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People are notoriously picky when it comes to the matter of having space on their bed, which is why king size beds are so popular. Unfortunately, not all rooms can fit them without seriously impeding your ability to get other necessities like cabinets and nightstands inside. So, how big of a room do you need for a king-size bed? We've researched this question to get the answer for you.
A king bed might fit in a 12' by 12' room, though it would be best if you have a 13' by 13' room. At this point, a king-size bed could be an uncomfortably tight fit, but you will still be able to keep the bed in the room. A better option for most rooms this size would be a queen-size bed.
Trying to figure out the best size for your bed isn't just about getting the bed to lay down flat in the room. It's also about learning what other furniture would fit and giving yourself enough space to move around. This guide will help you understand what you will need for a king bed, and what else you should consider.
What Is The Average Size Bedroom?
An average-sized bedroom is 11- by 12-feet, making it fairly small compared to what many would assume. Most bedrooms measure slightly less than the 12' by 12' standard of this article. The smallest that a bedroom can be to reasonably fit a standard king bed is 10- by 12-feet, which means that a typical bedroom does fit a king bed, albeit with some difficulty.
If you want to go for an Olympic king bed, a California king bed, or an Alaska king bed, you will need additional space and will not be able to fit your bed comfortably in a 12' by 12' room. There would not be adequate space for your bedside tables, cabinets, or even to step your own feet out of bed each morning.
What Is The Best Bed Size For A 12' by 12' Room?
Because a king bed is doable but still relatively "too big" for most peoples' tastes, it's often better to go with a queen-size bed for a 12' by 12' room. Queen beds offer enough space for your home to have a luxurious feel while walking that fine line between spacious and cozy. It's the best of both worlds.
With that said, if you insist on having a king bed, there's nothing that will physically impede you from adding it to your room. You may need to get smaller nightstands or invest in extra storage, but it's still relatively doable.
How Does King Sizing Come Into Play?
There are multiple king-size beds, and while the entire category stems around a standard size, there are still alternative king-size beds that are modified to accommodate even larger spaces. You need to know what type of king mattress you have before you decide on bedding. (You can read more about king bed sizes here!)
What Is The Largest King Size Mattress?
Currently, the largest king size mattress is called an Alaskan king. This sprawling mattress is a whopping 120 square inches, meaning that the mattress alone occupies 10 square feet of a room. Due to the sheer enormity of an Alaskan king, most interior design experts agree that you should have a minimum of 16 square feet available for a mattress of this size.
How Big Is A King Size Bedframe?
A standard king mattress is 76- by 80-inches, and most bedframes add five inches to each side. As a result, a typical king size bedframe is 81- by 85-inches. If you are okay with having virtually no space to walk around or move, this means that the bedframe's measurements are the bare minimum a room could be if it were to hold a king bed inside of it.
If you have a larger king mattress, find out its dimensions and add five inches to each measurement. This will give you a general idea of what you can expect with bedframe sizing and how it'll fit into your room. Before you select a bedframe, read our post Do Beds Need A Headboard? [The Answer May Surprise You!]
Spacing Your Bed In The Bedroom
Now that you know the bare minimums for fitting a bed into your room, it's best to talk about how you can add the most space and give your bedroom a layout that remains comfortable in tight situations. Spacing is particularly crucial if you are claustrophobic since king beds can easily make an otherwise spacious room feel cramped.
How Much Space Should You Have Between The Bed And The Wall?
To be entirely comfortable in your living space, you will need to have a bare minimum of 30-inches around each side of your bed. For a more luxurious feeling, aim for 36-inches instead. The more space you have, the more luxurious your room will feel.
If you do not have that much room, a good way to add more "space" to your place is to push the king bed up against one or two walls. This position opens up the floor, giving your room a more spacious appearance.
How Far Should The Nightstand Be From The Bed?
Another major issue that you need to be aware of is the distance between your bed and nightstand. Thankfully, nightstands don't require much space to have a decent distance. You only need a three-inch gap between your bed and nightstand.
Where Should You Place Your Bed?
There are three typical bed placement setups: in the middle of a wall, against one wall, or wedged in a corner. The following guidelines can help with placement:
- Cramped rooms should place a king bed in the corner for enough spacing around the two exposed edges.
- If you have a smaller room but still want more space in front of your bed, line the length of your bed up against one wall close to (but not touching) a corner. Typically, position the bed against the wall with the bedroom door. In this layout, you can also position the bed near closets or shelves.
- For a more traditional way to position your bed, place the width against the middle of a wall. This gives you the "peninsula" look that people tend to enjoy.
The Bottom Line
A king bed can fit in a 12' by 12' space, assuming you're considering a standard bed. However, most people who have king beds in average-sized rooms will find the beds to be just a little too spacious for the room's dimensions. So while it may fit, it might look disproportionate to people who have a keen eye for aesthetics.
If you have an "oversize" king mattress style like a California king, a 12' by 12' room probably will not be a comfortable fit. Standard kings will work, but if you want to keep a minimum of three feet from each bedside, you're better off with a queen-size bed. Queen beds have the right proportions for an average room and still offer people the ample space they enjoy.
However, it's all up to you. If you're alright with having less space in your room, there's no reason to avoid a king bed. After all, you're going to be the one who gets to enjoy the bed, right!