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Full vs. Queen Size Bed

In this article, we discuss the pros and cons of full vs. queen size beds so you understand which is right for you.

By Tyler Moyer

Choosing a mattress size is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make prior to selecting a new mattress. The size of the mattress will determine the size of the frame, headboard, bedding, and pillows, which together will impact whether the bed appears balanced among the other bedroom furniture and decor that accompany it.

Distinguishing between some mattress sizes, like a twin and a king, is easy to the naked eye. Sizes with a less obvious size discrepancies, like Full and Queen sized mattress, can be more difficult to distinguish. If your not ready to invest in a King but feel the need to graduate from a Twin size mattress, there’s one question left: Full or Queen? In this guide, we’re breaking down the technical differences between these two mattress sizes, the pros and cons of each, and who each size is recommended for.

Differences and Similarities: Full vs. Queen

A Full size mattress, sometimes called a Double, is technically smaller than a Queen. Here’s a chart outlining more differences between the two mattress sizes:

Mattress Size Full/Double Queen
Width 54 inches wide 60 inches wide
Length 75 inches long 80 inches long
Dimensions 54” x 75” 60” x 80”
Price range $500 to $900 $800 to $1,500
Comfortably fits One person who is average height One person who requires abundant space

Two adults who don’t require much space

Bedroom size recommendation 8.5’ wide x 10.5’ long 9’ wide x 11’ long

As you can see from the chart above, the differences between Full/Double and Queen size mattresses are subtle, ultimately coming down to dimensions. However, these minimal changes in size greatly impact price, so read on to learn about the pros and cons of each and how to determine whether spending the extra money on a Queen size mattress is worthwhile for you.

Pros and Cons of a Full/Double Size

A Full size bed measures 54” by 75”, making it just thinner and shorter than a Queen size, but it provides just over one foot of extra room when compared to a Twin or Twin XL mattress. Here are the pros and cons of a Full/Double size mattress.

Pros

  • Provides extra space for adults who want more space than a Twin can provide.
  • Great choice for individual children or adults sleeping alone.
  • Less expensive than Queen and King size mattresses.
  • Will fit into bedrooms with smaller dimensions.
  • Lighter and easier to maneuver than a Queen mattress.

Cons

  • May feel small for couples who need more personal space or prefer to spread out.
  • May feel small for tall and heavyweight adults.
  • Will not comfortably accommodate pets.
  • More expensive than Twin and Twin XL size mattresses.
  • May appear too small in large bedrooms.

Pros and Cons of a Queen Size

A Queen size bed measures 60” x 80”, making it longer and wider than a Full/Double and 16” thinner than a King size, which also measures 80” long. Here are the pros and cons of a Queen size mattress.

Pros

  • Widely available, as it’s  the most popular mattress size sold today.
  • Excellent choice for single sleepers who like to spread out or sleep with their pets.
  • Can accommodate couples who don’t need abundant space.
  • Can accommodate small pets.
  • Long enough for most heights.

Cons

  • More expensive than Full/Double size mattresses.
  • Heavier than Full/Double size mattresses.
  • Requires a larger bedroom.

Which is Right for You?

Determining whether a Full/Double or Queen size mattress is right for you comes down to a simple set of questions that incorporate information about your preferences, body type, living accommodations, and more. Take a look at the below considerations to determine which mattress size is right for you.

Are you single or do you sleep with a partner?

While two people can technically share a Full/Double mattress, that isn’t to say it’s comfortable. If both individuals are petite and lightweight, a Full mattress may provide adequate space. However, average-sized, heavyweight, and tall couples will find a Full/Double too restricting. Further, you and your partner’s sleeping habits and positions should be taken into consideration. If your partner moves frequently and disturbs you throughout the night, you’ll have better luck catching adequate shuteye with the added space that a Queen size mattress provides.

Are you tall or overweight?

Similarly, keep in mind that a Queen size offers an additional 5” in length when compared to a Full/Double. It also offers at least 6” more in width. The extra inches may not seem like much, but they can really make a difference, especially if you or your partner are tall. 

Do you sleep with pets or have children?

If you have pets, children, and a partner, your mattress can quickly feel full. If you don’t want to sacrifice morning snuggles with your furry friend or littles ones, choosing the biggest mattress your space can accommodate is a sound idea. A Full/Double may work if you’re single and have a small pet, but a Queen is preferable if you have a partner and pets or children that like to co-sleep or visit.

How large is your bedroom?

Do you live in a studio apartment? A home with a sizable master suite? Do you have large pieces of furniture, like an armoire, floor mirror, or nightstands that take up space in your bedroom? A Double/Full will work best in moderately sized bedrooms, but a Queen will look more proportionate and to scale in a large master bedroom. 

What is your mattress budget?

Although just a few inches different in size, Queen and Full/Double size mattresses can differ in price by hundreds of dollars. A mattress is an investment, so we don’t recommend settling for a poor quality a smaller size just to save a few dollars. However, if you’ve planned ahead and a Queen costs above what you’re comfortable spending, a Full is your best best. Pick the mattress that rests easy with your spending allowances.

Conclusion: Full vs. Queen Size Bed

A Full/Double mattress works well for singles who are average in size and want a little more room than a Twin can offer. You’ll be able to spread out comfortably and invite a pet or child up for the occasional snuggle. A Queen size is suitable for single sleepers who want ample additional space, and it works well for couples with small master bedrooms who don’t need too much space to spread out. We recommend testing out a Full vs. Queen size in a brick-and-mortar mattress store, as there’s nothing as telling as the experience of lying on a mattress in the sizes you’re considering. 


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