Full vs Queen Mattress Size Comparison
Last Updated on March 24th, 2020
Although similar in size a Queen and full bed have a world of differences that should be noted. See which mattress size is right for you.
Although the difference between full and Queen size beds may seem too close to call, the few inches that separate the two can actually-make a world of change when two are sharing a bed. The full vs Queen size bed will depend on ones needs and wants, plus size of room that the bed will be placed in. Couples who enjoy closeness may do fine in a full-size bed, but may find even a more pleasant sleeping experience together in the Queen-sized bed. By having just a few extra inches, that the Queen size bed provides, sleeping for two on a mattress can be the difference between night and day.
|F ull||Q ueen|
|Width||54 inches / 137 cm||60 inches / 153 cm|
|Length||75 inches / 191 cm||80 inches / 203 cm|
|Personal Width||27 inches / 68.6 cm||30 inches / 76 cm|
|Cost||With a full-sized bed being smaller than a Queen, the mattress, foundation, bed and bedding will be less expensive than a Queen.||A Queen size bed and its bedding, etc. will cost just a bit more than the smaller full bed.|
|Space Used||Space used Children’s rooms, guest rooms, and small master bedrooms.||Master bedrooms, and larger guest rooms.|
|Size differential||The full is shorter in length than a Queen, and 6 inches narrower.||The Queen is 5 inches longer than the Full, and 6 inches wider.|
|Summary||The full size is often referred to as a double bed. In America, it is the same sized bed. In Europe, double beds vary in size.||A Queen is a grand dame who needs no other name.|
The Queen bed arrived on the scene the same time as the King bed. In 1958 Simmons was the first manufacturer of mattresses to sell the Queen and King bed. As it became clear to companies that couples were seeking beds to sleep together in, and master bedrooms were being built to accommodate larger beds, the Queen bed gained in popularity.
The Queen bed is the full bed made into a grownup size. Adding 5 inches to the length allows for adults to stretch out comfortably and the extra 6 inches to the width, compared to the full bed, allows for each adult to have room to turn in their own space without disrupting the other. The Queen bed is a match for a master bedroom made for two people, but is just a bit too small to accommodate a King bed.
For a larger couple the Queen may still lack in needed width that will allow the duo to move around without bothering the mate. More often though this is not an issue to worry about.
The full bed is the original bed popular for couples to use in master bedrooms approximately 30 – 40 years ago. The suburban and city homes were more commonly built with smaller master bedrooms that would accommodate the full-size bed. With the invention of the slightly larger Queen bed, the full-size mattress became a perfect furnishing for a child’s room.
The Full bed has become a wonderful choice for a guest room or child’s room in the house. The size of a full bed is the same length as a twin but slightly wider allowing for a parent to comfortably lay alongside a child reading a bedtime story. The full-size bed can be placed against a wall allowing it to work great in a smaller room, where a larger than twin bed is preferred, but that does not have the room to accommodate a Queen.
With the sleeping area per person being only 27 inches, the size of a crib, wide, the full bed can get cramped and cause problems for couples sleeping together.
It is most important to take into consideration what the room size is before purchasing any bed. Full size beds will work nicely in a smaller room and have more possibilities to fit into a floor plan, as they look nice whether protruding from the center of a wall or with a side against a wall. Queen beds generally will only look good with their head against a wall and both sides open to move around. Before purchasing any furnishings one should measure the room and make a floor plan. Whether using graph paper or an app, lay out furnishings on paper ahead of shopping. Take into consideration any dressers, chairs, etc. that are needed in the room as well. Note that you will wants at the minimum 2 feet of space to walk around a bed comfortably. Three feet of space opened around the bed will work the best for appearances and less than 2 feet can work but will be very tight. Add 2 feet on either side, and to the foot of the Queen bed, at 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. This means that you need a room at least 9 feet wide by 8 feet, 8 inches long without additional furniture. Add in dressers and the room will need to be larger to fit the extra furnishings. The full-size bed gives more options for room size. If the bed is placed with the head against a wall, with the intention of walking around it, then adding 2 feet to each side and the foot is necessary. This gives one a room size of 8 foot, 6 inches wide, by 8 feet, 3 inches long. Placing the bed in a corner with the head and one side against a wall will allow for the full-size bed to be fitted into a much smaller room. Be careful to remember to add in any additional furnishings to the floor plan to be sure that the bed will fit both sleep and room needs.
The inches of difference may have an impact on comfort but so will the type of mattress. Although couples may differ on firmness choices most will be happy with a medium firm choice. Memory foam mattresses are perfect for comfort for both adults and children. They allow for the body to be supported for all sleep positions. Full size beds add extra comfort in kids’ rooms when a parent finds themselves sharing the bed for snuggling to get the kiddy to sleep.
