The sleeping space per person on a double bed is 27 inches, on a queen-sized bed it is 30 inches and on a king-sized bed it is 38 inches. For maximum sleeping comfort, many couples consider a king-sized bed a necessity, but the size of the bed can dominate a small room. Prevent problems by measuring carefully. Consideration must be given to the size of the bedroom and the bed frame, the traffic flow around the bed and the other furniture needed in the room.

Measure the Bed Frame

North America does not have regulated size standards for beds, so not all brands of king-sized beds are the same size. King-sized beds range from 72 inches to 80 inches wide and 80 inches to 90 inches long. The standard king is usually 76 inches wide by 80 inches long, or 6 feet 4 inches by 6 feet 8 inches. Measure the bed frame, from the outside edge to the opposite outside edge, for both width and length. This is the actual bed measurement.

Minimum Space Required

Calculate the space required for the bed and the space needed to move around the bed by adding 60 inches to the width and 30 inches to the length. This is the size of the footprint of the bed. Using the standard king as an example, the footprint is 11 feet 4 inches wide and 9 feet 2 inches long. A king-sized bed and the space required to walk around would almost fill the 10-by-12-foot room.

Other Considerations

Functionality of the bedroom will be challenging. Doors must open out and closet doors must be sliders. Create the feeling of a larger room by leaving as much floor space visible as possible; mount legless bed-side tables to the bed-head wall. Keep visual clutter to a minimum with simple window coverings and choose a monochromatic color scheme. Visually soften the edges of the room by choosing one color for the floor, walls and ceiling.


There will not be space in the 10-by-12-foot room for a dresser or chest of drawers. Using a captain's bed, which has drawers under the mattress, would help solve this problem. More storage could be provided with shelves mounted high on the walls and running around the perimeter of the room. Choose a closet organizer with drawers and built-in laundry bins.