In many ways, bed height is an important consideration when choosing our bedding. Often, however, this is not the first thing to pay attention to. However, this sleeping height influences our comfort, our well-being, but also the aesthetics that we want to give to the room. If the quality of the mattress and the bed base are the most decisive points for comfort and restful nights, the sleeping height can also have a say. But then, how do you know what height is suitable. Explanations.
Bed height: what exactly are we talking about?
In reality, talking about bed height is not the most sensible term. It would be more accurate to speak of sleeping height. This therefore takes into account several elements; it adds up the height of the legs, bed frame, box spring and mattress. Finally, the height of the bed corresponds to the distance measured between the ground and the top of the mattress.
When choosing your new bedding, you must therefore take these different elements into account and not be satisfied with the height of the frame. Sometimes the bed is low, but with the addition of the box spring and a thick mattress, the bed height immediately becomes more important.
Sometimes you even have to do some small calculations. Take the example of a bed that offers a frame height of 35 cm (from the ground to the top of the frame). In this context, a depth of 10 cm is provided for laying the box spring and then the mattress. We therefore remove this depth from the frame to add the bed base with a height of 6 cm and then the mattress with a thickness of 22 cm. The calculation formula would then be as follows: 35 – 10 +6 + 22 = 53 cm. This bed would therefore offer a sleeping height of 53 cm.
What is the ideal sleeping height?
There is no ideal height, as this is influenced by different parameters such as the sleeper’s morphology, age, sleeping habits or mattress technology. A wide range that is often put forward is that of a distance between the ground and the upper surface of the mattress of 45 to 60 cm. The bed should not be too high or too low to avoid superfluous movements and small repeated efforts which could cause some problems in the back or lower back, or even aggravate an existing pathology. Getting into bed and getting up in the morning should be child’s play. If your ability to get up in the morning is easy, you are not overweight and have an athletic profile, then the low bed should not cause particular difficulties. A bed that is too high also presents risks because it may require uncomfortable movements to get on the mattress. Note also that age can also determine need. Getting up can indeed become a bit more laborious as you get older.
A good tip might be to sit on the edge of the bed, put your feet flat on the floor, and check that the angle at the knees is approximately 90°.
An aesthetic question
The height of the bed is after all not only a question of comfort. Choosing between a low bed or a high bed also means determining the atmosphere you want to instill in the room. The highest beds are the most common models in the West. We obviously think of the traditional design adult bed or the boxspring with its storage box and its significant height which is somewhat reminiscent of hotel beds. It is here the feet which often have a significant height and an aerial side. Conversely, low beds give pride of place to minimalism and a refined style. Inspired by futons and traditional Japanese bedrooms, a beautiful solid wood bed with a low frame creates calm and zen in the bedroom.
The importance of morphology
The size of the sleeper is a crucial point to have the right height of the bed and to avoid possible aches or back problems in the morning. We agree that this good height is not a substitute for a good mattress, but it can improve daily happiness on its own scale, especially when awakenings are difficult. The needs are therefore not the same according to the morphology and size of the users. The taller you are, the higher you choose a bed. Conversely, a short person should prefer a low bed. Go for diverse bed collection here. And this is where things get complicated, because in a couple, we are not necessarily the same size. It will therefore be necessary to find the right compromise.
Consider the height of the mattress
The height of the bed also depends on the technology of the mattress and its thickness. Generally speaking, some types of mattresses tend to be less thick. This is the case for memory foam mattresses and latex mattresses, which are often between 15 and 20 cm high. Pocket spring mattresses, on the other hand, usually have a higher height of 20 to 30 cm. They therefore necessarily increase the height of the bedding. The thickness of the mattress is therefore a central element of bedding and the correct height of the bed. This mattress height will depend on the technology of the core (central part) then on the elements that make up the filling of the different sides of the mattress.
Note also that it will sometimes be possible to readjust the height of the bed by purchasing feet. They will raise the bed and gain precious centimeters.