Differences Between a Full & Queen Bed


With so many different models to choose from, figuring out which bed is right for you can be a challenge. If you’ve narrowed the choice down to a full or queen size bed, there are a number of factors you should take into consideration before making your final decision.

1. Size

Size is, of course, the most obvious difference between a full and queen bed. So what is the size differences between a queen and full bed?
A queen bed measures at 60” x 80” while a full bed measures at 54” x 75”. This results in a 6” difference in width and 5” difference in length. This increased size will easily accommodate two sleepers and might be a better fit for taller people.
When choosing between a queen and a full bed, you need to give some thought to who the bed is intended for. A full bed is perfect for a child, teenager, or even a single adult. However, if the bed is intended for a couple, a full size bed may not provide enough space for each of the two to sleep comfortably.

2. Fit

Before purchasing a bed, measure the length and width of your bedroom. Select a bed that will leave you enough space to move about the room freely.
When choosing between a full and a queen, think about the size of your room and what other furniture it needs to hold. If you don’t have at least 2 feet of space all around the bed and the wall or between the bed and other pieces of furniture, the room can look and feel cramped.

3. Price

Sometimes, price – not size – is going to be the deciding factor when it comes to bed-buying, and it’s important to be aware of the different price points for full and queen. So what is the price difference between a full and a queen bed?
A full bed is generally going to be cheaper as it requires less materials in its manufacturing. Similarly, a full bed’s accessories, such as replacement parts and sheets, will be cheaper than for a queen bed..

Differences Between Full and Queen Sheets

For a full size bed, your fitted sheets should be 54” x 75”, while for queen size your fitted sheets should be 60” x 80” – the same size as the full mattress and the queen mattress respectively.
Remember that the thickness of your mattress determines how deep your fitted sheet pockets need to be. Extra-thick mattresses will require more than the typical depth of 7” x 12”. Look for deep pockets (13” x 17”) or extra deep (18” x 25”) for especially tall mattresses so that your mattress doesn’t peek out from under the sheet.
Additionally, while bed sizes are generally standardized, comforter sizes aren’t held to such strict specifications. If you prefer your comforters draped over the sides of your bed, choose a 80” x 90” comforter for your full size mattress and an 86” x 90” comforter for your queen size mattress. Luckily, there isn’t much room for confusion when it comes to duvet covers – both full and queen size beds take 88” x 88”.

Should I Buy a Full or Queen Size Bed?

Full and queen size beds are both terrific options and choosing between them depends entirely on your personal preferences and needs. If you want a roomier option for a couple in a larger master bedroom, a queen bed is the comfier option. If you’re set on upgrading your twin size bed in a guest or child’s room, full size is probably the better choice.
Other questions that come into play are how much you’re willing to spend on the bed frame, mattress and sheets and which type of bed will give you or your guests the best night’s sleep. Once you’ve taken all of these considerations into account, you can decide whether the more compact full bed is right for you or if you’d be better off with the roomier queen size option.
Once you’ve made your decision on whether to purchase a full size bed or a queen size bed, head over to American Freight and check out our mattress selection for a perfect night’s sleep.

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