For a good night’s sleep, it is essential to get a good-quality, supportive mattress. However, a proper bed frame is just as important in the long run. Without these two being compatible, you’ll be looking at numerous sleepless nights and early mornings with a lot of back and neck pain.
But, what if your mattress size and the bed frame are not compatible? Is there a way to adjust one or the other to fit properly, or is such a situation doomed from the start?
In case you have a queen-size mattress and a full or double bed frame, you’re at the right place. In the following paragraphs, we’ll take a look at whether these fit and if you should be adjusting them to fit in the first place. So, without further ado, let’s get started!
Information to Consider
Queen Mattress – Size and Bed Frame Requirements
Queen size mattress is the most popular mattress size. It is also the most commonly bought by individuals who either want to sleep alone but prefer more space, who sleep with their partner, or even individuals who want to offer comfort and safety to their children when they experience a nightmare.
On a queen-size mattress, there is room for everyone, but the mattress isn’t too large or bulky. To put it simply, it is perfect.
When it comes to the standard queen mattress, the dimensions are generally 153×203 cm (metric units), and 60×80 inches. The height of the queen-size mattress isn’t standardized since there are different types of mattresses, and the height doesn’t generally come into question when it comes to bed frames.
On the other hand, when it comes to bed frames required for queen size mattresses, the rules are as follows;
- The bed frame can be of the exact size of the mattress
- The bed frame should be a few centimeters or inches bigger than the mattress itself
- A typical queen size mattress bed frame is between 62/65×82/85 inches in width and length
These are the standard requirement for a bed frame that is supposed to fit a queen size mattress perfectly.
Full and Double Bed Frame – Size and Mattress Requirements
Let’s start this segment by explaining one common misconception; full and double bed frames are not different! These bed frames are the same thing and refer to the same types of bed frames, sizes, and suitable mattresses.
In this context, people may be confused about the ‘double bed frame’ term, but it is pretty simple. The word ‘double’ refers to a frame or bed being twice the size of a single or twin bed, but only when it comes to the length of the frame and the mattress. The full/double bed frame is generally 15 inches wider than a twin/single bed.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s take a look at this frame’s size and mattress suitability;
- Full/double bed frames or mattresses are generally 134.5×190.5cm or 54×75 inches
- Full/double bed frames are only suitable for full/double mattress dimensions, which are the same as the aforementioned dimensions.
- In some cases, bed frames for double mattresses are a few inches bigger to have a better fitting and appearance
Can You Place a Queen Mattress on a Full Bed Frame?
Well, technically, yes, you can place a queen-size mattress onto a full/double-size bed frame. However, you should be aware that the mattress is significantly bigger than the frame itself. Therefore, you can’t expect to get full use of the mattress or the bed frame.
Furthermore, you can’t expect the same levels of comfort and support that you’d get from a properly fitting mattress and bed frame. As a result, you may expect to experience sleeping issues and back pain.
But, Should You Do This?
In our humble opinion, no, you should not use a big mattress on a significantly smaller bed frame. The disadvantages of this action are simply too overwhelming, so there’s almost no advantage of placing a big mattress onto a small bed frame.
In case you’ve acquired a mattress that is too big for your bed frame, here are two things you can do;
- Return the mattress and ask for a smaller size (full/double size mattress)
- Or, you can buy a queen size bed frame to fit your queen size mattress
The same logic applies to you acquiring a smaller bed frame. You can return the bed frame and buy a bigger one or you can simply buy a smaller mattress.
The Risks of Unsuitable Mattress and Bed Frame
As we mentioned earlier, when the mattress and bed frame aren’t compatible, it can affect your sleep quality quite significantly. For example;
- You will experience sleeping problems due to the discomfort of the sleeping surface
- You may experience serious back pain and neck issues, especially if you experience musculoskeletal issues already
- You can’t expect two individuals to fit properly on a queen size mattress that is placed on a smaller bed frame; there still won’t be enough room since the majority of the mattress is hanging in the air without any support
- Without proper and comfortable sleep, you can expect to experience issues with day-to-day concentration, mood and might even notice health issues in the long run
Can You Adjust a Small Bed Frame To Fit a Bigger Mattress?
Technically, if you have the right tools and materials, you could make your full bed frame a bit bigger and better fitting for a queen size mattress.
For example, you may need some modi-plates or small metal plates with holes and modification slots. You will place them at the ends of the bed frame and this way acquire more room for the mattress to bit.
With these plates, you can add up to 6 inches in both length and width, and prevent the mattress to lap over the edge. You can also ask the bed frame manufacturer to make similar adjustments for your bed frame.
But, is this a good solution? Well, in the short run it surely is. Nevertheless, you can’t still expect the same level of support and comfort from an adjusted bed frame as you would from a regular fitting bed frame. The plates might still not provide high support levels and might even break under the body weight.