If you are looking for a bed that is bigger than a double, can fit two average sized people (Only recommended for occasional use) but doesn’t take up as much room as a double, the small double maybe the bed you are looking for. The question is, what size is a three-quarter bed or mattress and where can you get one?
How big is a three quarter/small double bed?
A Three-quarter bed (also known as a “four foot” bed) sits nicely in between a standard single (90cm) and a standard double bed (135cm), they are perfect if you need that little bit of extra sleeping space but can’t quite fit a double bed into the room.
The measurements for a “three-quarter” mattress (in the UK) are 120cm x 190cm. This makes them 30cm (12″) bigger than a single and 15cm (6″) smaller than a double.
As with other sizes, this does not always account for the size of the base. Corner posts, headboards, footboards, handles, extra padding and/or piping may be larger. If space is limited, you should always check the full measurements of the bed you are interested in before purchase.
Where can I get a Small Double?
Most, but not all manufacturers now make three-quarter mattresses. This means they are generally available with any spring system and fillings. This is also true with divans with regards to storage options and sprung bases. The only real issue with the availability of three-quarter beds, due to low popularity, is with regards to bed frames. Bed frames that are made from wood, metal, fabric, and leather tend to be much more limited in availability. A reason for this is that some small double bedframes have a footprint the same size as a double divan. In this case, most people tend to choose a double, prioritising sleeping space.