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Bed Sizes are Confusing!

The problem with buying beds on the internet is that, unless the sizes are specified in a measurement, it’s difficult to know whether the words “king”, “queen”, “super king”, “single” and so on really mean the same things. So, here at the Hospitality Hotspot we’ve created this useful little chart below to help you work your way through the muddles and mix-ups of international bed sizes.

UK Sizes

Small single : 2’6 by 6′ (About 75 cm x 180 cm)
Standard single :3′ x 6’3″  (About 90 cm by 190 cm)
Prince (a.k.a. small double or three quarter):4′ by 6’3″ (About 120 cm x 190 cm)

These are the standard sizes for UK Mattresses

Standard double: 4’6″ x 6’3″  (About 135 cm by 190 cm)
King (also sold as Queen in UK): 5′ x 6’6″ (About 150 cm by 200 cm)
Super King : 6′ x 6’6″ (About 180 cm by 200 cm)



You might be thinking, “So where’s the confusion?” And I’m about to tell you. The confusion is that sometimes bed companies advertise in standard european sizes, or standard north american sizes, rather than UK/IRE Sizes. So, our advice is this: check the that mattress meets the specific size measurements that you need, and don’t just go along with the name given to the size. Sometimes, people sell beds that are “queen size”, which is the american way of saying “king size”. Or they say “king size”, which is the american way of saying “super king size”, in terms of UK Sizes. Note this especially – Ikea (whom we do NOT recommend you purchase a mattress from) trade to standard European sizes, and not to standard UK Sizes, even if you’re buying from one of their UK outlets.

Business owners, beware – you don’t want to have to buy another one because you didn’t check the measurements. Get store retailers or internet salesmen to provide you with the measurements of the bed, not just the name that they give to the size they’re selling you.

You have been warned.

The Editor

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January 5, 2011 - Posted by | Beds

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