What Are the Dimensions of a Full Size Bed?

A full size bed is also referred to as a double bed. It is shorter and narrower than a queen or king size bed and wider than a twin size bed. Full and twin size mattresses are the same length.

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Size

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A full size bed accommodates a mattress measuring 54 inches wide by 75 inches long. The overall dimensions of the bed vary depending on the style and size of the frame selected.

Types

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Full size beds are available in many different styles, including platform, which does not require a box spring, as well as headboard only, headboard and footboard, or simply a frame with no headboard or footboard.

Considerations

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The Better Sleep Council recommends using full size beds for one sleeper only and for those whose height measures less than five foot five inches.

Expert Insight

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You can use queen size sheets and even a queen size coverlet or duvet cover on a full size bed. However, you must use a full size bed skirt, bedspread or fitted coverlet, as these items are tailored to fit the exact dimensions of the full size mattress.

Warning

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Different countries have different standard sizes for beds. For example, the standard size of a full size mattress from countries in the European Union measures 55 inches wide by 79 inches long, which would be too large to fit an American full size bed.