The dimensions of a queen size bed (usually called queen bed) are slightly larger than a full size bed. A full size bed is 54 inches wide and 75 inches long while queen size beds are 60 inches in width and 80 inches in length. A full size bed is also known as a full bed or double bed in many regions; it is bigger than the twin bed (or single bed) and smaller than a queen bad.
|Width||54"||60 inches (152 cm)|
|Length||75"||80 inches (203 cm)|
|Cost||Sheets and mattresses for full beds are cheaper compared with queen size mattresses. Also, the frames are cheaper because they don't have to have a supporting middle post.||More expensive than twin or full beds, but less expensive than king beds.|
|Frame||The frame for a full bed is just a rectangular box.||The frame for a queen bed is required to have a center leg support besides the normal rectangular structure.|
|Usage||Full beds are better for a single person and can be used in teenagers' rooms.||Queen beds are generally put in guest rooms and smaller master bedrooms.|
|Advantage||The size of the bed is just right for a single sleeper who is under 5’9” tall.||It is better suited for two people or for somebody who is tall.|
|Size||Full size bed dimensions: 54" wide x 75" long.||Queen bed dimensions: 60" wide, 80" long|
|Disadvantages||Some people find the full bed too narrow for a couple and sometimes too short also. Comforter bedding for a full bed may not be available in different styles.||Even in a queen bed, the space available for a couple is 30” each which can be insufficient for everyday comfort.|
Contents: Full Bed vs Queen Bed
Full vs Queen Bed Dimensions
A full bed is 54”x 75” and a queen bed is 60”x 80”. A twin bed is normally 39” wide and 75” long and therefore, a double/full bed is not actually the double of a twin/single bed. The full bed is 15” wider than the twin bed though the length is the same. So, if two people were to sleep on a full bed they would have 27” of space available for each of them whereas, if they were sleeping alone on a twin bed each, they would have much more space to themselves, 39”.The same is with the Queen bed, though it is bigger than a full bed, the total space available to a person if two people were sleeping on the bed would be 30”, still 9” less than what they would have if they were sleeping on separate twin beds each.
This is a good video for understanding various bed sizes:
Differences in Structure
A bed is made of three main components, the top one is the mattress which makes a bed comfortable. The second layer is the box spring which provides additional support or suspension to the mattress. The third layer is the bed frame which lifts the mattress and the box spring off the floor. In both, Full and Queen size beds, the basic structure is the same. The mattress can be any quality, it is different only according to the size of the bed and the box spring can be of any kind.
The major difference is in the frame of the bed or bed steads. In a full bed the frame used is a rectangular structure made of wood or metal (dust ruffle, bed skirt, or valance sheet). In a queen bed also the frame is made of the same material but the difference is that for a queen bed, the bed frame also includes a center support rail. These rails are assembled to create a box for the mattress or mattress/box spring to sit on. The center bar in the frame is not very expensive and should be placed as it provides more support directly for the box spring. It will help distribute stress evenly. Without one, over time, the box spring (and mattress) will sag. The sag is caused by the most stress being in the middle of the bed while the support is only around the edges.
Some types of bed rails are- Platform - typically used without a box spring; Captain - has drawers beneath the frame to make use of the space between the floor and the bed frame; Waterbed - a heavy-duty frame built specifically to support the weight of the water in the mattress.
Differences in Usage
A full size bed was the standard bed for married couples until the 1960s, but in this era king and queen size beds have become more common in the United States.
Many people consider a full size bed narrow for a couple, but just right for a single short sleeper (under 5’5” tall). Full beds don’t take up much space in a room and are more luxurious for teenager’s rooms or single people’s rooms than a single (twin) sized bed. The queen bed is better suited for two people and for somebody who is tall. Though a queen bed is bigger than a full, it provides more comfort without occupying too much space in a room, it is only 6” wider than a full bed and 5” longer. Queen beds are generally put in the guest room or smaller master bedrooms. They’re also good for couples who like to snuggle.
A full size bed will cost more than a twin bed but less than a queen bed. A queen bed is more expensive than a full bed but may suit your individual needs better.
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