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Queen Size Bed Dimensions: Everything You Need to Know About Queen Size Mattresses

If there were a popularity contest among beds, the winner would be clear: the queen size bed. It’s the most frequently purchased mattress size around, for several reasons.

It’s suitable for bedrooms of various shapes and sizes. It’s a great pick for guest rooms since it can accommodate two adults and leaves enough space in the room for additional furnishings, like a bench or chair. And it’s roomier than twin or full beds.

But how big exactly is a queen size mattress, and will it work in your bedroom?

Here, we’ve put together everything you need to know about queen bed dimensions, the pros and cons of choosing this mattress size, and how to tell if it’s right for you.

We’re also explaining how queen size bed dimensions compare to other mattress sizes and answering the most commonly asked questions about queen size mattresses.

Queen bed dimensions

A queen mattress is hands-down the most popular mattress option. A standard queen size mattress measures 60 inches wide by 80 inches long.

queen size bed dimensions illustration showing how large the bed is with couple lying down

There are also some non-standard queen mattress dimensions to consider. Olympic queens, also known as expanded-size queens, are 66 inches wide by 80 inches long. California queens are 60 inches wide by 84 inches long.

Meanwhile, split queens measure the same as a standard queen but are split in half to be used with an adjustable bed base so each bed partner can raise their head or feet separately. Each half of the mattress in a split queen measures 30 inches wide by 80 inches long.

Below, you’ll find a chart that shows standard queen bed dimensions in the most common units of measurement.

Queen Size Mattress Dimensions
Inches 60 x 80 in
Feet 5 x 6.67 ft
Centimeters 152 x 203.5 cm
Meters 1.52 x 2.035 m

Benefits of a queen size bed

If you’re thinking through queen bed dimensions to determine whether this size is a viable option, weigh the following benefits and drawbacks.

Pros and cons of a queen size mattress

Pros of a queen size mattress Cons of a queen size mattress
Ample room for couples Not as much room for families as a king size bed
Plenty of space for solo sleepers Won’t work in smaller bedrooms
Lighter and easier to move than a king size bed Can feel narrow and uncomfortable if your partner tosses and turns

Is a queen size mattress right for me?

Here, we’ll break down the top considerations you need to think about before buying a queen size mattress.

Who will sleep in the bed

A queen is versatile, making it an outstanding option for couples and solo sleepers alike. Each sleeper gets about 30 inches of space to themselves. This gives couples plenty of room to move around. If you’re a combination sleeper—someone who switches positions throughout the night—you should have enough room in a queen size bed so you won’t disturb your partner. Although keep in mind you won’t have quite as much room to move around as you would in a king size bed.

Desired comfort level

Taking your preferred sleeping position into account is always important when shopping for a mattress, queen or otherwise. While a softer mattress is ideal for side sleepers, a medium firm mattress is good for back sleepers, and a firmer mattress is best for stomach sleepers.

If you’ll be sharing your queen bed with a partner, consider a medium firm mattress, which is a good middle ground for couples who can’t agree on a firmness level.

Your room size

Ideally, you’ll want your bedroom to be on the larger side if you’re purchasing a queen size mattress—this makes it a good option for master bedrooms. At a minimum, a bedroom should be 10 x 10 feet. A bedroom anywhere from 10 x 10 feet to 10 x 14 feet is just right for a queen size bed.

Mary Brennan, interior designer and founder of House of Fine Design in New Jersey, shares some design considerations to take into account when purchasing a queen size bed.

“Bedside tables around 24 inches in width are a good size for a queen bed,” she says. “There is enough surface area to have something pretty, as well as the functional things like enough room to place your latest good read, without being too large or taking up too much space in the room.”

What about lighting? “For a queen bed for two, keep in mind that the bedside lighting will be that much closer to the other person, so keeping the size of the lighting relatable to the size of the table is good to prevent too much ‘light spill’ when it’s not wanted,” explains Brennan. “Wall-mounted swing-arm sconces are a great choice next to a queen bed.”

Brennan adds that when decorating around a queen size bed, consider placing some great artwork above each bedside table. Or, if you opt to hang wall art above the headboard, a pairing of two art pieces looks just-right above a queen.

Your body size

Queen mattresses provide plenty of space for heavier individuals and couples. (Learn about the best mattress for heavy people.)

Your budget

Queen size mattresses are less expensive than king size beds. Queen size beds usually cost about 25% less than king size mattresses of the same style and brand. A queen size innerspring mattress will be the most affordable mattress type since it tends to run less expensive than other mattress types.

Temperature

If you tend to sleep hot on any mattress size, you may want to skip memory foam since it can trap heat. Innerspring and latex mattresses sleep the coolest, making for a better night’s sleep.

Motion isolation

If you or a partner fidgets throughout the night, a memory foam mattress is the best at reducing motion isolation. On an innerspring mattress, you may feel yourself or your partner moving around, which can disturb sleep.  If you like the feel of an innerspring mattress but sleep with a partner, consider a hybrid mattress (such as a latex hybrid mattress) for reduced motion transfer.

