style you choose. That’s why it’s important to know the most common types to make an informed decision.

  • Platform Bed

Platform beds are among the most common bed frames and complement modern home decor styles. If the mattress is included, platform beds are typically 18 inches off the ground. These beds are low to the ground and provide limited to no storage. The mattress sits level to the bed’s edge and is sometimes more sunken into the frame. These are not a good choice for taller people and seniors as they must squat to get up.

  • Antique Bed

These are typically found in homes decorated in a Victorian style. Generally built 36 inches off the floor, antique beds are quite high even without a mattress and often hard to get on and off. They offer a lot of storage space underneath, but it can be difficult to move around them. They are, therefore, not suitable for shorter people and seniors.

  • Beds with Box Springs

Traditional beds with box springs are around 25 inches high off the ground. They often pair well with taller ceilings. These beds are the height of a couch, thus are comfortable to get in and out from. Rooms with a standard ceiling are well accentuated with these beds.

How to Determine Ideal Bed Height

Once you understand these key factors and your options, follow these easy steps to test various beds to find the ideal one for you.

Step 1: Sit at the edge of the bed you’re considering.

Step 2: Notice the position of your feet and knees.

Step 3: If your feet are flat against the floor and your knees are in a straight line with your hips, the height of your bed is proportional to your height.

Step 4: If your knees are above your hips, then the bed height is too low and if your feet are not touching the floor comfortably, the bed is too high.

Step 5: Evaluate how easily you can sit down and get up without needing to push yourself up with your arms.

Step 6: If the movement is smooth, this is the right height. If you struggle to sit and get up, consider adjusting the bed height.

How to Make Adjustments

A bed that’s too high or low can strain your body, negatively affect your decor and increase the risk of an accident. Here’s how you can make changes to your bed to make it comfortable.

  • If your bed is too low, consider buying an extra thick mattress to add some height. Go for a thinner mattress if you have a tall fancy bed.
  • Another way to raise a low bed is by placing wooden bed blocks (available at home stores) under the bed legs. This will allow you to adjust the height whenever needed.
  • If your child’s bed is too high, add guard rails to prevent falls and make it safer for your little one.
  • To raise a low bed, place a box spring underneath your mattress.

Each bed height has its advantages and disadvantages.

Higher beds are great for taller people, provide more storage and are ideal for seniors. They also pair well with high ceilings but can cause severe injuries in case of an accident and make getting in and out of bed difficult.

On the other hand, lower beds are more modern, reduce the risk of accidents and are appropriate for children. But they can strain knees and back when sitting down and getting up.

If you’re not comfortable with how high or low your bed is, adjust its height by changing the bed frame and mattress and bringing it to a suitable level. The result will be better sleep.