How To Buy an Antique Bed Mattress

Updated: Apr 11

Of course it’s easier to drop into Ikea and pick out a bed. But you love the hunt — the antique hunt. You probably spent a lot of time picking through shopfronts or shopping digital boutiques. And now that you’ve found a bed that’s full of character and beautiful details, you know there’s no turning back to something generic and new.

But if you’ve fallen in love with an antique bed, you’re probably now dealing with the problem of not having a mattress that fits it. To be honest, it’s not something many people even consider when buying an antique bed. But back in the day, there just wasn’t the standardization we see now, meaning there are some weird antique bed sizes out there. Here’s what you need to do to get your antique bed ready to enjoy.

First, figure out your measurements

At first glance you might have thought your antique bed looked like a queen or a full. But upon further inspection, you probably found that those mattresses just didn’t fit right. The first thing you’re going to need to do is measure your antique bed so you can figure out where to go from here.

If you have an ill-fitting mattress on the bed, take it off. You need to see just the frame in order to measure your antique bed properly. With a measuring tape, measure the width of your bed. Start in one corner and stretch out the tape all the way to the other edge. Try to get as close as possible so you have an accurate measurement. Do the same for the length of the bed.

To give you an idea of how your antique bed measures up to the standard bed sizes of today, here’s a list of the most common bed sizes.

- Full 54” X 75’

- Queen 60” X 80”

- King 76” X 80”

There’s also the chance you have an antique bed that fits a ‘three quarter’ size mattress. This was one typical size of antique beds from back in the day. If your measurements are 48" x 75" — you actually have an antique three quarter bed.

Choose the best mattress

If the sizing is unique to your antique bed, your best choice is to go for a custom mattress. This allows you to not only customize the exact size you’ll need to fit your bed, but customize the firmness for the best night’s sleep.

Today, there is a growing need for custom-sized mattresses — from antique beds to rv beds — making the pricing far more affordable than it used to be in the past.

You fell in love with your antique bed because it was unique. So don’t get discouraged about the fact that it also needs a unique sized mattress.

Today, there are many options out there to get you the custom sized mattress you need. After taking all the right measurements and assessing your needs, you just need to choose which option is best for you.

Call us at 800.979.1924 and one of our mattress consultants will help you find the mattress of your dreams.

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