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King Size Beds Guide: The Best Buys in South Africa

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King size beds are fit for royalty (pun intended). If you are thinking about getting a king size bed, you should just go ahead and do it. But not before you’ve read this short guide on how to go about picking a king bed that perfectly suits your needs. King beds are great for couples and families (furry friends included), seeing as it provides ample space for an extra body or two to crawl into bed for a movie or a cuddle. Read on as The Mattress Warehouse’s bed experts explain (and showcase) the best king size beds for sale in South Africa.

How big is a king size bed?

There are two types of king size bed measurements – a “standard” and an XL. The normal king bed is 183 cm wide and 188 cm long. Whereas the XL king bed has the same width (183 cm) but is slightly longer at 200 cm. King beds are the ideal choice for people who prioritise restorative sleep in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  • King Bed: 183 cm x 188 cm
  • King XL Bed: 183 cm x 200 cm

Best budget king size beds

So you might be thinking that, because king size beds are the biggest of the standard bed sizes, they must be the most expensive, right? Well, to an extent, you’re right. If you are going to buy a top of the range bed, then the bigger ones will be slightly more expensive. However, you can still get a very decent king bed at an affordable price. So even if your bank account is not compatible with a king or queen’s, your bedroom can be.

Check out these great value for money king beds!

Rest Assured Eton Bed

The Rest Assured Eton king bed is an excellent affordable choice.
Affordable and stylish, the Rest Assured Eton king bed is an excellent choice for petit couples who like to sleep on a spacious bed
  • Price: Currently on offer for R6,699
  • Comfort Level: Medium (good for all sleeping styles)
  • Weight Limit: 90 kg per side

The traditional, dual-sided spring mattress offers great value for money. From the tempered steel springs for extra support to the natural, allergy free finish, the Rest Assured Eton is a reliable bed.

If you are big-boned or have a large family that regularly shares your bed, look for a bed with a higher carrying capacity.

Sealy Posturepedic Ponto Firm

Among king size beds by Sealy, The Ponto Firm is affordable and reliable.
Sealy is a well-known brand in the bed market. As such the Sealy Ponto Firm king bed is a reliable choice for those on a budget
  • Price: Currently on offer for R7,599
  • Comfort Level: Firm (good for back- and stomach sleepers)
  • Weight Limit: 125 kg per side

A modern mix of springs and pressure-relieving foams makes the Sealy Ponto Firm a fantastic king bed that you can pick up for less than R10,000! Moreover, it can accommodate a combined weight of up to 250 kg. So your children or pets can share the bed with you.

Tip: For pro advice on finding beds on a budget, click here.

Recommended king size beds for couples

Sometimes cuddling up to your partner is very romantic. But let’s be honest. Under the African sun, having space to cool off at night is number one. And that is why a king bed is great for couples. After all, you can still cuddle as much as you want! But once it’s time for some serious shut-eye, you can roll over to your side of the bed and drift off to dreamland without too much trouble.

Queen beds are also very popular among couples. Because they are smaller (152 cm x 188 cm), queen beds are easier to move around and fit into smaller rooms. But you would do well to remember that king size bed measurements are 183 cm x 188 cm. That’s basically two single beds (91 cm x 188 cm) next to each other. So if you have the floor space, go for the king.

When buying beds for couples, be sure to get a mattress that;

  • Does not allow movement transfer
  • Dissipates heat
  • Is comfortable for both of you

Without further ado, here are two great king beds for couples:

Universe Bedding Hotelier Platinum Bed

The silver-grey king size Hotelier Platinum bed.
With a 2-year guarantee and a 20-year service warranty, the Hotelier Platinum Bed is a long-term investment.
  • Price: Currently on offer for R8,799
  • Comfort Level: Firm (good for back- and stomach sleepers)
  • Weight Limit: 120 kg per side

Made from a combination of foam chips and high-density foam layers, the Universe Bedding Hotelier Platinum bed is excellent at absorbing movement. In other words, if you or your partner toss and turn a lot at night, the other one will hardly notice it.

Serta Eminence Bed

Beautiful blue king size bed base with a white pillowtop mattress, finished with a blue rim around the top edge.
Not only does it look good, the Serta Eminince Bed feels amazingly cool to the touch. Great for those hot summer nights.
  • Price: Currently on offer for R9,999
  • Comfort Level: Medium (good for all sleeping styles)
  • Weight Limit: 120 kg per side

The hassle-free Serta Eminince bed is great for any sleeping style. Furthermore, the design allows for air to flow freely through the mattress while you sleep. So even if two people share the bed, your temperatures will regulate well.

The right type of king size bed for co-sleepers

Sleeping with a baby or a pet on your bed is certainly nothing new. However, in recent years it has become more popular to keep your newborn close to you at night. Moreover, keeping a pet close by, whether for security or comfort, is so much easier on a king size bed. And what if you have more than one pet or child sharing your sleeping space? The answer is simple. More space equates to better sleep.

If you have a lot of small or furry bodies that share your bed on a regular basis, get a bed that is both spacious and robust. You’ll need a bed that can carry at least 125 kg per side (preferably more) if you want to make it a regular thing. Here are some of the favourite king beds for co-sleeping families:

Fabbro Grand Elegance Bed

Cream and off-white king size beds, like this one, go well in almost any bedroom setting.
With its 130 kg per side weight capacity, the Fabbro Grand Elegance king bed is an excellent choice for co-sleepers
  • Price: Currently on offer for R18,099
  • Comfort Level: Plush (great for side and back sleepers)
  • Weight Limit: 130 kg per side

The Fabbro Grand Elegance is just that. Grand. The individual pocket springs give an extra level of support. Furthermore, it contains state of the art gell infused memory foam that will help everyone on the bed (even the furry ones) to keep cool at night.

