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How High is Too High? Bed Height 101

Some like them high/ some like them low/ no matter your sleeping preference/ we'll tell you all you need to know. Poetry aside, we're here to talk about bed height. Have you ever considered how tall your bed should be? Are you concerned that your bed is too high?

You probably have a personal preference on how far above the ground is comfortable when you sit on the edge of the bed. As a guideline, your bed height should be proportionate to your overall height. You don't want to feel an uncomfortable strain on your body getting up in the morning.

Putting Your Bed Height to the Test


To start off, let's assess the current height of your bed, and then we will provide a few Mattress Firm tips on how to measure the ideal height for your next bed.

The first step is to sit on the edge of your bed. If your knees fall below your hips, your bed is too low. On the flip side, if your feet dangle over the end of your bed without touching the floor, your bed is currently too high.

Then, notice if your feet are resting flat on the floor, with your knees aligned with your hips. Can you sit down and get up easily off of your mattress? If so, your bed is at the ideal height for your specific sleep needs.

Simple Guide to Choosing the Ideal Height of Your Mattress

When you're at home, you can easily identify the perfect bed height for you with a few items found around your house.

  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 one of our Mattress Firm locations to try out beds already assembled at your preferred height. If the specific details are a lot to review and remember, one of our Mattress Firm employees will be happy to help you find the perfect height bed for you. Ultimately no matter what height you decide, make sure you'll be able to sleep comfortably and safely at night.
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