Full vs. Queen: Size and Comparison Guide

May 25, 2022 | Casper Editorial Team

With the wide range of mattresses on the market, it can be difficult determining which bed size is right for you. When it comes to full vs. queen bed sizes, queen mattresses are a very popular option among couples and typically work best in master bedrooms.

However, sometimes a full mattress makes more sense for your needs. Our guide compares full vs. queen mattresses and includes everything from dimensions and price to the pros and cons of each.

Full vs. Queen Dimensions Comparison Chart

  Full Mattress Queen Mattress
Width 53 inches 60 inches
Length 75 inches 80 inches
Surface Area 3,975 inches2 4,800 inches2
Cost Less expensive More expensive
Casper Price $1,195 $1,295
Best For Young adults, couples who like to cuddle, guest rooms Couples or taller adults who like to sprawl out
Bedroom Size Guest rooms or smaller bedrooms Primary bedrooms

For a high-level overview of the differences between these two mattress sizes — including dimensions, surface area, price, bedroom size, and people they work best for— check out how full vs. queen mattresses compare:
 
Full Mattress

  • Width — 53 inches
  • Length — 75 inches 
  • Surface area — 3,975 square inches
  • Casper Original price — $1,195
  • Best for — Young adults, couples who like to cuddle, guest rooms.
  • Bedroom size — Guest rooms or smaller bedrooms

If you need a full size mattress, embrace Casper coziness with our luxury mattress in a box. Our full size mattresses are made with premium layers of comfort to ensure a good night’s sleep every night.

Queen Mattress

  • Width — 60 inches
  • Length — 80 inches
  • Surface area — 4,800 square inches
  • Casper Original price — $1,295
  • Best for — Couples or taller adults who like to sprawl out
  • Bedroom size — Primary bedrooms

Full vs. Queen Dimensions

A couple sleep on a queen-sized mattress while cuddling and slightly spaced apart while a couple ona  full-sized mattress cuddle and sleep closer together.
 
A queen mattress is bigger than a full — but by how much? A queen mattress is seven inches wider and five inches longer than a full mattress.

A typical queen mattress has the following dimensions: 

  • Dimensions — 60 x 80 inches
  • Surface area —  4,800 square inches 

A standard full size mattress has the following dimensions:

  • Dimensions — 53 x 75 inches 
  • Surface area — 3,975 square inches

While a queen-sized mattress is a popular option for couples, it could feel cramped for those who are tall or prefer extra room. A full is a better fit for single sleepers.

The Pros and Cons of a Queen Bed

A couple lounges ona  queen-sized bed while reading
 
Queen beds are the most popular mattress size on the market. At 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, they are larger than a double bed but smaller than a king and California king-sized bed.

Pros

  • Great for couples or single adults
  • Works well in master bedrooms
  • Easy to find accessories for

Cons

  • More expensive than a full
  • Heavier than a full

Queen beds offer more room than a full and are great for couples or adults who like having extra room to move around.

Casper’s Queen Mattresses

Queen mattresses are popular for a reason — who doesn’t like to have some extra space at night? However, some might worry that extra space makes a queen mattress difficult to move.

That’s why Casper ships its mattresses in a box. They’re compressed into a much smaller box so you can easily move and install your new Casper Queen mattress easier than traditional innerspring models.

The Pros and Cons of a Full Bed

A woman lounges on her full-sized bed while listening to music.
 
Full-sized beds — also known as “double beds” — are 16 inches wider than a twin bed, but smaller than a queen. They’re a great choice for guest rooms and work best for tall teenagers or adults who sleep alone.

Pros

  • Less expensive than a queen
  • Easier to move than a queen
  • Easy to find accessories for

Cons

  • May be too small for couples
  • Not enough space for pets or kids

Twin beds make a great choice for guest rooms. They work best for tall teenagers or adults who sleep alone.

Casper’s Full Mattresses

If you’re looking for the perfect mattress for your smaller bedroom, all of Casper’s mattress models include full size. These mattresses are great for maximizing space in a small bedroom without sacrificing your ability to stretch out at night.

Full mattresses are also ideal transitional mattresses for older children, teens, and young adults. You can rely on these models to deliver California King comfort in a full size bed.

