Most people usually don’t know which bed size they’re sleeping on, to be honest. But, as is the case for around half of all mattress buyers, you’ve probably got a queen-size. So, today, let’s delve a bit further into queen-size bed dimensions in particular.
How exactly did you choose your bed? Did you take the size of your bedroom into account? I thought so. After all, that’s the most common pattern for the majority of people.
Naturally, every single person has certain restrictions that guide them through this process. Will the bed fit into the room? Is there going to be enough space for other furniture and accessories?
Those are only some of the questions that may pop up, but there’s probably a lot of compromises you just had to make along the way.
Luckily, you may not have to make any if you opt for a queen-size bed. Given that it’s versatile, not to mention able to fit in average-size bedrooms, it seems impossible not to consider it!
Meet the Queen-Size Bed
When it comes to bed sizes, the current favorite is an absolute star among customers. The queen is, by far, the most popular size, so much so that it outsells the king or full-size beds by a large margin. It even manages to beat their combined purchases easily!
In my opinion, a queen-size bed has the perfect combo of length and width. It is large enough for two people to sleep on it, but it does not take up too much room. In fact, that’s why it has become loved enough to impose itself as the standard these days.
Different Versions of Queen Beds and Their Dimensions
A standard queen-size bed is 60 x 80 inches and takes up around 33 square feet. However, you’ll also have to factor in the frame since they’re not all the same size.
Another version of the standard size is the Split Queen. It has the same dimensions, with the only difference being in the mattress. It’s split in two, allowing each person 30 x 80 inches of space and a chance to get just the mattress they want and need.
If you’re anything like me, the standard queen-size bed may not be big enough for you. I love spreading out like a starfish in bed, so having the extra space is something I genuinely require.
Because of that, I’d always go with the Olympic Queen. With the usual 80 inches in length, it is 6 inches wider than the standard queen. Trust me — neither you nor your partner will find it tight at all. The surface area is about 37 square feet, so each person gets about 30 inches of their own space.
Finally, there’s the California Queen, which is actually an elongated version of the standard queen-size bed. It is as wide as the standard version, but it’s 4 inches longer. That equals to 60 x 84 inches you can sprawl over.
All queen-size beds have the same usual depth (sometimes referred to as profile), which stands at 9–16 inches.
Average Bedroom and Bed Sizes
As I’ve written before, your bedroom size will differ depending on where you live. In the U.S., the average bedroom is about 11 x 12 feet, which equals to about 132 square feet.
Therefore, when choosing a bed, whether you have your eyes set on a queen or a king, it’s necessary to take the size of your bedroom into account — losing all your precious floor space ought to be avoided. Of course, you need a good bed to get some rest, but a cramped room will definitely make it seem as if you’re living in a shoebox!
In my personal experience, having enough space for everything in tiny bedrooms is a luxury, so you do have to think of a way to use the space to the fullest.
Therefore, to avoid making the room look cluttered, opt for a sleek, minimalist design. Also, make the bed the focal point and add accessories to enhance its beauty and functionality — not disrupt it.
Choosing Your Perfect Queen-Size Bed
If you have a moderately sized bedroom, a queen-size bed could be a good fit. However, your choice also depends on the overall build and design of the bed itself.
As far as the design goes, there is plenty to choose from. For example, there’s the platform type, which comes with a raised base. The one I’m most fond of, on the other hand, is the sleigh bed, which consists of a connected headboard and footboard.
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Apart from those, you can also opt for a Murphy bed, such as this one, which can be vertically stored away when you’re not using it, and queen-size canopy beds, which would add a dash of luxury to any bedroom.
As you can see, the different build primarily refers to the frame of the bed. In terms of the materials, you also have a few choices. Most often, queen-size beds are made of metal, wood, and rattan.
However, when it comes to different accessories or add-ons, it’s all a matter of personal taste. An upholstered headboard on a queen-size bed would definitely look luxurious and make the whole bedroom seem more modern.
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Nevertheless, I personally cannot get over the fact that the headboard wouldn’t serve me in any way. So, the other option is to go for a bookshelf headboard, for example.
Furthermore, some of you may opt to utilize the space in a much more efficient way by using the under-bed space for storage or by adding drawers.
Tips on How to Make a Queen-Size Bed Work in a Bedroom
Avoid Clunky, Heavy Frames
I have found that queen-size beds can work in most bedrooms, but it all depends on the style in the end. If you have an average-size bedroom, avoid clunky headboards and canopies. Instead, go for a sleek design that would allow you to use the space to the fullest.
A smaller headboard would still make the bed complete, but it wouldn’t take up much wall space. Also, consider getting a platform queen-size bed. Since these have plenty of storage space underneath, you wouldn’t feel as if you’re wasting floor space — the under-bed area can double as a great seasonal wardrobe!
Consider Pushing the Bed Against the Wall
Since a queen-size bed requires a 10 x 10 feet room (at the very least), many people don’t even consider it if their bedroom is somewhat small. However, I’ve seen people make it work by pushing the bed against the wall to save up on space.
If you were to place it in the center of the room, there’s a good chance you’d restrict the traffic flow. Although it does look more appealing there, it’s just not that convenient if the room is tiny. Check out the article on where to place a bed if you want more information.
Optimize Its Functionality
Finally, if you have your heart set on getting a queen-size bed, I do suggest optimizing its use a bit by making it a tad more functional. I’ve already mentioned getting a bookshelf headboard, but consider floating nightstands as well. You can attach these to the bed or the wall, leaving enough space underneath for other stuff.
It may not seem like much, but I’ve personally done this in my own bedroom, and it does make storage easier. I keep a stack of to-be-read books underneath the nightstand. Meanwhile, the main surface area holds a table lamp and everything I may need during the night.
Hopefully, you haven’t been discouraged and are still considering getting a queen-size bed. Even though its dimensions sound a bit scary, this type of bed is a lot smaller than a king-size, so it can look great in an average-size bedroom. Besides, it allows each person to have just enough space to get a good night’s sleep, which is a trait that many people underestimate these days!
However, I do have to warn you that optimizing your use of space when you have a queen-size bed is crucial. Although it is tempting to make it all fancy with a canopy and some nightstands fit for true royalty, I suggest avoiding that to maximize your use of floor space. Instead, opt for fitted sheets and plenty of pillows to make it stand out without making the room feel cluttered.