Cost of a Queen bed will be more than the smaller full bed. Also, to take into consideration for cost will be bed frames and other furnishings. Where a Queen bed may just need a headboard, a full bed in a child’s room may require a platform of a captain’s bed to provide drawer space. Bedding too will be less expensive for a full vs Queen. A full-size bed fits two standard size pillows, while a Queen requires larger two Queen size pillows.
|Q ueen||F ull|
The choice of bed is very personal. It depends on the needs of those sleeping in it as well as the size of the room. While two will fit sleeping together in a full bed it will be much more comfortable for a couple to share a Queen bed on a daily basis. Full beds are a great choice for guest rooms as well as a child’s room. In the child’s room the full bed will grow well with a little one into his or her college years. Whatever the choice make sure that the mattress and foundation will be able to be moved into the appointed bedroom. Memory foam mattresses are not only a very comfortable choice but are also very easy to move as they are bendable. A bed-in-a-box memory foam is the best choice for getting a mattress into a room. Simply unpack the small box and the mattress will come to full life as it is put in place.
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The Ultimate Mattress Size Chart and Bed Dimensions Guide
Intuitively, the different sizes of beds seem easy enough to understand, right? The truth is,choosing the right size of your mattresscan be more complicated than you may think. Does it fit nicely in my bedroom? Is there enough leg room? And many other.
To help you make the best decisions when selecting a mattress, we’ve put together a summary of the most common measurements you will see online and in a store so you can have an idea if it’s a perfect bed for you and your bedroom.
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Common Bed Size Dimensions Comparison
|Type||Size (Inches)||Suitable For|
|Small Single or Cot||30 x 75||Babies and toddlers|
|Twin||38 x 75||Kids that have outgrown their cribs and single adults living in smaller apartments. It’s also great for daybed or bunk bed.|
|Twin XL||38 x 80||Kids and taller adults and those who want to use an adjustable bed frame|
|Full||54 x 75||Good for a single sleeper or someone with children or pets and couples that do not require a lot of leg room.|
|Full XL||54 x 80||More than enough for single sleeper and for couples that need more leg room but can not accommodate queen size due to bedroom limitations.|
|Queen||60 x 80||Frequent choice and a perfect size for most couples that do not need a lot of sleeping space. If you plan to sleep alone this is more than enough.|
|Olympic Queen||66 x 80||Six Inches wider than a standard queen, it makes it nice for someone who doesn’t want to upgrade all the way to king.|
|King||76 x 80||Great choice for couples who want maximum personal sleeping space. Check our room dimensions scale guide to ensure it will fit in your bedroom.|
|California King||72 x 84||4 inches longer but 4 inches narrower than a standard king type. Good for taller individuals.|
Small Single Bed (Cot) Dimensions
These are the mattresses specifically designed for cribs. It can also serve as toddler beds in most cases once your baby outgrows the cot. Typical measurements are30” width and 75” length.
Twin Bed Dimensions
Atypical single, twin or bunk mattresses are 38” width x 75” length. You’d be hard-pressed to find a bed that is any smaller than this one, other than that of a toddler bed or crib.
Typically this isideal for childrenwho have outgrown cribs and toddler beds, and who are now ready to graduate to a larger mattress.
Additionally, for those who sleep in cramped quarters, who have small rooms or who share a room with a sibling or roommate, Twin beds are an ideal choice. Day beds, bunk beds, dorm room beds or those found in the guest room often use this type.
What is important to note about a Twin bed versus a larger toddler bed, is that comfort is taken more into account. It’s common that, once you reach the Twin size, more quality materials are used, and more engineering centered on comfort takes place. This is because, the older we get, the more we consider comfortable sleeping to be a necessity.
There are subcategories of double beds to consider as well. The Twin XL istypically 80” L while still maintaining the 38” W. If you’re an adult looking for a bed that saves space and still is a comfortable choice, an XL Twin may be perfect for you.
Can I use Twin XL mattress on a King Size Bed Frame?
Yes, you can use two double/twin XL beds in a king frame. If you are in a relationship where one partner requires a different firmness than the other, usually end up being big fans of this setup. This is because Two XL beds can fit snugly alongside each other within a King sized bed frame.
This is good to know for partners who are tired of the fluffiness or firmness of their spouse’s mattress.
Full Bed Dimensions
Full-size mattress measures54’ width x 75” in length, and these are also commonly referred to as “standard double.” Sufficient for adults that need more room than what a Twin can offer.
If you are in a relationship, this may not be the best choice for you, as the fit will be exceedingly tight. Likewise, if you have a dog, cat, or you have a child that sleeps next to you, you may want to consider a wider option.
Full (Double) XL
A XL option is54” x 80”giving you anextra 6 inchesof leg space. If you do not require extra width but want some more room for your legs this is a perfect option.
