<span class=‘speak-headline’>  Can Two Adults Sleep on a Full Mattress?</span>

Can Two Adults Sleep on a Full Mattress?

Written by Nectarsleep editorial team

Last Updated on Jun 09, 2022

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    As far as buying a new mattress is concerned, there are plenty of things to weigh up. And as a part of a couple, the ONE THING that you cannot overlook is – its size! 

    You want something that fits well in your space and allows you and your partner to get a good night's rest. So, while you are at it, a full mattress might seem like your best bet to you. The only query you would possibly have then is – can two adults sleep on a full mattress? 

    The short answer is – Yes, two adults can sleep on a full mattress! But sometimes, it depends on their requirements and individual concerns. 

    So let's talk about this in detail through this blog!

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    A Brief History of Mattress Sizes

    As the name suggests, the "full" or "double" beds have long been considered the standard bed size for couples. 

    However, until the late nineteenth century, mattress sizes were not standardized. And manufacturers used to make mattresses in varying shapes and sizes, which created a lot of confusion and fuss among consumers. 

    Original Mattress Sizes 

    During the late nineteenth century, the two most prominent mattress sizes in the market were: 

    • Double or Full Mattresses (with dimensions 54 inches wide and 75 inches long)
    • Single Mattresses (with dimensions 38 inches wide and 75 inches long) 

    So, it was simple back then. The single mattresses (today's twins) were supposed to be used by single sleepers since they could comfortably accommodate one person at a time. A double or full size mattress, on the other hand, was meant to take up two people. Also, manufacturers had made several attempts to develop a 3/4th mattress, which did not work. 

    Modern Mattress Sizes 

    Everything went well with full size mattresses until humans decided to grow bigger. You read that right! It turns out that people were significantly smaller before the mid-20th century. So modern humans needed modern mattress models. Now that's how the king and queen mattresses entered the market! 

    With extra sleeping space which could accommodate two people plus their kids and pets, the new arrivals substantially replaced full mattresses. That said, a full size bed is, to date, a good enough choice for couples who like to sleep closer or single adults who prefer more room in their beds. 

    Of all bed sizes, the queen size is believed to be the most sought-after option and the best bed size for couples nowadays. Not to mention, king and full mattresses are the runner-ups! The rest of the market comprises twins, twin XLs, and a few variations of king and queen mattresses.

    Who Are Full Size Mattresses Best For?

    Is a full bed big enough for two? Well, yes. You see, that's what it was initially meant for! However, a double bed is, in fact, an ideal choice for the following:

    Petite or Intimate Sleepers:

    If you and your partner are relatively small or like to snuggle while sleeping, a full size mattress might be what you need! You will have enough space to sleep and cuddle.

    People With Compact Spaces:

    Smaller rooms appear more spacious with full size bed dimensions. It works superbly in compact spaces by providing sufficient space to walk around and add furniture.

    The Budget Savvy People: A full mattress will cost you much less than a queen or a king. So, if you are tight on your budget, you might want to go with this.

    People Who Prefer Memory Foam or Pocketed Coils:

    Both these mattress types reduce motion transfer, which means if any of you moves, the other person won't feel affected. This would make you feel that somehow your mattress dimensions have expanded.

    For Guest Rooms:

    Couple Sleeping on full Size mattress Layout Comparison Illustration

    Full mattresses fit perfectly inside most guest rooms due to their compact sizes. Also, couples generally do not mind sleeping curled up for a night or two when they are at someone else's place.

    The Style Tycoons:

    As with full beds, it is relatively easy to find fancy bed frames, headboards, and other accessories. Even a queen size headboard will complement well with a full size mattress.

    When Should You Upgrade to Larger Mattress Sizes?

    If you do resonate with any of the following, you might want to upgrade to a larger mattress:

    • Either you or your partner is over six feet tall. 
    • You both are active sleepers, as in, you switch sleeping positions a lot.
    • You guys need extra sleeping space for a kid or a pet, maybe. 
    • You people like a more personal sleeping space or like to spread out as you sleep. 
    • You experience night sweats often and need space from your partner. 

    Believe it or not, a few extra inches of a queen size mattress can sometimes make all the difference!

    You can even go for an extra-large king-size mattress if the queen does not seem like a big enough option.

    Conclusion

    Coming to the question "Can two people fit in a full bed?", we would like to say – yes, but not every time! 

    With the increasing popularity of larger mattress sizes, full mattresses are no longer the first choice for couples. However, as we said already, they might be what you need at times – depending on your personal experiences, preferences, and requirements. So, before making your final choice, don't forget to consider your convenience and circumstances. 

    We hope that our guide answers all your questions and helps you purchase the right mattress size for you and your partner!

    This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.
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