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Mattress Talk: King Mattresses - Sleep like a King


King mattress and bed with grey linens and pillows in minimalistic bedroom

If you’re shopping beds and mattresses for the master bedroom, chances are you’re trying to decide between a king or queen. The primary factor in making this decision is usually space: can your bedroom fit a king size bed comfortably? If the answer is yes, City Mattress can help you find the perfect king size mattress for your needs.

King mattress size

A standard king mattress measures 76”W x 80”L, meaning it provides an extra 16” of width compared to a queen. However, another great choice is the California king, which measures 72”W x 84”L. While the king size mattress is the more popular of the two, the California king provides more length for taller sleepers as well as a slimmer profile for space considerations. Regardless of which size you choose, there are plenty of comfort options available!

Choosing the right king size mattress for you

Once space considerations are out of the way, it’s time to consider what mattress type will help you sleep like a king. King and California king mattresses come in a plethora of materials, all of which combine in different ways to achieve your most comfortable night’s sleep. Do you need extra support for a sore back or extra softness to lull you to your dreams? To help you answer those questions, City Mattress provides a softness scale from 1 (firmest) to 10 (softest) for every mattress we offer. We also offer a related article dedicated to helping you choose the best king size mattress for your needs.


If you want to feel separate from your mattress and sleep “on top” of it, a firmer option might be what you need. A Firm comfort layer keeps your body cooler by exposing more of it to air, all while providing optimal support for back and stomach sleepers. In fact, people who suffer from back pain often find that a firmer mattress helps them maintain optimum spinal alignment. If you primarily sleep on your side, however, you may feel too much pressure on your hips and shoulders. Mattresses in this category often rate less than 5 on the softness scale.


On the other end of the spectrum, you might prefer to feel absorbed by your mattress, as though you’re sleeping on a cloud. Pillow top mattresses provide that feeling in addition to keeping you warmer, as less of the body is exposed to air. In addition, pillow tops offer great pressure relief for side sleepers, as their shoulders and hips receive extra cushion. Mattresses in this category often rate greater than 5 on the softness scale.

Something in-between

For a balance of spinal alignment support and pressure relief, a Plush mattress may be the right choice. Since plush tops add softness to an otherwise firm mattress, they also offer a great compromise for couples with disparate sleep needs. Of course, a variety of materials provide a variety of sleep experiences – some plush mattresses will be a little softer or firmer than 5 on our scale.

How much does a king size mattress cost?

No doubt about it, king and California king mattresses can vary a lot in price, depending on their features and materials, but City Mattress offers a wide spectrum of options – we can help you find the perfect mattress to fit your budget. Here we’ll take a look at choices for less than $1500, followed by a few that exemplify the best in sleep technology.

Under $1500

Here are just a few examples of quality king size mattresses for less than $1500, all adjustable base friendly:

Over $1500

There are tons of king size mattress options over $1500, but here are just a few adjustable base friendly choices to inspire you in your search:

Why choose City Mattress?

Besides our fantastic selection of king size mattresses, City Mattress has the trained staff to help you find the right one for you. Come to a store or shop online – either way, you’ll find expert help from real sleep enthusiasts!