How to Determine the Proper Bed and Mattress Height

Mattresses are getting big.How to Determine the Proper Bed and Mattress Height

Over the last few years, mattresses have been increasing in height.

Today’s breakthroughs in mattress design allow for more padding while still offering the support of a strong mattress.

The question is – what is the right height for a bed and mattress when it comes to you.

Here are a few ways to determine the proper bed and mattress height.

1. Your Feet Should Touch the Floor

The standard with bed height is that your feet should rest on the floor when you sit on your bed. Typically this has been about 22 to 25 inches tall.

However, this has changed in recent years, as people have been willing to go higher in bed if it means more comfort. As a result, it can be difficult to find a bed that allows your feet to touch the ground.

To offset today’s tall mattresses, there are platform bed options that lower bed height while still accommodating a taller mattress. There are also low profile box springs.

2. Bed Firmness Preference

Comfort is the ultimate determinant in most mattress decisions.

It’s so important to get a good night’s rest that people often want the most comfortable mattress possible. It really is no compromise on price for most people if it means a relaxing, peaceful night of sleep.

Today, technology now allows for a mattress to have firm support, which improves durability while still having a soft, comfortable top that conforms to your body’s natural position.

Pillow top mattresses are also popular. People love the feeling of falling into bed and being covered into almost a cocoon-like state.

If you do prefer a softer bed, a taller mattress is likely the ticket. If this is the case, custom fitted linens are often a necessity as most manufacturers are still trying to catch up to today’s taller mattresses.

3. Bedroom Design

The last consideration with bed and mattress height is bedroom design.

Modern looks sometimes have platform beds with low profile beds. These are often custom-looking beds with only a mattress to go on a bed frame with slat supports. This style offers a sleek, low profile look that some people enjoy.

In other cases, the higher mattress and bed has signified a true master bedroom. A high bed was always something to aspire to have and most people still want this look for their own bedroom.


These are just three considerations to think about when determining your proper bed and mattress height.

What else would you add to this list for someone considering a new mattress?

What are some questions you had when looking for a particular mattress height?

Tape Measure courtesy of aussiegall

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