So, it’s time to buy a new mattress. Perhaps you’re finally upgrading from the twin bed you had in college. Or maybe you have a full-size bed and are wondering if it’s time to splurge for the queen. If that sounds like you, read on. Here is everything you need to know about buying a full vs queen mattress.
Part of a Couple or Living Alone?
The basic difference between a full-size and a queen-size bed is the size. Full beds are 54 inches wide by 74 inches in length (137 cm by 188 cm). A queen-size mattress, at 60 inches wide and 80 inches long (152 cm by 203 cm), is both wider and longer. Although full-size beds are sometimes known as a “double bed,” they are only ideal for one person. Sharing a full bed with another person means you each have only 27 inches of sleeping space, which is usually not enough for an average-sized adult, much less someone on the larger side. One of the most important ways you can ensure a good night’s sleep is to make sure you have enough room to stretch out and move around. If you’re going to share your bed with someone else, it’s important you both be able to sleep comfortably and stretch without disrupting the other person’s sleep.
Queen beds, on the other hand, give each person 30 inches of sleeping space. This makes queens much more ideal for couples. Indeed, most couples who live together own a queen or a king-size bed. Two adults can definitely share a full-size bed, but it’s not ideal if you’re sharing on a regular basis or live together.
Another thing to consider is your height. At 74 inches in length, a full-size mattress is the same length as a regular twin bed (twin mattresses, however, are significantly narrower at 39 inches wide). So even if you sleep alone, you may want to consider a queen bed if you’re on the taller side (i.e., taller than 5 feet 7 inches tall) or have a dog that likes to curl up at the foot of your bed.
Room Size Matters
Given the smaller size of the full mattresses, it will be easier to fit in most rooms compared to the queen bed. Although it will, of course, depend on the rest of the furniture in your bedroom, the ideal room size for a full-size bed is at least 10 feet by 12 feet. Anything smaller, and you should start considering a twin bed. For a queen bed, and assuming you don’t want to just squeeze a bed into your room with little space for anything else, your bedroom should bet at least 11 feet by 14 feet.
Full-size mattresses are cheaper than queens. Full-size mattresses have historically been among the most common size mattresses on the market. Due to their popularity and smaller size, their accessories, which include bed frames, mattress protectors, duvets, linens, and pillows, are fairly inexpensive compared to larger beds. And because full beds fit in almost any bedroom and through most door frames and corridors, you’re more likely to be able to move it inside your room without any issues and to be able to keep your bed even if you move to a home with a smaller bedroom.
Queen beds have become more popular in recent years. They now account for 32% of all mattresses sold, compared to full-size beds, which account for 21% of the market. Nonetheless, queen mattresses, bed frames, linens, and other accessories are still comparatively more expensive than their counterparts for full beds.
Why Should You Care?
The type of mattress you buy has important consequences for yourself and your significant other. Ultimately, if you’re living alone and don’t regularly share your bed with another person, you will likely do just fine with a full-size bed. But if you’re part of a couple, you may seriously want to consider upgrading to a queen. What size mattress you get will affect your quality of sleep almost every single night, and poor sleep can have a host of negative consequences. These include mood swings, irritability, depression, lack of energy, weakened immune system, weight gain, and even serious health consequences like heart problems. Many of these issues can affect not only your personal health but also your relationship with your significant other.