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Buying Sheets for a California King Bed

Sheets for a California king bed can be very pricey, as it is not a common size. This is a guide about buying sheets for a California king bed.
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November 20, 2009

I have California King, which are the most expensive to buy sheets for, if you can find them anywhere at all. I just received my order from overstock.com of an entire cotton flannel set for $23, and that included shipping! That is where I will be buying all my sheets in the future.

By linda from Bellevue, N.E

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March 12, 2010

We are considering buying a California king size mattress. We currently have a king size mattress and need a replacement. The California king and king are the same price.

Does anyone have any ideas on how to use a king size flat sheet on the California king? I am thinking of buying clip-on sheet straps to hold it on. I don't think I can use the fitted sheets.

Eventually we will buy California king size sheets when I see a good sale. We plan on using the same blanket and quilt/bedspread that we already have. I am not very good with sewing; I can mend, but not create.

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Thanks for all your ideas and suggestions.

By it's.only.me from NE PA / USA

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

My best friend has (had? - she was thinking about replacing it) a California King. I know she had a difficult time finding sheets for it, and when she did, they were expensive. I thought about getting her a set one Christmas, but I asked about color preferences, and that's when she said she might be getting a new bed.

I know, not much help. Sorry! But I just wanted to share her experience with you, before you go and make your purchase. Best of luck, whatever you choose!

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

I also used to have a CalKing. Finding sheets was a real challenge-I was so happy to get a regular King to replace it. You might want to re-think getting the CalKing-it's not that much bigger, but just too big for regular King sheets. Hope that helps you make your decision!

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

You could try sewing a piece of elastic on the ends of the sheet to go down around the corner. JC Penneys online has Ca King sheets on sale for 60 some dollars. Regular is $140.

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March 13, 20100 found this helpful

I had a CA king for years. In CA the sheets are easy to find. The only place I've seen them now that I'm in TX is JCPenney catalog.

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King and CA king are vastely different sizes. CA king is wider? longer? But anyway, you can't mix/match the sheets.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Grab your tape measure --Sizes will help you decide - Eastern (Standard) King Size Mattress: 76 inches wide x 80 inches long. Western (California) King Size Mattress: 72 inches wide x 84 inches long.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Turn your sheets side ways. That's what I do with the flat sheet, it covers the bed easier. You can buy California king sheets on ovc or hsn. In most cases you can pay in 4 month payments.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Elanasfree's idea to sew elastic on the corners (you can do by hand if you don't have a machine) seems the best until you can find new California King sheets on sale :-)

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The difference in size is:
King 76"W x 80"L
California King 72" W x 84"L
What a sales racket to have the same overall inch size bed except one is longer ;-)

IMHO if you or wife aren't close to seven feet tall just stick with the regular King ;-)

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March 16, 20100 found this helpful

Thank you for all your help. We did reconsider and will be staying with the king size mattress. I appreciate all your ideas and advice.

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