What Is a California King?


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A California king, also called a Cal king or western king, is a mattress that is 72 inches wide and 84 inches long, making it the longest mattress type available. It's 4 inches narrower and 4 inches longer than a standard king-sized mattress and is often preferred by taller people.

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California kings cost more than standard king mattresses, and the sheets for this mattress type may be harder to find and more expensive. Western king mattresses use two half-width box springs for more manageable moving and come in a variety of depths, from the standard 7 inches up to 22 inches in some extra-deep-pocket mattresses.

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