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Twin vs. Queen: Which Size Should You Choose?

The Twin vs Queen mattress debate has been long running. These two mattresses are commonly found in guest bedrooms, dorms, kids rooms, and even in master bedrooms. So, why are so many people struggling to choose between the two? Well, if you’re one of these people, I may be able to help you. In this post, i’ll fill you in on all of the pros and cons of the two and which one would work best for you. Alright, let’s go!

Twin

The twin mattress is commonly found in children’s bedrooms and smaller rooms such as college dorms and guest rooms. They measure 39” x 74”, making them narrow. Let’s check out some of its features.

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The Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Easy to move around
  • Cheaper
  • Great for children
  • Can fit multiple beds in one room

Cons

  • Too narrow for couples to sleep on
  • May throw off the balance of the room

Size & Space

The twin bed is an ideal solution to a small guest room, but not a master bedroom, unless you plan to put two of them in the same room and sleep separately from your partner. Twin beds are more useful in a child’s bedroom because a child doesn’t need a huge bed. They are also great for dorm rooms because of the lack of space available.

Unfortunately, these beds aren’t great for couples sleeping because of how narrow they are. This is where the queen bed is better suited, especially if you plan to use it in the master bedroom. It’s quite rare to find a twin bed in the master, unless you sleep alone. This would leave tons of room in your bedroom for other furniture, decor, and even a sitting room.

Price

Twin beds are extremely affordable, one of the most affordable out there. There are also a ton of options in terms of mattress types and bedding accessories. When it comes to selecting your twin mattress, they’re only going to cost you a few hundred dollars, depending on the type and manufacturer.

When it comes to bedding, it’s very affordable. You can go online or walk into any retail store and buy a bed set for your twin mattress for less than $35. A Queen bed set is going to cost you a lot more than that because of the size of it.

Ease of Movement

The great thing about the twin bed is that it’s so lightweight that you can practically throw it around with one hand. Obviously I’m over exaggerating, but you get the picture. It’s quite light, making it easy to move around, especially if you need to revamp your guest room in a jiffy. The same cannot be said for the Queen bed, however. It’s a lot heavier than the twin, making it harder to move.

Recommended Room Sizes:

A twin bed would fit comfortably in a room size of 7’ x 10’. If you plan to have two twin beds in the same room, the size of the room would be 10’ x 10’.

Queen

x 80” and it definitely has some major advantages over the twin bed.

The Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Great for guest rooms
  • Can accommodate 2 sleepers
  • Works well in smaller guest rooms

Cons

  • Costs more
  • More difficult to move

Size & Space

The Queen bed has more than enough width to comfortably sleep both individuals and couples alike when it comes to guest bedrooms. It may be a tad narrow to sleep couples in a master bedroom full time, which is why some choose to go up one size, but if they’re on a budget or have limited space, the Queen is where they stay.

People have also speculated that the Queen bed throws off the whole Feng Shui of the room, which may be true, but the dimensions of certain rooms may allow for the Queen bed to make it look fine. If you aren’t one who is into that kind of thing, it really wouldn’t matter anyway.

Price

The Queen bed is obviously going to cost much more than the twin bed by a few hundred dollars because it’s bigger and has more material to it. The accessories are also going to cost more. Rather than paying $30 for a comforter set, you’re going to pay about $50 for a decent quality one.

Depending on the type of mattress you are looking at, it’s going to cost you much more than the twin as well. So, if you are on a tight budget and it’s just you sleeping in the bed, the twin may be you best option.

Ease of Movement

The Queen bed is going to be lot more difficult to move than the twin would. A queen bed can weigh upwards of 80 pounds, whereas a twin may weigh 50, the size of a 5-year old child. If you cannot lift heavy objects on your own and you happen to live on your own, a Queen may not be your best option if you rearrange your furniture a lot.

Recommended Room Sizes:

A Queen bed will fit comfortably in a room with dimensions of 10’ x 10’ to 10’ x 14’, depending on how much walking room you need or want.

Twin Vs. Queen Comparison Table

Mattress Size
Measurements Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4
Twin 39” x 74” Affordable Can’t sleep couples Ideal for all bedroom sizes Lightweight
Queen 60” x 80” Costly Has the ability for couple sleeping Great for guest rooms and master bedrooms Heavier

 

Which Is Better

In all honesty, it depends on your living arrangement. If you are looking for a bed for your guest room or master bedroom that can comfortably fit two people, go for the Queen. If you are looking for something for one person that is affordable, lightweight, and can be used with another bed for a larger sleeping space, the twin is where it’s at. Remember, it’s definitely not couple friendly, so keep that in mind when making your purchase. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below.