You need to change the sheets on your Queen bed, but the only ones that are clean are that full sheets set. Or you see a full sheet set that matches your bedroom decor to a t. But it is not available in Queen size. Both these situations – and others – raise a common question. Do full sheets fit a Queen bed?

The answer is, in a push, but it is not ideal. It is easier to use flat sheets designed for a full bed on a Queen version, but fitted sheets can be a real pain, although, with a few tweaks it can be done if you really have to. What are these tweaks? We will explain here, as well as take a closer look at why you should really try your best to fit your sheets to your bed, rather than the other way around.

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Are full and Queen sheets the same size?

Some people, who perhaps are not well versed in standard bed sizes, do think that full and Queen sheets are ‘about’ the same size, as, from a distance at least, full and Queen beds can look remarkably similar.

The fact is however that the two are not the same size and neither are the sheets designed to fit them.

Queen and full bed sizes detailed

So, what is the real difference, in terms of numbers and measurements, between a full bed and a Queen bed?

A standard full bed (mattress) is 53 inches by 74 inches.

A Queen bed, on the other hand, measures 60 inches by 80 inches. So, as you can see, the difference between the two is actually quite significant.

Those few inches can take on even more significance if you share your bed with a partner. A full bed only gives each person – if you divide things up equally – 26.5 inches of sleeping width each.

A Queen, on the other hand, offers each of you a roomier 30 inches of sleeping width. For some, those extra four inches may be important!

Why are Queen beds so popular?

A Queen size bed is the one found most often in US bedrooms. But why is that, given that a King size bed is roomier? Or a full-size bed cheaper?

The answer may lay in statistics. According to the CDC the average height for Americans in the 21st century is 5’9″ for men and 5’4″ for women. King beds are often considered to be best suited for those over six feet, but if the CDC data is correct that does not apply to most of us, so a Queen bed fits most just fine.

Shaving off those few inches also often helps better fit a bed into the average bedroom, which has, in many areas of the country, shrunk over the last few decades. In many bedrooms a King size bed would leave little room for anything else, creating a cluttered look that is not incredibly attractive, or even very practical.


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The first hack is making use of what are known as sheet straps. Sheet straps are also known as sheet suspenders, and they can be used to gently extend a full size fitted sheet to fit a Queen size bed.

They are very inexpensive – usually less than ten dollars per set – and great to have on hand not just to help fit a full sheet to a Queen size bed but to help ensure that fitted sheets in general stay in place.

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If you are handy with a sewing machine, or even just a needle and thread, you can also try extending the sheet by adding additional fabric to the middle of the sheet. This informative video shows you how it is done, and this technique actually works very well for any deeper bed as well. Sheet suspenders will not always work well with a deeper mattress, so this quick sew method may be great for you.