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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.