Bed Sizes Explained
Divan and Mattress sizes explained

The most popular divan sizes are as follows:-

Imperial Measurements (Width and Length Approximately)

3'0 x 6'3 | 4'0 x 6'3 | 4'6 x 6'3 | 5'0 x 6'6 | 6'0 x 6'6

Metric Measurements (Width and Length Approximately)

3'0 (90cm x 190cm) | 4'0 (120cm x 190cm) | 4'6 (135cm x 190cm) | 5'0 (150cm x 200cm) | 6'0 (180cm x 200cm)


Bedsteads are normally upto 5cm wider than divans.

Width. Purchase the widest divan you can accommodate.
  • A single divan or mattress is 3’0 wide and yet a standard double is only half as big again at 4’6 wide.
  • The best body width indicator of a prostrate human is the elbow to elbow width in relaxed standing. This averages between 23/24” for adults giving only 8” for both partners when arms and legs stray during natural sleep movement.
  • 5’0 divans and mattresses are, generally speaking, 3 to 4 inches longer than the narrower widths, an important issue for the taller person.
  • Try adding the height of each person and dividing by two. This will give you the ideal width of the bed you should aim to buy.

The Sleep Council have an excellent website which is worth a visit.

Taken with permission from a paper prepared by Robert Wood MCSP (Chartered Physiotherapist) with help from the Loughborough Sleep Research Centre.
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