DormSmart Living Blog: Twin XL Bedding

Showing posts with label Twin XL Bedding. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twin XL Bedding. Show all posts

July 24, 2017

Answers to the Most Commonly Asked Questions About Twin XL


Because twin XL is a big topic at DormSmart for college bound freshmen, here are short answers to the most commonly asked questions about twin XL:

Will twin sheets fit a twin XL mattress?


No. A twin fitted sheet will NOT properly fit a twin XL bed because a twin XL mattress is actually five inches longer than a twin.

Will full sheets fit a twin XL mattress?


No. A full size fitted sheet is made to fit a 54 x 75 inch mattress; whereas, a twin XL mattress is 39 by 80 inches.

How long is a twin XL mattress?


A twin XL mattress, commonly referred to as a twin extra long mattress or extra long twin mattress, is 80 inches in length. 

How long is a twin XL comforter?


For the best fit, make sure the comforter you purchase for your twin XL bed is 90 inches or longer. Knowing the comforter dimensions (measurements), typically listed on the packaging, is the most important factor when shopping for bedding that will fit a twin XL bed.

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July 31, 2015

Money Saving Tip for College Freshmen Shopping for Twin XL Bedding


Save Money When Shopping for Twin XL Bedding for College

It's true. You do need a twin XL fitted sheet, bed bug protection, mattress topper, and pad for a good night's sleep on the typical dorm room twin XL mattress. While a twin XL comforter set is preferable, if you plan to move from your dorm room with a twin XL bed into an apartment with a larger full or queen size bed by your sophomore year of college and money is an issue, you may want to consider purchasing a full or queen size comforter set instead of a twin XL comforter set to save yourself a little money in the long run; especially, if you are going to raise your dorm room bed for storage. As long as the comforter is 90 inches or longer and the pattern works on the bed, you can make it work in your dorm room. The additional length on the sides can be used to hide the stored items underneath your raised bed so you won't need to invest in a twin XL bed skirt. 

Best of all, when you move from your dorm room into an apartment next year, you'll only need to buy new sheets, bed bug protection, a mattress topper, and pad because your comforter set should fit if you planned accordingly. You’ll also have two matching pillow shams instead of one.

Just a money saving tip for budget challenged college bound freshmen from DormSmart. Remember, we carry many options for every budget. Many of the products on our virtual shelves are hand selected to grow with college students from their dorm room to their next space to save money during and beyond college.

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June 28, 2015

Affordable Twin XL Bedding for College Students



Comfortable, durable, and affordable twin XL bedding for budget conscious college students can be challenging to find when outfitting a dorm room. Thus far, I personally like our Royal Tradition product line. Their twin XL Egyptian cotton or bamboo sheets are comfortable, affordable, durable, and machine washable at the campus laundry. The only thing students need to keep in mind is that most Egyptian cotton wrinkles when washed, but it sure does feel good after a long day of classes or, for me, a long day at work.

Affordable Bedding for College
Affordable Twin XL Bedding by Royal Tradition
I personally use Royal Tradition bedding products at home, including their wrinkle resistant 100% Microfiber Reversible Coverlet and Matching Sham Set (starting at $70.29 delivered within the 48 Contiguous US States). Ideal for everyday use, this bedding just feels and looks good. The weight of these coverlets, 110gsm, is ideal for any weather. I use mine year round. The basic solid color selection can be used to create the perfect backdrop for more trendy patterned bedding accessories such as decorative pillows and throws.

Best of all, this bedding is durable and easily maintained. I dislike doing laundry so I enjoy knowing these are fairly simple to wash and hold up well after repeated washing. I’ve had my chocolate coverlet set and coordinating sage sheets for three years and they still look great. Just remember to always wash your linens according to the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent shrinkage and promote longevity.

At any rate, this affordable twin XL bedding in black, burgundy, chocolate, gold, ivory, linen, navy, sage, and white is one of my personal favorites and easy on the budget.

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July 27, 2014

Is it really twin XL bedding if the retail packaging states twin XL?


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Dorm room shopping season is upon us and as always, it takes me about 5 minutes to locate online retailers, both large and small, that prove DormSmart's theory about how to best classify bedding as twin XL:

"...when shopping for twin XL bedding, we ask that you look beyond the labeled name of twin or twin XL and focus on the actual stated dimensions. It is more important to us that your bedding actually fits. In other words, labeling it twin XL doesn't always make it so, meaning size matters most..." 

