Whether you’re looking to upgrade the size of your bed or you’re simply shopping around for your next mattress, chances are that you’re going to come across both a king mattress and a California king mattress. The differences between these two beds may only be a couple of added inches, but there are a few things that you can take into consideration to determine which bed will be the best  fit for you.

Here at the Mattress Clearance Center of Boone, we want to do more than just sell you a mattress. Our team wants to help you find the mattress that is going to be the very best fit for you and deliver you comfortable, incredible sleep for the foreseeable future. In order to do that, we have to have a full understanding of your needs to narrow down which option is best for you. With that being said, in today’s blog post, we are going to go over a few of the factors to take into consideration when deciding between a king and California king mattress. Let’s dive in!


For starters, one of the very first things that needs to be considered is your height. It’s not news that a California king mattress is larger than the standard king, but it might not be the same way that so many think. Instead of a California mattress being larger in regards to width, that’s not the case. California king mattresses are actually longer than the standard king mattress, making them  a great option for individuals who are taller and whose feet tend to hang off the bed.

Space on the Bed

While there are four extra inches added to the length of the mattress, the width doesn’t get any bigger. In fact, the width of the bed is actually smaller than your standard king mattress. Those four inches that are added on to the foot of the mattress are actually taken from the width of the mattress, providing just a little bit less space than you might get on a king mattress. 


 Something that we are constantly being asked about is movement with the different mattress options. Whether you’re a light sleeper or you have a completely different schedule than your partner, finding a bed that absorbs movement can help reduce the chances of sleep schedules being broken because of movement. If this is something that you’re interested in, a king sized bed is going to be the better option. The overall width of the bed helps to absorb the movement of each individual before it transfers to the other side of the bed. 

Room Size

Another thing to take into consideration when it comes to both types of beds is the overall size of the room. With one option longer and the other mattress wider, it’s good to take the overall size of your room into consideration. The last thing that you want is to choose a bed that you absolutely love, but that doesn’t fit into your bedroom. If you think that this could be a problem with your room, get dimensions before you head over to the mattress center so that you can be sure the bed will fit.


Because so many think that California kings are just larger all around, they are purchased relatively often. It’s not until after the purchase that it becomes clear how difficult it can be to accomodate a California king bed. For starters, it can be extremely difficult to find both bedding and bed frames for beds of this size. Given that it wasn’t a very popular option until recently, bedding and furniture to account for this size of bed can be difficult to find in your typical store, which means that, more often than not, you’re going to need to place your order online.

Visit Our Mattress Center

The factors that we’ve mentioned above are some of the best things to take into consideration when determining which bed is the best fit for you. With that being said, there’s no better way to really figure out which is the better mattress choice for you than by trying it out for yourself. When you visit our mattress center in Boone, you’ll get the chance to try out some of the best beds in the industry. see for yourself the difference in size, and determine from there which would be the better fit for you.