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Beds for tall people: A complete guide

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Finding a suitable bed for a taller person may require extra effort, but various options are available, so there’s no need to compromise on sleep.

Finding a bed suitable for a taller person can be challenging, especially as most single and double beds in the UK are only 6’3” (190 cm) long. For individuals taller than 6 feet, this standard length may be inadequate as their legs might dangle over the edge of the bed.

Taller individuals could consider upgrading to a bigger bed, like a king or super king, to address the issue. Not only are these beds wider, but they are also longer, measuring 6’6” (200 cm) in length. However, the extra length may still not be sufficient and taller individuals may have to adapt their sleeping style, such as sleeping diagonally to find a more comfortable position.

Fortunately, some manufacturers offer a bespoke service, where they can manufacture beds and mattresses in custom sizes. This means you can order an extra-long bed to accommodate a taller person.

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How tall should a bed be according to your height?

Bed height is crucial, particularly for taller individuals. Modern bed frames and bases are often low to the floor, making it challenging for taller people to get in and out of bed comfortably, potentially putting extra strain on their joints and muscles.

The ideal bed height varies for each person but should be proportionate to their height. To determine the suitable height, you should be able to sit on the mattress edge comfortably with both feet flat on the floor and knees level with hips. If the knees are above the hips, the bed is too low, and the bed is too high if the feet can’t reach the floor.

If you’re having difficulty finding a suitable bed height, there are ways to increase the overall height for easier access. Divans are popular bed bases that can sometimes be made in bespoke sizes, including extra length. Some divans come with different height options, but confirming which models are available with the retailer or manufacturer is advisable.

Bed frames are another option, but most only come in standard sizes. Taller individuals may also prefer a frame without a footboard.

Bed frames are typically lower than divans, but it is possible to raise their overall height by purchasing a bedstead base to sit inside the frame. A bedstead base is a shallow divan with a sprung or solid top that typically adds around 6 inches to the overall height. However, before purchasing, it’s important to ensure the two are suitable for use together.

On the other hand, bed risers offer a practical and simple solution. These accessories are placed under the bed’s legs or castors, raising the bed to a more comfortable height. They come in various materials like plastic, rubber, wood, and metal. Some even offer the option to stack them for additional elevation.

Bed risers are stable, easy to fit, and available in different heights to suit your preferences. It’s important to ensure the measurements of your bed legs or castors match the risers for a proper fit.

What type of mattress is suitable for a taller person?

Though some manufacturers offer bespoke sizes, the options tend to be limited. This is because most beds and mattresses are mass-produced cost-effectively, and manufacturers may lack the necessary skills, processes, or capacity to accommodate special requests.

However, taller individuals should still be able to find a comfortable and supportive mattress without compromising on sleep.

Pocket springs are one of the more popular options. Unlike traditional sprung mattresses, where the coils are interconnected, pocket springs are smaller, softer springs encased in fabric pockets. Pocket springs work independently, allowing the mattress to better conform to the shape of the body. This construction reduces movement across the mattress, minimising disturbances between sleeping partners when they change sleeping positions.

Bespoke pocket spring mattresses can usually be made in extra 3-inch increments, including 6’9”, 7’0”, 7’3” or even longer.

Memory foam and latex mattresses are also suitable options for taller individuals. These mattresses are typically constructed with multiple foam layers that conform well to body shape and help alleviate aches and painful pressure points.

Hybrid mattresses offer a middle ground by combining springs and foams, making them an excellent compromise for those uncertain between sprung or foam mattresses.

Are beds for taller people more expensive?

Bespoke beds can be more expensive than standard models due to additional manufacturing costs, including labour, time, and materials. Each manufacturer has its pricing structure, but custom beds and mattresses may incur an extra charge of approximately 10 to 40 per cent.

You should also consider additional costs like special-sized bedding to fit the mattress.

Measure up

When buying a longer bed, measure the space carefully. Check the room measurements to ensure it can accommodate a larger bed, as well as making sure there is sufficient space to move around it. You also need to check the access to the bedroom by measuring doorways, stairs and tight corners to avoid problems with delivery.

Check the paperwork

When ordering your new bed, carefully review the paperwork to ensure the correct items and sizes have been ordered. Additionally, check for a returns policy or trial period, but remember that most custom-sized beds and mattresses may not be eligible for such policies.

Avoid making plans until you have a confirmed delivery date

Since most bespoke beds are made to order, only make plans, such as getting rid of the old bed or inviting guests to stay the night, until you have a confirmed delivery date. Otherwise, you could be left without a bed.

Final thoughts

Taller people shouldn’t feel disadvantaged because of their height. While finding a suitable bed can be challenging, there are some viable options that don’t require compromising on comfort.

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Tony Brown is the founder and creator of The Bed Consultant. His career in the bed industry began in 2002. After graduating from university with a degree in Business Administration, Tony joined one of the largest independent furniture retailers in the UK as a bed consultant. Tony has helped thousands of customers find the perfect mattress.

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