California King vs. King

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One of the most common questions and misnomers I hear when discussing mattresses with my readers is regarding the sizing of California King vs. King sized mattresses. Most people tend to think that California King mattresses are larger than King. However, this is not true. While a California King is slightly longer than a standard king mattress (also known as an “Eastern King”) it has less total surface area.

A California King is 72″ wide and 84″ long. It has a total surface area of 6,048 square inches.

A standard King sized mattress is 76″ wide and 80″ long. It has a total surface area of 6,080 square inches.

California King vs. Standard King (aka "Eastern King")
California King vs. Standard King (aka “Eastern King”)

California King vs. King Mattress Comparison

Below is a quick comparison of the California King vs. King mattress.

 California KingKing
Width72"76"
Length84"80"
Surface Area6,048 square inches6,080 square inches
ProsGood for taller peopleMaximum width makes it great for couples
ConsMore difficult to find accessories. Difficult to moveDifficult to move
Other Names"Western King""Eastern King"

Should I buy a California King or King mattress?

There are many factors to consider when deciding on whether you should purchase a California King or standard King sized mattress.

Room Dimension – ideally, you want at least 2 feet of space on all 3 sides of your mattress. This will provide enough room to walk and maneuver around the mattress. Additionally, aesthetically this will provide enough space to look like it belongs in the room and is not overly crowding out other furnishings or the space in general. If you have a narrower room you may lean more towards the leaner profile of the Cal King. Likewise, if your room is a bit wider the standard “Eastern” King sized mattress may be appropriate given its width.

Costs – while the California King size has grown in popularity, it’s still significantly rarer than the standard King. As a result, searching for box springs, bed frames, sheets, mattress protectors, and virtually every other accessory is not only more difficult, but it can be more expensive. There simply are not as many options available in terms of bedroom accessories for California King mattresses as their are for standard Kings. If you are on a tighter budget, it would be more prudent to opt for the King mattress as you’ll have a much easier time shopping for your accessories.

Your Height – if you’re over 6 feet tall the California King may be a great option. The extra length will give you a little more space from head-to-toe. That said, this really is a personal preference. I am 6’1″ and I love to sleep with my feet hanging off the bed. For me, the additional length on the California King isn’t worth it. However, you may find you love the extra length if you are taller than average.

Your Partner – if you sleep with a partner your preferences as a couple may also determine whether the California King or King is the better option. As the Cal King is a bit narrower it is more ideal if you tend to sleeper closer to or touching your partner. In the same vein, if you prefer your space during your sleep the standard King, which is a little bit wider, is most likely the best option for you.

 

 

 

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Logan Block

Logan Block

Logan is the content director of Sleepopolis, which means he not only reviews new mattresses every week, but also curates all the comparisons, best of pages, and video guides on the site. He takes a straightforward, honest approach to his reviews and endeavors to give viewers an objective look at each new product he tries out. Logan’s perfected his method over the course of personally testing over 100 different mattresses, so he’s not only able to discern the overall vibe of a specific bed, but to contextualize its feel within the bed-in-a-box market as a whole. Needless to say, his sleep knowledge runs deep, and he loves nothing more than sharing that knowledge with his readers. When he’s not hopping on a new bed or working with our editorial team to whip up an engaging sleep education guide, you can find him reading books on world history, walking his dog Pepper, or searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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  1. I bought a bed frame a restoration hardware outlet store. They advertised it as a Cali king. I just assembled it and need to know if I should buy a regular king mattress or Cali king mattress. I put my queen mattress onto the assembled bed to get an idea if I need to buy king or Cali king and I fount that the queen mattress measures 58”W x 79” L. The frame is approximately 72”W x 84”L. Does that mean it is in fact I need to buy a Cali king mattress?

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