Other types of queen size mattresses

In this section, we’ll answer the question of whether queen size beds come in other mattress sizes.

Olympic Queen mattress

Olympic queen mattresses measure 66 inches wide by 80 inches long. They are 6 inches wider than a standard queen.

California Queen mattress

California queen mattresses measure 60 inches wide by 84 inches long. They are 4 inches longer than a standard queen.

Split queen mattress

Split queen mattresses measure 60 inches wide by 80 inches long—however, they are two smaller mattresses set side by side. Each mattress is 30 inches wide by 80 inches long.

Queen mattress vs. other mattress sizes

A queen mattress and a California king mattress have some key differences from one another. Here, we’ll tell you about them.

queen size mattress dimensions and california king bed dimensions showing the size of each bed

Queen vs. California king

Perhaps you’re torn between a queen mattress and a California king mattress. A California king measures wider and longer than a queen at 72 inches wide by 84 inches long, making it an ideal choice for couples who prefer lots of room along with tall individuals.

A California king also permits plenty of space for kids and pets who want to share the bed. But, while it’s easy to find bedding for a queen mattress, it’ll likely be a little more challenging to find bedding for a California king mattress since it’s not as common.

Other mattress sizes

If you’d like to educate yourself on all the mattresses sizes out there, we have some handy mattress size guides available.

Queen bedding sets and accessories

So, you’ve chosen a queen mattress. Although the hard part is done, you’ll still need to think about what kind of bedding you’ll need as well as a foundation.

  • Sheets: Queen sheet sets usually come with a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. Note that for non-standard queen mattresses, it may be more difficult to find sheet sets since those mattress sizes are much less common. (Try this organic percale sheet set.)
  • Pillows: A queen size pillow is the best option for a queen size bed. Most queen size pillows are 20 x 30 inches, however, there is some variation depending on the brand. Two queen pillows will fit perfectly across a queen size bed. A standard pillowcase should work with a queen size pillow. (Check out this ultra-supportive latex pillow.)
  • Mattress protector or pad: For any mattress, a waterproof mattress protector can help protect your bed from bed bugs, allergens, and more. A mattress pad, meanwhile, works well as a barrier against spills and stains.
  • Mattress foundation: A queen mattress can be paired with several foundation types—just be sure to double-check with the manufacturer to see what your mattress is compatible with. A traditional box spring foundation used to contain actual springs in a wood box, but today, it’s more of a fabric-covered or exposed wood frame that supports the mattress and creates a comfortable height for your bed. A platform bed is a modern option meant to be used without a foundation since the mattress rests directly on the platform. An adjustable bed base will work as well.

Queen size mattress FAQs

There are common questions that come up time and time again around queen size bed dimensions. The answers to these questions will undoubtedly help you in the mattress-shopping process.

What about a California queen or Olympic queen?

California queen beds measure 60 x 84 inches, making them 4 inches longer than a standard queen. Olympic queens measure 66 x 80 inches, making them 6 inches wider than a standard queen.

What’s the difference between a queen bed and a king bed?

A queen bed measures 60 x 80 inches, while a king bed measures 76 x 80 inches. Queen beds are 16 inches narrower than king beds.

What’s the difference between a queen bed and a double bed?

A queen bed measures 60 x 80 inches. Meanwhile, double beds (also known as full beds) measure 54 x 75 inches. Queen beds are 6 inches wider and 5 inches longer than double beds.

What size room is best for a queen size bed?

You’ll want to place a queen size bed in a bedroom that’s 10 x 10 feet at minimum. Anywhere from 10 x 10 feet to 10 x 14 feet should work well for a queen size bed.

Will all queen sheets fit all queen size mattresses?

Standard queen size sheets will not fit on non-standard queen size mattresses like Olympic, California, and split queens. In those cases, you’ll need to look for sheets specially made for those mattress sizes.

Can you put a queen size mattress on a full size box spring?

A queen size mattress is wider and longer than a standard full size box spring—therefore, it’s not recommended to pair them together as the overhang could mean your mattress isn’t being properly supported. It’s best to get a bed frame that’s the same size as your mattress. This is not only to ensure your comfort but also to ensure the mattress lasts as long as possible.

Is a queen size bed big enough for two people?

A queen size bed provides ample space for two people and is indeed the most popular mattress choice for couples. In a queen size bed, each person gets 30 inches of space.

Queen size mattress vs. California king: Which one is right for me?

A queen bed measures 60 x 80 inches, while a California king measures 72 x 84 inches. A California king is a good option for taller couples. It also affords more space for children and pets to pile into bed. With that said, a California king is very large, so it may not fit into smaller bedrooms. In general, a queen size mattress is versatile and a great option for most couples and even solo sleepers.