What is a Short Queen Mattress? Your Guide to the Popular RV Size

Last Updated on July 10, 2024

by Marc Werner, Founder - GhostBed

After an action-packed day of hiking, paddling or exploring, there's nothing better than crawling into a comfortable bed. If your home away from home happens to be an RV, we're here to tell you that your RV bed can be a luxury sanctuary amidst your rugged surroundings.

But in order to get a good night's rest, you need a durable and comforting mattress. And most importantly… it needs to fit in your space. That's where the GhostBed Short Queen RV Mattress comes to the rescue!

Overview: What is a Short Queen Mattress?

A short queen mattress is the most common size for RVs. It's 6 inches shorter than a standard queen mattress, at 60 inches wide by 74 inches long.

A GhostBed Short Queen RV mattress in the back of a converted van. Shop Short Queen Mattresses

What is a Short Queen Mattress?

When you’re outfitting your RV with all the essentials, don’t forget about upgrading your mattress! While most RVs will come with one, it's not usually the most comfortable. Upgrading your mattress will help you get the best sleep on the road, so you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.

However, you’ll need to do a bit of research (and measuring) beforehand. RVs usually require a mattress that’s a bit smaller than the one you’d buy for your home. A “short queen” mattress is the most common size for RVs, which measures 60 inches wide by 74 inches long. It’s 6 inches shorter than a regular queen, so it’ll fit nicely into your tight quarters. (Take a look at our Guide to Mattress Sizes if you still need help figuring out what size you need!)

Short Queen Mattress Types

Just like shopping for your home, you have a lot of options for replacing your RV mattress. Of course, you’ll want a mattress that is comfortable and durable. But you’ll also want something that feels luxurious! If you aren’t waking up refreshed on the road, a higher-quality mattress can do the trick.

As you start your search, think about the type of mattress you like. Memory foam and hybrid are two of the most popular styles, so we’ll review those below.

Memory Foam

Memory foam is a temperature-sensitive material that reacts to your body heat, softening up and contouring the heaviest parts of your body when you lay on it. When it’s layered toward the top of a mattress, you’ll get a cozy, “sponge-y” feel that some people love. Memory foam mattresses can be layered with other materials, like latex, which can firm up the feel.


On the other hand, some sleepers simply prefer the feel of a mattress with springs in it. If this sounds like you, a hybrid mattress is like the best of both worlds. The GhostBed RV is also available in a hybrid model, which includes a layer of 6” individually wrapped coils. We’ve also added our exclusive Spirited Edge™ design with reinforced edge support.

Short Queen FAQs

Still not quite sold? Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions our Sleep Experts get below.

Do Short Queen Mattresses Work for Tall People?

Unless you are very tall, 74 inches (a little over 6 feet) should be long enough to fit you comfortably.

What’s the Difference Between an RV Queen Mattress vs. a Regular Queen Mattress?

Short queen mattresses clock in at 60 inches wide and 74 inches long, which is 6 inches shorter than a standard queen mattress at 60 inches by 80 inches. This extra space can help maximize the tight interior space of your RV, where every inch matters.

Will Queen Sheets Fit a Short Queen Mattress?

Regular queen sheets will fit fine on a short queen mattress unless the mattress is very thin. In that case, you will end up with baggy sheets. If you find any excess sheets at the head or foot of your bed, simply tuck the excess under the mattress and you’re good to go. Our GhostBed RV mattress has a 10-inch profile, making this problem less of a concern. Additionally, our 2” GhostGrip band will ensure your sheets stay on securely, all night long.

Get Ready to Roam with GhostBed

As you bring together all the pieces to make your next RV trip amazing, don’t forget your bed! A cooling gel memory foam RV mattress is sure to elevate your travels. Try it in a short queen size and enjoy all the comforts of home wherever you may roam.

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Marc Werner - Founder, GhostBed

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Founder - GhostBed

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Marc has spent the last two decades designing & manufacturing mattresses and other sleep products, drawing on a lifetime of experience working with the material sciences. With several patents to his name, he works closely with the GhostBed team to create products with the perfect balance of comfort & support. Learn More

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