What Is the Cost of Upgrading to a King-Size Bed?

Let's just say ... you've been with your partner for a while. And while a queen-size bed works perfectly fine and is great for snuggling, you've gotten to the point where, well, you could just use a little extra room at night (or just distance from each others' farts). Thing is, upgrading isn't just as simple as buying a new mattress — you've got to create a whole budget. We did our best to break it down:

First, there's the bed itself ...

If you want to make things really cheap, you can just go with a box frame. Otherwise, when it comes to king-size beds, it seems like, unless you're going with a budget brand, you'll spend more than $1,000. And honestly, our "high" pick here feels on the lower end of high because this is the bed we really want.

Low

IKEA Malm King Bed Frame, $479
credit: IKEA

Mid

Floyd King Platform Bed With Headboard, $1,150
credit: Floyd

High

Blu Dot Nook King Bed, $1,999
credit: Blu Dot

Now, on to the mattress ...

Wow. Prices on mattresses really vary. Those Tempur-Pedic ones start at almost $3,000. But if you're at the point in your life where this is going to be the time you invest, well, might as well get something that's top-of-the-line. (And they do have payment plans.)

Low

IKEA Haugsvar King Mattress, $549
credit: IKEA

Mid

Casper King Mattress, $1,195
credit: Casper

High

TEMPUR-Adapt King Mattress, $2,899
credit: Tempur-Pedic

Then, you're going to need a new comforter.

(But honestly, we'd probably go with the low option here.)

Low

IKEA Honsbar King Comforter, $99
credit: IKEA

Mid

Buffy Cloud King Comforter, $190
credit: Buffy

High

Parachute Down Alternative All Season Duvet Insert, $329
credit: Parachute

What about a mattress pad?

Let's just pick something basic:

AmazonBasics Hypoallergenic Quilted King Mattress Pad, $25.99
credit: Amazon

Pillows:

You don't have to buy new pillows, but you will find that your old standard-size ones won't really fill up a king bed. If you're going to upgrade, let's assume you just stock up with something from Target.

Fieldcrest Down Alternative King Pillow, $21.84 each or $87.36 for four
credit: Target

Sheets:

Ideally, you'd have several sets of sheets for your new bed, but that's taking you down a new financial rabbit hole, so let's say you start off with two sets: one very basic and something kind of nice.

Basic Set:

Threshold Yarn Dye Stripe King Duvet Set, $80.99
credit: Target
Threshold Vintage Wash King Sheet Set, $53.19
credit: Target

Basic set total: $134.18

Nicer Set:

CB2 Linen Duvet and Two King Shams, $308.95
credit: CB2
CB2 Black Stitch King Sheet Set and Two King Pillowcases, $168.95
credit: CB2

Nicer set total: $477.90

Sheets total: $612.08

Grand Totals:

Of course, our scenarios are ballparks and we did our best to assume what you might reasonably go for, and what you might need, but everyone is different.

So, where does this leave us? On the lower end, you can expect to spend somewhere in the $1,800 range. Of course, there are ways you can make this cheaper: by keeping your current pillows, opting for a box frame, or finding better deals on sheets. On the high end, upgrading to a king bed could cost you around $6,000. Of course, you'll want to keep in mind that none of these figures account for any shipping fees or taxes. Blerg. In a nutshell, there's no way around it: You're going to have to spend a wad of cash.

cost of king size bed
credit: Google Sheets

Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein

Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014).