Full vs Queen Bed Size – Mattress Dimensions

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A Full (or Double) bed and a Queen may not seem significantly different because the Full is just a little bigger than a Twin and slightly cheaper than a Queen; however, there are significant differences between the Full and Queen bed sizes. We’ve assembled a side-by-side comparison of these bed sizes to help shoppers determine which dimensions will be the ideal fit for them.

Size Comparison and Dimensions

Standard Full

Full
Width54"
Length75"
Width Per Person26.5"

Who is this bed size ideal for?

A Full-size mattress or bed is occasionally referred to “Double” or just “Full”. This mattress size is identical in length to a Twin bed (sometimes it’s measured at 74″ in length instead of 75″), which can make it too short for some adults. A Full tends to be a substantially better fit for individuals – a couple would only get a minuscule 27″ each –  which is the width of a crib. The Better Sleep Council says parents are increasingly choosing Full-size beds over twin sizes for teenagers’ and even younger children’s bedrooms.

Standard Queen

Standard Queen
Width60"
Length80"
Width Per Person30"

Who is this bed size ideal for?

A Queen-size bed is 5” longer and 6” wider than a Full sized bed; so Queen beds are suited for both couples and individuals. On a Queen mattress, each couple gets about 30” of space to themselves, but because it can work for a single person or a couple, the Queen is undisputedly the most popular mattress size today. It is frequently a good fit for smaller Master Bedrooms or in a Guest Room.

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Less Traditional Sizes

Full

The Full XL is identical in width to the Standard Full, but has an additional 5″ length that matches Twin XL, Queen and King size options, making it an ideal fit for taller individuals.

Full XL
Width54"
Length80"
Width Per Person26.5"

Queens

Olympic Queen (or Expanded Queen) is an entire 6″ wider than a Standard Queen but has the same length (80″), meaning it could be an excellent option for couples who need additional room to sleep.

Olympic Queen
Width66"
Length80"

California Queens are waterbed mattresses and are incredibly difficult to find in today’s online space. Magically stumble upon this mattress and we recommend hopping on for the experience.

California Queen
Width60"
Length84"

A Split Queen mattress is essentially a traditional Queen bed but divided down the middle, which could make it a suitable option for couples who prioritize individual sleeping space, but only have one bedroom.

Split Queen
Width30" (each half)
Length80"

What Size Is the Best?

Who will like the Full?

  • Individual sleepers who want more than just a Twin mattressTwo people could technically sleep on a Full/Double bed, but it would be an exceptionally tight fit – with each person only getting the width of a crib for themselves. For this reason, Full/Double beds are better matches for those who sleep alone and want additional space to spread out.
  • Shoppers who are on a budget, full-sized mattresses, bed frames, and sleep accessories like bed sheets will all be significantly less expensive for a Full/Double than a Queen sized mattress.
  • People who are working with a smaller space. It is wise to leave space around the mattress so that one can still move around in the bedroom or guest room. Make sure to select a mattress that allows other furniture while simultaneously leaving room to move.

Who will like the Queen?

  • Couples who sleep together: in a Queen-size bed, each person gets roughly 30″ of space apiece, making it significantly more comfortable than a Full/Double for couples.
  • People who have space to fill, specifically with Master bedrooms – which tend to be larger than Guest Rooms – will find the Queen to be a better fit than a Full. Queen beds typically fit both Master bedrooms and average size bedrooms well, which makes them a popular option. Larger Master Bedrooms may benefit from a bigger bed like a Queen (or even a King), which can help balance the aesthetic of the room.
  • People who can afford the bed plus additional accessories. Not surprisingly, a Queen bed with mattress, matching sheets, mattress protector (yes, you will want one) and additional accessories will all cost incrementally more as shoppers progress to a bigger size. It’s wise conserve your budget when purchasing a new bed so that there is also money remaining to purchase the necessary accessories.

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Things To Consider

Potential buyers may be considering a Queen-sized bed or hoping to save space (and money) by opting with a Full size mattress. Either way, doing the research in advance is imperative – measuring and planning out the space will ensure that the final decision will be the perfect bed for the situation.

  • Measure the space and leave room significant room for movement. Those who are considering the jump from a Full/Double to a Queen-sized bed, check to make sure it fits appropriately it in the bedroom. Yes, this may seem obvious, but it’s surprisingly easy to get caught up in an impulsive shopping moment and wind up with a bed that doesn’t fit. An article from Th!ngz Contemporary Living says that the majority of designers will recommend 30″ of space around the bed for movement.
  • Ensure that the new bed can be moved into the room. Undoubtedly, the Full/Double bed will be substantially easier to move than a Queen. Even especially strong individuals who can handle the mattress themselves shouldn’t necessarily do it. Always ask for help when moving furniture. Queen-sized mattresses (especially heavier foam ones) may need the help of two people to move.

Overall

Whether it’s a Guest Room or smaller Master Bedroom, there are pros for choosing both a Full/Double bed or a Queen. Couples may be more inclined to go with a Queen for the additional space – but it will also come with an additional cost. This choice will be personal to each of us but can be made must less stressful by simply taking measurements and planning out the room in advance.

Featured image: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock

 

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Katie manages the day to day operations of the Mattress Clarity news site and reviews sleep products in addition to writing and editing sleep news.She hails from Austin, where she lives with her growing family. She is a Certified Sleep Science Coach and has a master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and has a background in health and science content. Her work can be found in print and online publications like Discover Magazine, USA Today and The Huffington Post.
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