Average bed height varies between 16 to 26 inches from the floor to the top of the mattress, but some beds are higher or lower. You choice is determined by comfort, ease of access, decor style, and your need for underbed storage rather than bed size -- a twin-size bed can be the same height as a king, for example.
Customizing Bed Height for Easy Access
Easy and safe access, especially for elderly and infirm sleepers, requires that the person's feet touch the floor while the knees remain level with the hips when sitting on the edge of the bed. For most people, this requirement is met with a mattress height of 18 inches. Taller or shorter people require adjustments in bed height.
Bed Height and Decor Style
Tall beds, up to 36 inches, lend a formal look compatible with traditional decor styles. Four-poster beds often require tall mattress heights. Low beds, including futons, make the room look more spacious; they blend with contemporary and "zen" decor styles.
Jan Burch has written about home, garden, wellness and other topics since 1992. Her articles have appeared in ByLine, Living Natural and New Mexico Woman. Based in Albuquerque, Burch is a Feng Shui consultant and Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. A life-long crafting enthusiast, she holds a master's degree from the University of California.