A standard double bed frame measures approximately 137 cm wide x 191 cm long. The mattress sits inside this frame and comes in standard double sizes as well. Most double mattresses are around 188 cm long x 135 cm wide, with thicknesses ranging from 18-30 cm depending on the type and materials. Knowing the precise dimensions of both your bed frame and mattress is important for ensuring a proper fit.
A double bed offers each sleeper approximately 69 cm of personal sleeping width, which allows enough room to sleep comfortably without feeling cramped. Couples may want to consider a queen or king size for more generous sleeping space. However, a double can work well in guest rooms, children's rooms, or smaller master bedrooms where space is limited. The length of 191 cm gives most people adequate room to sleep without their feet hanging off the end. Overall, the double accommodates two average-sized sleepers while maximizing smaller bedroom footprints.
Today's double mattresses are available in a wide variety of styles and materials to suit personal preferences:
- Innerspring - Traditional innerspring mattresses provide bounce and support through coil systems. Look for pocketed coils that minimize motion transfer.
- Memory Foam - Memory foam conforms closely to the body for pressure relief. Gel infusions help regulate temperature.
- Latex - Natural or synthetic latex is resilient, durable, and hypoallergenic. It provides cushioning and spinal alignment.
- Hybrid - Hybrid mattresses combine materials like latex, memory foam, and innerspring coils to optimize benefits.
When shopping for double bed linens, look for flat sheets approximately 279 cm long x 198 cm wide to properly fit the mattress. Likewise, double duvets and quilts should be around 224 cm x 234 cm. Mattress protectors and toppers come in specific double sizes to cover the mattress surface accurately. Fitted sheets for double mattresses have elasticized corners to fit neatly around 188 cm x 135 cm dimensions. Having the right sheet sizes is key for avoiding loose, ill-fitting bedding.
Plan to leave a minimum of 61 cm of space around the sides and foot of the bed frame. This gives you sufficient room to comfortably get in and out of bed and make the bed. If placing bedside tables or other bedroom furniture around the bed, allow at least 30 cm between those pieces and the edges of the bed frame to prevent feeling cramped or crowded. Measure the room’s dimensions and sketch out different arrangements to find a double bed layout that makes the most of your space.
Key features to consider when selecting a double bed frame include:
- Height - Lower platform beds vs taller frames with clearance for underbed storage
- Material - Wood, metal, upholstered for desired look and durability
- Headboard/Footboard - Presence, shape, attachment method
- Storage - Underbed drawers or shelves to maximize space
- Leg style - Sleek tapered, traditional block, or statement ornate
- Adjustable height - For ergonomics and accessibility
- Bedding support - Solid construction with centre legs or cross-slats
Double beds with storage drawers are excellent choices for maximizing bedroom space. Drawers allow you to neatly stow extra linens, clothing, or other belongings out of sight. Look for smooth, sturdy drawers on double bed frames that open easily without jamming. The frame should maintain rigidity and not sag or bow under the weight of the filled drawers to keep the mattress base sturdy. If considering a storage bed, examine the frame’s centre support and quality hardware to ensure the structure properly supports the mattress for comfort.
Expect to pay between $500 - $1500 for a double mattress alone, depending on the brand, materials, and features. Double bed frames range from $400 - $2000 based on size, construction, and design details. For a complete double bed set including a mattress, bed frame, and basic bedding, prices typically range from $1300 - $3000. Higher end designer double beds can run over $5000. However, there are also more budget-friendly options between $800-$1500 for a simple but quality double bed.
Assembling a double bed frame requires carefully reviewing the instructions and identifying all hardware and tools needed. Make sure to construct the full frame first before placing the mattress on top. Most standard double bed frames take 1-2 hours to assemble with 2 people using basic tools like Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, etc. Take care to fully tighten screws and follow weight limits for storage drawers. Having someone assist helps align pieces smoothly. If unsure, hiring professional assembly may be worthwhile for seamless setup.
Tie your double bed into the room's overall decor by layering complementary bedding, throw pillows, lighting fixtures like lamps or sconces, artwork hung above the headboard, area rugs overlapping the bed frame, and greenery. Create a cohesive theme through colour schemes, textures, and materials. Use the vertical space above and around the bed creatively for storage and display. For smaller rooms, keep the styling minimal and understated. Let the bed be the anchor point upon which you build your dream bedroom retreat.