Guide to Buying a Bed

When we get our new place, and are planning our bedroom, a new bed is always part of that. But there are certain things to consider before you pull the trigger on your purchase.

One of the biggest considerations is the size of your room.

For each room, much of it is determined on the purpose of the room.

For a small room with high ceilings if used by your children, you may elect to get a bunk bed/desk combo so that they will have an area to do their school work as well as sleep without compromising what little space there is.

This is also acceptable for a single business person who is focusing on work a lot and doesn’t expect to have guests spend the night.

For the small room if used for nothing more than sleeping you may want to just have a large comfy wall to wall bed. But this could make the room feel extremely cramped and congested.

If your room is this small though you may just want to consider moving either into a new house or another room. With this arrangement, there isn’t much you can do with it feng shui wise or much else. Cleaning under the bed or anywhere else in the room would also become quite a task as you try to reach in-between the bed and the walls.

Many may choose instead to have a more workable aesthetic area by getting a smaller bed and decorating the rest of the space

Large rooms you have so many options that it would be hard to go wrong…. In most cases that is.


There are several ways to make a big room seem a bit too big. An example of this would be a small bed in an empty room much like a hospital room.


If the room is to be used by you and your significant other you can get a nice king size French bed along with all the matching furniture to accompany it… if that’s your thing.

Okay so now that we have covered what type of bed would be good for your room (mostly as people have their own preferences) we can finally get to how to actually buy the mattress for your bed frame.

I know it seems silly to think of because a queen or king mattress should fit a queen or king frame, right?

In many cases you would be right. Unless you buy the frame and mattress separately. Honestly, until my co-worker actually brought it up I had never thought about it but it turns out that many countries actually have different sizes with the same name.

I’ll put it all in CM for consistency sake

  US Canada AUS UK Italy Norway Japan
King 198×203 193×202 183×203 (Super King) 180×200 (Matrimoniale) 160×200 180×200 194×195
Queen 152×203 152.5×202 153×203 (King)150×200 (Piazza Francese) 140×200  


Single 99×191 96.5×189 92×187 90×190 90×200 90×200 97×195


Size Malaysia/ Singapore Thailand China Korea South Africa


King 180×190 180×198 180×200 165×200 183×188
Queen 150×190 150×198 150×200 150×200 152×188
Single 90×190 120×198 99×190 100×200 91.5×188

*Ikea Uses European and US sizes so if you buy a local mattress it may be too short

As you can see there are so many different variations of mattress size that if you do know what to look for when purchasing your new mattress, you may end up with a US size bedframe with a Malaysian sized mattress and have a 13cm gap either at the head or foot of your bed.

So how to fix this if you have improperly sized your mattress to your frame and now have a gap?

The cheapest solutions are buy a large body pillow (under Rm100) or cheap blanket and just fill in the gap.

Some companies make fillers and wedges for this but they want way too much money for a small piece of foam, around Rm300.

The best preventative measure you can use a measuring tape or get the specs from the manufacturer before purchasing so that you know that it will fit or at least be able to get your money back if it doesn’t.

After you have picked the size of the mattress comes the material of the mattress as not all of them are created equal!


You have Foam or Memory Foam mattresses which can either be extremely soft or hard depending on your preference and budget. These are advertised for a more comfortable sleep as the foam will usually contour to your body and give even support.

Finding a “bargain” with these can be hit or miss as many may advertise Natural Latex or Memory Foam but give you normal foam that will spoil much faster.

Next on the chopping block there are Spring Mattresses which support your body with dozens of coils of metal. Largest advantage of these are that they have a tendency to stay cooler as they do not absorb as much heat.

Since the springs are made of metal over time the weight they support will change the shape and strength of each of these springs giving low spots and areas that are softer than others. This is often the reason why mattresses should be turned every so often to evenly wear the springs.

There is a material that has been around for many years but recently has become more mainstream for its ability to keep shape and remain firm.

Coconut Fiber mattresses are wonderful for those who like to sleep on a much firmer surface. An additional advantage is that the bed will stay cooler because it will not absorb the heat and can be found for a relatively low price.

A major downside to these mattresses though are weight and difficulty in moving them as the material is very stiff and difficult if even possible to fold.

Combination mattresses are exactly like they sound, A combination of different materials. So you can get them in a million different combination of the above materials as well as others not covered here.  They give the benefits of each design and mix them together to give a completely customized feel.

Pricing can vary depending on what name is sewn into the cover as well as the quality of the materials used.

With deciding which mattress you want to sleep on there is only one true test you can do though. You’ve got to lay on it and feel it for yourself.

Hopefully this article will help you choose the bed that is perfect for you,

Have a Happy Appy Day!