King vs. California King Mattress Size
Mattress Size Chart
What is the difference between a California King and a Standard King Mattress?
The California King, sometimes called a Western King, is longer and narrower than the Eastern King, usually referred to as a King or Standard King.
The Standard King is 4" wider while the California or Western King is 4" longer.
Both sizes come with two box springs and one mattress.
Mattress Size: King vs. California King vs. Queen
Why Buy a California King Bed?
- You're Very Tall. The California King is the longest bed available and is the best option for very tall people. My husband, who is 6'7", would have to sleep diagonally on a Standard King but can sleep straight on our California King.
- You have a Long and Narrow Room. Some rooms that may not comfortably hold a Standard King could hold a California King.
Why Buy a Standard King Bed?
- More Space to Spread Out. Unless you're very tall, most people opt for the Standard King, since extra width is preferable to extra height.
- Bedding is Easier to Find. Standard Kings are more popular and so you have more options for bedding. Also, while fitted sheets are made in California King size, flat sheets and blankets are not, meaning they may be a bit too short.
Should I buy King or Cal King Sheets?
When you buy sheets for your King mattress, make sure you buy the correct size. Your flat sheet can fit both the California and the Standard King, but the fitted sheet needs to fit your specific mattress size.
Unless you're very tall, most people go with the Standard King bed. Bedding is easier to find and the extra width is preferential over the extra length.