Full/Double Mattress vs. Queen Mattress

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.

Key Differences and Similarities between Full/Double and Queen Sizes

Size Full/Double Queen
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.

Pros and Cons of a Full/Double Size

full double mattress sizeThe 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.

  • Less space required: Because Full/Double mattresses are slightly thinner and shorter than Queens, they will fit into bedrooms with smaller dimensions.
  • Lower price-point: With few exceptions, Full/Double mattresses are typically $100 to $400 cheaper than Queen-size designs of the same model. However, the average price-point of a Full/Double varies by brand, model, and mattress type. Sheets for Full/Double mattresses are usually less expensive than Queen-size sheets, as well.
  • Extra space for single sleepers: A Full/Double mattress is suitable for single sleepers that like additional sleeping space; comparatively, Twin and Twin XL models offer little to no extra space for single sleepers.
  • Wide availability: Most mattress models are available in a Full/Double size.
  • Lighter and easier to move: The average Full/Double mattress weighs less than 80 pounds, making them fairly easy to move and maneuver without assistance compared to Queens.

Some drawbacks of a Full/Double mattress include the following:

  • Not couple-friendly: Full/Double mattresses are not designed for more than one person, making them unsuitable for couples.
  • Too small for larger rooms: While a Full/Double mattress will fit in some bedrooms that are too small for a Queen-size model, they may look out of place in bedrooms that cover above-average areas.
  • Too short for exceptionally tall people: A Full/Double mattress measures 75 inches in length, meaning it will be too short for anyone who stands at 6’3″ or taller.

Pros and Cons of a Queen Size

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:

  • Extra space: A Queen-size mattress measures sixty inches (60″) wide by eighty inches (80″) long. This size offers more room for individual sleepers than a Full/Double. Additionally, Queens may be suitable for couples that do not require a lot of extra space; Full/Double sizes, on the other hand, are not suitable for couples.
  • Wide availability: Because it is an industry standard, almost every mattress sold today is available in a Queen size.
  • Long enough for most people: Queen-size mattresses measure roughly 80 inches in length, making them suitable for anyone that stands 6’7″ or shorter.

Drawbacks of Queen-size mattresses include the following:

  • Higher price-point: The average Queen-size mattress is priced between $800 and $1,200, making them roughly $100 to $400 more expensive than the average Full/Double mattress. In rare cases, the Queen and Full/Double will share the same price-point.
  • More space required: A bedroom should measure at least nine feet (9′) wide by eleven feet (11′) long in order to accommodate a Queen-size mattress. Smaller rooms may not provide adequate space for a Queen.
  • Relatively heavy: The average Queen-size mattress weighs between 80 and 100 pounds. While this may be light enough for most people to move and maneuver without assistance, Full/Double mattresses are usually much lighter.

Is a Full/Double or Queen Size Right for You?

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:

  • What is the total area (width times length) of the bedroom where the mattress will primarily be used?
  • Will the mattress be used by one or two people?
  • What is the height of the sleeper/sleepers who plan(s) to use the mattress?
  • What is the shopper’s mattress budget, including sheets?
  • Does the shopper plan to move the mattress without assistance?

Conclusion

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: