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Queen Bed Dimensions: How Big Is a Queen Bed?

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Choosing the right bed is crucial not only to make sure you get a good night's sleep but also to ensure it fits your space. When shopping around, one of the most important considerations is size.

While there's an abundance of choices, many people opt for a queen bed. If you're thinking of doing the same but want to know exactly how big it is first, you've come to the right place.

This blog will go over queen bed dimensions for mattresses and bed frames. You’ll also find a breakdown of other bed sizes and tips on what to look for when buying a bed.

How Big Is a Queen Bed?

A queen bed is 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. A top choice for couples and single adults, it's bigger than a twin and full but smaller than a king. Bear in mind the dimensions refer to the exact size of the mattress — bed frames vary in size, as the borders and headboards can add a few inches.

Queen Bed Dimensions

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Queen-size bed dimensions are 60 x 80 inches, which specifically refers to queen-size mattress dimensions — not the frame. When buying a bed, also consider the size of the bed frame, headboard, bedroom, pillows and bedding, as well as the size of the person (or people) who'll sleep in the bed.

Bed Frame Size

In terms of the frame, queen-size bed measurements vary slightly. A simple platform bed with no headboard will be the most compact, whereas a sleigh-style bed with a large headboard and footboard will take up slightly more space.

Both a platform frame and a sleigh-style frame will fit a queen-size mattress. However, you'll still want to check the dimensions before buying anything to make sure it'll fit in your room.

Read our blog to explore the best Bed Frame Ideas and learn how to choose the right option for your space.

Headboard and Footboard Size

The width of queen bed frames can vary slightly depending on the headboard and footboard. Not only do these components enhance the aesthetic of a bed, but they also add to the overall size.

Bedroom Size

You should also take into account the size of the room where the bed is going. This will ensure plenty of space not only for the bed itself but also for people to walk around it and other bedroom furniture. To fit a queen bed, your bedroom should be at least 10 x 10 feet in size, give or take.

Pillow Size

You'll usually want to get a set of two standard or queen-size pillows for your queen bed. Standard and queen pillows are very similar in size and fit full and queen-size pillowcases, so many brands only sell standard-size bed pillows.

Bedding Size

At the risk of stating the obvious, queen-size beds call for queen-size bedding. This includes sheets, pillowcases, a duvet and a duvet cover. Want a fluffier, fuller look and feel? Consider stuffing a king-size comforter into a queen-size duvet.

Your Height and Body Size

You’ll also want to be sure queen bed dimensions are the proper fit for your height and body size. Queens are suitable for most adults, but you should know they're five inches longer than full beds, the same length as king beds and four inches shorter than California kings.

If you share a bed with a partner, make sure your bed is also wide enough to comfortably fit both of you. Get more details about other bed sizes below.

Pros and Cons of a Queen Bed

Is a queen bed the right fit for your space, sleeping needs and personal preferences? Weighing the pros and cons can help you decide.

Pros of a queen bed:

  • Easy to fit in most rooms and move around

  • Versatile size suitable for one or two people

  • Good for couples

  • Affordable compared to king and California king

Cons of a queen bed:

  • Not ideal for tall people

  • May look out of place in large rooms

See our Decision-Making Guide for Buying the Right Mattress for more information about different bed sizes and types.

Non-Standard Queen Bed Dimensions

There are a few non-standard queen bed sizes to consider, including California queen, Olympic queen and short queen. One of these slightly different queen bed sizes might fit your space better. Here's what to know. 

California Queen Bed Size

California queen beds are 60 inches wide and 84 inches long. The same width as regular queens but four inches longer, they're suitable for couples and tall people.

Olympic Queen

Sometimes called an expanded queen, an Olympic queen is 66 inches wide and 80 inches long. This makes it the same length as a regular queen, but six inches wider. Compared to a king, it's six inches narrower and the same length.

Short Queen Bed Size

Short queen beds measure 60 inches wide and 75 inches long, so they're the same width as regular queens and five inches shorter. This bed size is most often seen in campers, tiny homes and other spaces with limited square footage.

Keep in mind that these non-standard bed sizes are not as widely available, making it harder to find not only mattresses but also bed frames and bedding.

