Queen vs. Twin Size Mattress: What’s the Difference?

By Geoff McKinnen
Last Updated On February 17th, 2020

When looking to replace your old mattress, size is a major factor to consider—different living arrangements can have an impact on the mattress size you choose. Two of the most…

Queen vs. Twin Size Mattress: What’s the Difference?

When looking to replace your old mattress, size is a major factor to consider—different living arrangements can have an impact on the mattress size you choose. Two of the most popular standard mattress sizes in the industry today are twin and queen. Both offer a specific amount of sleeping space based on your needs.

In our article, we define queen and twin mattress sizes and go over the differences and similarities between the two to help you find your best mattress.

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What’s a Queen Size Mattress?

A queen size mattress measures 60 inches by 80 inches and is one of the most popular mattress sizes for single adults living on their own. Queen size beds provide plenty of room, making it great for all sleeper types.

While a queen mattress is smaller than a king or California king size, some couples are perfectly comfortable sleeping on a queen with 30 inches of personal space—some may find it too small for their tastes. Olympic queen is another variation of the standard queen size with mattress dimensions 66 inches by 80 inches. More width provides extra space for sleepers.

Pricing

The cost for a queen size mattress is more than a twin due to its larger size. Price ranges between $500 to $3000, depending on special features and materials included with the mattress.

Below, we offer a breakdown of our Amerisleep mattresses in queen size.

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

Recommended Room Space

The best room size for a queen mattress is 10 feet by 10 feet—plenty of room for a bed, furniture, and walking space.

Pros

Cons

  • Higher cost
  • Hard to move
  • Too small for some couples

What’s a Twin Size Mattress?

A twin size mattress is one smallest mattress sizes on the market, except crib beds, measuring at 38 inches by 75 inches. Because of their compact size, twin size beds are perfect for children—for families with more than one child, bunk beds are a great option in utilizing smaller rooms while giving more room for play. Twin mattresses are also an excellent option for teenagers, guest bedrooms, and single adults living on their own with limited space.

Pricing

The cost for a twin size mattress varies, depending on the materials and sleep technologies they contain, but customers can expect to pay between $100 to $1500. Twin beds are the least expensive due to their small size, making them a great option for those on a tight budget.

Below, we offer a breakdown of our Amerisleep mattresses in twin size.

MattressPrice
AS1$649
AS2$799
AS2 Hybrid$999
AS3$899
AS3 Hybrid$1099
AS4 $1199
AS5$1599
AS5 Hybrid$1799

Recommended Room Space

For a good fit and aesthetic appeal, a bedroom should be at least 7 feet by 10 feet, enabling room for the bed, furniture, and walking space.

Pros

  • Small, easy to move
  • Fits inside bunk bed frames
  • Budget-friendly option

Cons

  • Too small for couples and some individuals
  • Too short for tall people

Other Mattress Sizes

If a queen or twin size bed doesn’t match what you’re looking for, take a look at the following mattress sizes to see if they’re a better fit.

Twin XL Mattress

Twin XL mattresses are 38 inches by 80 inches—the same width as a standard twin size but 5 inches extra long for more legroom. Twin XL beds fit most bedrooms and are common in college dorm rooms.

Full Mattress

A full size mattress, or double bed, measures 56 inches by 75 inches and is a nice size in between a twin and a queen. A full size bed provides more width with more room to stretch out, an excellent choice for combination sleepers who regularly toss and turn. Full mattresses are also great options for a single person but may feel too small for a couple.

King Mattress

A king size mattress is 76 inches by 80 inches—the equivalent of two twin XL beds side by side. King size beds are the largest standard size and one of the best mattresses for couples. King beds provide each sleeper with 38 inches of personal space and are also available in split king sizes for personalized comfort and support.

California King Mattress

A California king size mattress, also known as a western king, measures 72 inches by 84 inches. California king mattresses have the same area as a standard king, but longer and narrower—perfect for taller couples who like to sleep closer to each other. California king is also available as a split cal king option for customized support without compromise.

FAQs

Should I get a twin or queen bed?

The mattress size you choose depends on who the bed is for and available space—is it meant for two sleepers or one? If you want an affordable, lightweight option, choose a twin size bed. If the mattress is for a master bedroom or guest room, choose a queen.

Is a twin bed big enough for two?

A twin mattress is not recommended for couples because they lack space. Twin beds are better for single sleepers and children.

What size bed do most couples have?

Mattresses starting at queen size and larger are the best options for couples—any size smaller than a queen will feel too cramped and not provide enough room for both sleepers.

Is a Queen or Twin Size Mattress Right for You?

The main factor to consider before choosing between a queen and twin size mattress is available space. Queen size beds fit better in large master bedrooms, while twin beds fit better in smaller rooms, like children’s bedrooms and studio apartments.


About the author

Geoff McKinnen is a freelance writer focusing mainly on the healthcare industry and has written articles on everything from foods to help you lose weight to the connection between Alzheimer’s and sleep. Geoff’s passionate about helping readers improve their well-being to lead happier lives. Outside of work, Geoff enjoys cycling and hiking and believes that by leading a healthy lifestyle, he can help others do the same.

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