Difference Between King/Cal King/Split King Sizes

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Most of us have had the experience of feeling cramped while we sleep. Whether you slumber beside a partner with long legs, a toddler who tosses and turns, or a pair of fuzzy pups who flop all over the bed, it’s easy to feel penned in when you’re trying to rest. The good news is you don’t have to settle for feeling packed in every night. Swapping out your full or queen bed for a larger size can be all you need to sleep easily. Keep reading to learn about the various mattress options on the market, including king, California king, and split king, and discover which one serves you best. 


The traditional luxury mattress size, king mattresses, or Eastern kings, have been popular since around the 1950s. Before that time, the average American went to sleep on a full-sized bed. The widest standard bed on the market, a king measures about 76 inches by 80 inches and fits best in a bedroom that’s a minimum of 12 feet by 12 feet. This size space results in enough room for dressers, nightstands, and all your other furniture. A king bed is a great option for those who sleep with partners or pets and anyone who likes to spread out at night. 

California King

Also called the Western King, California kings may have been manufactured as early as the 1920s. However, they didn’t become a common bedroom fixture until the 60s and 70s, when celebrities reportedly sought a bigger bed option. Unlike a traditional king, which is almost square in shape, a Cal king mattress resembles a rectangle, typically measuring 72 inches by 84 inches. In other words, you lose some space with this option in width while gaining it in length. That makes a California king a solid choice for taller sleepers as well as those with animals who enjoy sleeping at the foot of the bed. 

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Split King

You love your partner and have plenty of things in common. However, that doesn’t mean you and your sweetie have the same taste when it comes to sleep style. Enter the split king mattress. Resembling a traditional king size mattress that’s been divided in two, the split king is like having two twin XL beds pushed together. The end result is that couples can choose mattresses that suit their particular sleep styles. For example, if one partner likes a firm bed while the other prefers a soft one, a split king mattress might meet their needs better than a traditional or Cal king would. 

Flex King

A newer bedding option, flex top kings feature a motorized adjustable bed frame that can be customized based on the sleeper’s needs. Thanks to the frame on this bed, singles and couples can adjust the incline as desired. Additionally, air chambers allow sleepers to customize the firmness of the bed to suit their preferred plushness level. 

The Best Sheets for Every Bed

Of course, choosing the right mattress is only half the battle. If you want to get a great night’s rest, the sheets you choose are of vital importance. Depending on your tastes, you may prefer a sheet collection with a sateen weave. Enter the Yalda Sheet Set, made with 100 percent Giza Egyptian cotton and featuring hand-picked, extra-long-staple fibers. Timeless yet modern, the Yalda set gets added elegance from the double-hem stitching. Plus, the Giza Egyptian cotton yarn ensures a silky soft sheet that gets smoother and more luxurious with every wash. Customers can choose from a wide range of colors, including White, Linen, Tan, Soft Peach, Spa, and Midnight. As a bonus, the Yalda Collection comes in all sizes, including Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, Cal King, and Split King. So it works for just about every mattress and bed. 

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Of course, some customers prefer a crisp, fresh sheet set that reminds them of a night spent in a five-star hotel. If cooling sheets are your preference, it’s hard to beat our Ultra Percale Sheet Set. The luxurious matte percale fabric wicks away moisture, ensuring you stay cool and dry no matter how high the temperature rises. Plus, the sleek, modern style works well with just about any bedroom decor. Go traditional with White sheets or mix things up with our Carbon bedding. This sophisticated collection comes in Twin, Full, Queen, King, and Cal King. 

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Experience Better Sleep With Pure Parima

At Pure Parima, we’re proud to offer the finest sheets and pillowcases available. Along with ensuring every product we sell bears the coveted Cotton Egypt Association seal of approval, we utilize sustainable hand-wrapped gift packaging to showcase our commitment to customer care and environmental protection. Additionally, Pure Parima offers free U.S. shipping and returns on every sale. Ready to get a great night’s sleep? Shop our sheets today and start resting easier. 

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