Price

It’s no secret that mattresses can be expensive. Regardless of the brand, a full mattress is going to be cheaper than a queen because of the size difference. This includes accessories as well. The bigger the mattress size, the more expensive it’s going to be.

For example, Casper’s mattress prices range from:

The price difference between the Full and a Queen size mattresses isn’t huge, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re on a tight budget.

Accessories

Accessories include anything from pillows to a nice duvet. Because both full-sized beds and queen beds are incredibly common, finding accessories for these two mattress sizes should be no problem at all.
 
The only thing to keep in mind is the price. Because a queen-sized bed has larger dimensions, the accessories may be a bit more expensive than full-sized accessories. For example, full-sized sheets will be less expensive than queen-sized sheets. Full-sized beds will also generally require fewer pillows (depending on the person).

Some accessories are vital to maintaining the quality of your mattress. For example, we don’t recommend putting your mattress on the floor because it can cause molding or other issues. This can even void your warranty from certain manufacturers. 

 
That’s why you should always find a proper bed frame or mattress foundation. These products are essential to help your mattress last, so you can continue to sleep better.

Room Size

Two 12' by 12' rooms side-by-side showing the full takes up slightly less space than the queen-sized bed.
 
It goes without saying that full-sized beds are better for smaller rooms and queen-sized beds are better for larger bedrooms. Full beds work best in guest rooms or bedrooms that are 10 feet by 12 feet. If you have anything below that, a twin size bed might be a better fit for your room.
 
Queen beds work best in master bedrooms that are 12 by 12 feet, however, anything above 10 feet by 10 feet should be fine. Anything smaller could make it hard for you to maneuver around your bed, especially if you have lots of furniture.

Comfort

Full beds are best for single sleepers. Full mattresses are 53 inches wide — for many couples, that’s not enough room, and you would most likely be touching.

If you’re a couple who likes to cuddle, a full could work for you. However, a full is generally not recommended for couples who like to sleep with pets or share the bed with children.

For example, if a couple is sharing a bed, the space per sleeper for each size is:

  • 26.5 inches per sleeper on a full size mattress.
  • 30 inches per sleeper on a Queen size mattress.

If you’re tall, move around a lot when you sleep or just like to sprawl out, then a queen is likely a better choice. However, a queen is also ideal for two sleepers. With a width of 60 inches, there’s typically more than enough room to fit two comfortably.

Versatility

Queen beds give you more space if you love piling on all your favorite throw blankets or you move around in your sleep at night. However, because queen beds are bigger, they give you less floor space in your bedroom.

Full size beds conserve space in your room so you can maximize your decor. But you won’t be able to fit as many pillows or really splay out — if that’s your thing.

Maneuverability

Because a Queen is bigger than a full mattress, it’s going to weigh more. This makes Queen size mattresses more difficult to handle if you’re a frequent mover or like to change the layout of your bedroom. 

For our Casper Original Mattress, the Queen weighs 12 pounds more than the full. This might not seem like a lot, but it’s important to consider if you have physical limitations or live in a building without an elevator. 

FAQs

Is a Full Bed the Same Size as a Queen?

A full bed is smaller than a queen. A queen mattress is seven inches wider and five inches longer than a full.

Is a Queen or Full Bed Better?

Queen and full mattresses are both good choices based on your different needs. A Queen bed is usually preferred for couples because it has more sleeping space. On the other hand, a full mattress is ideal for singles because you have the space to sprawl out — even if you’re working with a smaller bedroom.

What Is the Most Popular Mattress Size?

Queen mattresses are the most popular mattress size.

Is a Full Bed Big Enough for Couples?

For couples that like to sleep closely, a full mattress will be big enough, but a Queen mattress offers more versatility and space.

Queen vs. Full Mattress: How to Choose

So, how do you choose between a full vs. queen mattress? Consider your current sleeping environment. Are you looking for a mattress with more space to show off your favorite quilt? Then a Queen mattress is probably the best choice — especially if you sleep with someone else. It will also allow room for pets and children if you have them.

Are you looking for a bed to fill a guest room? Then opt for a full bed. They’re less expensive while still providing a decent amount of space for single sleepers. They’re also easier to move around if you plan on relocating in the next year or so.

For more comparison guides, check out our comprehensive guide to King vs. California king and twin vs. full mattresses.