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California King Beds - Stretch Out Comfortably in a California King Bed

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It is important to get a good night’s sleep for optimum health and well being. When you feel cramped and uncomfortable, it is hard to sleep soundly, and if you sleep with your spouse, your tossing and turning may keep him/her awake too.

A full or double size bed provides only 27 inches of space for each person when two share the same bed. It is rare for both people to agree on the number of blankets they need to be comfortable, and when one of them throws some of the covers off, they wind up on the other one. The extra blanket weight on the cold person’s side of the bed eventually causes the blankets to slide off the bed onto the floor, and the cold-blooded person gets even colder. A wider bed allows ample room for a warm-blooded spouse to push unwanted blankets to the middle of the bed, leave plenty of sleeping room for each of them and keep the cold spouse covered.

A California King bed is 72 inches wide and allows 36 inches of sleeping room each for 2 people. It is 84 inches long and can accommodate tall people comfortably. The California King is also called Western King and is the longest bed normally available in furniture stores.

A California King bed has one large mattress and two box springs. Because they are rigid, moving California King size box springs through doorways and halls would be difficult, and sometimes impossible, if they were one unit. The mattress is somewhat flexible, so moving it should not be a problem. Before purchasing a bed of this size, take care to measure your bedroom to determine if it would fit and leave 1 ½ to 2 feet of walking room on each side of the bed. Measure all doorways, stairs and hallways that it would pass through as you move it to the room. The mattress will bend to go around corners, but the box spring is inflexible.

A Standard King bed is sometimes called Eastern King and is 80 inches long. It is 4 inches wider than the California King bed and 4 inches shorter. Tall people appreciate the extra length of the California King bed and enjoy stretching out on it.

When you shop for bed linens, make sure you purchase the fitted sheets made specifically for California King beds instead of Standard King beds. Your flat or top sheets, blankets, bedspreads and pillows can all be the regular king size, but the fitted sheets should fit a mattress 72 inches wide and 84 inches long.

Sleeping in a comfortable bed with plenty of room to stretch out helps you to relax, get that all-important good night’s sleep and wake up feeling rested and refreshed.

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