How Much Space Do I Need for a King Size Bed?

Luxurious and stately, a king size bed provides couples with ample personal space and gives an individual plenty of room to sprawl out. While a bed is typically the largest item of furniture in a bedroom, a king tends to consume more than its fair share of square footage. Measure the room and its current furniture to ensure that the bed fits comfortably. If possible, free up floor space, tucking dressers inside closets and eliminating unnecessary seating.

Keep the bed frame, including the headboard and footboard, low-profile and narrow to minimize the bed's footprint.

Standard King

A standard king size mattress, also known as an eastern king, measures 76-inches wide by 80-inches long. The addition of a headboard and foot board increases this by several inches, especially the length. It requires a room that's a minimum of 8-feet by 9-feet to maintain roughly 2-feet of walking space around the bed; with furniture, including dressers, a larger space is ideal.

California King

A California king size mattress is narrower than a standard yet four inches longer, measuring 72-inches wide by 84-inches long. Despite the different measurements, a California king features approximately the same square footage as its shorter counterpart, and therefore requires a similar-size room. Because a California king is longer, either the length or width of the bedroom must be at least 10-feet. This allows for 2-feet of walking space around the bed and takes into account the additional length added by a headboard and foot board.

Accounting For Furniture

Bedrooms require more than just a bed to function, and items such as dressers expand the necessary dimensions of the room. While the bed itself needs a room at least 8-feet wide, the addition of a 15-inch deep bookcase increases the required width of the room to over 9-feet. Add in a 2-foot deep armoire on the opposite wall and your total required room dimensions now reach over 9-feet by 11-feet for a standard king size bed. Measure your existing furniture and use this to determine the ideal bedroom dimensions for a king size bed. Add this to the 2-feet of walking space required around the bed and the size of the bed itself to find a total length and width. Remember, open doors and drawers reduce the walking space; ensure that the remaining area is comfortable to maneuver in with the drawers open.

Layout Ideas

Strategic furniture placement allows you to work a king size bed into a room that barely meets the minimum size. Opt for narrow, tall dressers and armoires to keep floor space open, and don't stick to outdated rules when it comes to choosing a spot for your bed. Place the head of the bed underneath a window, outfitting it with a low-profile headboard, or push one side of the bed flush with a wall. Although not the ideal placement, the latter works beautifully when part of the bed would block a doorway anywhere else, and with plenty of pillows or a canopy, results in a purposefully cozy appearance.