If you are reading a good guide to decorating a large bedroom, then it should also include a section on how to pick the furniture. Too often, little consideration is given to choosing the right pieces to put into this room.

A normal, average adult will take about 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night, children need more, and it often seems that some teenagers never leave their bedrooms. With people spending so much of the day in this one room, choosing the right bed makes sense.

Selecting the color scheme for a bedroom might take some time, but perhaps more thought should be given to the centerpiece. Choosing the wrong type, size, or style could ruin the vision that you were planning. Then there are other considerations too when it comes down to selecting the mattress. 

How to choose the correct sized bed for your room

Before you start thinking of the style or material the bed will be made out of, you will need to establish a budget. When determining how much you want to spend on a new bed, consider how long you want it for? You can get a cheap bed that you can use for temporary accommodation, or you could invest in something that will last for years.

Once you have sorted out your budget, it is time to decide on the size. Now, you may well think this is a simple choice; single or double right? Well, depending on where you live, you may encounter the following:

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Double
  • Double XL
  • Queen
  • King
  • California King
  • Texas King
  • Wyoming King
  • Alaska King

The best way to address the bed size is first to ask how many people it is for, and then measure the room it will go in. According to UCLA, to live well, you need to sleep well. So having a bed crammed into a small room, or a small bed with two people sleeping poorly, will not achieve this aim.

Ideally, allow a minimum of 3ft of space around the sides and base of the bed for you to walk freely around. Consider that wardrobes and other doors need opening space too. 

Choose the right style

Once the size is known it is time to consider the style. If you are living in a loft or converted attic, a four-poster bed might not be practical. You will have to consider the mattress too. If you have back problems then a fold-out bed may not give all the support you require.

Visiting comparison sites such as bestmattress.com.au can help you see which mattress is right for you. This may help when deciding on the right style bed too, as it will reduce your choices.

If you are looking for romance then canopy, sleigh, and four-poster beds might be ideal. For a compact room, futons, and pull-out beds could work. And, if you are short of shelf space, then look at storage beds. 

Selecting the right mattress

As mentioned above, you may also be in the market for a new mattress as well as a bed. According to Healthline, individuals should get a new mattress about every 8 years, so if you are changing your bed, it may be time to do this also.

Firstly, get the right size for your bed. If you are buying from the same retailer then you should be able to get proper advice, but if it is coming from another supplier ensure you have the correct sizes.

The next things that need to be considered are the following:

  • Comfort
  • Support
  • Firmness
  • Warranty
  • Cost
  • Shipping

There are also different spring options and materials to take onboard. Comfort and support are essential to you having a good night’s sleep and not causing issues with your back. Open springs are less expensive, but pocket springs will give more support. You could also choose between different foam mattresses and hybrids.

Memory foam mattresses are best if you sleep on your side or front, pocket springs are best for an individual who likes to sleep on their stomach, and latex foam is better for warmer climates. However, if you don’t have any particular issues, a hybrid mattress may be the best choice as it combines elements of each of these three types. 


When selecting the right bed, you need to consider your budget, your requirements, how many people will use the bed, and the size of the room. Once you have established this, it is down to personal taste for which style suits you best.

However, not investing the time to choose the right mattress can undo all your hard work. When looking to choose the best mattress for a good night’s sleep, consider how comfortable it will be, how firm it is, and what position you tend to sleep in. Lastly, if you or your partner is prone to allergies, then select a hypoallergenic type to reduce or prevent any issues.