The Benefits of Adult Single Beds

Posted by Sarah Harris - Head of Design and Development on 15th Jun 2022

The Benefits of Adult Single Beds

While you may initially baulk at the idea of adult single beds, this option could actually have many surprising benefits - for you and your partner.

In our recent  Instagram poll on adult single beds and sleeping alone, only 13% of you said you’d consider a single bed as your main bed.

But will your opinion change once you realise the benefits of adult single beds?

Adult single beds and solo living

Living alone isn’t the same as lonely living.

Whereas adult single beds were once often associated with hostels, convents, bedsits, and hospitals, the rising trend of solo living, has changed this.

In fact, independence, whether you’re in a relationship or not, is an attractive concept to many. In addition, choosing adult single beds, instead of double or king size beds can help make the most of your precious, unshared space, and leave room for other items and hobbies.

What is solo living?

According to Wearesololiving, solo living is all about being “our best selves, for us, those around us, and the planet.”(1) The thought that living alone could have a positive impact on the planet is an interesting one, but how do adult single beds fit in with this ethos?

Well, it would be sensible to presume that single bed frames and mattresses usually use fewer materials than larger beds. As an adult living alone, a single bed could turn out to be an environmentally sound choice.

Single beds for couples

If you’re living together as a couple, two single beds could use more materials than a double bed or even a king size bed, which is something to think about if you’re looking for eco-friendly sleeping arrangements.

However, there are certain benefits to choosing single beds, even if you’re married or cohabiting:

Sleeping alone can lead to a better night’s sleep

Have the covers and pillows all to yourself

As romantic as it may be to share a bed with the one you love, those warm fuzzy feelings can soon turn to resentment if one, or both of you, isn’t getting a good night’s sleep.

According to research(2) featured online in Stylist, 56% of women interviewed had taken to sleeping in a separate room from their partner to get a better night’s sleep.

There is also research(3) that suggests sharing a bed can have a negative impact on sleep, especially if your sleep patterns and habits differ.

How can sleeping in separate beds help couples get more sleep?

Avoid feeling chilly by ditching the double bed

It puts a stop to cover-stealing  

If your partner hogs the duvet, leaving you shivering in the middle of the night, having your own bed and covers can put an end to this.

But I want to share! If you really don’t want to sleep in separate beds, take a tip from the Scandinavians (4) and have a duvet each - genius!

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Things that go bump in the night 

Should you have a partner that sleeps as though they’re trying to tackle a tiger, you could find your sleep being affected. In your own bed, you’re less likely to notice their incessant fathing - especially if the bed is in another room entirely.

But I want to share! When you can’t bear to be apart from your beloved, opt for a shared bed with a disturbance minimising mattress that offers individual support, such as the Slumberland Clima Airstream Memory 3000 Mattress.

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You can still share a room

When you’d still like to share a bedroom with your partner, but can see the benefits of sleeping alone, two single beds could be the answer. Two single beds will take up less space than two bigger beds and so you can still sleep in the same room as your partner.

But I want to share! If you want to share a bed, but hanker for one that provides benefits relevant to each of you, think about buying an adjustable bed. This way you can adjust the height of the head and base to suit your individual preferences. You may also want to consider a bed with a zip & link mattress which allows you to have a different comfort rating (soft, medium, firm or extra firm) on each side to suit your needs.

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If you’re unsure about the impact of sleeping apart, perhaps our resident Sleep Expert, Dr Sophie Bostock can put your mind at ease.

Dr. Bostock believes that sleeping separately could help relationships affected by lack of sleep:

“Sleeping in separate bedrooms does not have to be negative. Many couples find that by spending their nights apart they can get a deeper, more restorative sleep, and may feel like being nicer to each other in the morning.”

Adult single beds and the guest room

Alexis Ottoman Upholstered Bed Frame

The Alexis Ottoman Upholstered Bed Frame

Sometimes the guestroom is actually little more than a box room which would be overwhelmed by a double bed. Space may also be limited in your spare room because it needs to serve as both the guest room and an office.

This is where an adult single bed can save the day, especially an adult single bed with storage.

Adult single beds with storage

If you’re thinking about getting a single bed for your spare room, or even as your main bed as space is lacking in your home, an adult single bed with storage may be even more attractive.

A bed such as the Harley Options Divan Bed Set which gives you plenty of storage options, including drawers, half ottoman, full side ottoman, full front ottoman, and half ottoman with drawers. So, not only can you tuck things away discreetly in the ottoman section, but you can have some easy-to-access drawers too if you fancy.

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Adult single beds with Technology

Bergamo 2 in 1 USB Charging Trundle Bed Frame

The Bergamo 2 in 1 Charging Trundle Bed Frame

A single bed can be perfect for smaller guest rooms or dual purpose rooms.

A wisely chosen adult single bed can be just as comfy as a double bed for a solo sleeper, and hi-tech beds with usb ports can certainly help visitors feel they are sleeping in an age-appropriate bed.

A bed like the  Bergamo 2 in 1 USB Charging Trundle Bed is a brilliant transitional bed for when your teenager wants a bed that’s a little more age-appropriate.

68% of our Instagram poll participants said that their children still sleep in a single bed and 55% of those that do have bigger beds often opted for a bigger bed when their child was a teenager.

If you simply don’t have the room for a bigger bed, but your teenager wants a bed with a more grown-up feel, the Bergamo is a great choice. The addition of the trundle bed beneath this single bed also makes sleepovers a doddle.

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Find out more about adult single beds at Bensons for Beds

Browse our collection of single beds or get in touch for more information. Our helpful team of experts will be delighted to help you find the right single bed for your home.

Give us a call on 0808 144 6160 today.


(1) Solo Living | Living Alone, Self-Care & Sustainable Living (

(2) Does sharing a bed affect sleep? How your partner disrupts sleep (

(3) Sharing a Bed - The Sleep Charity


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Sarah Harris
Head of Design and Development
Sarah has worked at Bensons for Beds for 16 years. As Head of Design & Development, Sarah uses her wealth of experience in design to ensure that Bensons for Beds' products use the latest innovation in technologies to deliver maximum quality products that really help customers' everyday sleep issues.
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