Difference Between a King and Queen Size Mattress

Can’t decide between the king and the queen size bed?

You’re pretty sure you want a king, but you just keep thinking how ginormous a king size bed really is. Should you second guess yourself and begin thinking about settling for a queen? What if you’re wrong and the queen is too small. So what should you do and what’s the difference anyway?

Well if size matters then we suggest forgetting the idea of queen and consider an eastern king or a California King with its seven-foot length, which is a definite must have if you’re tall. However there are a couple drawbacks to the Cal. King; it is very hard to find sheets, comforters, and head boards / foot boards for.

On the other hand finding bedding for an Eastern king is not a problem and can be found in nearly every store that sells sheets and comforters. Quite frankly over the last 20 years we’re selling a lot more king size beds, this may be due to the increased size of today’s bedrooms. Something else that makes the eastern king appealing is the additional 16” of width, which comfortably accommodates two sleepers, cats, dogs, and yes the kids more comfortably.

The queen size mattress is indeed smaller measuring only 60” wide by 80” long and is still by far the most common size bed sold today. During the 1960’s the queen and king size beds came into use and American couples never chose the double or full size as their master bedroom mattress again.

The King and Queen Mattress Pros and Cons

Queen costs an average of $150.00 –  $300.00 less than king

King offers 38” of sleeping space for each sleeper, which is the same as a twin but better for adults because they are 5 inches longer. Also the additional space allows both sleepers to sprawl out and relax.

Sheets, comforters, and mattress pads cost slightly less for queen

Linen / Bedding election is slightly better for queen size

The queen is the best selling size because it often fits the best in the bedroom

Sleep is the rejuvenating phase for the body which helps us heal, re-energize, and process new information be at the top of our game for a new day. We encourage you to give thought to the advantages of a king if you have the space. We don’t think you would ever regret choosing a larger more comfortable size.


Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

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This was a very helpful, sensible and practical article. Made perfect sense and really helped me make my discission. It is so true that althought my room is big enough for a king which we have now I keep thinking that a queen would give me more room space and it would no longer look like an elephant is in the room. However, it is very important to think about sleep quality -and the way my husband sleeps- I know it would take some getting used to if we switched to a queen and loss of sleep is just not worth it. The idea of cheaper sheets/comforters etc…is very attractive but still not worth loss of sleep. Thanks for helping me think this through in such a sensible, realistic way!!

Comment by Kimberly Diane — September 8, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

Glad you found this helpful. I must tell you it all comes from personal experience. My bedroom is not that big however Kathy and I both really like our space. Add to it 25 years of selling beds and thousands of customers and their feed back…well some useful common sense information is bound to spill out :-) Glad we could help.
Thnx for your feed back. Doug

Comment by Doug Belleville — September 8, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

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