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.
The table below lists some notable differences and similarities between the Full/Double and Queen mattress sizes.
|Standard width||54 in.||60 in.|
|Standard length||74 to 75 in.||80 in.|
|Ideal bedroom size||Minimum: 8.5 ft. wide x 10.25 ft. long||Minimum: 9 ft. wide x 11 ft. long|
|Average price range||$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-four to seventy-five inches (74-75″) 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.
Benefits of a Full size mattress include:
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:
Your sleeping situation should help you gauge whether a Full/Double or Queen size mattress is best. If you sleep alone you’ll require less sleeping space, so a smaller mattress will probably do just fine. If you share your bed with a partner, however, anything smaller than a Queen may feel cramped.
If you’re sleeping single, you may want to consider your future lifestyle and if you foresee any changes in your situation. Mattresses are a somewhat long-term investment, so it’s important to take into consideration what your future may look like as well. If you tend to move frequently, a smaller bed will be easier to take with you when you go and will fit in most standard size bedrooms. Considering the here and now as well as the days to come can help you choose a mattress that serves you well for many years.
Body type can play a large role in what mattress size will work for you. For most single sleepers, a Full-size mattress will usually do. If you like to sprawl out on the other hand, or prefer to sleep away from the edge of your mattress, a Queen size is probably the better option between the two. If you have an adult sleeping partner, body size can make an even bigger difference. Though the extra 5 inches in length on a Queen may not seem like a lot, those extra inches can really count when it comes to sleeping comfortably with your partner.
If you have them, pets and/or children can quickly fill up a mattress. If you’re a pet owner that makes room for your furry friends in bed you will probably want as much room as possible. A Full/Double size mattress is going to be smaller and shorter than a Queen, meaning less cuddle room for all of you. As children grow, they’ll require more and more space when you co-sleep. More can be merrier in your bed so long as you provide ample room for everyone.
Sleeping position can be a huge deciding factor in choosing between a Queen and a Full/Double size mattress. Whether it’s side, back, or stomach sleeping, the right bed will help you get into a position that’s comfortable while providing enough room to move about. If you’re a stomach sleeper you might stretch your legs out and require extra width from your bed. A back sleeper (especially one over 6’2”), will likely be most comfortable in a mattress that provides that additional length.
If you’re sharing your bed with a partner, keep in mind their preferred sleeping position as well. If both of you like to sprawl out or tend to change sleeping positions frequently throughout the night, a mattress that provides extra width will make for a happier and less disruptive night’s rest.
Whether you live in a studio or a large master suite, your mattress should fit comfortably in your space. If you have other large pieces of furniture taking up space in your room, opting for a smaller bed may be a wise choice. You should also factor in the layout of a room. If the bed has to be placed in front of a window or has to be arranged in between a closet door, then the more versatile Full-size bed may be a better option.
Even though there isn’t a huge size dimension difference between the two, the extra length and width can make a world of difference if you’ll be sleeping in a smaller sized room. Take a look at the following standard sizes of all mattresses so you can fit one into your square footage with ease.
For many shoppers, the ultimate mattress buying decision comes down to money. Since Full-size beds are cheaper, those on a tighter budget may get a Full over a Queen. You can also likely score a bargain for a Queen-size bed if you select a model from a more affordable mattress brand.
Because a mattress is an investment in your future and the quality of your sleep environment, you should try not to settle for a poor-quality mattress in order to save money. Plan ahead and start saving for a mattress, or shop for a sale-priced model during popular retail holidays. Once you’ve determined which size is the best fit for your needs, you can incorporate your budget into the equation and find a mattress that rests easy with your pocketbook as well as your pillow.
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.