Going King Sized in NYC

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NYC residents enjoy access to some of the best restaurants, the most incredible museums, and the most innovative cultural attractions in the world. Unfortunately, the downside of residing in one of the greatest cities on the planet is dealing with cramped housing. It’s a simple truth that accommodations in NYC tend to be on the small side. As a result, you might struggle to fit all the furniture and decor you desire into your fifth floor walkup. Still, the fact that your apartment is compact doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a small bed. On the contrary, many New Yorkers manage to fit spacious king-sized mattresses into their pocket-sized living spaces. Read on for tips on adjusting your apartment layout so you can go king sized in the Big Apple.

How Much Space Does a King-Sized Bed Require?

So, how much space is required to accommodate a king-sized bed? On average, a king mattress measures around 6 feet by 7 feet. With that in mind, your room should be around 8 feet by 12 feet to hold a bed of this size. Obviously a larger space is better, as a room of 8 by 12 won’t give you much extra area for dressers and nightstands. However, if a comfy night’s sleep is your priority, it’s definitely worth considering swapping out your full or queen bed with something more spacious.

If all else fails, you could consider switching your bedroom and living room and placing the king bed in the latter. In general, living rooms are the largest part of an apartment, so it’s the most logical place to put a bed that doesn’t fit elsewhere. It’s your apartment, after all, so you get to decide where the furniture goes best.

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How to Make Your King Bed Fit Your Room

If you do decide to keep your king bed in the bedroom, there are some steps you can take to make the room appear more spacious. Large and dark-toned furniture can make a small room look extra cramped. Instead, open up the space by choosing glass desks and lucite lamps. You can also opt for floating shelves and hanging lights rather than blocky nightstands. Finally, furniture with elevated legs helps create the illusion of space and gives you the opportunity to stow things underneath. By minimizing your furniture while maintaining function, you can give yourself plenty of room for that comfy king mattress. The end result is that you – and your partner – will likely sleep better.

The Best Bedding for Your Bed

The bedding market is full of choices, and home decorators have thousands of fabrics, styles, colors, and prints at their disposal. However, if you have a smaller bedroom (and a bigger bed), you might want to keep that fact in mind when selecting new sheets and duvet covers. NYC apartment dwellers may do best to avoid loud or bright patterns in favor of white bedding and pastels. Soothing and subtle, these shades will create a relaxing vibe while helping your space look larger than it really is. On the other hand, bolder prints can overwhelm a small room and make it feel cramped. 

So, what bedding is best for your king-sized mattress? We’re big fans of the Yalda Sheet Set. Available in an array of on-trend neutrals and pastels – including Ivory, Soft Peach, Icy Blue, and Grey – this stunning collection comes complete with a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two coordinating pillowcases. At once modern and timeless, the Yalda set boasts super-soft double-hem stitched Egyption cotton sheets made with extra-long, hand-picked fibers. It’s the perfect collection for a soothing night’s sleep.

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Prefer your bedding to boast the crispness of five-star hotel sheets? If so, consider upgrading to the Ultra Percale Sheet Set. Part of our Hotel Collection, these fresh-feeling sheets come in snowy White (or Carbon if you’re feeling daring). We love how the smooth, matte appearance adds a palatial feel to even the coziest of bedrooms. 

Note that both the Yalda and Ultra Percale Sheet Collections have coordinating duvet sets available for purchase. Choose the same shade as your sheets for a monochromatic look or pick a complementary style to give your space added interest.

Find a Better Night's Rest with Pure Parima

Although our products are designed in the Garden State, we manufacture all our bedding using 100 percent Egyptian cotton fibers picked by hand in the Nile River Valley. Next, top artisans and tailors from Pakistan weave the cotton into the silkiest sheets without the use of harmful chemicals. You can rest assured knowing the bedding your family is using bears the Cotton Egypt Association seal of approval as well as certification by the OEKO-TEX. For more information on what we do, contact us online or shop our sheet selection to purchase something exceptional.


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