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King-Size Mattress

What kind of king-size mattress do you want? Your choices include the basic firm or soft, thick or standard, pillow top or quilted top, and they also include the construction materials. The choices are numerous and give you options you didn't have several years ago. I personally love my king-size latex mattress with wool mattress topper. But my various friends like their sleep number and inner spring mattresses.

King-size mattresses are one of the most commonly purchased mattress today. The thing that some people do not even realize, however, is that there are different sizes of king size mattresses, including the regular king-size and California king-sized mattress. This gives you the opportunity to find the right large mattress for your needs. What do you need to know about the king size and California King size mattresses?

You first need to know what size these mattresses are. A king-size mattress measures 78 inches wide and 80 inches long, while a California king mattress is 72 inches wide and 84 inches long. As you can tell by the measurements, a California king mattress is slightly narrower than a traditional king-sized mattress, and it's half a foot longer. This is great for those people who are very tall, because they do not have to be concerned about their feet hanging off of the bed. There are other things that you need to consider about a California king size mattress, too.

Finding bedding that will fit your California king mattress may not be as easy as you may think. There is not a great deal of variety in California king sheets or comforter sets, which can be somewhat hard to deal with if you want to create a bedroom that fits your style. These bedding items would have to be custom ordered in most cases and this can cause the price to rise exponentially. If you are hanging your feet off of the mattress, then this issue may be well worth it to be able to sleep comfortably on a mattress that is the right size.

If you are thinking of getting either a king or California king mattress, you'll be happy to know they are available in a number of different styles, including innerspring, latex foam, water, futon, memory foam and air. The thing that you may want to take into consideration, however, is where your bedroom is located that you are going to be using the mattress in.

For example, if you live in a walk-up that is more than two-plus stories high, consider how heavy the mattress is going to be. Many of the mattress choices don't have a great deal of flexibility either, which can be a problem with moving larger mattresses in winding staircases or in close quarters. If this is your issue, then you will want to get a king or California king mattress that is somewhat flexible, so an innerspring mattress that has a frame would not be a good choice. And if you find a mattress that does go up your winding stairway, be sure the springs or foundation also will be manageable in going up the stairs.

At one time, king-size beds were made by putting two twin beds together with either a rubber pad covering the seam or putting a king-size bed pad over the twins to make the middle more comfortable. I know some bed and breakfasts still take this approach, and it's one you can consider too. Two twins are much easier to move than a king-size bed.

If you share a mattress with someone, consider a sleep number air bed. That kind of air mattress offers you the opportunity to inflate each side to the specific firmness you and your partner want and need to sleep well.

Air mattresses make good guest beds because they store nicely. Another good point about air mattresses is they deflate, making them easier to move, because they are light compact. Just be sure to get a good foundation for your air mattress to help it last longer and to give the people using it the most comfortable sleep.

A king or California king-size mattress can give you that room and space that you want and need to stretch out and get the good night's sleep that you want. By keeping the previous points in mind, you will be able to choose the right one for you, your room, and your needs.


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