What is a Cal King Size Mattress?

Updated July 19, 2021

Cal King Size Beds Fit Taller People

A California king mattress measures 72 inches across and 84 inches long. Mattress manufacturers began creating the Cal King size mattress for taller people who needed more length from their beds. Cal King size mattresses are a great choice for sleep partners and their pets and particularly for taller people who average over 6' 2" tall. 

Cal King 

Cal King beds are usually priced the same as their regular king counterparts which means that they're the most expensive option available in most mattress collections. However, while all mattress models are made in a King size, not all of them are made in a Cal King size. The reason for this varies between each manufacturer but the most common reason is lack of interest in the size for the mattress comfort type. 


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What's the Difference Between a Cal King and a Regular King?

The main difference between a California king bed and a regular King is the dimensions. The Cal King longest of the standard mattress sizes, its dimensions are 6 feet (72 inches) by 7 feet (84 inches) as opposed to the regular King's 76 inches by 80 inches. It's intended for tall people who want to ensure their feet don't hang off the bed. If you're over 6' 2", then you'll probably want the California king size for the extra length. For more information on the difference between the two mattress sizes, you can check out our article, the Difference Between a King and a Cal King.


Your Lifestyle

The California King bed size is the longest of the standard mattress sizes. It allows people who are 6' 2" (1.88 meters) tall or taller more legroom so that they can stretch out for their best comfort whilst sleeping. Additionally, those taller people who have sleep partners and/or pets have that spare room for their shared sleep experience.

Room Size

It's important to choose a bed that fits your space. It's a good idea to get a measuring tape out and check how much space the mattress would take up in your bedroom. Don't forget to check the route into your bedroom to make sure you'll be able to fit the bed through! The good news is that the box springs for a Cal King always come as two pieces to allow for easier movement within your home!


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Best Pillow Top Cal King Mattress

Beautyrest Harmony Lux HLD2000 Medium Pillowtop Mattress

Pillowtop mattresses are one of the most popular styles of mattresses offered. The extra material adds more comfort layers into the bed and allows people to snuggle into their bed for maximum comfort and a higher-quality night's sleep. This is particularly true of the Beautyrest Harmony Lux HLD2000 Medium Pillowtop Mattress. It's a great option for sleep partners with different comfort preferences since it sits in the middle of our ">comfort scale.

The HLD-2000 now features MicroDiamond Memory Foam, a premium comfort material that provides outstanding pressure relief to help reduce tossing and turning, and uses diamond particles that work as a conductor to help provide a cooler sleep environment. The HLD2000 is definitely the best pillowtop cal king mattress currently available in today's bedding market.

Best Cal King Mattress on a Budget

Sealy Santa Paula IV Plush Mattress

The Sealy Posturepedic Santa Paula Plush Mattress is the best budget cal king mattress available. Cal King mattresses can get expensive quickly as they're among the largest beds and therefore cost the most to produce. Wanting to save a little money while still getting a high-quality mattress is exactly what you'll find with this bed.

The California King size Sealy Posturepedic Response Performance Santa Paula IV Plush Mattress blends premium comfort materials with a capable coil system to achieve a good overall value. That value can also be measured by the fact that similarly built models from competitors can cost an additional $1,000 over the selling price of the Santa Paula! All in all, the Santa Paula Plush is a good value for those shopping on a budget.

Best Luxury Cal King Mattress

Stearns and Foster Reserve Hepburn Luxury Plush Euro Pillow Top Mattress

Stearns and Foster have long been known to be a luxury brand of mattresses offering the best comfort materials combined to give you a mattress that will last for ten years or more. The California King size Hepburn Luxury Plush Euro Pillowtop Mattress is one of the best luxury mattress options available.

The Stearns and Foster Hepburn Luxury Plush Pillow Top Mattress has a soft, conforming comfort level, designed to provide pressure relief to help reduce tossing and turning. It has premium features such as Indulge High-Density Memory Foam and IntelliCoil Micro HD which are an extra layer of coils for added support exclusive to the Reserve Collection. The Reserve Hepburn Luxury Plush Pillow Top provides everything you'd expect from a top-of-the-line mattress.


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