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Thursday, 06 October 2011 15:40

'Shameful shoebox homes' are scuppering many couples' hopes of a great night's sleep.

According to The Sleep Council, most couples would get a better night's sleep if they shared a king-sized rather than standard double bed.

But cramped modern homes simply don't provide enough bedroom space for king-sized beds.

A new study by The Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) – The Case For Space – has again highlighted the growing problem of space restriction in homes, dubbing many new builds 'shameful shoebox homes'.

Said Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council: "In our experience, most couples would choose a king-sized rather than a standard double bed because more space means less partner disturbance and therefore better sleep.

"Unfortunately the reality is that sales of king-sized beds are stuck at around a third of double bed sales and the feedback we get is that people just don't have enough bedroom space to accommodate a larger bed. In 1993 king-sized beds accounted for 20% of sales and by 2004 had reached 30% of all sales. Since then the figure has risen much more slowly and is now stuck at around the 33% mark.  We believe that is almost entirely down to lack of bedroom space."

According to the Riba report, the average new three-bedroom homes covers 950 sq ft, almost 100 sq ft less than recommended in recently issued London planning guidelines.

The Sleep Council itself called on new homes developers to build bigger bedrooms for bigger beds back in 2004 when bed industry bosses took builders to task on bed space.

Said Jessica: "The case for bigger beds providing better sleep is incontrovertible. Sadly, the luxury of extra sleeping space will remain a dream for many or an occasional away-from-home pleasure."

Here are just 10 reasons why a bigger bed is a far better bet:

  1. Because a standard double bed (135cm/4ft 6in) gives each person just 2ft 3in of space – less than a baby in a cot.  Now how squeezed is that?
  2. Ergonomic studies show that couples sleep better in a bigger bed. Before the trials only 15% said they would buy a larger than standard bed. Afterwards 50% said they would. (Ergonomic pilot study by the National Bed Federation, 1995.)
  3. Because you spend a third of your life in bed – by the time we are 50 we'll each have spent some 16 years in bed. So, if you are going to spend all that time there, why take the trip to dreamland in tourist class when you can go first class?
  4. Because it doesn't necessarily cost a whole heap more to move up a size.  Over seven years, for every £100 spent on a new bed, it costs just 3.9p per night.
  5. Because 16 other countries can't be wrong!  That's how many boast bigger average bed sizes than Britain.  Top of the league are Belgium, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Finland and Switzerland where most people sleep in a roomy 160cm by 200cm bed.  By contrast we Brits still buy more 135cm by 190cm beds.
  6. Because you spend as much as you can afford on the best possible house, holiday, car, kitchen, TV and sound system.  So why so stingy when it comes to buying a bigger bed?
  7. Because you wouldn't want to get left behind! Although two-thirds of us still opt for the standard size, larger beds are becoming ever more popular among those with the bedroom space to take one: 33% of double pan and bedstead sales are now 5ft (king-size) or larger.  (GfK NOP Consumer Scope Beds and Mattresses Market Monitor, December 2010).
  8. Because the average person wriggles and turns some 60 to 70 times a night – so you want to put as much space between you and your mate as possible to reduce the disturbance factor.
  9. Because you may not be as young as you were – or as slim!  A 2009  report from the NHS Information Centre said almost a quarter of adults in England were classified as obese in which case the 'two in a 4 ft 6ins scenario' could be putting a severe strain on your relationship.
  10. Because once you've slept in a king-size, you'll never want to be a second class sleeper again!

The Sleep Council, High Corn Mill, Chapel Hill, Skipton, BD23 1NL
Tel: 01756 791089. Web. www.sleepcouncil.com

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