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Is a King-size Bed Too Much for a 12×12 Room?

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There’s always the temptation to get the biggest bed imaginable. A king-size bed not only seems like it’ll give you the most comfortable sleep possible, but it’s also great if you want to share your bed with others.

But, they’re designed to fit into large bedrooms. If you have a smaller bedroom, like ones that’s 12 ft x 12 ft, you might wonder if you can still fit a king into it. And, even if you can squeeze it in, you might not be sure if it will leave space to walk around.

A seemingly king size bed in a small room

By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have a better handle on that question. We not only looked at whether a king-size bed will fit into a 12 ft x 12 ft bedroom, we also shared what you can do to make your room look its best.

Will a King-Size Bed Fit in a 12 Ft x 12 Ft Room?

An illustration with measurements of a small bedroom that is 12x12 with a king size bed that is 6.5 feet by 6 feet

A standard king-size mattress is approximately six-feet wide and six-and-a-half feet tall. So, it’s big, but not too big to fit into a 12 ft x 12 ft room. But, you also have to factor in the bed’s frame and headboard.

King size bed with headboard sticking out

In addition to the mattress, you’ll need to measure the headboard or any parts of the frame that stick out. In most cases, this will add an additional five inches in every direction. Even then, a 12 ft x 12 ft room should be large enough to fit a king-size mattress.

Whether the bed fits into the room is a little more complicated, however. You’ll want to also ensure there’s enough space for people to walk around the bed. You might also have other furniture you want to fit into the bedroom.

Layout Ideas for a Bedroom With a King-size Bed in a 12 Ft x 12 Ft Room

A close-up of a king size bed

Because king-size beds are designed for at least two people to sleep in, you’ll probably want to leave walking room on either side for both partners. In a room as small as 12 ft x 12 ft, that probably means placing it in the middle of the room with the headboard against one wall.

Headboard with drawer sort of built into it

One good option to make the most of limited space is a bed frame that has drawers built into it. These are called captain’s beds, and they allow you to store bedding and clothes without filling valuable room space with a dresser.

You can also use a headboard that comes with some shelving instead of a nightstand. While you probably won’t want to put clothes in this, you can fill it with smaller items that you’d normally keep in your nightstand. If you don’t want a headboard with shelving, consider downsizing a nightstand with an end table or stool. 

Bed opposite the entry door

The room’s layout will also depend on its orientation. We recommend putting the headboard opposite the door to the room. That will provide equal access to each side so one partner doesn’t have a longer walk to get into bed.

A side of a king size bed against the wall

We also recommend not pushing the side of the bed against the wall. Not only will this make it harder for one partner to access their share of it, but it will leave the room looking unbalanced.

Will a 12 Ft x 12 Ft Room Fit a King-size Bed and Furniture?

If you want to put a king-size bed in a 12 ft x 12 ft room, you’ll have to be very strategic when adding any additional furniture. At the very least, you’ll want to leave enough room that the people who sleep in the bed can move around.

Room with a king size bed, but not much room for anything else

You’ll want to right-size your expectations of what will fit in a room that size with a king-size bed. For example, you won’t be able to add a large wardrobe or a set of chairs to lounge on. 

What Problems Can a King Bed in a 12 Ft x 12 Ft Room Cause?

A good rule-of-thumb is that you want three feet of space on each side of the bed for people to walk around. In a 12 ft x 12 ft room, a bed that is already six feet wide by approximately six-and-a-half feet long will have less room than is recommended.

A king size bed in a small room that has just enough space on the sides for walking

On top of that, you should figure an additional five inches on all sides for the frame and headboard. So, walking space will be a little less than recommended. And, you’ll cut into it a little more if you add something like a dresser or a chair.

King size bed in a room with a tall ceiling

Another issue is that too much furniture will make a room look small and cluttered. A king-size bed can do that by itself in a small room. You can offset that with windows and tall ceilings. But, there’s a fine line between a feeling of coziness and a feeling of clutter.

King size bed with a brightly-colored bedding

You can also use brightly-colored bedding. Bright colors tend to give the impression of more space, while reserved and darker hues make a room feel closed in.

Will a King Bed in a 12 Ft x 12 Ft Room Make It Look Small?

Yes, a king size bed will likely make your room look small. Too much space taken up by furniture will make any room look small and cluttered. A king-size bed can do that by itself in small bedrooms.

King size bed in a room with high ceiling and a high window with bright lights, wall paint and bright bedding

High ceilings or windows in the room can offset that by giving the room the appearance of more space. In addition, you can use brighter lights, lighter wall paints, and bright bedding to make a room look bigger.


While a king-size mattress isn’t too large to fit into a 12 ft x12 ft room, that doesn’t mean it isn’t too large for the space. You’ll need to account for people moving around and any critical bedroom furniture, like a dresser.

There are ways to do that, especially if you’re willing to get creative. In fact, given the right circumstances, it might even feel a little cozier than a big room in which a big bed might get lost.

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