If you’ve never slept in (or seen) a king-sized bed, it’s kind of hard to imagine how big they really are. They look like they don’t belong on Earth, much less in any average bedroom.</br></br>Once you sleep in one, though, it’s hard to return to the land of singles, doubles and queens, so it pays to get acquainted with The King for when you finally decide heaven can’t wait.</br></br><strong>California vs. Standard Kings</strong></br></br>The first thing you should know is how much mattress you’ll get when you venture into king-size territory.</br></br><a title="Standard King Beds" href="https://www.atgstores.com/furniture/bedroom-furniture/beds/bed-size/king/" target="_blank">A “standard” king-size bed</a> is 76 inches wide by 80 inches long, while a <a title="California King Beds" href="https://www.atgstores.com/furniture/bedroom-furniture/beds/bed-size/california-king/" target="_blank">California king-size bed</a> is 72 inches wide by 84 inches long. It may not sound like a huge difference, but the dollars start to stack up when you factor in the cost of <a title="Sheets" href="https://www.atgstores.com/home-decor/textiles/bedding/sheets/" target="_blank">sheets</a>, frame and a box spring for the rarer California cousin.</br></br>Also, the mathematicians in the crowd will note that the California king is actually the <em>smaller</em> of the two mattresses, if you’re measuring according to total surface area. So, why all the fuss over this West Coast wonder?</br></br><strong>California Dreamin’</strong></br></br>Said fuss would definitely make more sense if people knew the California king was actually made well before the standard size; in fact, the standard king dimensions were <a title="Slate" href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2011/08/12/rihanna_s_california_king_bed_a_short_history_of_the_world_s_sex.html" target="_blank">established by the International Sleep Products Association</a> only after the California king created a market for big beds.</br></br>And, how did that happen? You could say the California king arrived with Hollywood and the film industry. Newly minted celebrities of the Silent and Classical film eras of the early 20th century wanted huge mattresses, which made everyone else want them, too.</br></br><strong>Sneaky, Secret Kings</strong></br></br>A lot of people are similarly unaware that standard kings and California kings aren’t the only royalty in the court. In the U.S., we also have the Grand king, which measures a staggering 80 inches wide by 98 inches long.</br></br>Yep, the Grand is as <em>wide</em> as a standard king is <em>long</em>. And, if you ever feel the need to own one, you can always find a great contractor to complete that bedroom expansion on <a title="Porch.com" href="https://porch.com/" target="_blank">Porch.com</a>.