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Video:King Bed Sizes

with Amrita Ngen

There are two sizes of king beds. Here is a guide to the different king bed sizes.See Transcript

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Different King Bed Sizes

There are two sizes of king beds: A Standard King, also known as Eastern King, and a California King, also known as Western King. A Standard King is about 4" wider and a California King is 4" longer. Standard King or Eastern King beds are about 16" wider than a Queen bed and the same length. A King size bed is sold with two box springs or frames and one mattress making it easier to move. Overall dimensions: 76" wide x 80" long. Width per person: 38".

Standard King Bed Pros and Cons

Pros: The Standard King is the most comfortable for two adults. The 80" length is sufficient for most people. Cons: Because of its size, a King bed may not be practical for a single person who has to do the moving by himself. They're hard to get upstairs, through narrow, winding hallways, and small rooms. A King bed may not be long enough for very tall people. Bedding is most expensive in the King sizes.

California King Bed Measurements

California King or Western King beds are 12" wider than a Queen and 4" longer. This is the longest bed commonly available in stores and is the best choice for tall people. The California King bed set also comes with one mattress and two half-width box springs to be more manageable when moving. Overall dimensions: 72" wide x 84" long. Width per person: 36". Pros: A California King size mattress is wide enough for two to sleep comfortably and is the longest bed commonly available. Its extra length is good for tall people. Cons: This very large mattress may be cumbersome to move and may not fit up stairs, through narrow hallways, or in small bedrooms. Very tall single people can sleep from corner to corner and still be comfortable.

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