Size Matters – is a Full Size Mattress Big Enough?
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The full size mattress sounds a bit dated these days amongst all the chatter about Queens, California Queens, Kings, California Kings and Super Kings! It’s easy to forget that the full size mattress used to be the standard one that couples chose for their bedroom.
The dimensions of full size mattresses (also known as Doubles in the UK) are either 53 inches wide × 74 inches long (135 × 188 cm) or 53 inches × 80 inches (135 × 203 cm). The latter is the extra-long model.
So the full size is around 7 inches narrower than a standard Queen and 12 to 20 inches narrower than a King. I think it’s fair to say that a lot of couples who are used to either the Queen or King size gracing their bedroom would find it difficult to revert to the full size mattress for any length of time, without marital problems arising! Once you have the extra space it is hard to get used to less space, though before manufacturers responded to increasing demands for bigger and bigger beds, like the ones slept on in hotel rooms, they had to make do.
The problem with full size mattress sets for couples is that a width of 53 inches gives each partner 26.5 inches of space, which is just under that of a crib! When you consider that a twin mattress is usually 39 inches it’s easy to see why full size doesn’t really fit the bill, especially as body size in the US is generally increasing. Nowadays the full size mattress is better used for a larger-bodied person who sleeps alone; the difference in price between a twin and a full may not be that great, so it’s definitely worth looking at. The great thing is that mattress manufacturers have been making the full size mattress for many decades so it is featured in virtually all ranges.