A full-size or double bed allows solo sleepers to stretch out or provides enough room for two. Such beds consist of a mattress, box spring and frame, which you typically buy at the same time. You can then later add furnishings such as headboards and footboards as well as side tables and chests.
A full-size mattress measures 53 inches wide by 75 inches long.
It is larger than a twin but is the smallest standard size designed for two people. However, it offers less comfort for a couple than two twin beds, which total a width of 76 inches.
Though it can sleep wider-than-average people, a full only fits those who are a maximum of 5 feet 5 inches tall, if you allow for the size of the pillow.
They are popular in children's rooms because the extra width allows room for a parent to read a bedtime story or tuck in a child.
For two people, a far more comfortable option is the queen mattress, which is 7 inches longer and 5 inches wider than the full.
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