Queen Size Bed: Everything You Need to Know

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From the ages of 18 – 60+ years, the queen size bed is the most desired.

Queen bed size popularity

Statista reports that the queen size bed is more popular than any other size bed.

Let’s take a look why, and see how it differs from a double and king size bed:

Benefits of the queen size bed

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The queen size bed is popular because it’s not as small as a double, but not as extravagant as a king.

Because, well, not everyone has a bedroom the size of an Olympic swimming pool, and besides, although you may like spending a lot of time in the proverbial sack, there are other things you’d like to do in your room besides being on your bed.

People find that the benefits of a queen size bed include:

  • At 152 x 188 cm, the queen size bed fits perfectly into a smaller main bedroom.
  • Overnight accommodations especially love the queen because it provides ample space for couples, and sometimes even a small child or two.
  • Ideal for taller individuals because it’s longer than a double bed.
  • A double bed is ideal for a larger single person or couple who are both petite or slim and don’t feel the need to move around a lot, but a queen gives couples more space and allows for wriggling and restlessness.
  • Because it provides a bigger sleeping area, a larger mattress like the queen stays newer for longer, so it doesn’t need to be replaced or flipped as often as a double.
  • With the right base, a queen size bed can be used for storing stuff under.
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Where the queen size bed fits into bed size.

Double vs. Queen vs. King size bed

There’s no doubt that most people would prefer a king size bed to any other size, but there are two reasons why most opt for another size:

  1. Affordability: the mattress, base and headboard of a king size costs more but not only that, the linen that goes with it also costs more than the other sizes.
  2. Space: not all rooms are big enough to comfortably fit a king size bed.

As for the double…it’s a great size for restless kids, teens, small adults and singles. The queen size bed, however, allows 10 cm more per person, than the double. The king size bed is a whopping 41 cm wider than the queen.

Sometimes places of short-term accommodation will put together two single beds to make a double bed, but more often, they will use the queen size for the master room, while a king size bed will only really be used by luxury hotels and BnB’s.

Couples with big master bedrooms may buy a king size and use a queen for the guest room, while the younger children are given a double bed or single. But where space is an issue, a queen will certainly do nicely.

Find out more about mattress size with this ultimate guide.

California queen and Olympic queen

The standard queen size bed measures 152 x 188 cm, but you can go bigger, either wider or longer, so it’s essential to know the difference:

  • The California queen is 12 cm longer than the standard queen, making it 200 cm long. It is named from the shape and state of California.
  • Olympic queen beds are 15 cm wider than a standard queen.

Although you may be able to find a California queen in South Africa, an Olympic queen bed is not readily available and a king size bed will step into its place just as well.

To find out more about buying the right bed, download our free Genie Bed guide, ‘How to Choose a Better Bed’

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