Queen Bed Dimensions
Queen size mattresses are60” width x 80” length. Ideal for almost anyone, in that it’s long enough and wide enough to suit most any sleeper. For those who sleep with their spouse, child or pet, it might be perfect for you.
When thinking about these larger types, it becomes necessary to consider the living space. These take up much more room than the Twin or the Full, and thus, the ability to freely move around the bedroom may become restricted.
If you have a larger bedroom, then this won’t be a factor for you.
These are slightly wider andmeasure at 66”W x 80” L. Olympic queen is perfect for taller individuals, but you don’t want to upgrade all the way to King, but you could use some more width.
King Bed Dimensions
A standardKing size mattress is 76” in width and 80” in length. It’s recommended that you do not opt for this option unless your room is at least 12×12. This is a perfect option for couples who sleep with their kids or pets and want more sleeping room for themselves.
If you want to compare this to other options,King is same as 2x Twin XL.
A nice fact is that box springs are split for this type, and it makes it easier to carry around and maneuver.
California King Bed Dimensions
TheCalifornia King mattress is 72” W x 84” Lmaking it one of the biggest options on the market. It’s perfect for active sleepers, tall people and couples with kids or pets. Cal King is 4” longer but 4” narrower when compared to a standard King.
It is recommended that you have a large room of at least 12’x12’.
Bedroom Size Requirements
Ok, so you have decided that you need a new bed. But, can you actually put it in your room and still be able to open the door and walk around it?
Let’s take a look at the following illustrations showing how certain mattress sizes will fit in your room.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which size is best for me?
Bigger isn’t always better, but in most cases it can’t hurt. More space could mean fewer sleep interruptions, but if you always prefer to cuddle up rather than spread out, that extra space might not be worth it, especially if you’re on a tight budget.
In many cases, couples will opt for a bigger version of a cheap bed, but if you don’t need the extra space, that money could be better spent on features like cooling or motion isolation. For a better understanding of getting your money’s worth, take a look at our mattress budget guide .
When trying to find the right mattress size to fit the needs of you or your family, these are a few things to have in mind.
- First, if you’replanning on upgrading, make sure you know the dimensions of your current bed. You wouldn’t want to shop for a larger option and accidentally choose the same type.
- Second,if you’re moving, don’t forget to measure the room that you’ll be sleeping in. It is awful to have a mattress that is too big for space. You’ll have issues getting around the room, and your space won’t be as aesthetically pleasing.
- Third,who will be sleeping in it? If it’s just you, you are good to go with a Double. But, if you have a spouse, kids or pets you might want to opt for a larger option such as Queen. King is the ultimate comfort size if your room can accommodate it.
Now that you know more about the sizes you can check out our other guides, researched for specific needs and types.
Hope this guide was helpful and that it cleared any doubts.
Please let us know if you have any questions in the comment section.
More from The Sleep Advisor:
- Bed size may affect good night’s sleep – netdoctor.co.uk
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- Complete Mattress Size Guide – by Nectarsleep.com
- Illustrated Bed Dimensions Guide – by Dreamcloudsleep.com
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Mattress Size Chart And Dimensions
Use this mattress size chart to determine the size of the mattress that will suit your needs before you shop for your next mattress. If your mattress isn’t big enough for everyone who will sleep in your bed and any pets that join you, you won’t sleep as comfortably as you should. On the other hand, if your mattress is too big for your bedroom, you won’t have enough room for other furniture or to make the bed.
Mattress Sizes (A Quick Start)
- USA Twin: 39″ X 75″
- Twin XL: 39″ X 80″
- Full or Double: 54″ X 74″
- Full XL: 54″ X 80″
- (RV) Full: 53″ X 75″
- Queen: 60″ X 80″
- Olympic Queen: 66″ X 80″
- California Queen: 60″ X 84″
- Short Queen (RV): 60″ X 75″
- King: 76″ X 80″
- California King: 72″ X 84″
- Half Queen: 30″ X 79.5″ (76.2 cm x 202 cm )
- Twin/Single: 38″ X 74.5″ (96.5 cm X 189 cm)
- Twin XL: 38″ X 79.5″ (96.5 cm X 202 cm)
- Double/Full: 53″ X 74.5″ (134.5 cm X 189 cm)
- Queen: 60″ X 79.5″ (152.5 cm X 202 cm)
- Queen (RV): 60″ X 74.5″ (152.5 cm X 189 cm)
- Western King: 72″ X 84″ (183 cm X 213 cm)
- Eastern King: 76″ X 79.5″ (193 cm X 202 cm)
- Single: 90cm x 190cm (35″ X 75″)
- Small Double: 120cm x 190cm (47″ X 75″)
- Double: 135cm x 190cm (53″ X 75″)
- King: 150cm x 200cm (59″ X 79″)
- Super King: 160cm x 200cm (63″ X 79″)
- Single: 90cm x 200cm (35″ X 79″)
- Double: 140cm x 200cm (55″ X 79″)
- King: 160cm x 200cm (63″ X 79″)
- Single: 90cm x 190cm (35.4″ X 75″)
- Double/Full: 140cm x 190cm (55″ X 75″)
- Queen: 160cm x 190cm (63″ X 75″)
- King: 180cm x 200cm (70.9″ X 79″)
Mattress Sizes You Need
Use the mattress size chart to be sure about your requirements because some mattresses might not fit in your room, which can create a real hassle if you buy from a mattress store that doesn’t allow returns.
