Twin vs Full vs Queen: Which Mattress Size is Right For You

By Geoff McKinnen
Last Updated On May 22nd, 2021

The twin is the smallest standard size mattress—22 inches narrower than a queen size and 16 inches narrower than a full. When deciding on the right mattress size, keep in…

Twin vs Full vs Queen: Which Mattress Size is Right For You

The twin is the smallest standard size mattress—22 inches narrower than a queen size and 16 inches narrower than a full. When deciding on the right mattress size, keep in mind the area of the bedroom, who will be using the mattress, and your budget.

The twin, full, and queen size mattresses may all be used by single sleepers, but only the queen size has enough space to accommodate couples.

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Difference Between Twin, Full, and Queen Size Mattresses

While the twin and full size mattresses are often used by teenagers and adults, the queen size mattress is not a preferred option for a child’s room. A queen size is longer by 5 inches than a twin and full.

Measuring 38 inches by 75 inches, a twin can accommodate a growing teenager or an average size adult, but there’s no room left for another sleeper. A full bed, also known as a double bed, measures 54 inches by 75 inches and may accommodate a child and an average size adult.

Since the twin and full sizes may be used by adults or teenagers they are often found in children’s rooms, dorm rooms, or any small spare room to accommodate an extra guest. Twin and full sizes are also popular as bunk beds, which not only helps in space management but also makes the kids’ room look exciting.

The queen size mattress is the most popular amongst all mattress sizes. The versatility of a queen bed lies in the fact that it’s neither too big, nor too small. It can be used in a master bedroom or in a guest room. A queen-size mattress is perfect for single sleepers who like to sprawl out or couples who like to sleep close. However, the queen size mattress may not be comfortable for a couple who enjoys more personal space during sleep.

ParametersTwinFullQueen
Mattress Dimensions38 inches by 75 inches54 inches by 75 inches60 inches by 80 inches
Recommended Room Size7 feet by 10 feet10 feet by 10 feet10 feet by 10 feet
AdvantageFits into a small size roomMay accommodate a child along with an adult Can accommodate two adults
DisadvantageToo small to accommodate more than one sleeperToo small for a coupleWill not fit into a comparatively smaller room

Pricing

Mattress prices depend on factors like the quality of the materials used, the addition of pillow tops or euro pillow tops, and the inclusion of exclusive sleep technologies to enhance your sleeping experience. The twin, full, and queen size mattresses are available in a wide range of prices—choose your best mattress by considering your budget and the size of your room.

Twin Size Mattress

A twin size mattress is the smallest amongst all standard size mattresses. A twin bed serves as a single bed and is a good fit for a child, a growing teenager, or an average-sized full-grown adult. A twin size mattress is priced between $100 to $1800. The high-end brands come with quality materials and exclusive sleep technologies to enhance your sleeping experience.

Below we offer prices of our Amerisleep twin size mattresses.

MattressPrice
AS1$629
AS2$734
AS2 Hybrid$1014
AS3$804
AS3 Hybrid$1084
AS4$1014
AS5$1294
AS5 Hybrid$1574

Full Size Mattress

A full size mattress is big enough for a full-grown adult and a child. The full bed is perfect for children and growing teenagers who like to sprawl out. A full size mattress is priced between $250 to $2500. The hybrid varieties are usually priced more because of the number of materials and layers inside it, including a coiled support layer, which enhances the mattress’s breathability and bounce.

Below we offer prices of our Amerisleep mattresses in full size.

MattressPrice
AS1$804
AS2$874
AS2 Hybrid$1189
AS3$944
AS3 Hybrid$1259
AS4$1154
AS5$1434
AS5 Hybrid$1749

Queen Size Mattress

The queen size mattress is the most popular mattress size—they work for both individual sleepers and couples. The queen size bed allows enough space for an individual to stretch out, while also accommodating couples who like to sleep close together. A queen size mattress is priced anywhere between $600 to $3000.

Below we offer prices of our Amerisleep queen size mattress:

MattressPrice
AS1$909
AS2$979
AS2 Hybrid$1329
AS3$1049
AS3 Hybrid$1399
AS4$1259
AS5$1539
AS5 Hybrid$1889

Customization Within the Twin, Full and Queen Size Mattresses

All three standard sizes can be customized to suit your needs. The customizations increase your options and help in deciding on the perfect mattress size for you. Except for twin XL, which is readily available, the other two may be difficult to find—even if you find them, searching for fitted sheets and other bedding accessories for full XL and Olympic queen sizes may be difficult.

Twin XL

The twin XL mattress is longer than a twin size by 5 inches. The extra length is beneficial for taller individuals who need more space. Measuring 38 inches by 80 inches, the twin XL bed may be a good fit for an average size individual living in a studio apartment or a small bedroom.

Full XL

The full XL measures 54 inches by 80 inches—5 inches longer than the standard full size mattress. The extra length makes it a great option for tall people. The full XL size mattress can be used by average size individuals and may accommodate a child and an adult.

Olympic Queen

Measuring 66 inches by 80 inches, the Olympic queen size mattress comes with the advantage of extra space than the standard queen size—six extra inches of width. The Olympic queen fits in a room big enough for a standard queen size mattress, but still offers you the luxury of some extra space.

Twin vs Full vs Queen Size Mattress

The Olympic queen size mattress is commonly seen in RVs, camper trailers, and mobile homes.

Split Queen

The split queen mattress is a standard queen size split in half, letting each sleeper choose a mattress of their preference on their side of the bed. A split queen allows each sleeper 30 inches of personal space, 8 inches less than a king size mattress. The split option in a queen size bed is good for couples who prefer to sleep close, but also prefer a different type of mattress for their individual comfort.

Other Standard Sizes

If you are part of a couple who enjoy more space and have children who may want to snuggle with you on some nights, other standard mattress sizes like a king or a California king may be better suited for you.

King Size Mattress

The standard king size mattress, also known as the Eastern king, is the largest standard mattress size. Measuring 76 inches by 80 inches, the king bed is spacious enough as a family bed. However, the extra space means a larger master bedroom for your king size bed.

California King Size Mattress

The California king mattress is the same size as the king, but it has an extra 4 inches in length. What it gains in length, it loses in width, as the California king size is narrower by 4 inches. Measuring 72 inches by 84 inches, a California king size mattress suits large master bedrooms and is suitable for taller couples.

FAQs

What is the difference between a full and a twin?

A full size mattress is 16 inches wider than a twin size mattress. While a twin size has just enough space for a single adult, a full size may accommodate both a child and an adult.

Is a queen big enough for a couple?

Couples who like to sleep close and cozy will be comfortable on a queen-size bed. A queen may not be ideal for those who enjoy extra sleeping space or have children who like to snuggle with their parents.

Which Mattress Size Is Right for You?

Twin, full, and queen size mattresses are all great options for single adults. Depending on whether you are a single or part of a couple, and available space, a twin, full, or queen mattress could be the perfect size for you.

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


About the author

Geoff McKinnen is a 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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