When you’re getting a new bed, it’s not uncommon to hear lots of phrases tossed around, but it can be hard to know what all of these mean. In order to get the bed that is right for you and for your living situation, though, it’s important to understand exactly what these words mean. They can clue you in to options you might not otherwise have considered.

One of the less common mattress sizes is the short queen. Here’s everything you need to know about it and about what might influence you to choose it, so you can make an informed decision for your home.

 

What is the Short Queen?

The short queen is just what it sounds like: the same width as a queen, but shorter. Specifically, the queen bed is 60 x 80 x 11, while the short queen is 60 x 75 x 11, though you can find them as short as 74”.

 

Mattress Size Dimensions
Twin  38″ x 75″
Twin XL  38″ x 80″
Full  53″ x 75″
Full XL  53″ x 80″
Short Queen  60″ x 75″
Queen  60″ x 80″
Olympic Queen  66″ x 80″
California Queen  60″ x 84″
King  76″ x 80″
California King  72″ x 84″

 

Who Chooses a Short Queen?

It may seem odd to shorten a bed by only 5”, but there are some places where this really works. If you’re buying a bed for an RV, the short queen can save you precious space. While 5” may not seem like much, it is a lot of room when your entire house is only a few hundred square feet. For the same reason, these mattresses are also popular in tiny homes.

Similarly, bedrooms in older houses are often much smaller than modern ones. If you live in an older home and don’t have the option to remodel or don’t want to, a short queen can give you the comfortable width of a queen without sacrificing so much of your room for your bed.

Other times, people choose a short queen for design purposes. If you’re trying to fit a piece of furniture at the end of your bed, for instance, it may not fit with a traditionally sized queen. A short queen, though, might do the trick. Similarly, some bedroom designs just work better with a short queen than they do with the traditional size. If you think you’d like to try something different, the short queen may be just the thing for you.

 

Things to Consider About the Short Queen

One of the most important considerations when deciding between a short queen and a queen is the height of the people who will be sleeping on the mattress. Short queen beds are, quite simply, uncomfortable for tall people. When your feet are hanging off a mattress or you can’t straighten all the way, sleeping can be hard. Since sleep is important, a comfortable mattress is key. This is one reason why many tall people avoid RV or tiny house living.

Short queen beds can also be more expensive than regular queens. Since they aren’t as popular, the demand is lower and the price can be higher. There are still affordable options out there, but you need to consider accessories, too. Unless you are buying a mattress for your RV, in which case the bed frame is usually already installed, finding sheets, blankets, toppers, protectors, bed frames, and more for a short queen can get expensive.

 

 

You may also have fewer options if you choose a short queen. Since the demand for them is much lower, manufacturers don’t produce all of their beds in this size. You may have to choose a mattress that feels less comfortable for you or offers less support, in order to get the short queen that you want. While you should still be able to find a bed that will work well for you, the process may be more difficult than it would otherwise have been.

You should consider your room size, too. In general, you want at least 2 feet of space on each side of your bed, and many people prefer 3. If you can’t get this with a regular queen, you may measure again to see if a short queen would work better.

In the end, you need to choose the bed that will work best for you. Consider the size of the room, the size of the sleepers, whether you need a specialty mattress, and your budget. If you can, try out a short queen before you commit to buying it, or get one that you can return if it doesn’t work out. That way, you can see if it will work for you and your space without having to commit to it forever.