IKEA use standard European sized mattresses which is why people quite often refer to ‘IKEA sized mattress’ rather than ‘European’ but they are one and the same!
Continental sized mattresses and beds are sold by a small set of retailers in the UK quite often alongside standard UK size bed mattresses. If you are buying a continental sized mattress you may find it harder to find a bed available that fits and vice versa. If you are looking for a cheap continental sized mattress or a cheap European sized mattress I would recommend using an online stockists or supplier outlets to take advantage of the cheaper prices they offer. They can do this because they don’t have the same overheads as the big high street retailers but still offer the same quality mattresses. There is no standard European bed sizes convention with each bed size dependent on the bed frame. If however the base is just a box base the bed size will be the same as the mattress size.
If you want to buy mattress toppers or mattress covers your choice will also be limited in the UK. IKEA are the biggest retailer of European size mattresses in the UK. To check the sizes and make sure you don’t get the wrong size for your bed go to our IKEA mattress sizes page where this is fully explained.
If you are looking to buy standard UK sized mattress or bed then check this list of online bed mattress shops. Below is a chart of all Continental mattress and European mattress sizes in inches/feet and metric centimeters. Use this to compare European mattress dimensions and sizes. Just like standard bed frames child cribs and cots have no standardised sizing.
European bed mattress sizes chart
The following full chart has all the European mattress sizes in metric and imperial so if you are looking to do a conversion you can see how they relate. This is useful when working out what space you need in your bedroom or if you are planning on making your own custom quilt, duvet or blanket. The actual height of the mattress will vary from brand to brand. The width here is not referring to the height of the mattress.
Bed Mattress Type
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Width in Cm
Length in Cm
Width in feet & inches
Length in feet & inches
|Single mattress||90||190||2 Feet 9.5 Inches||6 Feet 2.3 Inches|
|Single long||90||200||2 Feet 9.5 Inches||6 Feet 5.6 Inches|
|Single extra long mattress||90||220||2 Feet 9.5 Inches||7 Feet 2.2 Inches|
|Double||140||200||4 Feet 5.9 Inches||7 Feet 2.2 Inches|
|Double long||140||220||4 Feet 5.9 Inches||7 Feet 2.2 Inches|
|King||160||200||5 Feet 2.5 Inches||6 Feet 5.6 Inches|
|King long||160||220||5 Feet 2.5 Inches||7 Feet 2.2 Inches|
|Super king||200||200||6 Feet 5.6 Inches||6 Feet 5.6 Inches|
|Super king||200||220||6 Feet 5.6 Inches||7 Feet 2.2 Inches|
The above chart shows the standard continental dimensions for mattresses throughout Europe and the E.U. You can use this as a measurement guide if you intend to buy a European mattress. Some stockists in the UK will also sell these sizes most notably IKEA. IKEA will often advise you buy a continental bed that fits their continental IKEA mattresses sizes from them or vice versa but often the gap is so marginal that it doesn’t matter. That said it is wise to check all the measurements before you go ahead and purchase. If you want to know what 200cm in feet (6 feet and 5.6168 inches) and inches (78.7401575) is you are probably looking to find out what the imperial sizes are for mattresses. Lots of people getting confused on this subject and debating it on sites like Yahoo answersContinental & European bed sizes Vs mattress sizes