Full Or Queen–Which One Is Right For Your Space?

When you’re shopping for a mattress, the last thing you want to do is regret the size you chose. A mattress is a long-term investment and it can be hard to visualize what your space will be like in ten, five, or ever two years. The difference between full mattress dimensions and queen mattress dimensions can make or break your quality of sleep, especially if you have a partner.

For years, we only ever needed a full-sized mattress. While the way we sleep has changed dramatically in the last hundred years, one of the biggest (No pun intended!) changes has been our need for space when we hit the hay.

After larger models became popular and were made into standard mattress sizes in the '50s and '60s, fewer couples opted for full-size mattresses and upgraded their mattresses to queens. As you start shopping, you might be wondering which one is the better fit for you and your space.

Full-Size Mattress Dimensions A full-size mattress is the same length as a twin mattress at 75 inches long, but nearly double the width at 54 inches wide. This is why you’ll often hear a full referred to as a “double” when checking out models. This was the most common bed size for decades before marketing teams started pushing larger models on consumers.

The full is really great for a guest room if you’re short on space or for kids who aren’t quite ready for a longer bed. If you have a cramped space and intend on sleeping alone, a full-size mattress might be the perfect solution for you, though if you have a partner, things can get pretty tight without the extra six inches a queen mattress provides.

Queen Size Mattress Dimensions A queen size mattress is perfect for a little more breathing room at 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. A queen is five inches longer than either a twin sized mattress or a full size bed. Built for couples, the queen mattress gives you extra length and sleeping space without consuming your bedroom the way a king size mattress might. Two people can fit pretty well without needing to reserve six feet of space for a king bed.

Queens are also ideal if you frequently have couples staying in your guest room for long stretches of time, as a full may start to feel too snug pretty quickly.

Full vs Queen - A Comparison

Full beds and queen beds are probably two of the most popular mattress sizes out there. And that’s because, for most people, that’s what fits their size requirements, as well as their spacial needs.

Now, let’s compare the two a little more to see how they stack up side-by-side.


Queens and fulls are common mattress sizes and they’re easy to come by. If your budget is tight and you’d like to get the most for your money, a full might seem like the best option, but it’s good to keep in mind that you’re purchasing a product that will last you, on average, the better part of a decade. What makes sense right now may not 7 years down the line, so be sure to consider all of your needs when you purchase.

For most single sleepers, a full bed probably offers enough space for them to sleep comfortably. But that’s probably not the case for couples. Most couples find that fulls are way too small and don’t allow them the sleeping room they need. If you’re part of a couple, or you’re preparing to be part of one in the future, you may want to invest a little more into a queen mattress just so you have that extra space ready to go.

You’ll sleep so much more comfortably in a queen than you would a full.

That being said, if you’re not one who shares a bed, a full will probably be perfect for you. And ultimately, the quality of your mattress is going to affect comfort levels for an individual more than the actual size of the bed.

Space Requirements

It’s generally accepted that a full bed fits best in a room that’s at least 10 X 12 feet whereas a queen bed can fit comfortably in a room that’s 12 X 12 feet. This isn’t to say that these mattresses can’t fit in smaller rooms. They can. But most people are accustomed to having a certain amount of space in their room and these room dimensions help give you that space.

If bedroom space is a big concern for you, maybe the size of your room should affect the size of your mattress and bed frame.


It should go without saying that bigger beds cost more than smaller beds. So, if everything else is equal, the full bed will be a better deal because it’s less expensive. But that’s rarely the case.

As we’ve already said. It’s hard for two people to sleep in a full bed. So you might pay less money by getting a full sized mattress, but you’ll ultimately pay with the years of discomfort that comes from sleeping too close together. You may be locked into a certain price bracket due to the number of people that’ll be using the mattress, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good deal on a quality mattress.

Tuft & Needle often has great deals to help you get the most for your dollar. Just keep an eye out for our sales, and you’ll find something that fits your size and budget requirements.


Bed accessories can include anything from sheets and skirts to medical supplies and bedside tables. Bed accessories are basically anything that you might need to add to your mattress. Fortunately for you, bed accessories are easy to find for both full and queen-sized beds. Whether you need a medical aid or you simply want to buy new sheets, finding that thing you need should be no problem with either a full or queen-sized mattress.

The differences between a queen and full may seem to amount to just a few inches, but considering your space, your personal needs, or the needs of your guest can definitely impact what you should be investing in.

If you need help picking a new mattress, Tuft & Needle is ready to help. We can also help you by giving you more information regarding improving your sleep and waking up in the morning refreshed and ready to go.

No matter if you go with a full mattress or a queen, let Tuft & Needle help you get the good night sleep you’ve always wanted.

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Shelly Weaver-Cather
Shelly Weaver-Cather

Shelly Weaver is part of the Content Team at Tuft & Needle, leading the writing and editing of our blog. Not quite a Phoenix native, (They take that sort of thing super seriously.) Shelly has spent most of her life in the Phoenix Metro area and has no plans of leaving anytime soon. She made the unexpected jump out of wedding photography and onto T&N’s team in 2016, and found a passion for the people that keep the lights on. She still finds herself shooting in her free time, though these days there are less bridal portraits and more masterpieces of her first child, Duke, a lab-pit mix with an unparalleled love for both T&N mattress hogging and couch destroying.

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