Size Comparison Guide: Full vs Queen Mattress

Last Updated on October 13, 2020

by Marc Werner, Founder - Ghostbed

Trying to choose between a full size and a queen size mattress? Although they’re pretty similar in size, there are quite a few differences to keep in mind as you make your selection.

Since a mattress is such a big investment, you’ll want to do your research beforehand so you know you’re ordering the perfect size for your needs. In this guide, we’ll review what to keep in mind and how to make your decision.

Couple relaxing on a queen size mattress

I. Comparison Chart: Full vs. Queen Mattress

II. Differences Between Full & Queen Mattresses

III. Full vs. Queen: Dimensions & Comfort

IV. Full vs. Queen: Cost Comparison

V. Full vs. Queen: Room Size Requirements

VI. Comparing GhostBed's Full and Queen Options

I. Comparison Chart: Full vs. Queen Mattress

Full Mattress Queen Mattress
Width 54 inches / 137 cm 54 inches / 137 cm
Length 75 inches / 191 cm 80 inches / 203 cm
Personal Width 27 inches / 68.6 cm 30 inches / 76 cm
Cost Less expensive than a queen More expensive than a full
Ideal For Children’s rooms, guest rooms, and small master bedrooms. Master bedrooms and larger guest rooms.
Size Differential The full is 5 inches shorter in length than a queen and 6 inches narrower. The queen is 5 inches longer than the full and 6 inches wider.
Summary The full size is often referred to as a double bed. In America, it is the same sized bed. In Europe, double beds vary in size. A queen is a grand dame who needs no other name.

Note: Want to compare these sizes to the twin or king? Check out our full guide to mattress sizes.

II. Differences Between Full & Queen Mattresses

The biggest difference between a queen and a full mattress is, of course, the size and dimensions. A full mattress is 75 inches long and 54 inches wide, making it a good option for teens and adults who sleep alone. A queen mattress is 5 inches longer and 6 inches wider than a full mattress, at a total of 80 inches long and 60 inches wide. The larger size makes it an ideal option for couples.

In terms of popularity, the queen size earns the top spot; a 2017 study showed that almost half of American adults (47%) reported that they slept on a queen bed. Only 14% of survey respondents said they slept on a full size bed.

III. Full vs. Queen: Dimensions & Comfort

With the dimensions listed above in mind, it’s important to think about how a queen or full size mattress will contribute to your comfort overall.

A full mattress, for example, is a wonderful size and choice for a guest room or child’s room in the house. A full bed is the same length as a twin but slightly wider, allowing for a parent to comfortably lay alongside a child reading a bedtime story.

But couples sharing a full bed may feel pretty cramped, as the sleeping area per person is only 27 inches.

Most couples will opt for a queen bed, with its extra length and width. This allows for each adult to have room to turn in their own space without disrupting the other. The queen bed is a great match for a master bedroom that may be a bit too small to accommodate a king bed.

Full Mattress Queen Mattress
Width 54 inches / 137 cm 54 inches / 137 cm
Length 75 inches / 191 cm 80 inches / 203 cm
Personal Width 27 inches / 68.6 cm 30 inches / 76 cm
Comfort Considerations Ideal for kids, guest rooms, and single sleepers. Ideal for couples who want a little extra personal space.

IV. Full vs. Queen: Cost Comparison

Because it’s slightly larger, a queen mattress will cost a bit more than a full mattress. It’s also important to consider the accessories you’ll need. Queen-size bed sheets will cost more than full size, for example, as will the foundation or frame that you choose. You may also want additional pillows to fill in the extra space.

In the chart below, you can see examples of GhostBed’s queen and full options, including mattresses and accessories:

Full Mattress Queen Mattress
The GhostBed $1,045 $784 $1,145 $859
The GhostBed Flex $1,575 $1,181 $1,745 $1,309
GhostSheets $140 $105 $140 $105
GhostBed All-in-One Foundation $279 $209 $299 $224

V. Full vs. Queen: Room Size Requirements

Of course, you’ll also want to consider your room size before purchasing any bed.

Full size beds will work nicely in a smaller room and have more possibilities to fit into a floor plan, as they look nice whether protruding from the center of a wall or with a side against a wall. Queen beds, on the other hand, look best with the head against a wall.

Before making your purchase, measure your room and create a floor plan. Make note of any dressers, chairs, and other furnishings that are in the room as well.

If the bed will be placed with the head against a wall, you’ll also want to account for 2-3 feet of space around the sides so you have room to walk around it comfortably. Here’s what this looks like:

Mattress Size Ideal Room Size
Full Mattress 54 inches x 75 inches 9x10 to 10x12
Queen Mattress 60 inches x 80 inches 10x10 to 10x14

VI. Comparing GhostBed’s Full and Queen Options

All 4 GhostBed models, from the original GhostBed to our top-of-the-line GhostBed 3D Matrix, are available in sizes from twin up to California king. For the full and queen sizes, our most popular options are The GhostBed, The GhostBed Flex and The GhostBed Luxe. Compare the 3 below:

The GhostBed
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Gel Memory Foam and Latex

Full: $1,045 $784

Queen: $1,145 $859

Medium-Firm (6.0 out of 10)
Best Choice If...

- You have a limited budget — but don’t want to skimp on comfort or quality

- You need a mattress that's soft yet supportive to alleviate back, neck or joint pain

- You want a bed that's springy enough to move around on, but with minimal motion transfer so your partner doesn’t wake up when you move

GhostBed Flex
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Individually-Wrapped Coils + Gel Memory Foam

Full: $1,575 $1,181

Queen: $1,745 $1,309

Medium (6.5 out of 10)
Best Choice If...

- You’re making the switch from a traditional innerspring mattress

- You love the idea of supportive coils combined with comforting gel memory foam (the best of both worlds!)

- You want a mattress that contours to your body without making you feel "sunk in"

GhostBed Luxe
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Hybrid: Individually-Wrapped Coils + Gel Memory Foam

Full: $1,670 $1,253

Queen: $1,845 $1,384

Medium (5-6 out of 10)
Best Choice If...

- You’re making the switch from a traditional innerspring mattress

- You love the idea of supportive coils combined with comforting gel memory foam (the best of both worlds!)

- You want a mattress that contours to your body without making you feel "sunk in"

GhostSheets

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GhostPillow (Shredded) (2 Pack)

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GhostBed All-in-One Foundation

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