King vs. California King: Which Reigns Supreme in the Bedroom?

King vs. California King: Which Reigns Supreme in the Bedroom?

When it comes to crowning the ultimate mattress for a night of royal sleep, the age-old debate often centers on two contenders: the King and the California King. Both are majestic in their own right, but how do they stack up against each other in terms of size, comfort, and functionality? Let's embark on a journey to unravel the mysteries of these two popular bed sizes and help you decide which throne is right for your kingdom.

Size Matters: Unveiling the Dimensions of King vs. California King Mattresses

When embarking on a quest for the perfect mattress, one of the most common conundrums many face is the age-old King vs. California King debate. Both these regal options offer lavish sleeping spaces, but discerning the differences is crucial. Let's unravel the mystery of these two mattress monarchs.

BedInABox Dual Hybrid Mattress
Bed In A Box Dual Hybrid Mattress (King & Cal King)

The Tale of Two Kings

While they may appear similar on the surface, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the King and California King.

King Mattress Overview

Measuring a generous 76 inches wide by 80 inches long, the King, often termed the “Eastern King”, offers a sprawling space that's ideal for couples. Its added width is perfect for those who fancy some personal space or perhaps share their bed with young ones.

California King Mattress Overview

The California King, dubbed the “Western King”, stands at 72 inches in width but stretches out to 84 inches in length. Its design caters to taller individuals, ensuring their feet aren't left dangling over the edge. Additionally, its narrower width might be a snug fit for elongated rooms.

Comparison of King and California King Mattress Sizes

Diving into History: The Origins

It's intriguing how the California King, despite its regal name, isn't truly the king of size but rather the king of length. Rumored to have been crafted for Hollywood's elite or the grand mansions of Los Angeles, this mattress has a story wrapped in luxury and opulence.

The traditional King, on the other hand, is older in lineage and offers that classic spaciousness many have come to adore.

Pros and Cons: A Quick Glance

To make an informed decision, it's essential to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each size.

King Mattress


  • Wider bed for more side-to-side space
  • Easier to find bedding and accessories due to its standardized size
  • Ideal for families who co-sleep


  • Occupies more horizontal space in the bedroom
  • Might be overwhelming for smaller rooms

California King Mattress


  • Extra length caters to taller individuals
  • Fits well in longer, narrower rooms


  • Slightly challenging to find accessories and bedding
  • Less width might be limiting for couples who prefer more side space

Azara Platform BedGreenington Azara Platform Bed (King & Cal-King)

Choosing Your Throne: Key Considerations - What's Best for your Room?

Picking between these two sizes isn't merely about dimensions.  Both these mattresses command a significant amount of space. It's essential to measure your room and envision the bed placement, ensuring ease of movement and accessibility. Remember, it’s not just about fitting the bed, but also about harmonizing with the room's aesthetics.   Here's what you should consider:

  • Room Size: Ensure your bedroom can accommodate your chosen mattress, leaving 2-3 feet of space around for easy movement.
  • Personal Preference: It all boils down to what you value more - width or length.
  • Accessories: Think about the ease of finding compatible beddings, sheets, and other accessories.
  • Bed Frame Options: While we're on the topic, it's worth mentioning that we offer a range of eco-friendly platform beds that are a perfect fit for both King and California King mattresses. Feel free to explore our selection!

Copeland Sloane Floating Platform Bed

Copeland Sloane Floating Platform Bed (King & Cal King)
Bed In A Box Original Mattress
Bed In A Box Original Mattress (King & Cal King)

Cost Implications: A Factor to Consider

While the mattresses themselves might come with similar price tags, the accessories might not. Transitioning from a King to a California King, or vice versa, often means investing in new sheets, comforters, and the like.

Haiku Designs features all sizes of Mattresses from Twin and Full up to and including King and California King, and all sizes in between.  We have tons of Eco-Friendly Mattress options for all budgets that also match your Eco values.

In Conclusion: Which Kingdom Will You Choose?

Whether you're leaning towards the expansive embrace of the King or the elongated comfort of the California King, the choice ultimately lies in what best suits your needs. As you mull over your decision, take a moment to explore our top-quality mattresses designed for both sizes, ensuring you not only choose the right dimensions but also a mattress that promises regal sleep.

Happy dreaming!

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