As an expert bedmaker, I’ve dedicated my career to handcrafting best-value mattresses that not only ensure a restful night’s sleep but, as of late, also foster family bonding. In this article, I’ll explore the concept of the family-size bed – a modern twist on a historic sleeping arrangement.
Oversized beds are returning, offering a unique solution for families striving to connect in today’s fast-paced world. Drawing from my decades of experience in bedmaking, I’ll break down the sizes, costs, and benefits of our family-size beds, explaining how they adapt to the evolving needs of contemporary families.
Learn how these family beds provide comfort, security, and a shared space for families to grow closer.
What is a Family Size Bed?
A family bed is a sleeping arrangement where parents and children share the same bed. I’ve seen shared family sleeping spaces becoming increasingly popular for bringing school-aged kids and parents closer. While historically common, family beds fell out of favor over the past century in Western culture.
Today, some families are purposefully coming together in oversized beds to bond and counteract the divide technology and dual-parent employment have caused.
Our family-size beds allow family members to be close together at night while offering ample space for every family member to stretch out and enjoy quality time together comfortably.
How Big Is The Family Bed?
Our family beds come in three generous sizes. Each size below provides unparalleled comfort and space, ensuring everyone has room to relax and sleep peacefully on these oversized mattresses.
Custom Mattress Options Are Available: Because we’re a factory-direct manufacturer, our family beds can come in any dimensions, foundations, fabrics, or shapes.
Family King Lite
This medium family bed size works well for cozier family units, offering ample stretching room while optimizing bedroom space.
- Dimensions (W x L): 107.5″ x 79.5″ or 273.05 x 201.93 cm
- Size equivalent to: Two Full XLs
- Ideal for: Medium-sized families or those who enjoy extra space
With room for 2-3 kids, this large family bed strikes a nice balance for many families seeking space to grow into.
- Dimensions (W x L): 119.5″ x 79.5″ or 303.53 x 201.93 cm
- Size equivalent to: Two Queens
- Ideal for: Larger families or parents co-sleeping with young children.
Family King Max
Our 12-foot Family King Max, family bed option allows even bigger families to spread out in plush comfort.
- Dimensions (W x L): 143.5″ x 83.5″ or 364.49 x 212.09 cm
- Size equivalent to: Two California Kings
- Ideal for: The ultimate choice for the largest families (3+ children) or those who want the most space possible.
What Does a Family Bed Cost?
As you know, family beds come in various sizes to accommodate households big and small. Cost varies based on the mattress dimensions and construction preferences. Our pricing aims to reflect the exceptional quality, comfort, and durability that goes into every family bed we make.
The cost of your family bed, with or without a foundation, will depend on the base model you choose. These costs below are reflected based on our popular 90th Anniversary hybrid models, Rejuvenate and Restore. We offer family-size beds in almost all mattress collections except our Basic, Majestic Supreme, and Somnolent lines.
|Family Size Model
|Family King Lite
|Family King Max
Family Bed Size Foundations
When investing in a family-size bed, I highly recommend you purchase supportive frames and foundations to complement such a huge bed for the whole family. Amish-designed foundations, for instance, are designed to help provide a seamless sleep environment that supports every family member in style and comfort.
Amish-design frames offer the ultimate in strength. These heavy-duty mattress foundations provide three times the slats of industry standards; that’s 18 slats, not 6.
They also include double-center support for superior support, which helps reduce motion transfer and extends the life of your new family bed.
From my experience, an Amish-built foundation is very sturdy and will extend the life of your family mattress. I would not recommend anything less for this style of bed.
Benefits of Co-Sleeping
Co-sleeping, a practice where children sleep close to one or both parents, offers numerous benefits essential for a family’s emotional and physical well-being. This concept aligns with attachment theory, which emphasizes the importance of strong emotional connections within the family for the optimal development of children.
- Enhanced Emotional Bonding: Co-sleeping fosters a unique bond between parents and children. It provides a special time for families to connect, which is particularly beneficial in today’s fast-paced lifestyle. This practice is especially advantageous for large families or those with co-sleeping arrangements, turning bedtime into a serene bonding experience.
- Improved Child Behavior and Adjustment: According to pediatrician Dr. William Sears, co-sleep children tend to exhibit better behavior and adapt more effectively to life’s stresses. The close physical proximity during the night offers a sense of security, contributing to a child’s emotional resilience.
- Convenience and Comfort: For nursing mothers, co-sleeping offers the convenience of easier nighttime feedings. It also allows both parents and children to enjoy better sleep quality due to the comfort and reassurance of being close to each other.
- Creating Lasting Memories: Sharing a sleeping space allows families to create enduring memories. Whether it’s bedtime stories, late-night conversations, or simply the feeling of closeness, these moments contribute to a rich tapestry of family experiences.
- Flexible Family Dynamics: Some families may choose to use family beds long-term, while others might transition to separate sleeping arrangements as children grow older and seek more independence. This flexibility allows each family to adapt co-sleeping practices to their evolving needs.
- Promotes Independence and Confidence: Contrary to some beliefs, co-sleeping can encourage independence in children. As they grow in a secure and loving environment, they develop the confidence to explore their world independently.
- Safety and Security: Co-sleeping can provide a sense of safety for children, especially in their early years. The presence of a parent can be reassuring during the night, reducing fears and nightmares.
In conclusion, co-sleeping offers many benefits that can enhance family bonding, improve child behavior, and provide comfort and security. It’s a personal choice that can be adapted to suit the unique needs of each family, contributing to a nurturing and loving home environment.