First, you should consider what size you need today as well as any changes you expect in the size you’ll need during the life of the mattress. For example:
- If you’re single but you hope to marry in the next five or so years, you may want to consider purchasing a bed that will work after you’re married. This is especially true if you’re settled in your own home.
- If you’re renting and likely to move frequently, consider the difficulty of moving a larger bed compared to moving a smaller bed and mattress.
- If you’re buying a mattress for a child, remember how fast they grow. Many children will reach their full height in the bed you purchase to replace their toddler bed.
You may be surprised to learn that you canorder mattresses in custom sizes. Some beds or sleeping arrangements require custom sizes, including extra-long or extra-wide versions and custom shapes to fit specific needs.
Three factors are the most important when you choose the size of your mattress:
- What size do you need?
- Is the room large enough to accommodate the mattress you need?
- Your budget
If you have a new bed, one of the standard mattress sizes will fit. If you have anantique or RV bed, you may need to order a custom size. If you are significantly larger than average, such as an NBA basketball player, you may want a custom bed to accommodate your height. The largest standard mattress length is seven feet. Most people don’t sleep with their head against the headboard. So, anyone who is 6’5” or taller may find a 7-foot length confining.
We specify the minimum room size you need to accommodate mattresses for each type of mattress throughout this article.
Your budget should consider both the mattress purchase, the cost of the bed as well as the bedding, and the cost of providing a room large enough to accommodate the mattress. We illustrate the substantial price difference between choosing a King and Queen size below:
Mattress, sheets, mattress protector, and platform bed prices are fromNectaron July 12, 2019. The wool blanket represents the average price difference we found after looking at several different options.
If you want a more traditional bed, like this Coastal Sleigh bed (pictured below), the King size is priced over $400 more than the Queen.
We won’t bore you with the math, but we calculated that building a home with a room large enough for the minimum King size mattress would cost $5,500 more than building a home with just the minimum size needed for a Queen mattress using an estimated $125 per square foot. For ideal comfort, you’d want more than the absolute minimum size if you have furniture other than the bed and night tables in the room.
Keep in mind that you’ll incur some of these expenses repeatedly. Most people have more than one set of sheets for their bed and everything except the bed itself will eventually wear out and need to be replaced.
If you need a King size, then go for it. But if you’re comparing the price of just the mattress and thinking “I might as well, it’s only $200” you’d overlook quite a few related expenses.
Keep in mind that some people also need their personal space while they sleep. If you need the space, choosing a mattress that is too small is penny wise and pound foolish because impairing the quality of sleep has long term negative implications for health, relationships, and even safety.
Therefore, we provide you with details on different sizes, their dimensions, their purpose, and who they suit best.
Mattress Size Chart (Dimensions and Best for)
|Mattress Sizes||Best For|
|Twin or Single||Toddlers, single adults, college dorms|
|Short Twin||Toddlers, single adults, college dorms, RV|
|Twin XL||Toddlers, single adults, teenagers, college dorms|
|Full or Double||Couples, single adults, sleepers with kid or pets|
|Full XL||Couples, single adults, teenagers, children with pets|
|Standard Queen||Couples, couple with kid or pets|
|Olympic Queen||Tall couples, couple with kid or pets|
|California Queen||Couples, couple with kid or pets|
|Standard King||Couples, couple with kid or pets|
|California King||Tall couples, couple with kid or pets|
|Split King||Couples with adjustable beds|
|Split California King||Couples with adjustable beds|
Crib Mattress Size
When it comes to the size of a crib mattress, the most important factor is that it fits snuggly in the crib. You do not want a gap between the mattress and the side of the crib as a gap can endanger your child. Standard crib mattresses are28⅝-inches in width and 52⅝-inches in length. Moreover, a crib mattress should not be more than 6-inches thick.
A crib mattress that is too thick puts your child at risk of being able to topple out of the crib. Crib mattresses will usually also fit in toddler beds, so they’ll last for the first several years of your child’s life.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum recommended room size for a nursery with a crib is 7-feet x 10-feet.
Note that experts recommend that babies sleep in the same room as their parents during at least the first six months of their life, but not in the same bed.
Twin Mattress Size
Most children sleep in a twin bed after they outgrow their crib or toddler bed. The twin-size is one of the most common sizes used for children. Because these mattresses are small, they leave enough space for toys and room to play.
