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Difference Between Double and Full bed

There are many different bed types and sizes to cater to the need of various individuals. The bed one buys is usually determined by the number of individuals that are going to use it. Moreover, for some, space is also a determining factor; how much space is there in a particular room also accounts for the selection of a bed. Normally people only know about two types of bed; the single bed for one person and the double bed for two persons. However, there are other sizes and types available as well to cater to other needs of the users. It must be pointed out that the size of any bed is governed by a number of standards. The bed size refers to the various dimensions of the mattress and the names of the standard sizes. Apart from this, there is far greater variation in the frame size of various beds. The size of the mattress is standardized and is used to make buying and selling decisions.

Double bed

Double beds are commonly known as beds that can accommodate two people. In some parts of the world, they are synonymous to full beds but that is not the case everywhere. Up until the 1960s, double beds were the most common beds for two people. Normally, they are about 15 inches wider than a single bed. This ensures that approximately 27 inches of sleep space is left for each individual. They are 75 inches long which is usually enough to accommodate most adults and it is quite rare that the bed ends up being short for some tall person. The overall dimensions are 54 inches wide and 75 inches in length. The width per person is 27 inches. The advantage of a double bed is that it can accommodate two people and fit in a small room as well. Moreover, the sheets for this bed are also cheaper than the sheets for king size or queen size beds. The disadvantage is that some couples or adults may find the bed too narrow or feel that there is lack of space. This, however, is seldom the case.

Full bed

A full bed is also a bed that is designed to accommodate two people. It is smaller than a king or a queen size bed and is similar to a double bed in some of its dimensions. It is also 54 inches by 75 inches and provides 27 inches per individual. It has the same advantage of being able to fit in a small room and cheaper bed sheets.

Difference between the two beds

From the information provided, double beds and full beds seem exactly the same. For a standard size double bed, this is actually true. However, there is only one type of full bed available but various sizes of double beds. One of these is the small double, also known as a three-quarter bed that is 48 inches by 75 inches. Then there is the double extra-long which is 54 inches by 80 inches. It has the same width but a greater length and therefore deals with the lack of leg space some very tall people face.


1). Double beds have been the most common beds for two people

2). Double beds and full beds are the same in most parts of the world; generally both are 54 inches by 75 inches

3). There is only one type of full bed available but various sizes of double beds:

a. small double, also known as a three-quarter bed that is 48 inches by 75 inches

b. double extra-long which is 54 inches by 80 inches

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  1. Thank you. I knew there was difference, I just didn’t know what.

  2. Ok, so where can I get sheets for a double long? Full sheets come up short. Lol

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