The difference between a King and California King mattress

King size vs. California King size bedding and mattress

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Being able to distinguish between a King and California King size bed can do away with a lot of uncertainty when looking for top-of-the-bed items, such as coverlets, duvet covers, down comforters, sleeping pillows and more. Most of those items are available in just a King size but they are intended to use on both a regular king as well as a California King mattress.

Vero Linens brings you the size dimensions for a King and California King bed.

  • King – 76” W x 80” L
  • Cal King – 72” W x 84” L  

Most King bed linens components meet the dimensional requirements of both California King and King beds. Flat sheets, pillowcases and other top-of-the-bed items may differ marginally by manufacturer, although these King size items typically work on both a King and California King bed.  

However, there are a couple of items that are different and are not interchangeable.  

  • Fitted sheets and bed skirts need to be purchased to meet the measurements of a King or California King as they are not interchangeable
  • These items are not interchangeable between Queen and Full-size bedding 

 Here are some more helpful hints about King and California King mattresses.

  • King is the more popular size of the two
  • Taller individuals often choose California King for more length
  • The size of a King is the same as two extra-long twin mattresses  

Here is an illustration that shows the different sizes of mattresses. 

Here are the standard mattress sizes 

Vero Linens has a large supply of bedding that will fit King, California King, Queen and Full size beds. We also carry extra deep pocket fitted sheets that for king and split queen beds. When it comes time to make your bed with luxury linens, let Vero’s provide you with the softest luxury bed sheets you’ve ever slept on.  

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