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Our Top Picks: Single Beds for Adults

Author imageThe Mattress Warehouse

Single beds (also known as twin beds) aren’t only for growing kids and teenagers. Adults can use them just as easily. Whether you are a student moving into res for the first time or a young professional moving into your first bachelor flat, a single bed can work for you. The Mattress Warehouse reviewed a whole range of single beds to find the best twin bed for students, heavyset people and so much more. Keep reading to learn which single bed is the best for you.

Is a single bed suitable for an adult?

A single bed is perfectly suitable for adults. It is one of the most versatile beds because it can be moved around with ease and squeezed into small spaces. Be warned though, if you share your bed with a spouse or a pet, a single bed might not be your best option. Here are some reasons to use a single bed as an adult:

  • Small space living – Say for instance, that you live in a small bachelor flat that doesn’t have a lot of floor space. You can use your single bed to double as a couch by day and a bed at night. Two birds with one stone!
  • Live-in caregiver – Sleep-in caregivers will generally need to sleep in a single bed to be close to the person in their care. Unless, of course your ward puts you up in an en-suite guest room (which mostly happens in movies, sadly).
  • Student accommodation – Students rarely get the luxury of living in large rooms that has space for double beds. As such, single beds are the go-to option. More often than not, students in dorm rooms or residences have to share their space with a mate. So having a big bed is not really an option.
  • If you are on a budget – Young professionals are often restricted in what they can and can’t afford. But having a good bed is essential for healthy living. So if you fall in this category, rather spend your money on a good quality single bed than on a poorer quality, larger bed.

And the list goes on. But we don’t want to bore you with long lists. You probably want to know a bit more about the single bed. Let’s find out.

The pros and cons of single beds for adults

Before we continue with the pros and cons of single beds, it might be prudent to answer the following question:

What size are single beds?

Great question. Glad you asked! For people of average height, you get the regular single bed that is 188 cm x 91 cm. And if you are taller than 1.8 m, you probably want an XL single bed, which is 200 cm x 91 cm. The height of a single bed will vary from brand to brand. If you are space-conscious, ask the salesperson how high the bed is before you make the purchase.

The Pros

  • Single beds are easy to manouvre around a room
  • It is also easier to move a single bed than a bigger bed from house to house (for those of you that move around a lot)
  • They work well in small spaces, like bachelor flats
  • You can use a single bed as a daybed in your living room, meaning it can double as a couch
  • Single beds are great for live-in workers and university students

And The Cons

  • Single beds are just not big enough to sustainably support couples sleeping on the same bed
  • A single bed is not ideal for you if you turn around a lot while you sleep
  • Twin beds are not pet friendly

The Mattress Warehouse Top Picks: Single Beds for Adults

Best for the student

Kooi B-Series Firm Single Beds are great for active people.
The Kooi B-Series Firm Single Bed is great for people with action-packed days
  • Currently on offer for R5,499
  • Firm comfort rating
  • 3-year guarantee
  • Weight capacity of 150 kg

The Kooi B-Series was designed to provide restorative rest for active people. And we all know that student life can get super hectic at times! This bed is easy to assemble (good for res) and it sleeps like a dream.

Tip: If you like a softer mattress, the Kooi B-Series is also available in medium and plush comfort ratings.

Best lightweight single bed (easy to move)

The Kooi Zina Bed has room for a couple of storage boxes under the bed, for those of you that live in a small space
  • Currently on offer for R2,899 (bed base only, no mattress included)

If you like redecorating your space on a regular basis, the Kooi Zina Ben is for you. It is easy to assemble and the frame, once intact, can be moved around by one person without too much hassle. Because the base is not solid but consists of wooden slats, the frame isn’t too heavy either.

Best for the heavy-set adult

Sealy Crown Jewel Lindsay Firm Single Bed
The Sealy Crown Jewel Lindsay Firm Single Bed can carry an impressive 160 kg
  • Currently on offer for R11,649
  • Firm comfort rating
  • 3-year guarantee
  • Weight capacity of 160 kg

In general, firm mattresses provide the best support for heavy-set people. As such, the Sealy Crown Jewel Lindsay Firm Single Bed with its 160 kg weight capacity is at the top of our list. Not only is it one of the single beds that can support the most weight, but it also provides a cool to the touch sleep surface. As one of our testers put it:

Amazing nights sleep…

Afzal, bed reviewer

Best budget buy

Rest Assured Eton Single beds are great if you are on a budget.
The Rest Assured Eton Bed is made from allergen-free material
  • Currenly on offer for R3,599
  • Medium comfort rating
  • 1-year guarantee
  • Weight capacity of 90 kg

With its medium comfort rating, the Rest Assured Eton Single Bed is suitable for all sleeping styles. So no matter how you prefer to sleep, this bed is perfect for you if you are shopping on a budget.

Best luxury single bed

Sealy Posturematic Odessa - Single XL Bed. The epitome of luxurious sleeping.
The Sealy Posturematic Odessa Single XL Bed can be adjusted to give your body optimal support
  • Currently on offer for R44,999
  • Firm comfort rating
  • 2-year guarantee
  • Weight capacity of 160 kg

The Sealy Posturematic Odessa Single XL Bed is as high-tech as it gets. The bed set has built-in USB ports for device charging purposes. Moreover, it has Bluetooth connectivity so that you can adjust the reclining angle or activate a mattress massage from your phone. Oh, and the mattress is extremely comfortable as well. Pure luxury!

Best single sleeper couch

Astrid single sleeper couch
The Astrid Single Sleeper Couch is perfect for cramped living spaces
  • Currently on offer for R5,499

If you need extra sleeping space, but your living area just won’t allow it, a single sleeper couch might do the trick. The Astrid Single Sleeper doubles as a super comfortable seat. So you can play Xbox while sitting up or lying down.

Find single beds for sale online

Now that you have the facts, you can make an educated decision about whether to pursue buying a single bed or something a bit larger. And because there are more pros to having a single bed than cons, you should go ahead and check out our wide range of single beds for sale near me here. Remember that you can get a 100 day free trial period to test the bed and if you don’t like it, you can send it back for a full refund (T’s & C’s apply)

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