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All About Bed Height

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While many of us never think about the height of our bed, it can actually play a big role in our overall comfort and sleep experience. Think about it — have you ever tried to get out of a car that was really low to the ground or tried to sit on a bike seat that was too tall for your frame? The wrong bed height can leave you with similar troubles.

Maybe you've never considered how tall your bed is or even if it's too short, but despite your knowledge of bed height, you probably have a personal preference on how far above the ground your bed should be — whether you know it or not. After all, your ideal bed height is whatever is most comfortable for you.

So, if you're curious and want to know what the average bed height should be compared to the ideal bed height for you, here's everything you need to know about bed height:

What is the ideal height of bed from floor?

As a general rule, the height of your bed should be proportionate to your overall height. While this may seem confusing, it's actually pretty simple. You don't want to feel an unnecessary strain on your body while getting up in the morning just as you don't want to feel like you must put extra effort into lofting your body into bed every night. Because, believe it or not, the height of your mattress can affect your body physically.

Having a bed that is too high or too low, especially if you are older in age, can put unnecessary string on your body and create join pain. For most, the standard bed frame height should be knee-level, about 16-24 inches off the group. At this distance, people can generally put both feet firmly on the ground and push off the bed with their knees bent, making the average bed height around two feet.

However, the ideal bed height for elderly sleepers can vary. While an elderly sleeper may have been used to a bed height of two-feet throughout their life, as he or she ages, it can be important to reevaluate bed frame height to prevent unnecessary stress on joints and muscles and adjust the bed frame and choose a mattress that is just right. And, it is always a good idea to consult a doctor when choosing the right bed for an elderly sleeper.

What to Consider When Choosing Your Bed Frame Height

Before you settle on a distinct bed height, it is important to take your bed frame type into consideration. We have listed the most popular bed frame styles below with suggestions for how high to make your mattress.

Platform Bed

With a mattress included, platform beds are typically 18 inches off the ground. Because of their aesthetic, modern appeal, these beds have gained popularity, but since they are so low to the ground your storage options are limited. These may not be the best options for taller or elderly people as they require you to squat in order to get up.

Traditional Bed

Generally around 25 inches from the ground, the standard bed frame usually requires a box spring to make the mattress most comfortable. This is one of the most used bed frames and often pairs well with taller ceilings.

Antique Beds

Older or vintage beds tend to be higher off the ground, which is closer to 36 inches. These can provide a dramatic look and a lot of room for storage, but they are often difficult to get on or off of, especially if you are petite or elderly.

Adjustable Bed Base

Ranging in height from 12 inches to 18 inches from the ground, adjustable bases provide you with a low to mid-height bed base option. Whether you prefer a lower bed or need a little more height, an adjustable bed is a can be great option for any sleeper.

How to Find Your Perfect Bed Height

If you're still not sure if your bed is the right height for you, there are a few easy ways to test it out whether using your own bed/mattress or some simple household items:

Test Your Current Mattress:

  1. First, sit on the edge of your bed, letting your feet hang down.
  2. If you're knees fall below your hips, your bed is too low, but if your feet dangle over the edge without touching the floor, your bed is too high.

Find Your Ideal Bed Height:

  1. Find a standard, 18-inch dining chair and take a seat. Can you get up without having to push off against the arms of the chair or use your knees? Typically, low-standing mattresses are positioned at this height. If you have difficulty standing up, you may run into problems each morning getting out of a bed that is low to the ground.
  2. For those wanting to sit higher off the ground, take a seat on a 24-inch or 30-inch bar stool to figure out if these heights are right for you. Does it feel like you're climbing up a jungle gym? Is it easy to maneuver yourself in and out of it? Remember, the soft edge of a mattress at any height is difficult to push off against, unlike sturdy arms of a chair.
  3. After measuring at home, head over to a Mattress Firm location near you to try out beds already assembled at your preferred height.

While we may sometimes forget about bed height, it can play a big role in our comfort. If you haven't tested out your bed height in a while (or ever), consider trying a few of the methods above. And, if it's time to upgrade your sleep space to include a mattress at your ideal height, visit a Mattress Firm near you or shop online at

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