if you're shopping for a king size bed, you probably want to get it just right. King size beds and their even more sleek and glamorous California king cousins are the height of bedroom comfort. Measuring at 76 inches by 80 inches and 72 inches by 84 inches respectively, these beds are sure to give you and your beloved enough space to sleep comfortably. In fact, at 38 and 36 inches of width per person, you'll probably even have enough leftover space to welcome your dog and kids on weekend mornings. A king size bed is a big investment, though, and just because a bed is huge doesn't necessarily mean that it is comfortable. You should make sure that you know exactly what you are getting into before you make any purchases.
Begin by measuring the space in your bedroom. Is your room big enough to comfortably fit a king size bed? You won't be able to enjoy the new bed if it takes up so much space in your bedroom that you are no longer able to open the door to get to it. Don't forget that those measurements are just for the mattress. The frame you buy for your new king size bed is probably going to be even bigger. How big a frame you get will probably depend on your personal tastes and what you can fit in your house.
When you buy the frame for your king size bed, first decide whether you are going to be purchasing an entire bedroom suite or just the bed frame. There are a few advantages to buying an entire set of bedroom furniture at once. It is often cheaper than buying piece by piece and it may be more convenient for you to have the delivery guys come only one time to drop your new furniture off. If you buy a set you also are guaranteed to have matching bedroom furniture. On the other hand, some people like picking and choosing different pieces to match together. You may even want to buy a beautiful, hand carved, antique headboard. Make sure that when you purchase your frame you know for sure whether it is a standard king or a California king so that you can get the right mattress.
Once you have your frame picked out you are going to need to choose a mattress and box spring. A box spring is a foundation that goes underneath of your mattress. It takes a lot of the nightly wear and tear that you would otherwise bestow upon your mattress. It can also make your bed feel much more supportive and comfortable. You might be able to get away with just a mattress and platform bed for a twin or full size, but a king size bed needs a box spring. In all likelihood, you'll buy your box spring from the same place that sells you your mattress.
Your mattress is your single most important purchase when it comes to determining the comfort level of your new king size bed. Mattresses range in price from just a few hundred dollars to several thousand. You should buy the best mattress you can afford. You'll need to consider firmness, components and whether or not the mattress comes with a guarantee before you make a purchase. You can even pick out matteresses that you can program firmness for so that you and your partner don't have to compromise. You should try out several mattresses in the store before you settle on one.