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Mattress shoppers should take several factors into account when selecting the size of their new bed. These considerations include bedroom size, target price, and the number of people who plan to sleep on the mattress. Most mattresses sold today are available in six sizes: Twin, Twin Extra Long (XL), Full/Double, Queen, King, and California King. In addition, some models are sold in specialty and/or custom sizes.
This guide looks at similarities and differences between Full (or Double) and Queen sizes. First let’s look at some basic differences between these two sizes.
|Standard Width||54″ (4 1/2′)||60″ (5′)|
|Standard Length||75″ (6 1/4′)||80″ (6 2/3′)|
|Ideal Bedroom Size||Minimum: 8 1/2′ x 10 1/4′|
Maximum: 10 1/2′ x 10 1/4′
|Minimum: 9W’ x 11L’|
Maximum: 11W’ x 11L’
|Average Price||$550 to $800||$800 to $1,200|
|Ideal Sleeping Arrangement||Single sleeper who is average height and prefers some extra sleeping space.||Single sleeper who prefers abundant space or couples that do not require much extra space.|
The Full size, also known as a Double, measures roughly fifty-four inches (54″) wide by seventy-five inches (75″) long. This size offers a compromise between the standard Twin (39W” x 75L”) and standard Queen (60W” x 80L”) sizes. It is widely used in commercial accommodations, such as double-bed hotel rooms, college dormitories, and healthcare facilities.
Some drawbacks of a Full/Double mattress include the following:
Queen mattresses are the most popular size, accounting for roughly 40% of all mattress sales. The Queen is considered an industry standard, and many manufacturers will use Queen prices as default display prices on mattress product pages.
Benefits of a Queen-size mattress include the following:
Drawbacks of Queen-size mattresses include the following:
Queen-size mattresses are roughly six inches wider and five inches longer than Full/Double mattresses, meaning that the difference in measurement may be negotiable for some shoppers. However, you should take the following factors into consideration when comparing the two sizes:
The Full/Double mattress is ideal for single sleepers who are 6’2″ or shorter and desire a little extra width than is offered by a standard Twin size. While they do not provide enough space for couples, Full/Double models may be ideal for guest room accommodations, as well as commercial and temporary residential settings (such as motels and college dorms). A Queen-size is suitable for single sleepers who desire even more extra space, as well as couples who don’t mind narrow sleep surfaces.
However, these findings are largely subjective. For shoppers who are unsure which size will best serve them, we suggest testing out both sizes in brick-and-mortar mattress stores, and also taking part in mattress sleep trials that allow them to sleep on Full/Double and Queen mattresses for longer periods of time and then return the model that they find the least satisfactory.
For more information on mattress size comparisons, please visit the following Tuck pages:
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