King Size Beds for Sale: Size Does Matter

Do you stay up all night tossing and turning? Are you considered a pillow thief or a blanket hog? Whether you or your sleeping partner are the culprit, these disturbances and others are some of the most common reasons why people complain of getting a poor nights’ rest.

If you are ready to sleep like royalty, and to avoid the possibility of those discomforts, the best way to do so is by upgrading to a King size bed! It doesn’t matter whether you are on a team firm mattress or team soft mattress, or whether you like an innerspring, memory foam, or gel composition – the size of your bed matters, too! Check out the article below for a few considerations on why you should choose a King bed, how they came into the market, and a few styles you might want to consider when choosing your frame. Or if you’re ready to start your journey to a better night’s sleep, head on over to Groms’ beds, where they have a stylish, large selection of king size beds for sale right now.

Why a King Size Bed?

There are a plethora of reasons as to why you might choose a King bed over a queen bed, with many of the reasons revolving around the amount of space you already have in your room, and the amount of space that you need in a bed based on your unique sleeping circumstances.

You Have The Space- Do you have a big room that you need to fill? Maybe you already have a bed and furniture, but your room still leaves much to be desired? After all, there’s nothing homey or inviting about walking into a bedroom and feeling like you are in an echo chamber. Thankfully, King size mattresses are an ideal solution for larger bedrooms, such as the master bedroom, and should serve as the heart and the crowning jewel of your bedroom. Most home designers recommend you leave at least 30 inches of space around the perimeter of the bed to allow for adequate walking room, and enough space for other furniture such as nightstands. Groms understands that the bed is only one aspect of furnishing a bedroom, and offers three lifestyle collections of designer future and décor to compliment whichever frame you choose.

You Need The Space- We all know that while our bed is a place to lay our head to rest at night, we often share our bed with our partners, the occasional young child who wants to snuggle up after a nightmare, or even our pets. A recent CDC survey found that over 60 percent of American households have pets, and roughly half of those households share their bed with one more of their pets.

While sharing a bed with your pet may make you feel safer at night, help reduce stress, and provide warmth and comfort, sometimes you (and your pet!) just need more space to adjust positions throughout the night. Even if it’s just you and your human sleeping partner, you may have the desire to flip-flop around if you are feeling restless, or maybe stretch your arms and legs after a long night’s rest. A King size bed is perfect for all of these occasions and more because they leave no room for guessing – there’s only room for you, your companions, and a restful sleep!

A History of Kings

How did the King bed first come on the scene? Before the mid-1940s, Americans slept primarily on twin or double beds. Midway through the decade, however, manufacturers began introducing larger mattresses, although they didn’t make a splash until the 1950s when several factors coalesced for the bed manufacturing industry. The first stimulus for larger beds was the growth of the population – in height and weight!

An October 1963 Bedding magazine article reported that in 1900, only 4 percent of adult men in the United States were taller than six feet, but by 1959, nearly 20 percent of men were over 6 feet tall, with an average height of 5 feet, 8 inches. Today, men average a height of 5 feet, 9 inches, but are more than 30 pounds heavier than the average weight of 166 pounds in the 1960s! This meant that over time, if the bedding industry wanted to keep up with natural demand, they, too, needed to grow.

Compounding the need for beds was the post-war economic boom when consumers were eager to furnish their homes with new, stylish furniture. Bed manufacturers and adjacent manufacturers such as the rubber and cotton industries, also wanted to keep up production levels they had experienced during the war, and supported the campaign to sell larger, more exquisite bedding. When you have the time, the space, the budget, and the creativity to plan a bedroom of your dreams, it’s best to go king or go home.

Different Kinds of Kings

Just as there are different kinds of bed sizes across the bedding kingdom, there are also three types of King size beds. These include the Standard King, the California King, and the Split King.

Standard King- Also referred to as “Eastern King” beds in bed-selling circles, they are the most common style of king-size bed. A standard king frame measures 80 inches by 76 inches (length by breadth) and are 16 inches wider than Queen size beds. It is both wider and shorter than a California King, and is ideal for those who like a lot of sleeping space. A fitted sheet for a Standard King bed is typically 76 in by 80 in. by 15 in., and a flat sheet is 110 in. by 114 in.

California King- Also known as Western Style Kings, California Kings are the longest beds on the market. They are the best size bed for vertical space and are usually the preferred bed choice for those of exceptional height – think, NBA players. California Kings measure 84 inches by 72 inches, and when compared to standard king-sized beds, are longer by four inches and narrower by 4 inches. One of the hurdles with having a California King is the difficulty in finding bed sheets and accessories. A fitted sheet for a California King is 73 in. by 85 in. by 15 in., while a flat sheet is 111 in. by 114 in. These sizes are not often found in-store and must be ordered online. Similarly, when searching for a headboard and frame, the California King can throw a wrench into your plans to create a stylish bedroom. Thankfully, Groms offers several bed designs that come in California King size including the Morgan Bed, the Singer Bed, and the Snow Upholstered Bed, among several others.

Split King- You are not alone if you have never heard of the Split King. This bed is often the answer for sleeping partners who cannot agree on the firmness of their mattress. A Split King is created out of two separate mattresses, pushed together. This provides a comfortable level of firmness or softness for each side of the bed while still allowing for closeness. Each mattress in a Split King is 38 in. by 80 in. (Twin XL’s); thus, they have the same dimensions as a conventional Eastern King and are still able to use a conventional King frame.

Bed Frames to Consider for a King

Since there are so many options when it comes to picking out the actual king size mattress, what about the other parts to bedroom furniture such as bed frames and accessories that can complement your perfect king bed.

For starters, what type of bed frame are you considering buying for your king bed? The options are endless. There are sleigh beds, storage beds, platform beds, panel beds, canopy beds and more. Some come with headboards while others come with foot boards or both! These are all unique in their own way and can help you pull off whatever look you're going for whether it's modern, traditional or contemporary. Bed frames can come in solid wood, faux fur or you can even find a metal bed frame if you're going for an industrial look.

This might be a no brainer, but if you buy a king size bed and king size bed frame make sure you get a box spring or the appropriate bed slats to support the weight of the mattress and the people sleeping on it.

Now that you have an idea of how King beds originated, all of their different forms, and why customers are choosing King, it’s clear there’s nothing to lose with the right King -- there’s only room to gain.