Two quick examples of what to avoid when shopping for twin XL bedding this season:

Example One: 86-inch Duvet Covers & Comforters Packaged with Twin XL Sheets


I came across a teen store today selling really cute bedding essential packages to students with a twin XL bed in their dorm room. Unfortunately, their packages include:

  • a standard twin 86” long duvet cover;
  • a standard twin 86" long comforter insert; and,
  • a twin XL sheet set.

Red flag, this is a twin duvet cover and comforter insert not twin XL. I don’t care how it is labeled or how well established this retailer may be. I only care about the length of the twin comforter and duvet cover in this package and so should students with a twin XL bed in their dorm room. Why a retailer would choose to invest their money into marketing 86-inch long comforters and duvet covers as twin XL verses actually offering students longer bedding is beyond me. Contrary to popular belief, 90-inch long twin duvet covers and comforter inserts do exist today.

Example Two: Shaving Off Inches for Cheap


A dorm room specialty store is selling 88-inch long comforters as twin XL, really cheap. I will admit that they are two inches longer than a standard 86-inch long twin, but your twin XL mattress is 5 inches longer than the standard twin mattress so that's pushing it. At DormSmart, we’ve tested different lengths and found that a comforter or duvet cover 90 inches or longer works best on a twin XL bed.

This store also offers twin XL sheets as an option with their 88-inch long comforter which is great. However, I have never seen a flat sheet, especially for a twin XL bed, measure 90 inches in length. Come to think of it, I have never seen one that short on a twin bed. A standard twin flat sheet is typically 96 inches long. I don’t know if this is a typographical error or if this is how they are offering their sheets so cheaply to students. When I attempted to verify the information, I noticed that some of their sheet sets have dimensions listed and some do not, which makes me wonder why. I can only assume that this expert store is shaving off inches to get to cheap.

This is just my opinion… you can form yours as you shop for twin XL bedding this season. Just be sure to shop smart, check bedding dimensions before you buy.

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Related Article:  Dorm Room Bedding Sizes 101

May 14, 2011

Twin XL Bedding...



Is there an easier way to explain Twin XL Bedding before I begin shopping?

Great question! I'll try to simplify it for you:
  • Standard Twin Comforters are under 90 inches long... so be careful to check the actual bedding dimensions when shopping for Twin XL Bedding EVEN IF the retailer advertises it as twin XL.
  • Extra Long Twin Comforters are 90 inches or longer, manufactured specifically to fit an 80" long twin XL bed.

Obviously, true twin XL comforters (90" or longer) will be the best fit for your extra long dorm bed BUT a twin bedding set can work on your twin XL bed IF you replace the twin fitted sheet WITH a twin XL fitted sheet (39" wide x 80" long). In other words, you must have a twin XL fitted sheet - NO EXCEPTIONS!

It is also important to note that your mattress cover, mattress topper, and bed skirt must also be true twin XL to fit properly.

Hope this helps! Live Dorm Smart!

We are doing our best to help students with anything and everything dorm so if you have a question just leave it in the comments section below or email your question to blog@dorm411.com!

April 12, 2011

How long is a true twin xl comforter?



How long is a twin XL bed (twin extra long bed)?

A twin XL bed is 80 inches long, so the rule of thumb is to look for a twin xl comforter that is 90 inches or more in length. Some comforters that are 90 inches in length are marked as twin, so the best approach when shopping for a comforter to fit your twin XL bed is to read the fine print in the product detail.

What if I can't find a twin XL comforter I really like?

For some, it can be challenging to find a true twin XL comforter for your extra long dorm bed. If you cannot find a twin XL comforter you really like, you can make a standard twin comforter, 86 to 88 inches long work on your twin extra long bed. If you plan to raise your dorm bed, you can even opt for a full/queen size comforter (just make sure the pattern works). You can also order a custom twin XL comforter set in your favorite colors or school colors from DormSmart.com, it measures a generous 98 inches in length... ample enough to cover your twin XL dorm bed ... a matching twin XL bed skirt, twin XL sheets and pillow sham is included in the package. In addition, we have optional matching curtains and decorative pillows too!

