Olympic Queen vs. Queen Size Mattress

By Mitchell Tollsen
Last Updated On June 5th, 2020

The Olympic queen size is six inches wider than the popular queen size mattress. It may seem like six inches doesn’t make a difference, but when sharing your bed, these…

Olympic Queen vs. Queen Size Mattress

The Olympic queen size is six inches wider than the popular queen size mattress. It may seem like six inches doesn’t make a difference, but when sharing your bed, these extra six inches matter. You can sleep comfortably only when you have enough space to stretch out and relax without having to infringe on your partner’s personal space.

When deciding between an Olympic and standard queen size mattress, consider whether you are going to sleep alone or share the bed with a partner. Other factors such as the size of your room and compatible bedding accessories can influence your decision.

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What is an Olympic Queen Size?

An Olympic queen size mattress measures 66 by 80 inches, making it comfortable for couples. It gives three extra inches of sleeping space to each partner when compared to a queen size mattress.

You can keep one of these mattresses in your master bedroom or guest bedroom, depending on the size of the room. An Olympic queen is an excellent choice for couples who don’t have enough space for a king.

However, the Olympic queen size isn’t a standard size you can easily find in mattress stores or online. Very few mattress manufacturers have this size, so finding compatible bed frames and bedding accessories can be a challenge.

Since this size is rarely available, it’s challenging to find one in your preferred mattress type. For example, you may find an Olympic queen size in a memory foam mattress, but finding the same size in a hybrid mattress might be difficult.

Benefits and Drawbacks

The Olympic queen size comes with many advantages, especially for couples. But the disadvantages can make you reconsider your decision

Benefits

  • Extra six inches of sleeping space
  • Comfortable for a couple, without needing as much space as a king
  • Not much difference in price when compared to the queen

Drawbacks

  • Not a commonly found standard size
  • Difficult to find compatible bedding materials and bed frames
  • Limited options in different mattress types

What is Queen Size?

With 47 percent of Americans opting for a queen bed, this size is the most popular amongst all standard mattress sizes. Queen size mattresses measuring 60 inches by 80 inches are an excellent choice for single sleepers.

Olympic Queen vs Queen

Queen beds can be placed in the guest room or smaller master bedrooms if there isn’t enough room for a king. It’s a convenient option for couples living in small apartments because they need to leave some space in their bedroom for walking around or for furniture.

There are many bed frames and bedding accessories compatible with this popular queen size. Unlike the Olympic queen, it won’t be difficult to find this standard size in your favorite mattress type. Every mattress manufacturer makes the queen size, so you can choose any firmness level from memory foam, gel memory foam, latex, innerspring, or hybrid mattress type.

Benefits and Drawbacks

The popularity of queen size mattresses speaks volumes about their numerous advantages, such as the availability of bedding and their versatility to accommodate one or two sleepers. That said, they are not always the best option for couples who enjoy their personal sleeping space. Queen size mattresses offer only 30 by 80 inches of sleeping space to each partner, which isn’t always adequate for restful sleep.

Benefits

  • Spacious enough for an individual sleeper
  • Easy to find bed frames and bedding accessories
  • Many options in different mattress types

Drawbacks

Our Amerisleep Queen Size Mattresses

Our Amerisleep queen mattresses are available in five different firmness levels to suit your preference.

Our memory foam mattresses contain plant-based Bio-Pur® material in the top comfort layer, making them cooler than traditional memory foam mattresses. The soft and ultra-breathable mattress cover wicks moisture away and prevents overheating.

The Affinity with HIVE® transition layer provides targeted pressure relief, reducing aches and pains. It offers more support to your head, back, and legs, while cushioning the shoulders and hips. The Bio-Core® base layer provides strong support, making our mattresses extremely durable.

We also have hybrid mattresses available in the queen size. In our hybrid models, instead of the HIVE® technology, we have a layer of individually wrapped pocketed coils which add a bounce to your bed. The pocketed coil layer has been designed to provide you with zoned support. It relieves pressure points by offering more support to your back, where your body needs it the most, and extra give below the shoulder and hip regions.

Cost of Amerisleep Queen Size Mattresses

All our mattresses come with a risk-free 100-night sleep trial. If you find the mattress doesn’t fit your sleep needs, we will schedule a pick-up to recycle your returned mattress and issue you a full refund. Our mattresses are backed by a 20-year warranty, covering defects and sagging greater than 0.75 inches.

