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

Choosing between a Full or Queen mattress might seem like an easy task, most people assume that a Full bed is bigger than a Queen bed but are they right?

Shopping for a new mattress can be a time consuming task but when armed with information, you can make an informed choice in a short amount of time. Save in the knowledge that you’ve chosen the best option for your sleep comfort.

How Do a Full and Queen Differ? 


Full Mattress

Queen Mattress


75 Inches 

80 Inches


54 Inches

60 Inches

Total Sleep Area



Personal Space Per Adult

27 Inches (max 2 adults)

30 Inches (max 2 adults)

Best for Room Size

10x12 Square Feet

10x10 Square Feet

Best for Couple or Single

One Person 



Plenty of space for one person 

Singles who like lots of space or couples who sleep close 


Too small for a couple  

Not big enough for couples who need lots of personal space

Full Mattress - Is it Right for me?

Best for: Small-bodied people or one child with a pet. 

Total sleep area: 28ft²

Space per person: 27” 

Room size: To snugly fit a Full size bed (that is 54”x75”) while leaving room for extra furniture. The bedroom should be a minimum of 10x12 square feet in size or 120 square feet.

A Nolah AirFoam™ Full-size mattress will supply a comfortable sleep space for small-bodied people, teens, or a child with a pet. One person might find a Full mattress cozy but two people sharing the bed will have the width of a crib each. Therefore, a Full-size mattress will not be best for a couple, opt for a Queen instead.    

The Full mattress is 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. Smaller-bodied people will find these dimensions comfortable while teens and children will grow into a Full bed. The total sleep area of a Full mattress is 28ft² and gives one person 27 inches of personal space. Most bedrooms or small apartments can easily fit a Nolah AirFoam™ Full mattress due to its slight size. 

Queen Mattress: Is it Right for Me?

Best for: Singles who enjoy a lot of space or couples who like to snuggle.

Total sleep area: 33ft²

Space per person: 30” 

Room size: To adequately fit a Queen size bed (that is 60”x80”) while leaving enough space around the bed and extra room for other furniture. The bedroom should be a minimum of 10x10 square feet in size.   

Queen mattresses are an especially popular size all across America because they are a perfect fit for a couple or single. A Queen mattress is highly versatile and will suit any lifestyle while fitting comfortably in any master bedroom. The popularity of a Queen size mattress makes it easy to find suitable bedding in a range of prices and styles. 

The Queen mattress is 60 inches wide by 80 inches long. These dimensions make it perfect for couples who sleep close all night or singles who like a lot of sleep space. The total sleep area is 33ft² and gives you 30 inches of personal space per person. 

A Queen size mattress is optimal for most people but if you’re a couple who need plenty of personal sleep space, it might be more beneficial to opt for a King size mattress. 

What to Consider When Shopping Online for a Mattress

  1. Pressure relief: A pressure relieving mattress like AirFoam™,  is unique in its ability to support your body while offering cooling comfort all night. The most sensitive areas of the hips, shoulders, and back receive pressure relief that could bring greater quality of sleep and fewer morning aches and pains.
  2. Affordable: AirFoam™ Full and Queen mattresses range from $799 - $1,299 and are some of the lowest prices available online. Their breathable and durable construction makes them incredible value for money and long lasting. 
  3. Mattress Trial: shopping online for a new mattress is convenient, saves time, and much less stressful than shopping in a physical store. Online mattress retailers ought to offer you at least 100-nights trial so you know for sure that it’s the right one for you.
  4. Free Delivery and Easy Returns: Opt for an online retailer who offers you free delivery and easy returns
  5. Lengthy Warranty: ensure your mattress comes with at least a 10-year warranty   


The main difference between a Full and Queen mattress is:

Full Mattress

Queen Mattress

Length 75 Inches 

Length 80 Inches

Width 54 Inches

Width 60 Inches

A Full mattress may be best for singles or small bodied people, couples who enjoy sleeping close may enjoy a Queen size.

A Full mattress may not be best for couples as the sleep space is quite tight for 2 people. However, a Full and Queen bed can fit in most bedrooms.

Queen mattresses are the most popular in America, it’s best to consult our mattress size guide to help you choose the best mattress size for you. Learn more about the Nolah AirFoam™ mattress here.    

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