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Old 09-01-2015, 08:25 PM   #1
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Bed dimensions - minimum clearance

I'm moving my bed higher to utilize otherwise unused space. I need to know what amount of room I should give myself between the top of the bed and the ceiling. Any helpful suggestions?

I'm about 21" wide at my shoulders and I'm a side sleeper... If that helps.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:53 PM   #2
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I personally want to be able to sit up in my bed. I'd hate to have less & knock myself out in the middle of the night if I should sit up in my sleep.
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I'm moving my bed higher to utilize otherwise unused space. I need to know what amount of room I should give myself between the top of the bed and the ceiling. Any helpful suggestions?

I'm about 21" wide at my shoulders and I'm a side sleeper... If that helps.
Did you factor in having sex? If not, not enough room could lead to a divorce.
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Old 09-01-2015, 10:05 PM   #4
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Yeah, sex and sitting up are not an issue. I have a couch and a desk/lounge area. No worries. Just sleeping dimensions are my concern.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:52 PM   #5
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sitting up

You need to be able to sit up in bed for two reasons. If you wake up in a start due to noise, acid reflux, brilliant thought that can't be comprehended horizontally...

Have you tried changing your sheets while on the bed?
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:58 PM   #6
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I have Captain...on a boat. You kind of have to make the bed over your legs and pull them out, slide down to the foot of the bed, roll yourself around so your facing the other direction and make the other half of the bed.

Swore that I woud not go thru that ordeal every again.

Yeah, sex and sitting up are not an issue. I have a couch and a desk/lounge area. No worries. Just sleeping dimensions are my concern



Don't comprehend that statement. If you already have sex & sitting up covered....then what??
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:41 AM   #7
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Hmm the sheets item is a valid point. In the end I have myself about 36" under and 32" over the bed. That's storage space for most of my useless **** (I have a lot) and still enough room to comfortably maneuver.

Still, if anyone knows a metric that most people use when they're building beds, I'd be very interesting in hearing your thoughts. Keep em coming
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:28 AM   #8
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Traveled in a rental RV that had a low ceiling, over the cab bed. Just low enough that you could not quite sit up. Absolutely hated it. Felt like I was crawling around under a house.

My vote is that "sit-up" room is the bare minimum.
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:30 AM   #9
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Look at the clearance of a Bunk Bed's bottom bunk. I'd go to a furniture store with a tape measurer and see what clearance you can live with.
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