|Here are just 10 reasons why a bigger bed is a far better bet|
|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."
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