Are you on the hunt for a new bed? It can be so hard to figure out what’s right for you. There are so many choices out there and it can be a difficult task to filter out the ones that just won’t work. While bed size is only one of the many choices you’ll make when buying a bed, it’s an important one. You want a bed that’s big enough for you and your partner, if you have one, while still fitting well in your space. If you’re choosing between a Queen and a King, here’s what you need to know.
The Basic Differences
Most people know that King mattresses are larger than Queens, but how much larger? The Queen comes in at 60”x80”, which the King measures 76”x80”. Thus, they’re the same length but the King offers significantly more width. This means that, while the Queen works for many couples, some may be a lot more comfortable with a King.
The Queen is the most popular mattress on the market these days. It offers a great balance between size and price, and it fits very well into most modern bedrooms. However, it’s not great for everyone. Some couples, or single people who sleep with several animals, need the King to get comfortable. As long as there’s space in the room, this can be a great option for people who aren’t comfortable in a Queen.
Fun Fact: A King bed is the size of two Twin XL mattresses pushed together. If you need an inexpensive King option or you and your partner need vastly different mattresses to be comfortable, put two of these together!
When you’re choosing between a Queen and a King, it’s important to have all the facts. This table gives you the basics:
|More affordable||Less affordable|
|Accessories readily available and relatively inexpensive||Accessories readily available but more expensive|
|Works well in most rooms||Needs a larger room for visual balance|
A Queen Size Bed in a Nutshell
Queen beds offer a great balance between size and price. They are big enough that most couples can sleep relatively comfortably in them, even if both of them would rather have more space. They’re great for guest rooms, provided the room is big enough, and they often offer enough space for you to sleep with a pet, too. They look good in most normal-sized bedrooms and are easy to balance with other furniture.
- When comparing a Queen and a King, the Queen is almost always less expensive. Because there’s simply not as much material required to make it, it costs less. This means that the Queen may be better for a guest room, or for people buying a bed on a budget. It may mean that you can get a nice Queen bed for the same price as a King.
- It’s easier to make a Queen bed look nice in most rooms. You don’t have to worry about balancing your massive bed with other furniture or about it overpowering the rest of the room. You won’t usually feel like maybe you need an entirely new bedroom set to go with your bed.
- Many couples aren’t comfortable in a Queen. If you both like your own space, one or both of you sleep with body pillows, you don’t like to touch when you sleep, or you sleep with several animals, a Queen may be too small for you and your partner. Consider your normal sleeping positions, too. If one of you moves a lot or spreads out, a Queen may not work.
A King Size Bed in a Nutshell
King beds offer the ultimate in a comfortable sleeping experience for many people. Many couples don’t like to cuddle when they sleep, or medical conditions require them to spread out or sleep with various types of support. If you sleep with someone else, it’s probably worthwhile to at least consider a King. However, you need to make sure your bedroom is large enough to not only fit the bed, but for it to look good, too.
- Most couples can be comfortable in a King. Even if a Queen will work fine, many choose a King because it’s just a little more comfortable and that comfort is worth the sacrifices they have to make in terms of bedroom space and money. If you haven’t tried a King, you probably should check it out before you buy a new bed.
- King beds balance well in today larger bedrooms. Especially in new homes, many Queen beds simply look too small. If you have an exceptionally large bedroom or you think you might, it’s worth it see how a King would look.
- King beds are almost always more expensive than Queens, since they require more material to make up that extra 16” of width. If you have the money to spend, they are still a good investment and worth the cash. However, if you’re on a budget, a King bed can be impractical.
As always, you need to buy a bed that will work for you and any partners who will share it with you. This means trying different beds. You can try them out in stores, or you can even buy one online and use it for the trial period. In the end, weigh your options and your priorities and choose the one that you want to sleep on for years.