Summer and I currently have a queen size mattress. It fits perfectly into our not so big bed room and we have both used this size mattress for years, so we have all the accessories; queen size sheets, queen size blankets and queen size pillow cases. Well, we are in the market for a new mattress, and I suggested going bigger. I am six feet tall and weigh in around 200 pounds and grew up with a dad that is almost 6’4’’ so I have been hearing about the California King Size mattress since I was a kid. He raves about how great they are…I always just assumed they are better because they are bigger! So, I started researching California King Size mattress and found out something very shocking aside from how the sizing works; Mattresses are not cheap, as a matter of a fact, quality mattresses are very expensive.
Now, I am not one to scoff at expensive stuff if your really need it (Garmin GPS, Surfboards, Lottery, Cars) but I never thought I would consider spending $4,000 on a mattress. I have been going through a cheap queen size mattress ($200-$300) about every two years since I moved to California. They always start to sag in the middle where I inevitably fall asleep and now by the time summer comes to bed she is fighting all night long not to sucked into the center of the mattress. This can’t be a very comfortable night sleep for her and it is starting to effect my sleep too. Because of this, we decided to buy a new mattress, but I soon realized I am going to have to invest a couple thousand dollars to get a good high quality king size mattress. Now, I am not worried about this one lasting, I am going to buy one from Costco which offers a lifetime warranty on all of their products for any reason whatsoever. The million dollar question is, what size should we get; The California King, the King or another queen size mattress.
California King Size Mattress Dimensions: 72”(W) X 84” (L)
King Size Mattress Dimensions: 76”(W) X 80” (L)
Queen Size Mattress Dimensions: 60”(W) X 80” (L)
Full Size Mattress Dimensions: 54”(W) X 75” (L)
Twin Bed Mattress Dimensions: 39”(W) X 75” (L)
Mattress Size Chart
So now, with the visual, I see that my dads love for the California king, where my affinity towards wanting one originated, was because it gave him an extra 4 inches in length so his feet wouldn’t hang over the end of the bed! Now, I am not that tall AND I am taller than Summer so this mattress research has helped me come to the conclusion that we don’t need a California King Size matress, we need a regular old King Size Mattress. It is wider than the California King and 80” is plenty of length for us.
There are many mattress brand names out there, so I will begin researching them too (Sleep Train, Simmons, Serta, Sealy, Stearns and Foster)…but ultimately it is going to be a Costco purchase…I can’t ignore the lifetime guarantee considering the bad luck I have had with mattresses over the past few years.
Along with this purchase will come the purchase of all new sets of King Size sheets, blankets and pillow cases…but it will all be worth it in the end (as long as they aren’t pink or purple)…when we go to bed and wake up rested.