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How Big Is A Queen Size Bed?

The standard dimensions of a queen size bed are 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, though there can sometimes be small differences between brands.

Helix Sleep queen mattresses, for example, comply with standard mattress sizes. However the height of the mattress can change depending on whether you opt for a Luxe Mattress with a pillow top or a standard version.

Read on to learn more about the benefits of queen beds, how they compare to other mattress sizes and answer some common questions we hear from our customers.

How Queen Size Mattresses Measure Up To Other Mattress Dimensions

Queen mattresses are most comparable to full size mattresses and king size mattresses in terms of bed sizes.

Full size beds are 54 inches wide and 75 inches long, which makes them 6 inches slimmer and 5 inches shorter than the standard queen bed. King size beds, like queens are 80 inches long, but are 16 inches wider than a queen. Depending upon your sleep preferences and available space, it might make sense to check out a king.

Another option is the California king, which is 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. That's 4 inches longer than the standard queen, but only 12 inches wider.

Benefits of Queen Beds

Queen beds definitely have their advantages when compared to alternatives - that's why it's the most popular mattress size in both the United States and Canada. Let's dive into the specifics of why so many people choose queens.


  • Comfortable for two - Unlike the full bed, which can be too cramped for two people, the queen provides enough space for two people to sleep comfortably, even with a pet or two.
  • Spacious for one - One person sleeping in a queen bed can really spread out and get cozy. It's pretty much the perfect bed for any single adult and well-suited for couples.
  • Extra Legroom - Queen beds provide 5 extra inches of legroom when compared with the standard full. Tall people especially will choose that, even if they're single sleepers.
  • Versatile - Queen beds are big enough to support a master bedroom and small enough to fit in many guest rooms. They provide enough sleeping space for one or two people and can easily fit in most room sizes, even with a larger bed frame.

Alternatives to Queen Size Mattresses

Most comparisons will pit the full size bed (or double bed), the king bed, and the queen bed against each other. Full beds at 54 inches wide and 75 inches long are simply too small for many couples to be comfortable. King size and California kings can be too large for many bedrooms.

If a queen bed isn't your ideal, there are still some alternatives outside of these that don't involve buying twin beds and making bunk beds. Some brands produce an "olympic queen" that gives sleepers an extra 6 inches of length. This however, is uncommon, and many brands don't have this offering, including Helix Sleep. If you're shopping for a queen, you can consider bumping up to a king or downsizing to a full.

FAQs About Queen Beds

Are all queen mattresses the same size?

The standard size for queen mattresses is 60 inches by 80 inches, however there can be some small differences between brands. It's best to check for specific measurements before you buy your new mattress.


How much bigger is a king size bed than a queen?

A king size bed measures 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. So kings are the same length, but 16 inches wider than a queen. It's definitely a larger mattress. Many couples enjoy the extra space a king mattress provides or even the extra length you can get with a California king.


How many people can sleep in a queen bed?

Queen beds typically support up to two people sleeping comfortably and a pet or two if you're so inclined. Single sleepers can spread out and take advantage of even more sleeping space.


Where should I get a queen size mattress?

Given that it's the most popular mattress size, almost every mattress manufacturer makes a queen. That doesn't mean you should just get any mattress, though. We recommend checking out Helix's selection and finding your perfect match by taking the Sleep Quiz.

Other Mattress Sizes Explained

If you're looking to get measurements for every mattress size, check out our full list of mattress dimensions. We also did a deep dive on other standard sizes, which you can check out below.