Forgeron Perfection Bed

The cream coloured Forgeron Perfection king bed has a beautifully hand tufted mattress.
With its hand-tufted finish and heavy-duty edge support, the Forgeron Perfection king bed will be a great addition to any growing family
  • Price: Currently on offer for R12,799
  • Comfort Level: Plush (great for side and back sleepers)
  • Weight Limit: 140 kg per side

With a whopping 140 kg per side carrying capacity, you can use your Forgeron Perfection king size bed for movies with the kids any day. And if you follow the turning sequence that comes with the mattress, you’ll be able to do family movie nights in bed for years to come!

The right size bed for tall people

If you are taller than 180 cm or if you like to sleep on your back with your arms stretched out above your head, XL king size beds are for you. That added 12 cm goes a long way to enhancing and ensuring deep, restorative sleep. There is nothing worse than trying to sleep with your feet hanging off the end of the bed. If you know what we’re talking about, you might be interested in one of these beds:

Edblo Messina XL Bed

With its charcoal-grey sides and light grey top, the Edblo Messina XL king bed is elegant and smooth.
Comfortable and supportive, the Edblo Messina XL king is perfect for tall people
  • Price: Currently on offer for R10,399
  • Comfort Level: Firm (great for back- and stomach sleepers)
  • Weight Limit: 120 kg per side

Great for tall people and back sleepers, the hypoallergenic Edblo Messina is a good choice if you are tall and don’t want to break the bank. The hybrid mattress combines individual pocket springs with high-density foams to give your bode the support it needs, from the head down to your ankles.

Kooi Pure Firm XL Bed

The grey base fits seamlessly with the grey bottom half of the mattress. An elegant curvy line defines the transition between grey and the white mattress top.
Layered with sleepy goodness, the Kooi Pure Firm bed is perfect for active people
  • Price: Currently on offer for R15,099
  • Comfort Level: Firm (great for back- and stomach sleepers)
  • Weight Limit: 130 kg per side

Many athletes are taller than average people. And because you put a lot of strain on your body, you need a proper night’s rest to rejuvenate your muscles. That is why an XL bed like the Kooi Pure Firm is perfect for you. It is long enough so that your feet won’t dangle and it takes excess pressure off of joints and pressure points, allowing for complete relaxation while you lie down. And it comes with a cool sleep tracker, so if you’re serious about your sport and your sleep, this one’s for you.

King size bed luxury – the best in class

And now we come to the best of the best. The luxurious, top of the range, king size bed. If you are settled in your career and doing well for yourself, these king beds might tickle your fancy. Or if you have some money lying around and you want to invest in your health, this is it.

The most luxurious king size beds are adjustable, split XL king beds. What’s that, you might ask? Well, it is a bed that holds two single mattresses next to each other instead of one king mattress. Moreover, both sides of the bed can be adjusted with a remote or an app on your phone. So if you want to sit upright in bed, you click a few buttons and your mattress lifts up to support you.

See for yourself…

Magniflex Adjustable Bed Set

Two sinlge XL mattresses on one base. The mattress on the right it propped up, to showcase the versatility of the Magniflex Adjustable Bed.
Italian craftsmanship at its finest. The Magniflex Adjustable Bed set is without a doubt one of the finest out there.
  • Price: Currently on offer for R49,999
  • Comfort Level: Medium (good for all sleeping styles)
  • Weight Limit: 120 kg per side

Not only can you adjust the Magniflex Adjustable Bed via remote, but it also reacts to the way you move in your sleep. So can set the tilt and angle of the mattress so that it provides optimum support, then when you move at night, it adjusts to keep you supported. Oh, and the mattress has a massage function. Thought you’d like to know.

Sealy Posturematic Odessa King XL Bed

Two off-white mattresses atop an elegant adjustable base gives the Sealy Posturematic Odessa a look of sophistication and style.
Luxury incarnate! With the Sealy Posturematic Odessa, you can customize your mattress so that it is better suited to your sleeping style
  • Price: Currently on offer for R89,999
  • Comfort Level: Firm (good for back- and stomach sleepers)
  • Weight Limit: 160 kg per side

The Sealy Posturematic Odessa is almost at another level. This luxe king size bed has pre-set adjustment functions. You can save your favourite mattress positions on your phone. Moreover, it has built-in USB ports so that you can charge your devices from your bed. No more scrambling around to find a wall plug. And of course, each partner can get a mattress with the comfort rating that they prefer. So you can truly create the best sleeping environment possible with this bed.

King size beds for sale online or in-store

So, now you know what the best king size beds are, why not browse the king size bed catalogue? Moreover, you know what to keep in mind when buying one. So it is probably fair to say that you can hardly wait to get your hands on one, yes? Luckily for you, The Mattress Warehouse makes it easy. Browse the full king bed catalogue online, or visit your closest store to test out one of many magnificent beds. And if you don’t have all the money handy to pay for your royal bed, you can always make use of the buy now pay later option.

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