Full Bed vs. Queen Bed

Full Bed
Queen Bed

A full size bed is sometimes called a "double bed" or simply a "full bed"; it is bigger than the twin bed (or single bed) and smaller than a queen 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.

Comparison chart

Full Bed

Queen Bed

Width 54 inches (137 cm) 60 inches (152 cm)
Length 75 inches (191 cm) 80 inches (203 cm)
Width per person 27 inches (68.6 cm) per person 30 inches (76 cm) per person
Cost Frames, mattresses, and sheets for full beds are cheaper compared with queen size mattresses. They are slightly more expensive than twin beds. More expensive than twin or full beds, but less expensive than king beds.
Usage Full beds are better for a single person and can be used in teenagers' rooms. Some smaller couples can use them. Queen beds are generally put in guest rooms and smaller master bedrooms.
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.
Popularity 21% of all mattress purchases 32% of all mattress purchases
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 size beds are 54 inches (137 cm) wide and 75 inches (191 cm) long, making them smaller than a standard queen size bed that measures 60" x 80" (152 cm x 203 cm).

The following picture is a handy reference for — and easy visual representation of — all the different bed sizes: twin, full, queen, king and California king size.

A handy reference for the various bed sizes available in the U.S.
A handy reference for the various bed sizes available in the U.S.

For folks who prefer video, the following is a good guide to mattress sizes:

Non-Standard Dimensions

There are several nonstandard full- and queen-sized mattresses. Because of this, it is important to measure mattresses, box-springs, and bed frames to ensure they all match before purchase; refer to manufacturer details when possible.

The most common non-standard dimensions for full size and queen size beds include the following:

IKEA Dimensions

IKEA has grown in popularity in the U.S. as the company has expanded to a number of different locations. As such, many more Americans are buying furniture and mattresses from IKEA now than in the past.[1] However, those who are looking for a mattress and/or bed should be careful as IKEA mattresses are not made to standard lengths. All of their mattresses run a half-inch to inch (1.27 cm to 2.5 cm) shorter. Using an IKEA mattress with a non-IKEA bed frame can leave a gap between the furniture and mattress. Similarly, IKEA bed frames will struggle to contain standard mattress sizes, if they can contain them at all.

Pros and Cons

In the case of very small bedrooms, a full bed allows for much greater maneuverability than a queen bed. In general, full size beds are ideal for teenagers, young adults in dorm rooms, and single individuals of any age who do not mind trading bed space for room space. Twin beds may be more appropriate for younger children.

Slender, smaller couples can perhaps use full size beds as well, but these beds offer very little space — 27 inches (68.6 cm) — per person. Couples will almost certainly be happier with a queen or king size bed, which will give each person 30 inches (76 cm) or 38 inches (96.5 cm) of space, respectively.

A queen bed is able to "grow" with a person — go from being a single-person bed to one a couple can share — in a way that a full bed cannot (for most).


Mattress, box-spring, and bed frame prices vary significantly according to the materials used (e.g., spring, memory foam; hardwood or softwood furniture, etc.). Manufacturers and distributors also affect pricing. In all cases, though, a full size bed will be cheaper than a comparable queen size bed from the same company and/or store.

Linens, comforters and duvets, and other bed accessories will likely be more expensive for queen size beds than full size ones.


Queen beds are the most popular bed size in the U.S. In a (somewhat dated) survey by the Sleep Products Association, queen beds accounted for 32% of the U.S. mattress market, followed closely by twin beds (31%). Full beds (21%) and king beds (7%) trailed behind in sales.[2]


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Comments: Full Bed vs Queen Bed

Anonymous comments (5)

December 19, 2012, 12:54am

I've only owned twin and full beds, and have comfortably slept beside someone in a full bed who was over 6'. I'm not a whole lot shorter. Full beds really don't take up a lot of room and they allow us to cuddle and sleep or retreat to our own sides without bumping into each other.

— 107.✗.✗.118

April 14, 2012, 10:27pm

The biggest reason I have a queen size mattress is because of my height. I am 5 feet 8 inches. Unless I sleep with my head and feet perfectly positioned, (or diagonally when I was single), I have my feet hanging off. There is a mattresses size called 'full extra-long', (or in Europe, 140 x 200 cm. , which is roughly equivalent ), but I don't see it in stores often, and more importantly, owning an odd size mattress would make it harder to find sheets). I would consider buying the full extra long though, if it were a common size. 

— 99.✗.✗.172

March 16, 2014, 3:32pm


— 174.✗.✗.163

November 15, 2010, 4:44am

Whoever wrote this article has an attitude problem. Queen beds became popular in this country because of an era of "obesity and McMansions"??? In the 1960s, I lived on a very ordinary suburban street, and my parents, along with the parents of everybody on the street I knew, had queen or king beds and they weren't rich, living in mansions, or fat. Personally, I slept in a queen bed with my first wife: I am 5'8", 130 lbs, and she is built about the same. Obese? Hardly. Combined, we barely constitute one obese person.

Queen beds are popular because they only take up an extra 6" in each dimension, which is hardly noticeable in almost any room, yet the amount of increased sleeping comfort is huge. To say anything else is just plain silly.

— 98.✗.✗.109

February 19, 2011, 7:56pm

So, in the 1940's and 50's all my family and everyone I knew had double ( full ) beds and we managed to sleep two to a bed with no
problem. My grandmother had a three quarter bed made in 1876 ( that's between an full and twin). Nobody had bigger beds because
the stores did not carry them then.

— 71.✗.✗.47


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