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What Size Is a Queen Bed Frame? Types, Facts & FAQ

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Over the years, bed frames have become an important part of your home’s décor. They are stylish but also functional. Finding the right frame design and size will depend on your style, room size, and individual needs.

The most popular size in bed frames is the queen since it can comfortably accommodate an individual as well as a couple. A typical queen bed frame measures about 60 inches in width by 80 inches in length. This measurement can vary slightly depending on the type of frame, however.

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What Is a Bed Frame?

A bed frame is the foundation for your mattress. They are typically made of metal or wood and can be purchased separately or with the headboard, footboard, and side panels. In addition to providing a foundation for the mattress, the frame keeps the mattress off the floor and away from allergens like dust mites and dog hair. It also gives the bed some height, which makes it easier to climb in and out of bed, especially for those that may have medical issues and are unable to climb up or bend down easily.

Choosing a bed frame will depend on things like the size of your room and your budget. Here are some queen-size bed designs that may be good for your individual needs.

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Who Can Use a Queen-Size Bed Frame?

Queen-size beds are the most popular size of bed for individuals and couples alike. The size is sufficient for couples that may not have the room size for a King or California King Bed. It is also big enough for restless individuals that move around and like to stretch out while they sleep.

When choosing a queen bed for your room, it is important to keep in mind that the frame is not the only factor for the space. The style can affect the actual size of the bed. For example, a simple standard frame will need an extra two to five inches added to the width of the mattress. If the bed has a headboard or a footboard, that will affect the size of the bed.

Bed frames that are not standard, like platform beds with storage like drawers or shelves, will need extra space. Will there be room to open the drawers, for instance. Sleigh beds have curves and bulkiness that are not on a standard bed frame.

So, while the queen-size bed frame may measure the same for all queen-size designs, the style and size of the other bed components will need to be considered for the size of the space.

The type or design of the queen bed frame will also depend on the size of the room. The dimension of the frame can vary slightly for some bed frames and styles.

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Queen-Size Bed Frame Types

It was not until the 1950s that the demand for bigger beds was born. There was a financial boom after World War II, and customers were building homes with bigger bedrooms. Couples no longer wanted to fight for space in double and full-size beds. They wanted larger beds for comfort and to fill the space. Manufacturers answered the demands and created queen-sized and king-sized beds.

The most popular of these queen-sized bed types are four poster, sleigh, platform, and canopy.

Most popular:
  • Sleigh beds: Sleigh beds are one of the larger types of queen beds. The headboards and footboards have a curvy and thick appearance that resembles a sleigh. They are usually beautifully carved and made of wood.
  • Platform: Platform beds do not require a foundation or box spring for your mattress. It is a simple frame with built-in slats for the mattress. They may or may not come with a headboard, footboard, shelves, or drawers.
  • Four poster beds: Four poster beds can be made of metal or wood with a poster on each corner. They are one of the oldest styles and a favorite of many.
  • Canopy: Canopy beds are basically poster beds with an added frame for a canopy. The canopy can be done with all types of fabrics that hang from the top of the bed.

Queen Headboard Dimensions

Queen headboards can vary in size from the standard size of the queen mattress or up to four inches longer. The style of the headboard will determine the height and bulkiness of the headboard.

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Queen-Size Bed Frame Variants

Like many things on the market, there are rare or non-standard varieties of queen-size bed frames that may be a good option for couples that cannot accommodate a king or California king bed frame. Unfortunately, these non-standard queen bed frames like California queen, split queen, Olympic queen, and short queen are not compatible with most queen-size bedding and accessories.

  • Olympic Queen: With an additional six inches in width, the Olympic queen bed measures 66 inches wide and 80 inches long. It is a good size for couples that want a bit of extra space to stretch out.
  • California Queen: The California queen is an excellent option for tall individuals. While the width of the mattress is the same as a regular queen, the length is an extra four inches.
  • Short Queen: The opposite of a California queen is the short queen mattress. While the California queen is longer than the standard, the short queen is five inches shorter than the standard queen bed. Short queens manufactured for us in an RV may also be thinner than the standard queen mattress.
  • Split Queen: This is an ideal option for couples that have different mattress preferences. The split queen splits the space, so each person gets 30 inches by 80 inches of space. This allows each sleeper to choose individual mattresses and elevate their feet and head without disturbing the other sleeper.

Is the Size of all Queen Bed Frames the Same?

All queen bed frames measure 60 inches in width and 80 inches in length. The thickness of the material and the design of the frame can affect the dimensions by adding two to five inches to the width of the frame.

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Getting a good night’s sleep is essential to our being. Among some of the factors that may affect your sleep is the size of your bed. Although there is a range of sizes to choose from, the queen-size bed is the most popular for individuals and couples alike. It does not only accommodate two people comfortably, but there are also non-standard variants available, and it is a good fit in many of today’s bedrooms.

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