The California King Is Not Actually Larger Than the Standard King
A common misconception is that a California King bed is larger than a regular king-size bet. The name sounds glamorous, so there must be something special about it. Although a regular king mattress is larger, it is not the size but the length that makes a difference.
King bed: 76” x 80” = 6,080”
California King: 72” x 84” = 6,048”
Going by the numbers, a standard king bed has more actual space, but that doesn’t matter much to those who are tall enough that their feet dangle off the edge of the bed. They may prefer the extra room at the bottom of the bed to a wider bed.
Which King Size Bed Is the Best Size?
A standard king-size bed is 80” or 6’8”. Considering that the average height of an adult male is about 5’10 or 70”, you may think a standard king is big enough for most people. That depends. If you are someone who doesn’t sleep with their head pressed right up against the headboard, as most don’t, you may find that your feet hang over the bottom of the bed. There’s all that empty pillow space up there to account for.
So, if you are more than 6’ tall, you may find the standard king bed is not long enough for you. However, if you prefer the starfish position – sleeping with your arms and legs spread wide – you may prefer a bed with extra width more than one with extra length.
Another thing to consider is the size and shape of your bedroom. Both king beds are large and can take up a lot of space. The last thing you want to find out when you get one home is that you have to get rid of your bedside table just to fit it in the space.
This means that if your room is more rectangular, a California King might work better. Not only will it allow you to keep your bedside table, but it will also make your room look larger. Before you go shopping for a new bed, be sure to measure your space and take into consideration the rest of the furniture in your room.