Does Size Really Matter? Why a Bigger Bed is Better

Feb 1, 2024 | Sleep & Wellbeing

For many, February is considered the season of love, and one thing most of us can agree on is the love we share for our beds and that glorious feeling of waking up after a fantastic night’s sleep.

Whether you share your bed with a partner or get it all to yourself, the size of your bed can play a significant part in how well you sleep. You may ask yourself, “Does size really matter?” We’re here to say, yes, it does!

Partner disturbance is one of the most common complaints for poor sleep, and yet the UK double-size bed is still the most popular choice for us Brits, although this number is slowly decreasing. According to our 2023 Consumer Research* survey, the number of people who bought a double-size bed dropped from 37% in October 2022 to 34% in July 2023, and the number of people who bought a super king-size bed increased from 5% to 6%. Interestingly, single beds appear to be growing in popularity, up from 10% in 2022 to 14% in 2023.

But why is a bigger bed better?

Sleeping in a larger bed, or even your own single bed, means you are less likely to disturb one another. When sharing a bed, you should be able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head and your elbows out, without touching. A standard double bed (135cm/4ft 6in) gives each person just 2ft 3in of space – less than a baby in a cot. Now that’s a squeeze!

Still not convinced? Think about what you might pay for a new house, holiday, car, kitchen, or TV. We usually try to spend as much as we can afford, so why be stingy when buying a bigger bed?

Think about the fact we spend a third of our lives asleep. That means by the time we are 50 years old, we each will have spent some 16 years in bed. If you are going to spend all that time there, why not take the first-class carriage to dreamland?

Don’t let the love fizzle out; the next time you buy a new bed, go bigger!

More reasons why you should buy a bigger bed.

* Results from an online panel survey carried out by Censuswide in October 2022, based on a broadly representative sample of 1000 people by age, gender and region who had purchased a bed/mattress in the previous six months. 

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