California King vs King sizes – Which One is Better?

Short answer:
If you are not sure what you want, take the King size. It’s better.

King and California King Size mattresses have almost the same surface area. None of them is bigger than another.
King size (76″ x 80″) is wider and shorter than California King (72″ x 84″)

King size is much more popular than California King. So it’s easier to pick accessories for King size mattress and they can be a little cheaper. Notice: in case of upgrading your bed from King to California King you will have to replace almost all of your bedding accessories.

KingCalifornia King
Size76" x 80"72" x 84"
Difference4 Inches wider4 inches longer
Total area (square inches)60806048
Accessorieseasier to find, a little cheaperharder to find
Another name"Eastern King""Western King"

It’s easier to find beds, bed frames, sheets for the King Size mattress. If you are not too choosy, it’s not a problem for you. But for most people who don’t see the difference between King and California King, it’s better to pick the King size mattress.

What are the reasons to pick California King?

  1. Height. If you are very tall and don’t want your legs to hang of the bed you should pick California King.
  2. Space. If your room is too narrow you might want to buy the bed which is narrow too.
  3. Pets. If your dog likes to sleep at your feet you might want to have some additional space for it.

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