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Queen Size Bed Dimensions … And Other Fun Facts!

First thing’s first. In North America, queen size mattress dimensions measure 60 inches long by 80 inches wide. In metric, a queen mattress is 152 cm by 203 cm.

Now that you know how big a queen mattress is, here are all kinds of other helpful facts to help you choose the right bed.

Who should sleep in a queen-size bed?

The queen size bed is the most popular mattress size—in North America, that is. And for good reason. It can comfortably handle almost every sleep situation.

In a relationship? No problem. The queen size bed is a good choice for couples because its 60-inch width easily accommodates two adults. Each person has 30 inches of space to themselves, which is more than enough for most couples.

Single? Even better. Sleepers who love to starfish, karate kick, or otherwise stretch widely, will find that a queen mattress provides ample room to get comfortable.

Got furry friends? For those of you who like to sleep cuddled up with your fur babies, a queen offers enough room for everyone to get, and stay, comfortable through the night.

How do queen-size mattresses compare to other beds?

One of the reasons the queen is so popular is because it perfectly balances cost with functionality.

In terms of size, the queen mattress falls between the full size bed (also called a double) and the king-size bed.

A full size bed measures 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. This is 6 inches narrower and 5 inches shorter than the queen.

The standard king measures 76 inches wide and 80 inches long, which makes it 16 inches wider than the queen.

Most sleepers will find a full size bed is a bit too tight for two adults. A king size mattress is comfortable for two, but it takes up more real estate in the bedroom. Kings also tend to be more costly.

The queen bed easily sleeps two, and it is more affordable than a king bed, making it a perfect compromise for most North American households.

It is big enough that sleepers have lots of space to get comfortable, but it is not too big for most bedrooms. In fact, any bedroom that is at least 10 by 10 feet in size should fit a queen bed comfortably.

History of the queen-size mattress

tall man sleeping on short couch

The queen mattress came into popularity in the mid-century following the Second World War. 

Prior to this, the majority of couples slept on a full-size (or double) bed. 

The reason beds became bigger was quite simply because North Americans were getting taller. The extra length and width of the queen size bed allowed people to sleep better.

People also started to buy and build larger homes in the ‘50s. As houses continued to grow, it only made sense for the furniture inside to grow with it.

Different types of queen-size mattresses

Did you know there are different sizes of queen mattresses beyond the traditional queen bed dimensions? You do now! Here they are ...

Olympic queen

The Olympic queen (also known as the expanded queen) measures 66 inches wide by 80 inches long. That makes it 6 inches wider than a traditional queen size mattress.

The Olympic queen is a little bit bigger than a typical queen, but not as huge as a king. This makes it a good fit for couples who want a bit more space than a typical queen provides, yet they don’t have a bedroom big enough to accommodate a king.

California queen

Much like the California king is 4 inches longer than a standard king, the California queen is 4 inches wider than a standard queen.

Like the Olympic queen, it is a good choice for those who are searching for something ever so slightly wider than a traditional queen bed, but who aren’t ready to up-size to the king.

Split queen

The split queen is the perfect bed for couples who like to sleep together, but who have radically different mattress firmness needs.

Side sleepers tend to like a softer mattress while those who sleep on their stomach or back need something more supportive.

In a split queen, you can have the best of both worlds as the split queen is essentially two 30 by 80 inch mattresses pushed together.

In a split queen, it’s also pretty obvious if your partner is taking up more than their fair share of the bed. 

woman tries to take covers from man hogging the bed

Buying sheets for a queen-size mattress

Most bed sheets that are labelled to fit a queen size mattress will fit a bed that is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long by 15 inches deep.

There’s no such thing as a standard depth for mattresses. That tends to depend on the type of mattress you choose to buy, the firmness of the bed, and whether or not you have a topper on the mattress. The standard 15-inch depth of most bed sheets works well all around.

If you have an Olympic queen, split queen or California queen, you may need to consider specialty bed sheets (which is the biggest downside to choosing a non-standard size).

What size rug should you put underneath a queen bed?

Rugs are perfect for helping to define spaces, and they also add an element of coziness and warmth to a room.

Most of the time, when people are looking for a rug for their bedroom, they are looking for something big enough to go underneath the entire mattress with a little bit extra around the edge of the bed. That way, when you wake up in the morning, your feet have a plush, warm surface to land on.

As a general rule, rugs that are 8 by 10 feet will fit nicely under a queen bed.  

Aesthetically, it is more visually appealing if you can avoid bumping the edge of the carpet up against the walls. Ideally, you would leave about 5 inches of space between the edge of the rug and the wall.  

How much should a queen bed cost?

The queen is the most popular of the mattress sizes, and that means that you have the most to choose from.

Whether you choose a mattress made from springs, latex, memory foam, or some combination of those materials, will be the biggest factor that affects the price of your mattress.

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