We are doing our best to help students with anything and everything dorm so if you have a question just leave it in the comments section below or email your question to blog@dorm411.com!

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July 30, 2010

Twin XL Zebra Print Bed in a Bag for your Dorm ... Get the Dorm 411!

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of DormSmart.com
Creator of Dorm411.com



We just love this Twin XL Zebra Print Bed in a Bag available at DormSmart.com! This Twin Zebra Print Bed in a Bag is the perfect twin xl dorm bedding set. Polyester cotton blend zebra print comforter, sheet set, bed skirt and pillow shams are comfortable and colorful, perfect for your dorm decor!

Zebra Print Twin XL Bed in a Bag Set Includes:

Twin XL Comforter (65" x 94")
1 Fitted Bottom Sheet
1 Flat Top Sheet
1 Pillow Case
14" Tailored Bed Skirt
1 Flanged Pillow Sham.

It's available in a variety of colors and lots of accessories!

July 15, 2010

Twin Extra Long Bedding (Twin XL) For Your Dorm Room ... Get the Dorm 411

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of DormSmart.com
Creator of Dorm411.com

Learn all about bedding for your college dorm room including twin versus twin extra long (twin XL) sheets, comforters, duvets, mattress pads and more...  Comfortable and attractive bedding is a must have for your college dorm room; comfortable for a good night's sleep and attractive to create an anchor for your dorm room decor. So, let’s make sure you are prepared to select the right size bedding before moving to campus next semester.
How big is your dorm room mattress?
Before purchasing bedding for your college dorm room, you need to know the size of your mattress. It is best to get your mattress size directly from your college or university's campus housing office to avoid costly mistakes. Common mattress sizes found in dorm rooms or surrounding campus housing are:

  • Twin Mattress (39 x 75 inches): Standard size single mattress. Sleeps one.
  • Twin Extra Long Mattress / Twin XL (39 x 80 inches): Found most often in college dorm rooms, longer than the standard twin BUT the width remains the same.
  • Full Mattress (54 x 75 inches): Often referred to as a double bed, sleeps two.
  • Queen Mattress (typically 60 x 80 inches): A little roomier than the full-size mattress, sleeps two.
Common Sheet Sizes
The measurements below are for fitted sheets and will help ensure a proper fit onto your dorm bed. (You can use these dimensions as a guide for mattress pads / covers as well.)

  • Twin Sheets (39 x 75 inches)
  • Twin Extra Long Sheets / Twin XL (39 x 80 inches)
  • Full Sheets (54 x 75 inches)
  • Queen Sheets (60 x 80 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: If  you have a couple of extra twin sheet sets at home, save a little money; just replace the fitted sheet with a twin XL fitted sheet to make a set for your twin extra long mattress. A standard twin flat sheet is 66" x 96" and will fit either a twin or twin extra long bed. The most important thing to remember is your fitted sheet must be made to fit your mattress, meaning you need a twin size fitted sheet for a twin size mattress. You need a twin extra long fitted sheet for a twin extra long mattress.
Mattress Depth
Pillow Top and Extra Deep mattresses have become very common. Before selecting your sheets and mattress pads, it is important to know the depth of your mattress in your dorm room. Below are some dimensions to use as a guide.

  • Standard (7 to 9 inches)
  • Deep (10 to 15 inches)
  • Extra Deep (16 to 22 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: Generally an extra long twin mattress (twin XL) is standard depth but if you plan to squeeze a larger bed in your campus housing, measure your mattress! Also, be sure to account for the increased depth of a foam topper (a good foam topper can create an additional two or more inches of depth) when purchasing sheets.
Mattress Pad Depths
Once you determine the depth of your dorm bed mattress you’ll need to select the proper depth mattress pad. Below are some approximate depths to follow.
  • Standard (7 to 14 1/2 inches)
  • Deep (Up to 15 inches)
  • Extra Deep (16 to 22 inches)
Comforters
Listed below are the dimensions of most comforters to use as a general guideline. These are approximate sizes. Some manufacturers may run slightly smaller or produce oversized comforters.

