King Or California King?

Ever wondered what the real difference between a King and California King mattress is? Well we’re here to make sure you have everything you need to know and more!

The History

The California King, or Cal King, was originally created in California, where it’s popularity grew immensely. Some sources cite a Los Angeles furniture company as the founder and creator, stating that this company created “bigger” mattresses to fill rooms in mansions. Other sources cite a man named David Bergeson who created the bed in 1982 because he was too tall for King-sized beds.

Whichever you believe, one thing is generally accepted – The California King was created to be bigger. But is it really bigger? The answer is… no.

The “Big” Difference

The difference between the famous California King and a regular King-sized bed lies in the measurements. Since the Cal King was designed for people who are too tall for a traditional King, it adds 4 extra inches of bed at the end. However, with a Cal King, you lose some inches in width.

For reference, a Queen size bed is 60 inches wide and 80 inches long. A King bed is 76 inches wide and 80 inches long. With Cal King measuring at 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. So when comparing mattresses, King and Queen only differ based on width. Whereas the King and Cal King are different based on both length and width.

This is good to keep in mind when also choosing bed linens.

Can I use the same size BED LINENS for both?

The easy answer would be no. Bed linens are generally made to fit the standard sizes of a bed. Alas, some things can be interchanged. While there is a difference in bed size, some Cal King flat sheets, quilts, duvets and comforters can be interchanged between the Cal King and King sizes.

For example, if you have a King-size bed and prefer to have extra fabric at your feet, consider a flat sheet and duvet/comforter/quilt in the next size up. This method also comes in handy when you find a duvet, comforter, quilt, or flat sheet that you love but the store is out of stock. Try pairing a that piece or those pieces you love with a solid fitted sheet to add contrast. If you prefer the snug and standard sizes, stick with King sized linens. No matter what, keep in mind that you will need a Fitted Sheet that fits your true bed size.

You can also use King sized flat sheets, quilts, duvets, and comforters for a California King bed. The only downside is that what you get in extra width, you lack in extra length. So this would be an ideal method for someone you likes the big bed, but doesn’t need the extra inches at the bottom. For example, if you are at or below the average height for the US, you probably don’t need a California King, but who doesn’t love a big bed? If that sounds like you, you would definitely have pick of the litter between King and Cal King sheets!

The Sevenfold difference

Sevenfold Home has a large supply of luxury bed linens made to fit California King, King, Queen, Full and Twin size mattresses. The Sevenfold fitted sheets are made with 16″ deep pockets and are fully elasticized making them a snug fit. The full elastic also allows sheets to fit beds with 14″ pockets.

When it comes time to make your bed with luxury linens, experience the Sevenfold Difference with the silkiest, softest luxury bed sheets you’ve ever slept on.

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