The standard measurements for a twin bed in the USA are39-inches in width and 74-inches in length. Sizes in other countries vary slightly.
Bunk bedsusually use twin size mattresses, although some bunk beds combine a twin upper with a full or queen size lower bed.
A twin mattress is an ideal solution for people who share a single room but don’t share a bed. Some couples opt for single beds for a variety of reasons including reducing disruptions to one another’s sleep.
When considering the size of the mattress to purchase for your child, think about how tall your child is expected to be by the time the mattress wears out. Your pediatrician can give you an estimate.
If your child is expected to be tall, you may want to opt for a Twin XL although sheets will be somewhat more expensive, and Twin XL sheets tend to be more difficult to find in stores. It may be well worth the cost. A teenager who doesn’t sleep well because they are too tall for their bed is likely to be both grumpy and make worse decisions than they would if they were comfortable. Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on self-control and cognitive abilities.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum size room for a twin bed is 7-feet x 10-feet. For two twin beds in one room, the minimum size of the room should be 12-feet x 10-feet.
Twin XL Mattress Size
If you need extra length for your height, a twin XL bed provides it. This is also handy if your cat or dog tends to sleep on your feet.
Twin XL is the most common size used in college dorm rooms. Thedimensions are 39-inches x 80-inchesin the USA, which provides you with an extra 6-inches for your legs. Canada’s twin XL is almost the same size as the one in the US. Twin XL isn’t a standard size in the European Union or France. In the UK, the closest is their small double.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum room size for a twin XL bed is 7-feet x 10-feet.
Full Mattress Size
Full-sized beds are also known as double mattresses. Less expensive hotels often use them as a substitute for Queen beds. These mattresses are 16-inches bigger than a twin in width. The dimensions of full-sized mattresses are54-inches in width and 74-inches in length. These beds are equipped with enoughspace to accommodate two small individualscomfortably.
However, please bear in mind that your partner may not like the size of the bed if you tend to move around a lot in your sleep on a full-sized bed. Such mattresses are more useful for older kids who can have a sleepover without needing a second bed.
A full-sized mattress allows you to cuddle up with your kids if you regularly tuck your children in for the night. You’ll also be able to lay down with them while you read them a bedtime story.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum room size for a full-sized mattress is 10-feet x 12-feet.
Full XL Mattress Size
A full XL mattress equips you withadditional room for your feet. The dimensions of these beds are54-inches in width and 80-inches in lengthwhich means that you get an extra 6-inches to stretch your legs and feet.
Similar to full-sized beds, the full XL bed is an excellent option for tall individuals.
Nevertheless, these beds don’t provide you with extra width that you can enjoy in the Queen version. Full XL mattresses are a good choice for people who like to cuddle with their partners during sleep, and don’t care much about having their own space for sleeping.
This is not a common size and you may have difficulty finding sheets in this size in department stores. Fortunately, there are numerous options for sheets in this size when you shop online.
Recommended Room Size
Based on the walking space that you need in your room, the minimum recommended room size for a full XL mattress is 10-feet x 12-feet.
Queen Mattress Size
Queen beds are the most commonly used size in the world because they cater to the needs of most people. Queen size mattresses provide extra room which makes sleeping with a partner more comfortable for people who don’t want to touch someone else while they sleep. Standard Queen-sized mattresses are large enough to provide room for a couple of sleepers. Both people will enjoyenough space to enjoy their sleep and have room to rollover.
It also keeps you close enough that cuddlers can easily find one another. Standard queen-sized mattresses come with dimensions of60-inches in width and 80-inches in length. This bed offers more than enough sleeping space for single sleepers to move around during sleep.
You will also have room for your children or pets to sleep with you. Nevertheless, these mattresses are far bigger than other beds mentioned above, and for this, you need to have enough space in your room to accommodate these beds comfortably and still walk around with convenience.
This bed size is preferable for guest rooms, if you want couples to be comfortable. If you want them to go home quicker, choose a full-size.
Teenagers can spread out on a Queen-sized bed and have sleep overs without needing a second bed.
Many married couples opt for this size. If you’re sleeping alone, using a pillow to cuddle helps keep your body heat close to your body so you won’t feel too cold.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum size room recommended for a queen-sized mattress is10-feet x 10-feet. Keep in mind, this is a minimum and you’ll be more comfortable if you have more space.
Olympic Queen Mattress Size
Olympic queen-sized mattresses have dimensions of80-inches in length and 66-inches in width. They provide an additional 6-inches of width when compared to a standard Queen mattress.
The extra width is suitable for times whencouples need some personal spacewhen they are in bed and six additional inches helps with that. Olympic queen size also accommodates your child who needs some cuddling too if they wake up during the night, which is an added advantage of this size.
