Twin vs. Full

The size of a mattress has a significant role to play if you to enjoy a good night’s sleep. If you don’t have enough room to stretch around in your bed, you will be restless at night and wake up pretty disturbed in the morning. The good thing is there are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to mattress size. The problem is finding the right one to cater all your needs. You not only want some extra room to roll around in your bed but also want to move around comfortably in your room.

Before queen sizes began to sell like hot cakes, the most common sizes were a twin and a full. They are still very common particularly for kids and for a single person. Full-size beds have a significant amount of upgrades if compared with the twins. And in this post, we are going to discuss them one by one.

Comparison Table

Twin Full
Easy to move Harder to move in comparison to twin
takes up little space wider than a twin mattress
has inexpensive accessories has slightly more expensive accessories
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What is a Twin Mattress?

The twin mattresses are the smallest ones that you can find on the market if we don’t count the cribs. The twins are 39-inch in width and 74-inch in length and at this size; it is just big enough for one child or an adult. You will also find twin XL which will be six inches longer than the twins.

PROS:
  • You can buy cheap sheets and accessories for this mattress.
  • Twins are fully portable because they are very light in weight.
  • These beds come at cheap prices.
CONS:
  • Twin mattresses are too small for two people.
  • Size

Because it has a small size, you can place this mattress in your kid’s room or even in dorm rooms. This is the best option for the kids or people who have very small sized rooms and they sleep alone. If your kid’s room has a closet then you can place the mattress there and leave an open space for kids to play around in their room.

  • Comfort

As mentioned above, if you sleep all by yourself then a twin mattress will be fine. But keep in mind that if you move a lot in your bed or like to stretch then twin might not be the right option. However, if you are looking to save some money or your room is a bit small then it is not a bad option for a single person but make sure that you sleep alone on it.

Otherwise, you will have to sleep close to your partner which might not be a good thing if you or your significant other needs some sleeping space.

  • Accessories

Twins are very common and finding any accessories related with it is going to be a walk in the park for you. Sheets are pillows are readily available on the market but you will only be able to fit a single pillow on your twin bed because of the width. These items are very inexpensive as compared to other sizes, which is an added advantage.

  • Ideal Size of the Room

If your room measures to be 7-foot by 10-foot in size then the twin sized bed is going to be the best choice for you. And of course, you will also be considering the additional furniture and the space to walk around in your room.

What is a Full Bed?

A full-sized mattress, which is also known as the double, measures to be 54-inch in width and 74-inch in length. If you and your partner are not tall then you can use this bed for convenience but it is commonly used either for kids or for a single person being the upgrade version of a twin.

PROS:
  • There is plenty of room as compared to the twin bed.
  • It is better suited for taller people as compared to a twin.
CONS:
  • Its sheets and accessories are comparatively expensive than twins.
  • It is heavier than a twin mattress.
  • There is less sleeping room here in terms of width.
  • Size

If you are short on budget and want to save some money on your mattress plus, you sleep alone then buying a full-size mattress is the right decision. Some of you might think that the length of this mattress is a bit too short because full sized beds do come with any additional legroom especially if you are taller than six feet. However, a full mattress is 15-inch wider than a twin mattress.

  • Comfort

It is a common misconception that full mattresses are only good for single sleepers who are no taller than five and a half feet. For a single person, a full sized bed provides plenty of room to stretch and roll around. We do understand that why people think that it ends up slightly on the shorter side because of the legroom but you must also understand that it is only six inches shorter than the next option of a size which is a queen-sized bed.

At 54-inch width, a full bed provides over two feet of space each for a couple. It might not be the ideal scenario for some but if you are looking to save some space in your room and money in your wallet then why not consider all your options. Full sized mattresses are way roomier than sleeping with someone on a twin mattress.

  • Accessories

Finding a huge range of accessories for your full sized bed is not a big deal at all. You can walk into any store or visit an online retailer on your browser to shop for anything you want. A couple of standard sized pillows will fit on your full bed side by side. You can add more pillows to your bed if you like without explaining someone that why you have so many. Most of these items will come at a very reasonable price especially if you do the comparison with the queen and king sized mattress sets.

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  • Ideal Size of the Room

If you bedroom measures to be around 10-feet x 12-feet then a full mattress will fit in comfortably and you will have plenty of space to walk around too. Do consider the additional furniture as well if you don’t want to be cramped up in your room.

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The Verdict

If you don’t sleep with your partner, then the buying decision rests on comfort and space. Practically, there is a difference of 15-inch width between a full sized bed and a twin sized mattress but there is no difference in lengths unless you start considering a twin XL. Therefore, if you are not short on space then you should go for a full sized mattress.

You need to have plenty of room to roll around and stretch in your bed and you cannot do this with a twin mattress. Prices don’t make much of an issue if we compare a twin with a full. Hence, room size and sleeping space on the bed is the only factor to consider here and if you want plenty of room then buying a full-sized mattress is the right way to go.

Hi,my name is Chris and used to be a mattress salesperson, now I'm a software engineer and focus on blog writing part time, I created this mattress review and rating site to share my knowledge and experiences and hope everyone can get the correct mattress at a reasonable price.

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