What is the best mattress height from the floor?

Updated November 21, 2016

The best height of a mattress from the floor varies widely based on various factors including your size and personal comfort preferences. However, there are some standards to consider when buying a new bed or mattress.

Platform beds

Platform beds are typically closer to the floor than other styles of beds. A position of 46 cm (18 inches) from the floor is one of the most common heights for a platform bed. When sitting on a platform bed, the owner will find that her knees are bent and her feet touch the floor.

Standard bed frames

A mattress on a standard bed frame will be 63.5 cm (25 inches) in height from the floor to the top of the mattress. When the owner sits on a standard bed, his legs will be extended and his feet will still touch the floor. This is the most common height for mattresses.

Antique beds

Antique bed frames are higher than today's typical bed frames. An antique bed frame with mattress will typically sit at 91 cm (36 inches) from the floor. When the owner sits on this bed, her feet will not touch the floor.

Best mattress height

The best mattress height will vary from person to person based on individual needs. A mattress height no more than 56 cm (22 inches) from the floor is recommended. The general rule is that it should be easy for the owner to get in and out of bed. This means that his feet should touch the floor and his knees should be bent, which retains good posture and increases manoeuvrability.

Choosing a mattress height

Though the consensus is that it should be easy to get in and out of bed, the reality is that it can vary greatly. It may not be easy for a 1.96 metres (6 foot 5 inch) man to get in and out of a platform bed, but he may do well with an antique frame height. Meanwhile, a woman of 1.63 metres (5 foot 4 inches) may not be comfortable in that same antique bed frame, but may be more comfortable in a standard size bed or a platform bed.

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