Olympic Queens are not a common size which means you won’t have as large of a selection of sheets to choose from when you purchase sheets.
You can use flat sheets for a king and tuck them under the mattress if you can’t find fitted sheets that match your décor.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum recommended size for a room with anOlympic queen mattressis 10-feet x 11-feet.
California Queen Size
You’ll see on the mattress size chart that the California queen-size has dimensions of60-inches in width and 84-inches in length, and it is the best option for couples who need some extra space for their feet or pets at the end of their bed. The width of a California Queen is the same as a standard Queen.
This size is the preferable choice for tall couples who don’t want a King-sized mattress. This size also provides extra room at the foot of the bed for your pets.
Note: Infants should not co-sleep as pictured in this image. They should be in a baby box, bassinette, or other safe sleeping space so they can’t be accidentally suffocated if one of their exhausted parents rolls over on them or the blankets cover their little nose.
Older children can safely co-sleep as pictured.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum size of the room for a California Queen is 12-feet x 10-feet.
Standard King Size Bed
A King-sized mattress is good forcouples who prefer a lot of spacewhile they sleep. It also gives them enough space for various other activities including stretching, relaxing for comfort, and rambunctious sex. The dimensions are76-inches in width and 80-inches in length.
These measurements make the bed as large as two twin XL mattresses joined together. The standard King is also the best size for couples who expect their child to share the bed with them on a regular basis and those who sleep with multiple or large pets.
Some people find a King-size mattress too big when they’re sleeping alone while others revel in having room to keep their favorite books on the bed.
The box spring versions of this size are split. They can be moved around very comfortably through tight corners and stairwells.
If you have an adjustable bed, you can opt to have a split king that allows both people to independently control the position of their side of the bed.
As noted above, infants should not co-sleep as pictured in this image. They should be in a baby box, bassinette, or other safe sleeping space so they can’t be accidentally suffocated. Older children can safely co-sleep as pictured.
Recommended Room Size
The recommended minimum room size for a standard King mattress is 10-feet x 12-feet although you’ll probably want more room.
California King Mattress Size
The California King is the largest common mattress size of them all. An Alaskan King is even larger, measuring 108 inches (9-feet) in both directions. This size is the longest standard size. The California king-sized mattresses measure72-inches in width and 84-inches in length. This size is perfect forpeople who prefer more length but not extra width.
On the mattress size chart, you’ll notice it is 4-inches narrower than the standard king size mattress, but of course, you get additional 4-inches in bed length. Being smaller than the standard king bed, California king is still 6-inches broader than a queen bed. It provides you and your partner with enough room for sleeping space or to cuddle as per your convenience.
The option for California King is best for adjustable beds because elevating the bed affects the usable length. A California King sized mattress gives you plenty of room to do whatever you want on it including accommodating your children and pets who invade your bed. This size canconveniently accommodate a third personon the bed with ease.
Like a King, you can opt for a split California King for an adjustable bed.
Recommended Room Size
The minimum room size for this mattress is 12-feet x 12-feet.
You might have noticed that we didn’t mention much about the thickness of the mattress. Well, it is because there are no standards when it comes to thickness and the options vary quite a bit. If you’re interested, you can check for more details from sleep educator terrycralle.com.
Some of them offer 9- to 10-inch thickness, but most of the pillow top beds have 15- to 16-inch depth or more (Like Dreamcloud mattress). Box springs raise the mattress even further from the ground.
When choosing the thickness of your mattress, there are a variety of things to consider.
Overall Height of the Mattress
The top of your mattress will be a combination of the height of the bed or platform plus the height of the mattress. If you will use a box spring, you have to also add the height of the box spring. Some beds are so tall you need steps to get into them. While this may look romantic, if you’re planning to have a baby, consider the difficulty of safely navigating the steps holding an infant who wants to nurse in the middle of the night when you’re exhausted.
Too much height can also be difficult for someone who has mobility issues.
However, a mattress that is too low to the ground can present other issues that make it difficult for someone with mobility issues to stand up from the bed. If mobility issues are a concern, you’ll want a total height close to that of most chairs which is about 20 – 22-inchs above the floor.
Thickness of the Mattress
Generally, the more you weigh, the thicker the mattress you’ll need not to bottom out. The minimum depth of a comfortable mattress varies by the types of materials used to make it. Innerspring and hybrid mattresses are generally thicker than latex or foam mattresses.
Bedding Should Consider the Height of the Mattress and the Bed
If you opt for a traditional bedspread that reaches the floor, the height of the entire bed needs to be considered. However, be aware that bedding that hangs to the floor is not recommended by bed bug experts.
Today, most people opt for a comforter that hangs to the bottom of the box spring.
You should also consider the height of your mattress when you buy sheets. If your mattress is only 10” thick and you buy sheets for beds with a 15” thickness, the fitted sheet may be loose and wrinkle underneath you. If you buy sheets for a 10” thick mattress and your mattress is 14” thick, you’ll have difficulties getting the sheets on and they will be more likely to come off.
