King Bed Dimensions

Everyone likes the idea of a king sized bed but unfortunately, not every room is conductive to having one.  There are some standard sizes to king bed dimensions that can make it immediately obvious if these are the beds for you or if you may receive a surprise and realise you can have something even slightly bigger.

Bed sizes

The standard king sized bed on the US market is 76 inches x 80 inches while the slightly longer California King, also called Western Kings, comes in at 72 inches by 84 inches.  You may also encounter a California King sized waterbed insert that will usually be 70 inches by 82 inches.

However, it is not just the size of the bed you need to remember when purchasing a bed.  If the bed doesn’t come in sections, then you will need to be able to get the bed frame through doors and up the stairs to the desired room.  If you don’t have a lot of space in this area or have  a lot of stairs to conquer, it may be worth picking a frame that can be split into sections that are easier to manoeuvre.

What to look for

Once you know what size bed you can get and how easy it is to get into the bedroom, you can study the other different options available.  Firstly, you need to make sure the bed has adequate support so that the bed doesn’t sag in the middle.  This is usually achieved by having a central support bar along the middle of the bed.  Cross support beams are usually made of metal or wood.

Wooden frames come in two sorts; sleigh and platform.  These tend to be the largest of the king beds because they are heavier and more solid due to their wood construction and can be ornate and carved or plain.  Metal frames are less eye catching and simply does its job out of the way.  These beds can have casters to allow easy movement around the room and can be broken up to transport.

Eastern King Size Burlington Espresso Finish Bed Frame Set

This is a classical faux leather bed frame with an espresso finish and six drawers underneath for storage.  It takes some assembly when at home.

Adding the mattress

There are lots of different options for mattresses and you may already have a favour type that has worked for you in the past.  But if not, or you feel the need for a change, there are plenty of options to consider.

Coil mattresses come in a wide range, the most popular being open coil ones that have hourglass shaped coils that are interconnected.  It works by giving the best support as well as minimalizing the effect of movements.

Memory foam mattresses are the other popular option, which include full mattresses or toppers that fit on top of a normal mattress to give added comfort.  This moulds to the body using the body’s heat and reshape when they are cool so form to your body each time afresh.