Everyone knows what a queen mattress is, but have you ever heard of a short queen? It’s not something that you commonly see in mattress store unless you’re looking for it, but it has some really good, specific uses.
A short queen, as the name suggests, is simply a queen-sized mattress that is a little bit shorter than the standard queen. Specifically, a standard queen is 80 inches tall by 60 inches wide, and a short queen is 75 inches tall by 60 inches wide. That’s it—just a five inch difference.
Now that might not seem like a lot, and depending on the height of the sleeper it may never matter, but for tall sleepers or active sleepers (people who move a lot in bed) you may notice that difference.
Why Would You Want a Short Queen Mattress?
The main reason people have a short queen is because they’re using the mattress in an RV. RV mattresses are shorter for several reasons, but the main two are weight and size. Every vehicle that tows an RV has a maximum weight they can pull, and mattresses (and every other thing inside the RV) count toward that total. So, RV manufacturers cut weight wherever they can, and with mattresses being on the heavy side—a gel memory foam queen mattress can weigh up to 100 pounds—it makes sense that that’s a place where corners can be cut.
And speaking of cutting corners, RVs are narrow and tight, with every bit of spaced utilized to its maximum capacity, so if the manufacturers can trim five inches off a mattress, that five more inches where they can expand the kitchen or the bathroom.
So while a short queen may seem like a tight fit, sometimes it’s exactly what you need.
Is a Short Queen Mattress Comfortable?
Yes! A short queen mattress can be every bit as comfortable as a standard queen, if you know which kind to buy. An RV manufacturer might sell their RV with a subpar mattress that won’t lead the nicest night’s sleep, but you can swap out that mattress with a gel memory foam short queen. Memory foam is a product invented by NASA to cushion astronauts, and it’s made specifically to reduce the pain of strenuous travel, particularly by cradling the body to ease pressure points. Memory foam conforms to your body so that every part of you is snug and cushioned equally, from your neck to your shoulders to your hips. The only problem with memory foam is that sometimes that snug fit leads to overheating—it absorbs your body shape a little too well. But that’s why we use gel memory foam. Gel beads are incorporated in the memory foam to disperse heat and take away that sweaty feeling. On a gel foam mattress you can get a perfect restful night’s sleep.