You have many options. Evaluating your current and expected needs, space, and your budget will help you narrow your choice down to one or two. Otherwise, it is overwhelming.
Make sure you have space to walk around the bed. You don’t want the daily hassle of having to perform gymnastics just to make the bed. A mattress that is too big for the room makes it feel congested.
On the average, you will require aminimum of 30-inches between your bed and the wallfor a convenient path for walking around. Add sixty inches to the width on the mattress size chart and compare it to the measurements of your room. Some beds also come withdrawers underneath for additional storage space.If your bed has drawers, add more than sixty inches to the measurement on the mattress size chart. Because you won’t be able to access or use the drawers if your bed is placed too close to the wall.
So there it is, now you know all about different size mattresses that you can choose for your room. The mattress size chart includes all the common sizes in the USA, UK, EU, and Canada to assist you in choosing the best option for your situation.
If you have encountered a different mattress size anywhere in the world, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Full vs. Queen Bed – Size Difference Comparison
Full-sized beds, also commonly referred to as “double beds” are generally bigger than a small twin bed and a bit tinier than the overly popular queen-sized mattress. The difference is in the overall surface area, length, and width and it is capable of making a significant change.
However, a lot of people are unaware of the actual dimensions, and they are definitely not to blame. The truth is that there are quite a lot of different names which popped out of the blue which makes it harder to understand all the difference. Kings, queens, and twins – all of them seem to be involved in the market, making it overly complicated for the regular end user.
With this in mind, we’ve taken the liberty to break down the differencesbetween a Full and Queen size bed. Our goal is to make sure that you have all the necessary details so you can decide which one is right for you.
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|Full Bed||Queen Bed|
|Width||54 inches||60 inches|
|Length||75 inches||80 inches|
|Popularity||21% of all the purchases||32% of all the purchases|
|Pros||The size is perfect for a single sleeper||It is usually suited for someone taller or for a couple|
|Cons||The full bed won’t fit a couple good as it is too narrow||Even though the bed is designated for couples, it could still feel too narrow|
Difference Between Queen and Full Bed Explained
Starting off with the dimensions, as you can see from the comparison chart, the full-sized bed measures 54 x 75 inches while the queen-sized one measures 60 x 80 inches. The difference is quite significant, yet not enough for the queen bed to freely accommodate a couple comfortably. This is why both choices are usually preferred by people who prefer to sleep alone.
One of the best parts about owning a full-size is that it would provide you with a substantial amount of sleeping space without taking a whole lot from your room. Even though it’s not as compact as a regular twin, it could fit within the majority of bedrooms comfortably. You will have the necessary amount of space to conveniently maneuver in your room.
Regardless of the brand or built you go for, a full-size is always going to be the cheaper solution in absolutely every aspect. This is since they are both quite popular and are amongst the most regular choice of the majority of people. With this said, even the spare parts for the full-sized bed are going to be cheaper.
The reason for this is quite logical and straightforward – they are comparatively smaller which makes the main difference. This is something that you ought to account for. Queen sized beds also require larger pieces of sheeting, duvets, and comforters which is even going to jack up the price a bit so keep this in mind.
You’re likely to be looking at an overkill if you prefer the queen-size for a single sleeper. However, if you have the room to afford it, this is never a bad thing. This is especially true if you find yourself moving a lot during the night – the extra space could prevent you from waking up in the middle of the night as you’ve run out of room for your feet. While it’s not the ideal pick for a couple, 30 inches per person is quite substantial and it’s certainly better than the full-sized option.
This is the ultimate solution if you don’t have excessive space in your bedroom and you intend to sleep alone. It is going to leave an inconsiderable 27 inches per person if you decide to share it which could be quite tight. However, if you are a single sleeper, the mattress is the most optimal space-saving option, which is quite awesome. Keep in mind, though, that it is also 5-inches shorter than its queen-sized counterpart.
Accessories for full-sized beds are incredibly common, and you would be able to find different sets at prices which are fairly affordable. You would also be able to get a nice and appropriate duvet set at one of the most commonly visited big box stores or even online for as much as $20 or even less than that. You will also be given a room for one additional pillow, which is always something beneficial.
Finding accessories for your queen-size is also going to be a breeze as this is one of the most commonly purchased sizes. The sets are pretty much equally prized as the ones for the full-sized beds, even though a slight increase because of the larger dimensions is quite possible. There is nothing overly expensive to be worried about, though.
Recommended Room Size
If you want to purchase a full-sized bed, the recommended room size should be about 10 x 12 feet. If you don’t have that, you should consider going down to a twin-size in order to allow yourself the additional breathing room around the mattress.
