The “double” mattress size is in between that of a twin and a queen. It’s a bed of average size, perfect for a single adult but a bit tight for two.
Double and full are synonymous phrases. It is rare to find advertisements for double beds made in the United States because the term “full” has surpassed it in popularity. Whereas double is the more popular phrase in the United States, the opposite is true elsewhere.
Remember that whether you see full or double, those are both referring to the same size mattress. The answer to your question is that there is no distinction between the double and full portions.
Double Bed Dimensions
A full or double bed has the standard mattress sizes of 75 inches wide by 54 inches long.
Double beds are 54 inches wide, or 4 feet 6 inches. In other words, it’s comfortable for one person but quite tight for two.
A double bed is 6 feet 3 inches long, or 75 inches. Although those of us under 6 feet in height will have plenty of legroom, those of us over 6 feet in height may find it a bit snug.
Double Bed vs Full Bed
Similar to how Starbucks has multiple names for their “medium” beverage size, people have a tendency to use a variety of terms to describe different sized beds. A “grande” order of coffee will get you the same quantity of coffee regardless of the size of the cup you use. A full-size bed is equivalent to two twin-sized beds put together. The standard dimensions for a double bed with a full mattress are 54 inches wide by 75 inches long.
The standard double bed and mattress size is also 54 by 75 inches, making a full-size mattress suitable for any size.
Finally, it’s important to note that despite the differences in terminology, full- and double-sized beds are actually the same size.
Double Bed vs Queen Bed
It should come as no surprise that a queen-sized bed does not qualify as a double-bed. While a queen-sized bed can comfortably accommodate two people, the term “double bed” is used to describe a bed that is only slightly smaller. Two persons can sleep comfortably on a queen-sized bed, in our opinion. Comparing a queen bed to a double bed, you’ll notice a difference of 6 inches in width.
Double mattress is 54″ x 75″ and Queen is 60″ x 80″
You could see a hotel or resort advertise a “big double bed,” but it’s not common. That would be a reference to a queen-sized mattress.
Double Bed vs Trundle Bed
A trundle bed is a bed that has a single mattress on top and a second, similar mattress that pulls out from underneath it. We won’t go into great detail about them here, but know that they are essentially a bunk bed. If you take out the extra mattress from a trundle bed, it can accommodate two people.
It’s still not a double bed. It would be like attempting to fit two individuals on a twin bed mattress in a college dorm. Trundle beds are a distinct category of beds available in numerous variations. Visit our blog post explaining the trundle bed if you’re still confused.
Who Should Buy a Double Bed?
Because it’s called a “double,” it could sound like it can fit two individuals. On the other hand, this is not the case for the vast majority of married people.
A standard double bed is only 54 inches wide, making it only 15 inches wider than a standard twin bed. It’s easy to see how a double bed could feel claustrophobic for two people when put next to the queen (60 inches) or king (76 inches) in terms of width.
Is a double bed intended for two people, or for two people to share? Most of the time, a double is the best option for a single adult who needs more space than a twin but doesn’t want to share a room. For one person, the double might feel rather roomy, and in a pinch, it can even house a companion.
This is a great option for kids and teens because it will fit them for a long period even as they continue to grow. When your child outgrows their twin bed, but still needs more space than a full, consider upgrading to a full size bed.
The double/full is an acceptable compromise between the twin and queen sizes. The bed is more big than a twin, but it’s still inexpensive and easy to store.
Average Price For A Double Bed
A full size (or double) bed can cost anywhere from $200 to $2,000, with the price fluctuating widely based on the quality and construction of the mattress.
We suggest the Allswell Hybrid, Nest Flip, or Brooklyn Bowery if you’re in the market for an affordable double bed. These beds are available in full size for between $250 and $400.
Purple, Casper, Leesa, and Layla are some mattresses to consider if you are able to pay a little bit more. These mattresses fall closer to the middle of the price spectrum when compared to other bed-in-a-box options. Depending on where you look, a double bed will cost you between $700 and $850.
Finally, Helix Luxe, GhostBed Luxe, and WinkBed are a few examples of premium full-size beds that come to mind. These beds may be purchased for $1,200 to $1,500.