MattressPrice
AS1$999
AS2$1099
AS2 Hybrid$1299
AS3$1199
AS3 Hybrid$1399
AS4$1499
AS5$1899
AS5 Hybrid$2099

Differences Between Olympic Queen and Queen Size Mattresses

An Olympic queen size mattress is more suitable for a couple than a queen size mattress, but you have to consider the available space in your bedroom. It’s beneficial to leave at least two to three feet of space on three sides of the bed (except the one against the wall), for a clutter-free environment. A crowded room may cause stress, disrupting your sleep.

FactorsOlympic QueenQueen
Mattress Dimensions (Inches)66 inches by 80 inches60 inches by 80 inches
Mattress Dimensions (CM)167.64 cm by 203.2 cm152.4 cm by 203.2 cm
Recommended Room Size (Inches)14 feet by 10 feet (will fit in 10 feet by 10 feet too)10 feet by 10 feet
Recommended Room Size (CM)426.72 cm by 304.8 cm (will fit in 304.8 cm by 304.8 cm too)304.8 cm by 304.8 cm
Best ForMaster bedroomsGuest rooms or small master bedrooms
PopularityNot a popular standard size, difficult to find size compatible bedding accessoriesMost popular size among all standard beds, many options in size compatible bedding accessories
Price $800 to $3000 (it may be difficult to find high-end models in this size)$800 to $3000

Other Standard Sizes with a Variable Counterpart

A few inches can make a big difference to your comfort while sleeping, which is why all standard sizes come in two slightly varying dimensions. You can choose any of them depending on your sleeping style, and available space in the room. Unlike the Olympic queen size, most of these sizes are easily available in mattress stores, or online.

Twin vs. Twin XL

There’s a difference of 5 inches in these two standard sizes, but one is used as a children’s bed and the other may be used by adults as well. Twin XL sizes are usually slightly more expensive than the twin sizes.

FactorsTwin Twin XL
Mattress Dimension (IN)38 inches by 75 inches38 inches by 80 inches
Mattress Dimension (CM)96.52 cm by 190.5 cm96.52 cm by 203.2 cm
Best used inChildren’s roomsChildren’s rooms, studio apartments

Full vs. Full XL

Full XL beds are five inches longer than a full, making them a good option for tall sleepers. However, the full XL size is not very commonly available, so it can be difficult to find compatible bedding accessories.

FactorsFullFull XL
Mattress Dimension (IN)54 inches by 75 inches54 inches by 80 inches
Mattress Dimension (CM)137.16 cm by 190.5 cm137.16 cm by 203.2 cm
Best used inChildren’s rooms, college dorms, shared adult roomsGuest rooms and shared adult rooms

King vs. California King (Cal. King)

The king or Eastern king is the widest of all standard sizes, while the California king is the longest among all standard sized beds. The California king is 4 inches longer and 4 inches narrower than a king.

FactorsKingCalifornia King
Mattress Dimension (IN)76 inches by 80 inches72 inches by 84 inches
Mattress Dimension (CM)193.04 cm by 203.2 cm182.88 cm by 213.36 cm
Best used inMaster bedroomMaster bedroom

FAQs

What size sheets should I use with an Olympic queen?

We recommend asking the customer service representatives of Olympic queen size mattress manufacturers if they have size compatible bedding accessories. Most likely they will, but if they don’t, you can use King size bedding accessories. The length is the same, but width-wise Olympic Queens are 10 inches narrower than the king. The fitted sheets may be a little saggy, so you can use sheet straps or suspenders underneath the mattress to secure the sheets tightly, preventing bunching.

What’s the difference between a double size mattress and a queen size mattress?

A full size mattress is also known as a double-size mattress. It is 6 inches narrower and 5 inches shorter than a queen size mattress. A queen size mattress may be used by couples sometimes, but full mattresses usually cannot accommodate two adult sleepers.

What are the different size variations of a queen-size bed?

The standard queen size measures 60 inches by 80 inches and is the most popular and commonly available size. There are two other variations to the standard queen size. They are the Olympic queen size measuring 66 inches by 80 inches, and the California queen size measuring 60 inches by 84 inches. While the Olympic queen is 6 inches wider than the standard queen, the California queen is 4 inches longer than the standard queen size mattress.

Conclusion

If you are a single sleeper, the popular queen size mattress is an excellent choice A queen size might not provide enough space for couples. That’s why an Olympic queen is a good option for couples who don’t have space or budget for a king-size bed.

This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.


About the author

Mitchell Tollsen is a graduate student and a freelance writer who’s contributed to the Early Bird blog for three years. Mitchell’s always been fascinated by the science of sleep and the restorative processes our bodies undergo when at rest. The self-titled “Sleep Expert” is always looking for ways to improve his shut-eye, and throughout the years has implemented numerous lifestyle changes and tried dozens of sleep-promoting gadgets to determine the best ways to truly get better rest.

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