14 Jan Bed Frame Height Factors and Selection Process, Part 1
While a mattress is one of the single largest factors in a good, healthy night of sleep each evening, it’s not the only such factor. Also at play are several other bed and sleeping accessories and characteristics, and one such area that sleepers must be sure not to overlook is the bed frame.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re happy to offer several bed frame options in addition to our huge selection of new mattress products, adjustable beds and other bedding accessories. There are a few important factors you should be thinking about when it comes to selecting the ideal bed frame for your mattress and bedroom setup, and one of the most important elements here is the height the frame provides. This two-part blog will dig into everything you need to know here, from standard bed frame and mattress height ranges to some tips we can offer on determining the right height for you.
General Bed Frame Height Ranges
Generally speaking, the height of your bed should relate to your overall standing height. The basic idea here is that you shouldn’t have to strain yourself getting into and out of bed, whether we’re talking knee strain from too low a bed or arm and back strain from a bed that’s too high and causes you to have to “climb” to get up onto it.
In most cases with this theme in mind, bed frame height should be at about your knee level when standing, usually anywhere from 16 to 24 inches above the ground. This is a level where you can put both feet on the ground and push off the bed with bent knees, meaning the bed itself will be roughly two feet high.
It’s important to note, though, that this basic theme doesn’t necessarily hold for everyone. Those with significant joint pain issues, such as seniors in some cases, may look to raise the frame somewhat to make it easier to get into and out of bed. There also might be situations where lowering the bed makes more sense for a given physical condition or comfort need.
Frame Type Factors to Consider
Here are some popular bed frame types, plus some height-related factors within each that may impact your choice:
- Platform bed: When including mattresses, platform beds are usually about 18 inches high. They are generally not ideal for seniors or those who are taller, as they may require squatting to stand up.
- Traditional bed: These are usually a bit higher frames, around 25 inches from the ground with a box spring under the mattress. These pair well with taller ceilings and a variety of heights.
- Adjustable bed: Adjustable bed bases are generally fairly low, from 12 to 18 inches off the ground in most cases. They’re a preferred option for many who prefer lower heights but also a variety of options.
- Antiques: Older antique beds are often very high off the ground, as much as 36 or even 40 inches in some cases. This can be difficult for some people to get on and off.