Difference Between Full and Queen Beds

When shopping for the perfect bed, size does matter. If you are shopping for a guest-room bed, then a full-size is a good choice for one person. If shopping for a master bedroom, a queen is a good choice for a couple. Knowing which type of mattress you need to purchase or already own is important for your bedroom decorating and purchasing of linens.


Shopping for a bed.
Queen size bed.

A queen bed is 60-by-80 inches and is larger than a full-size bed. The queen-size mattress is between a king (76-by-80 inches) and a full mattress (54-by-75 inches).


Queen mattress is comfortable for 2 people.

The benefits of a queen-size mattress verses a full-size is that a queen will comfortably accommodate a couple. The full-size mattress is smaller and usually more suited for a single person. Additionally, the longer queen-size bed might be necessary to accommodate a taller person. Or if in a child's room, there is room to share with friends at sleepovers or the like.


Foam mattress.

Many types of mattresses on the market today can satisfy personal choice, whether you choose a pillow-top mattress or one without the extra layer of cushion. Or one of the many form-fitting or memory-foam mattresses, all of which come in both a queen- or full-size bed.


Queen bed.

When deciding between a queen- or a full-size bed, take into account several factors, including: 1. Size of bedroom 2. Size of current furniture 3. Amount of people who will use mattress


Changing sheets.

The inch differences may seem slight between a queen and full bed; however, when purchasing linens or re-decorating your bedroom, those few inches become significant, especially in terms of price difference between full and queen sheets.

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Tammy Wood has been writing for more than 15 years, and has been published in the Chicken Soup For the Soul books, "Parenting" magazine and several websites. Wood serves as the director of online marketing for 12 organizations and creative director for BTC Interactive, a newsletter and article archive. She received a degree in business management from the University of Washington.