Once again,anything above 10 x 10 feetis likely to work fine, even though you’d have slightly less space around it for maneuvering. On the other hand, if thee room is smaller than 9,5 x 10 feet, you should consider going down a size to make sure that there is no discomfort.
Queen Size Mattress Vs. a Full Size Mattress, The Differences
If you are trying to choose between a queen size mattress or a full size mattress we would like to share a few interesting facts that may help you determine which size might work best for your needs.
So does size matter?
Of course it does. First lets compare the queen size mattress to the full size mattress.
Queen measures 60 inches wide x 80 inches long
Full measures 54 inches wide x 75 inches long
The obvious difference of 5 extra inches in the length should not be easily shrugged off. For most average height sleepers it is the difference between your feet hanging off the bed or not hanging off the bed.
The extra 6 inches in width that comes with a queen size bed is a must have for any adult couple that sleeps together. Personally I love my king size bed, but if you don’t have room for a king then go for the queen you will never regret it. Over the years in the showroom working sales I have a routine of telling people that space is part of comfort and online there is no variance from that routine.
Should I choose a queen-size mattress over a full?
If you consider that the average crib mattresses usually measures 28″ x 52″ you’ll want to take notice that a full size bed in fact has less space to sleep in than a baby’s crib bed. I love my wife and enjoy sharing our bed but no thanks. At least with a queen size I would have a fighting chance to get comfortable.
Stepping away from the obvious my wife Kathy pointed something out to me many people may not realize. The truth is that one of the biggest problems in full size mattresses can be a limited selection in sheets, comforters and other linens. She brings up a very good point because queen size beds are the most popular mattress size in the world for adults. It stands to reason, this is where people will find the best selection of bedding for mattresses because mfg. will market to the masses.
Finally since we were just talking about selection I have to ask you a question. Have you been out shopping and tried to find a full size bed lately? I have been to some of the biggest furniture markets in the world and I can tell you this I couldn’t find many due to the large amount of furniture importing taking place. Headboards that are sold today are typically sold in a combination queen and full size taking up less cargo space in shipping containers. Combination headboards will attach to both size mattresses. They look great however if you are limited on space the headboard is 60 inches wide making it tough to fit into bedrooms that can only accommodate a 54 inch wide full.
When it comes to full size headboards and footboards, forget about it, they’re even more rare these days. Queen sizes now commonly utilize full size conversion steel rails allowing the use of a full sized mattress sets for those who do not want to purchase new mattresses. The same problem still exists as mentioned before if the bedroom will not fit a 60 wide headboard and in this case footboard.
So why buy a full size mattress?
Great space savers.
Great for teenagers.
Cheaper than queens.
Bedding cost less for full size.
Author: Douglas Belleville
Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds – a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won’t find the brand names here – click here to find out why!
Great thoughts – thank you. We’re short on space & trying to decide whether to buy a queen sofa sleeper or full, which would weigh much less. We already have a spare bed but sometimes have more than 1 guest at a time. We also just bought an aero bed, but still think it may be a good idea to have the extra bed.
Yea I totally agree that a full really isnt the way to go if you have two regular size adults in the bed. Of course if you are in a small loft and that is the best you can do it could work but each sleeper would always wish for more elbow room.
You might also want to take into account stair space. We upgraded to a Queen and had to saw off a corner of the box spring and had to reattach it after getting it upstairs. Kind of a pain in the A because we thought we measured properly and was a 1/4 inch off. But we managed it and our full sized “fouton” (in quotes because it’s actually a nice sturdy wooden one and not something you would find in Ikea or Walmart.) is going into the back bedroom for if we have a guest over that will spend the night.
Extraordinary contemplation’s – much obliged. We’re short on space and endeavoring to choose whether to purchase a ruler couch sleeper or full, which would measure substantially less. We as of now have an extra bed yet now and then have more than 1 visitor at once. We additionally just purchased an Queen Size Bed, yet figure it might be a smart thought to have the additional queen bed size.
Thank you for showing how close a full is to a queen size bed! I have a small area where we were trying to fit a queen bed, but it was just an inch or two too big. Now I will try a full size for almost the same size!
Jacie, You are welcome. Doug
Yes, great points to make. We are a growing population with everyone being taller and bigger than previous generations so size certainly does matter!
Thanks for sharing.
That’s a great comparison of two of the most popular bed sizes available. I prefer Queen mattress over Full because of the minor difference in pricing and extra space available in Queen.
My husband and I need to buy a new mattress soon and we are trying to decide which size to get, so I appreciate that you say size does matter. You make a great point that a queen size bed has about five extra inches of length and will give us a lot more space. Also, the fact that a queen size will fit in our bedroom well is a huge benefit for us.
Thank you for pointing out that a queen size bed has five more inches over a full sized bed. My daughter has been asking me to get her a bigger bed. I had no idea that there was a 5-inch difference between full and queen size beds.