Bed Smart 101
When it’s time to shop for a new mattress, you might face the challenge of determining which bed size is the best fit for you. Queen mattresses are the most popular size on the market because it provides enough space for couples. But there are times when a full-size bed might be the best option. It is important to compare your options to see if you need a full size bed vs. a queen size bed.
Full Size Bed vs. Queen Comparison Chart
Avg. Dimensions (in)
Avg. Dimensions (cm)
Comfortable Fit For…
|54″ x 75″
|134.5cm x 190.5cm
|College students, growing children/teens, single adults, adult with child
|60″ x 80″
|152.5cm x 203.5cm
|Tall single adults, couples
Full Size Mattresses
A full size bed, also known as a double bed, is typically about five inches shorter than a queen bed. Most full size bed dimensions are 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. It is a great choice if you are a shorter solo sleeper or sleeping with a small child or a pet. Many people will select a full size mattress if their room is smaller, if they have a studio, or if they need a bed for their guest room.
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Queen Size Mattresses
As the most popular bed size, queen mattresses are commonly used in primary rooms and also guest rooms. Queen size bed dimensions are 60 inches by 80 inches. This mattress size is great for taller individuals and couples who love cuddling.
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Should I Get a Full or Queen Size Bed? What to Consider Before Buying
Full mattresses typically cost a little less than the price of a queen mattress. The difference in cost is usually so minimal that getting a queen size mattress is actually a better value. However, if your room isn’t large enough for a queen, a full size will be the best option for your room and budget.
Both queen and full beds are great for rooms 10 feet by 10 feet or larger. It all depends on your preference of space around the perimeter of the bed. Full beds are six inches narrower and five inches shorter than a queen bed, so it is a great option for rooms 10 feet by 10 feet or smaller. Make sure to measure your room beforehand to help decide if you need a full size bed vs. a queen size bed.
If you are 6 feet or taller, you definitely will feel a bit crammed on a full size mattress. Queen mattresses might also feel a bit small. If that is the case, look into our longer bed sizes, such as an extra long twin or California King.
Space in Bed
Who is sleeping in the bed? If you are a solo sleeper, a full size might be a great option for you since you will need less space. It is also a great choice for a person who sleeps with their small child or a pet. The queen bed is more ideal for couples or people who need more space to stretch out.