King Bed Sizes

UK King Size Bed

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The most important thing to understand about King size beds is that there is a significant difference in size between the UK, Ireland and South America and North America, Australia and New Zealand when referring to King size beds.

The UK & Ireland King size beds are a similar size to Queen size in the US, Australia and New Zealand.

US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand King size beds are similar in size to beds referred to as Super King size in the UK, Ireland and South America.

What Size Is A King Size Bed In ...?

North America

Standard Size: 6'4" x 6'8" (1.93m x 2.03m)

The North American king size is also sometimes known as the Eastern King the the United States as there is a variant King size bed known as the California King 6' x 7' (1.83m x 2.13m). Other names that are occasionally used for the California King are Western King, West Coast King, Cal King or, quite humourously, the WC King.

Continental Europe

Standard Size: 180cm x 200cm (1.80m x 2.00m or 5'11" x 6'7")

European 180cm (5'11") width beds are equivalent to the King size beds in South America. 200cm width beds are closer to the North American, Australian and New Zealand King size beds. In Southern Europe 190cm and 180cm length beds are just as common as the 200cm standard.

Available across Europe are the following approximately king size beds:

  • 180cm x 180cm (1.80m x 1.80m or 5'11" x 5'11")
  • 180cm x 190cm (1.80m x 1.90m or 5'11" x 6'3")
  • 180cm x 200cm (1.80m x 2.00m or 5'11" x 6'7")
  • 200cm x 200cm (2.00m x 2.00m or 6'7" x 6'7")

UK & Ireland

Standard Size: 5' x 6'6" (1.52m x 1.98m)

The British and Irish King size bed is the equivalent of the Queen size available in North America, Australia and New Zealand.

Australia

Standard Size: 183cm x 203cm (1.83m x 2.03m or 6' x 6'8")

New Zealand

Standard Size: 165cm x 203cm (1.65m x 2.03m or 5'5" x 6'8")

The New Zealand King size is slightly narrower than those from America or Australia. 168cm (2.68m or 5'6') width King size beds are also sometimes found. As with the Queen Size some modern King size beds are 200cm (2.00m or 6'7") long.

South America

Standard Size: 180cm x 200cm (1.80m x 2.00m or 5'11" x 6'7")

Mexico

Standard Size: 190cm x 200cm (1.90m x 2.00m or 6'3" x 6'7")

South Africa

Standard Size: 183cm x 188cm (1.83m x 1.88m or 6' x 6'2")

An extra length king size bed is generally available in South Africa with measurement of 183cm x 200cm (1.83m x 2.00m or 6' x 6'7").