Double vs Queen Bed
What is a Double Bed?
A double bed is commonly referred to as a full bed. This particular size is roughly twenty inches wide than the twin and the twin XL. And it is approximately six inches narrower than the queen mattress. The full size is a popular choice for the most couple with limited room space.
With a double bed, you have 54 inches of sleeping space(And 75 inches high). You can experience luxury comfort if space is used by a single person. However, the comfort level may be limited if the bed is shared between two people, such as a couple.
Who should choose double bed?
- You will be sleeping alone
Technically, you could sleep in a double with your partner, if you will be cuddling rather than sleeping apart. If you sleep on the same double but separately, you will only have little space for personal comfort. It is precisely because of this reason why we recommend the double bed for a single sleeper.
- You are on a tight budget
Apart from the doubled size being cheaper, all the accessories (including bed sheets, duvets, pillows, and frame) are way cheaper than those of the queen size.
- You have limited floor space
When setting up a layout for your bed, you need to have additional floor space for furniture and walking. Therefore, a double bed will offer you the additional space you require.
- You want to upgrade from a twin or twin XL
When you have a tight budget and you want to upgrade to a much bigger bed from the twin or the twin XL, a double size mattress is a more reasonable choice.
- A doubled bed does not require too much floor space
- It is a very spacious and comfortable bed for a single sleeper
- It is the ideal choice for kids
- The accessories of a double bed are much affordable
- It is an ideal choice for a tight budget
- Not a convenient choice for a couple
What is a Queen Bed?
A queen bed measures 60 inches in width and 80 inches in length. Therefore, it is about six inches wide and six inches longer than a double bed. When compared to the twin, twin XL, and the double sizes, the queen is the most comfortable in terms of personal sleeping space.
The queen is the minimum suggested a choice for couples. The additional length and width guarantee a comfortable night sleep. It may be a little bit pricier when compared to a full size, but the extra cost is worth the investment.
Who should choose queen bed?
- A couple
The best choice for a couple is the queen size. It provides you sufficient personal space for the two of you. Thirty inches of floor space is more than enough for the two of you to sleep comfortably without interfering with each other’s sleep.
- Enough space to fill
Do you have a bigger room and you feel like you need to fill the space? If yes, then you should consider buying a queen instead of a full size. A queen bed is a suitable choice for a larger master bedroom. This will help you balance the visual of the bedroom.
- You can afford the mattress along with other accessories
You should directly settle for the queen size if you can afford its cost along with the cost of additional accessories, such as: a mattress protector, matching bed sheets, matching duvets or blankets, and a foundation.
- It is wider and longer than a double bed
- Most brands come with a satisfactory thickness for support and bounce
- The perfect choice for a couple
- Most brands come with dual firmness for ultimate comfort
- It is an expensive choice compared to a double bed
Queen Vs. Double(Full) Bed
|Features||Double Bed||Queen Bed|
|Dimensions||54 inches wide by 74 inches long (it is 6 inches narrower and shorter when compared to the queen)||60 inches wide by 80 inches long (this bed is 6 inches wider and longer than the double bed)|
|Floor Space||Takes less floor space compared to the queen||Will require a bigger bedroom than the double bed|
|Shorter or Taller People||The ideal choice for shorter people||It is a convenient choice for both short and tall individuals|
|Capacity||A highly recommended choice for a single sleeper in order to guarantee maximum comfort during sleep||A more convenient choice for a couple and anyone in need of luxury comfort|
|Changing Positions||A suitable choice for a single side and combinational sleeper||A good option for all kinds of sleepers, including side, stomach, back, and combinational|
Price and Convenience
Is a double mattress the best size for you? It all depends on what you are looking. For a full bed, you get 39 inches of personal space and 74 inches for stretching and foot length. At first glance, this is a suitable choice for a single person who needs maximum comfort.
The very first consideration you have to make when deciding whether or not a doubled bed is ideal for you is affordability. When shopping for a full size, most people would only consider the price, which is certainly a grave mistake, if you consider a long-term investment.
For a ten year investment, you will need a high-quality bed. Therefore, we advise you to consider three value factors: total investment, investment per night, and space per person. For demonstration purpose, let us consider the DreamCloud mattress.
A DreamCloud double/full costs approximately $1,200, and the Queen costs around $1,400. The difference is $200, which for some people may be a very small amount, while for others the small difference means a lot to their tight budget.
As far as total investment is concerned, the full size is a suitable choice for a couple with a tight budget. However, the queen may be a suitable choice for a couple with a more flexible budget, because the difference is significantly small for a bigger budget.
When you consider investment per night based on two people sharing the same bed for ten years, you will discover that the difference is remarkably small. Therefore, the queen size makes a good long-term investment. You just have to put up with the additional cost, even if you have a tight budget.
The third consideration you have to make is space per person. This is all about comfort, which comes with a lot of sleeping space. According to researchers from the United States, more sleeping space positively correlates to you getting a wonderful night sleep.
A doubled bed gives you a conveniently larger space compared to a twin and a twin XL, but it is 6 inches smaller in width and length compared to the queen. The underlying question is, “Are you willing to pay the extra $200 for comfort?”
- The overall winner for this category is the Queen bed.
Room Size Requirements
For the double bed, you need a minimum room size of 9 feet by 9 feet 6 inches. The layout of your bedroom depends entirely on the position of the main door. The most basic arrangement requires you to place the bed at the center with the headboard in contact with one of the walls.
The standard room size for the double is 9 feet 6 inches by 10 feet 6 inches. This will provide you with additional floor space for furniture and walk space. You can even install wardrobe for your clothes on one corner of the room.
For a queen bed, you need a minimum room space of 9 feet 6 inches by 10 feet. The best configuration for the queen is at the center of the room with the headboard in contact with the longest wall. You can also install side shelves for putting some stuff.
The standard room space for the queen is 12 feet by 10 feet. This provides you with additional floor space for furniture and additional walk space. You can use the same layout as the one mentioned above. We highly recommend the standard room size over the minimum for the queen.
- The overall winner for this category is the double bed
What to Consider Before Buying
- Measure your bedroom’s floor space
You should not just wake up one morning and decide to buy a new mattress without confirming the measurements of the available bed frame. If your bedroom has been occupied by two twin or two twin XL beds, then you might one to consider a double bed.
However, if you have just moved into a new apartment and the measurements of the bedroom are big enough to accommodate a queen size, then you can go ahead and buy a queen mattress.
- Ease of movement
Is your apartment in the first, second, third, or fourth floor? Can you get the mattress up there without any problems? Such are the questions you should be asking yourself prior to buying either a full size or queen size bed.
There are always pros and cons for choosing a queen or a double bed, regardless of the size of your bedroom. For a single sleeper, a double bed is perfect, but a couple should consider a queen size. Overall, the queen mattress wins.