How Big is a Three Quarter (Small Double) Bed?

How Big is a Three Quarter (Small Double) Bed?

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One of the key decisions you need to make before purchasing a bed frame and mattress is how big you want your sleep surface to be. As you well know, there are lots of different options available to you, from a Single (3ft) right the way through to a Super King (6ft) size. 

But what exactly is a three quarter bed (also referred to as small double)? How big is it? And who is it best suited to? Let’s take a look now.

How big is a three quarter (small double) bed?

A three quarter bed (also referred to as small double), measures 4ft wide by 6ft 3 inches long or 120cm wide by 190cm long

It is slightly larger than a single bed, but smaller than a traditional double bed. It’s ideal for a guest room or a child’s bedroom, where one person will want more room to spread out and sleep comfortably. Here is how a three quarter bed compares to the other sizes:

  • Single size: 90 x 190cm / 3’0 x 6’3
  • Three Quarter or Small Double size: 120 x 190cm / 4’0 x 6’3 
  • Double size: 135 x 190cm / 4’6 x 6’3
three quarter or small double bed dimensions
dimensions in cm and feet

In the picture above you can see the dimensions of the Woodstock Wooden Bed Frame, that’s priced at £299 for a double size.

The length of the bed frame is 203cm, but it will fit a mattress that is 190cm long. The width of the bed frame is 132cm, but it will fit a mattress 120cm wide. When you’re shopping for a new bed, make sure you check the dimensions of the bed frame, so  you know exactly how much room it will take in your bedroom.

How long is a three quarter bed?

In the UK, a three quarter (or small double) bed is 6ft 3in long, which equates to 190cm. This is long enough for those of average height but might not be ideal if you’re particularly tall! 

If you need something longer, you can go for a EU single size bed 90 x 200cm long or a EU double size bed, which is 140cm by 200cm long. There is no European EU three quarter bed size.

How big is a three quarter bed in feet?

The UK industry standard for three quarter beds is 4ft wide and 6ft 3in long. This makes them wider than single beds but smaller than standard doubles. Homeowners tend to favour small doubles for spare bedrooms, as they take up less space and are often cheaper to buy, which is ideal when the bed is only in use once in a while.

How big is a three quarter bed in cm?

Going by the metric system, a three quarter bed is 120cm wide and 190cm long. As we’ve mentioned, the smaller size of these beds makes them ideal for spare bedrooms. 

In addition to this, you might also find them useful if you’re not particularly tall, or if you don’t like to feel lost in too much space, as small doubles are fairly cosy. So, you might be wondering if a small double is big enough for two people? Let’s find out.

Is a three quarter bed enough for two people?

The short answer to this question is yes; three quarter (small double) beds are big enough for two people. Ultimately, whether it is appropriate for you and your partner is down to personal preference. 

If you like the idea of snuggling into one another during the night and don’t have a great deal of space in your bedroom, then a three quarter bed will work well for you. 

However, if you like your own space in the bed and tend to overheat at night, you would be better opting for a traditional double.

Did You Know? Usually three quarter (or small double) and double sized beds and mattresses have the same price. For example, Simba sells both their small double and double hybrid mattress for £599.40 when it’s on sale (reg. £999). 

The Nectar Memory Foam Mattress in small double size is: £477.95, while in double size it’s £483.45 when on sale. This is a slight difference, so if you have the space in your room, you might want to opt for getting bigger size since it’s the same price. 

What bed size is right for you?

A three quarter bed falls in between a single and conventional double in terms of size. It is 4ft (120cm) by 6ft 3in (190cm), which is more than adequate for single sleepers who want a bit more space, or couples who don’t mind snuggling into one another during the night. 

They are also a great option for spare bedrooms, as you can easily save some floor space while still providing a comfortable sleeping option for any overnight guests that you welcome into your home.

Prices mentioned above are accurate as of July 7, 2022.