Have you been shopping for a new bed lately, but struggling to find the right sized bed for your home? While full mattresses were one of the most popular options in the past, they have arguably now been superseded by the larger queen and king-sized beds.
Both full and queen-size beds have their own advantages and their own downsides, so the question really is: which size bed is best for you?
Below, we’ve covered some of the main points to consider for both a full and a queen mattress, to help you decide which size is the most suitable for your needs.
The full mattress is the smallest mattress size after the twin mattress. However, the full mattress is considerably bigger than a twin mattress, at 54 inches wide (16 inches wider than a twin mattress). Although once very popular for master bedrooms, the larger queen and king-size beds tend to be the more common option these days.
- Reasonably priced
- Easy to find accessories (bed sheets, duvets, etc.)
- Suitable for smaller rooms
- Spacious for an adult but still compact
- Weighs less than larger mattresses
- Can be very cramped for couples or adults sharing with a child or pet
- Less legroom for taller individuals
A full bed provides more than enough room for someone sleeping alone, making it perfect for active sleepers who like to stretch out, or if you have a pet or a child that likes to share your bed with you.
However, the full mattress can be cramped for couples, leaving just 27 inches of space per person. While this is perfectly possible, it is not the most comfortable sleeping environment if you are sharing as a couple, every night.
A full mattress measures 54 inches by 75 inches, offering a big jump in space from the smaller twin mattress. Full mattresses are ideal for single adult sleepers who like room to stretch out, but can also be suitable for couples with a smaller bedroom (but no smaller than 10×10 feet).
If you are a couple and have a very small bedroom, you can get by with a full mattress – but it’s worth upgrading for a queen or king mattress if you have the room. As a popular mattress size, it is easy to find inexpensive bedding for a full bed and this size of mattress is also reasonably priced, depending on style and materials.
Queen beds are thought to have been introduced around the 1950s and are now one of the most popular sized beds for couples, due to the added height and width they provide. At 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than the full mattress, this option provides ample room for couples who like their own space.
- Extra width for couples
- Extra length for taller individuals
- Easy to find bedding
- More expensive than a full mattress
- Not suitable for smaller bedrooms
A queen-size mattress will provide you with more than enough room as a single sleeper and the additional length makes this a sound option for taller individuals. While in reality, a queen-size mattress provides more space than you really need on your own, if you have the room and budget to afford it, more space can never really be a downside.
For couples, the queen mattress will give you 30 inches of space each. While this is still 9 inches less than a king mattress (or two twin mattresses), it’s still a substantial amount of space, which many couples will be comfortable with.
Additionally, the extra legroom a queen bed provides can make a huge difference compared to a full bed, especially for taller couples. However, if you are a couple with a young child sharing the bed, or a pet, you may find space a little tight with a queen bed.
A queen mattress measures 60 inches by 80 inches, giving you 6 additional inches of width and 5 inches more legroom. While this doesn’t sound like a lot, it can make a huge difference for couples or tall individuals.
If you have a bedroom 10×10 feet or larger, a queen mattress should fit comfortably in your room. Anything less and the room may feel cramped and leave little room for additional furniture.
Queen mattresses are a very popular bed size, and, as such, it’s easy to find bedding. While bedding will be more expensive for a queen than a full (due to the added fabric), you should still be able to find budget-friendly options for this size.
Before you make your final decision, it’s worth considering the difference in price between full and queen-size beds. Across any brand or type of mattress, the full-size will almost always be cheaper than the queen mattress, simply because it’s smaller. Likewise, full-size bedding and accessories are also likely to cost less than their queen-sized equivalents.
That being said, the price of a luxury, memory foam, full-size mattress is probably going to cost more than a budget-friendly innerspring queen-size mattress, so it’s best to get an idea of what type of mattress you are looking for, before comparing the cost of each size.
Overall, making a final decision between a full and a queen bed depends on your circumstances – whether you sleep alone or are a couple, whether you share with a child or pets, and the size of your bedroom – these factors will all affect which size of bed is best for your needs.
Generally, if you have the space and the budget, a queen-size bed is going to serve you well, no matter how your circumstances change. We hope this has helped you to get one step closer to deciding which size of bed is best for you!