King or California King: Which Size Is Right for You?
Updated: May 27
Shopping for a King-size mattress? Since you’ll likely come across standard Kings AND California Kings, you may find yourself wondering: "What’s the difference? And which one is right for me?"
It’s easy to assume that a California King mattress will measure larger than a standard King. “California King” sounds BIG. It sounds luxurious. And if you’ve got a big bedroom, you might as well fit it out with a California King mattress, right? But what if the name is somewhat misleading?
You may be surprised by the differences between King and California King-sized mattresses:
King vs California King Mattress Measurements
King-Size Bed Dimensions
76” wide x 80” long
Equal to two side-by-side Twin XL mattresses
Ideal for couples
California King-Size Bed Dimensions
72” wide x 84” long
Ideal for people over six feet tall
It’s a common misconception that a California King is a lot bigger than a regular King. Truth be told, a standard King has more surface area than the California size—32 more square inches to be exact—and the King size is actually the widest available size at 76 inches. If you are sleeping on a Queen-size mattress now, you may want to note that a King shares the same height as a Queen, but offers an extra 16 inches of horizontal space.
So, what is the point in having a California King if it is horizontally shorter than a standard King? 6 inches less of horizontal space doesn’t sound like much, but isn't there a chance it could feel like a mile in bed? Here’s the thing: what the California king lacks in width, it makes up for in height. You gain an extra 4 inches on the vertical dimension, which makes it a great choice for tall people specifically.
If your feet tend to hang off a standard King, then a California King may be the best choice for you.
California King Sheets, Blankets, and Protectors… Oh My!
Sheets, blankets, and other bedding supplies are easy enough to find in the standard King size. Everyone sells them, and at reasonable prices too. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for sheets and duvets to fit your California King mattress.
California King linens are not only much more difficult to find, but also tend to carry a hefty premium. The same can be said for California King-size bed frames and adjustable bases.
Already own a California King? The Bed Boss offers sheets and mattress protectors not only in
standard sizes, but also in the California King size. Check out thebedboss.com, or give us a call at 423-681-1478, for pricing and availability.
Willing to Pay More?
It may be hard to swallow, but everything you need for your California King-size bed is going to be hard to find and cost you dearly. Both the accessories and mattress itself will cost you more—up to 10% more right off the bat. Remember to consider the price both now and in the long run before you make your purchase.
Even if money isn’t a deciding factor in whether you purchase a King or California King mattress, the one real good reason for owning a California King is if you are over 6 feet tall. Sure, adding “California” to the name makes it sound prestigious, but will that improve your quality of sleep? Nope. If you need the extra length, a California King is worth the premium, otherwise stick with a standard King. Your wallet will thank you.
And while we’re on the topic of mattresses sizes, have you ever considered whether a split mattress is the right choice for you?