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California King vs King size beds: Which one to choose

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Since we spend a good portion of our lives sleeping, choosing a mattress is a major decision.

For those people who are looking for a king-sized bed, you may be interested to learn that there are different types of king-sized mattresses on the market.

The two most popular and accessible are the regular king size bed and the California king.

If your mind is made up on buying a king-sized mattress, then you may want to look at the differences between these two mattresses, and if you don’t know what a California king bed is, read on.

What are the differences between California King vs Regular King Beds?


Two silhouettes of the purple regular king bed and the orange Californian king bed facing each other with a crown above


The main difference between these two types of king-sized mattress is: the size.

A regular king mattress is 80” long and 76” wide and gives sleepers 6,080 square inches of sleeping space.

While the California king is 84” long and 72” inches wide, giving sleepers 6,048 square inches of sleeping space.

So, if you have been wondering what a California king bed is, to simplify, the regular king mattress is shaped more like a square, where the California king looks much more like a rectangle.

Which one is bigger? California King or King?


Two stick figures each measuring the two king beds color purple and orange facing each other with a crown above


If your main question is, what is bigger – the California king or king, then the answer is simple.

If you want to choose the biggest king size mattress available, then if you are comparing sleep surface only, the regular king size bed is larger.

However, if you want the longest king-sized bed – which is a great choice for anyone over 6’ tall – then the California king bed size is four inches longer.

Given the measurement differences, you may still be wondering which king mattress is best for you.

At Polysleep, we have come up with a list of important points that you may want to use when choosing your mattress.

Which one should you choose?


Choose a Regular King if:

  • You and your partner are under 6’ tall

  • You tend to change your bedroom decorations regularly, as regular king bedding is much easier to find

  • Your bedroom is square – then the square-shaped king will complement it

  • You share your bed occasionally with kids – then the additional width may come in handy


The regular King bed wins over the California King bed


Choose a California King if:

  • You or your partner are over 6’ tall

  • You have a long and narrow bedroom – the California king will complement the room shape

  • You often share your bed with pets – the California king gives you an additional 4 inches of length for pets who sleep at the foot of the bed

  • You don’t mind shopping for slightly harder to find bedding – or you make your own bedding


Californian King bed wins over regular King bed


As you can see, there are a few factors to take into consideration when looking at buying a king-sized mattress. First of all, you need to choose whether you want a regular sized king, or the California king.

The mattress experts at Polysleep, your Canadian Made mattress’ brand, will ask you all the right questions when you reach out to us with your mattress questions.

You can email, call or chat with us online, and we will make sure that you get exactly the mattress that you are looking for.

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