Top 3 Reasons to Embrace Families Sharing A Bed
A family may opt to sleep together in an oversized bed for:
Sharing sleep space allows quality bonding time, from bedtime stories to morning cuddles. Kids feel emotionally supported and connected which can lead to better sleep.
Avoid nightmares. Children who still crawl into mom and dad’s bed after a nightmare can feel safely comforted without anyone having to wake fully or change rooms.
Family beds make nighttime parenting convenient and easier, like allowing to attend to kids’ needs faster. Early risers can get up without waking the household.
How Does a Family Bed Compare to an Alaskan King Bed?
The Alaskan King, a sprawling 108 by 108 inches, resembles a personal cloud, ideal for couples who desire ample space to stretch out. In contrast, our Family Beds are thoughtfully crafted to meet the specific needs of families, emphasizing comfort and practicality with their optimal dimensions.
Unlike the Alaskan King’s square shape, Family Beds are rectangular, prioritizing width over length to maximize sleeping area. In other words, the family bed design effectively utilizes space, while the Alaskan King’s approach results in underused areas (refer to image comparison).
However, if your preference leans towards extra length, perhaps for family members who enjoy sleeping at your feet, we can accommodate that need with our extended-length options.
Most importantly, the Family King Max holds two key advantages over the Alaskan King:
- It provides a larger sleeping area, offering 84 square feet compared to the Alaskan King’s 81 square feet.
- Its design ensures it can fit through standard doorways, a feature the Alaskan King lacks, enhancing its practicality for home use.
Alaskan (81 square feet)
107.5″ x 107.5″
Family King Max (84 square feet)
143.5″ x 83.5″
Advantages and Challenges of Co Sleeping Beds
When considering a shared bed, I believe weighing the benefits and drawbacks is necessary. They offer unique bonding opportunities, customization, room to grow as your family expands, and security advantages for little ones. However, I also believe they come with a couple of challenges we need to address. So let’s quickly examine the pros and cons to understand better if this sleeping arrangement is the right fit for your household.
Pros and Cons of Family Beds
- Bonding: Family beds facilitate convenient bonding interactions from bedtime stories to morning snuggles. Children thrive when connections are nurtured.
- Growth Flexibility: Family beds purchased with room to grow minimize costs as kids age and space needs evolve.
- Security: Family beds provide scared children an accessible, safe space between their caring parents. Kids tend to self-transition over time when ready developmentally.
- Bedroom Footprint: Larger mattress sizes naturally translate to a bigger bedroom footprint for family beds than traditional bed sizes.
- Moving Logistics: Given their expanded weight and dimensions, relocating or rotating family beds poses more significant logistical challenges than smaller mattress sizes.
Key Considerations for Family Beds
When integrating a family bed into your home, it’s crucial to consider several other aspects to ensure it enhances your family’s sleep experience and overall well-being.
- Establishing Boundaries: It’s essential to set clear boundaries in a family bed to promote healthy sleep habits for children of all ages. This includes rules around using electronics, maintaining a quiet environment, and other bedtime routines.
- Fostering Independence: Family beds offer comfort and security, but it’s essential to recognize that as children grow, they may sometimes prefer their own space. Regular check-ins can help ensure they are developing healthy sleep patterns independently.
- Maintaining Romance: For parents (I’m not a therapist, but a happily married bedmaker), intentionally nurturing your relationship is vital. This might mean scheduling regular date nights or finding other ways to prioritize couple time, acknowledging that a multi-purpose space like a family bed requires thoughtful balance.
- Safety Considerations for Infants: Co-sleeping is not generally recommended for infants due to safety concerns. Instead, room-sharing, where the infant sleeps in their crib or bassinet within the parents’ room, is a safer alternative.
By considering these considerations, you can make the most out of your family bed experience, ensuring it effectively meets the needs of both parents and children.
Here's My Key Takeaways
- Rise in Popularity: Family beds are growing in popularity as a way for families to bond and spend more time together to counteract the isolation caused by modern technology and busy lifestyles.
- Variety in Sizes and Costs: These beds come in three extra-large sizes, the Family King Lite, Family King, and Family King Max, to accommodate families of all sizes.
- Unique Benefits: Co-sleeping provides many benefits for children such as improved behavior, increased confidence, and a greater sense of security and comfort.
- Considerations and Recommendations: Again, I’m not a therapist, but I recommend setting boundaries and balancing independence and co-sleeping, especially as children grow older. Some challenges like logistics and lack of privacy need to be addressed as well.
It depends on each family’s needs and values. For parents wanting to facilitate closer bonds, security at night for kids still transitioning to solo sleep, special needs situations, or convenience, a family bed can be hugely beneficial when set up safely. As with any family decision, considerations around boundaries and re-scaling as kids grow up are essential conversations.
It depends on the size, but the Family King Max can comfortably fit a family of five or more.
There are no fixed rules that I know of. Many cultures worldwide commonly co-sleep with children of all ages. In the US, once kids reach the age of 5+ years, when more independence is developmentally appropriate, transitioning them becomes a consideration if they have separate bedroom spaces. Letting children take the lead based on their maturity level is commonly recommended.
Our family bed mattresses range from small (107.5″ x 79.5″) to mid-size (119.5″ × 79.5″ ) to our largest size (143.5″ x 83.5″) (W x L)
Considering a California King bed is 72 x 84, and our smallest family bed is 107.5” x 79.5”, the family bed offers more space than a standard California King.