People today are getting used to the idea of living in smaller spaces (whether they like it or not) and this can present a problem when it comes to buying large pieces of furniture, especially beds. Some bedrooms barely have enough room for a standard double bed and with those that do getting a bed in there, via tight staircases and narrow entrances, can be a problem in itself.
There’s also the fact that a lot of people are also living alone and although a double bed is preferable, they may be happy to compromise a little on the actual size.
It’s no wonder then that small size double beds are becoming such a popular option. They are generally about the same length as a normal double but about 6 inches narrower – and that can make all the difference. So it is a compromise in comfort, but not really that much.
Double Bed Sizes
So, technically, what size is a small double in comparison to its traditional counterpart? The short answer is 15 cm (6″) narrower but, officially:
- A standard double typically measures 137 cm wide x 190 cm long; that’s 54″ × 75″ (4’6″ × 6’3″) in old money.
- A small double normally measures 122 cm wide x 190 cm long, or 48″ × 75″ (4′ × 6’3″).
Of course, actual sizes will vary a bit depending on the design but anything smaller than the official double size will be called a ‘small double’ or a ‘4 foot bed’. Until you get to 76 cm (30″) wide and then it’s a single.
Small Double Bed Designs
The good news, also, is that you certainly don’t have to compromise in style because just about every kind of bed comes in a ‘small double’ size. The beds below are just a sample of what you’ll find.
Dawson Hfe Small Double – a country cottage style wooden bed frame available in all white or white with oak cappings. L201 × W131 × H100 cm. From £169 https://thefurnitureco.uk/bedroom at very.co.uk
Wilton Bed Frame – a solid wood bed frame with a large slatted headboard. Available in white, grey or with a natural or dark coloured stain. L202 × W129 × H102 cm. £199 from johnlewis.com
Charcoal Grey Luxury Suede Divan Bed – this divan with faux suede upholstery comes complete with a headboard and mattress. There’s also two handy storage drawers in the base. amazon.co.uk
Silentnight Miracoil Celine Divan with Storage Options – a divan style bed with the option of 2 or 4 storage drawers in the base. Available in white or slate grey. L190 × W120 × H60 cm. From £239 at very.co.uk
Marston Faux Leather Lift Up Storage Bed – a trendy bed frame upholstered in brown or black faux leather complete with a matching padded headboard. The base also lifts up to reveal a large storage space underneath. L202 × W128 cm. From £279 (plus standard delivery charge of £19.99 or £24.99) at very.co.uk
Morgan Bed Frame – a contemporary style solid oak bed frame with pine slatted base. L199 × W127 × H100 cm. £399 from johnlewis.com
Very Boutique Divan with Headboard and Storage – a luxury option with a 1000 pocket spring mattress and memory foam layer and a crushed velvet upholstered base and headboard. There is also a storage option with the addition of 2 or 4 drawers underneath. L199 × W132 × H132 cm. From £849 (plus standard delivery charge of £19.99 or £24.99) at very.co.uk