Queen Bed Size vs. Other Bed Size Dimensions

Having an idea of queen bed dimensions versus other mattress sizes can help you make the right choice. Some options may fit your bedroom or your sleeping habits better than a queen size bed. Find a breakdown of twin, twin XL, full, king, California king and split king bed sizes below.

Twin Bed Size

Twin beds are 38 inches wide and 75 inches long — a little over half as wide as a queen and five inches shorter. Aside from toddler beds and cribs, a twin is the smallest mattress size you can get.

Twin XL

Twin XL mattresses are 38 inches wide and 80 inches long — the same width as a regular twin but 5 inches longer. This bed size is good for taller teenagers, dorm rooms and in some cases, adults with limited bedroom space.

Queen vs Full Size Bed

Also referred to as a double bed, a full is 53 inches wide and 75 inches long. How does a queen versus a full-size bed measure up? Fulls are seven inches narrower than queens and five inches shorter. They're a good choice for young adults, singles, guest rooms and couples who don't mind cuddling.

King

King beds are 76 inches wide and 80 inches long — the same length as queens but 16 inches wider. They're a great option for couples, large bedrooms, those who like to sprawl out and anyone looking to make their sleeping arrangement a bit more luxurious.

California King

At 84 inches in length, California kings are the longest option for beds. However, they measure 72 inches wide which is actually 4 inches less than regular kings.

Compared to queen beds, a Cal king is 12 inches wider and four inches longer. This is generally a good choice for tall adults and couples, but keep in mind that it's narrower than a regular king.

Split King Bed Size

Split king beds are 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. They're the size of two twin XL beds because that's exactly what they are. Instead of a single large mattress, split kings consist of two smaller mattresses put together.

This allows each sleeper to choose a different type, material or firmness. And if the bed frame is mechanical, you can lower the head and foot according to their unique needs and preferences.

Check out our Mattress Size and Dimensions Guide for additional insight into each option.

Frequently Asked Questions About Queen Bed Dimensions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about queen bed size below.

What size is a 60 x 80 mattress?

A 60 x 80 mattress is a queen size. More specifically, it's 60 inches wide and 80 inches long.

Are all queen mattresses the same size?

Generally speaking, all queen mattress dimensions are the same size: 60 x 80 inches. As noted, there are some non-standard queen bed sizes, including California queen, Olympic (or extended) queen and short queen. However, when you see a queen mattress, bedding or bed frame available for purchase, you can usually assume it's the regular 60 x 80 size.

Is a queen bed bigger than a double?

Yes, a queen bed is bigger than a double bed. Doubles (which are the same as fulls) are 53 inches wide and 75 inches long, whereas queens are 60 inches wide and 80 inches long.

How thick should a mattress be?

A mattress should be at least 10 inches thick, but 12 or more inches is ideal. On the other hand, there is such a thing as a mattress that's too thick, as the added height can make it harder to get the fitted sheet on.

Can a queen bed fit in a 10 x 10 room?

Absolutely! Queen bed dimensions are a great choice for bedrooms measuring 10 x 10 feet or slightly larger. This will allow plenty of room to walk around the bed and fit other furniture, like nightstands, a dresser and potentially an accent chair or vanity.

Read our blog for tips on Rearranging the Layout of Your Bedroom.

Can two adults sleep in a queen bed?

Two adults can certainly sleep in a queen bed. In fact, most couples do share queen beds. The only thing to consider is that particularly tall or large bodies (and those who like to sprawl out) might be better suited for a king.

What size bed do most couples have?

Most couples sleep in queen beds. This size is generally big enough for two people in terms of width and length, though some couples prefer kings, as they offer a bit more room to spread out.

High-Quality Bed Frames, Mattresses and Bedding From Parachute

Ready to upgrade your sleeping situation? You’ll find one of the best mattresses on the market at Parachute. It’s the naturally sourced Eco Mattress, as well as several handcrafted bed frames.

When you browse the collections, you'll also find high-quality bedding, pillows for all types of sleepers and other tasteful bedroom furniture. Shop the selection today!

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