  • Twin (68 x 86 inches) A twin comforter can also fit a 39 x 80 inch twin extra long mattress.
  • Twin Extra Long (twin XL) 68 x 90 inches or longer
  • Full (80 x 90 inches)
  • Full/Queen (88 x 88 inches)
  • Queen (86 x 94 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: Do not stress about shopping for twin XL comforters for your extra long mattress. You may not find many and when you do the selection may be limited or disappointing. Consider purchasing a twin size comforter that fits your dorm room d├ęcor! You can adjust the length when you make your bed and fill in with lots of pillows; a must have to turn your dorm room bed into daytime seating. To accomplish this... just pull the length of your comforter toward the foot of the bed to add an inch or two then make a small fold at the top (turn down service) and fill in with your pillows. If you plan to raise your bed with bed risers, consider purchasing a full, queen, or a full/queen size comforter or duvet to accommodate the increased height (just make sure the pattern works, a solid color or a pattern that repeats versus a border pattern works best). Since most dorm room beds are against the wall, you can adjust your bedding to the desired width (side length that is showing).
Down Comforters
Listed below are the dimensions of most Down Comforters to use as a general guideline. These are approximate sizes. Some manufacturers may run slightly smaller.

  • Twin (68 x 88 inches) A twin down comforter can also fit a 39 x 80 inch twin extra long mattress.
  • Twin Extra Long / Twin XL (68 x 90 inches or more)(a rare find)
  • Full/Queen (90 x 98 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: While you may not be allergic to down, your dorm mate may be allergic so consider purchasing a down alternative or hypoallergenic down comforter for your dorm bed. Some manufacturers now process down to be hypoallergenic. It will feel just as good without the allergies!
Blankets
Blanket sizes can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Listed below are the general dimensions; most blankets should fall close to these sizes.

  • Twin (66 x 90 inches) A twin blanket will fit a 39 x 80 inch twin extra long mattress.
  • Full/Queen (90 x 90 inches)
  • Throw (50 x 60 inches)
Duvets
Listed below are the dimensions of most Duvets to use as a general guideline. Some manufacturers may run slightly smaller. Duvets are easy to clean, protect your down or down alternative comforter, and can easily change the look of your room! Just remember when selecting a duvet for your dorm bedding, be sure to match your comforter's size to the appropriate duvet size.

  • Twin (68 x 88 inches) A twin duvet can also fit a 39 x 80 inch twin extra long mattress.
  • Twin Extra Long / Twin XL (68 x 90 inches or longer)
  • Full/Queen (88 x 88 inches)
Bed Skirts
Twin extra long (twin XL) bed skirts can be difficult to find but do exist. A standard twin bed skirt will leave a small gap at the head of the bed but can be used. Another option would be to raise your bed with bed risers and purchase a decorative under bed storage solution that coordinates with your bedding. It is practical, fun, and makes a statement. Also, consider using a flat sheet as a bed skirt or a purchasing a larger size duvet/comforter (see note under Comforters).

  • Twin Bed Skirt (39 x 75 inches
  • Twin Extra Long Bed Skirt / Twin XL (39 x 80 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: A standard bed skirt has a drop of 14 inches. Bed skirts are also available with 18" and 21" drops to accommodate the additional height of a raised dorm room bed.
Pillows (One of those must have dorm essentials)
Dorm living requires many pillows! The right pillow provides a good night’s sleep while all those extra pillows turn your bed into a piece of furniture (additional seating) during the day. Remember, your dorm room is a complete living space so make use of pillows and remember to order extra pillowcases to coordinate.

  • Standard (20 x 26 inches) uses a Standard size pillowcase.
  • Queen (20 x 30 inches) uses a Standard size pillowcase.
Live Dorm Smart Tip: If you like your pillows to look full, order queen pillows with standard pillowcases.
Feel free to call DormSmart.com at 1-877-616-DORM, if you need help selecting the right size bedding for your dorm room.

April 9, 2010

Twin Extra Long, Twin ...Get the 411 On Dorm Room Bedding! Your Options Aren't As Limited As You May Think...

by Christi Leslie, Founder & CEO of DormSmart.com Creator of Dorm411.com Updated 04/12/2012

Learn all about bedding for your college dorm room including twin versus twin extra long (twin XL) sheets, comforters, duvets, mattress pads and more...  Comfortable and attractive bedding is a must have for your college dorm room; comfortable for a good night's sleep and attractive to create an anchor for your dorm room decor. So, let’s make sure you are prepared to select the right size bedding before moving to campus next semester.

How big is your dorm room mattress?
Before purchasing bedding for your college dorm room, you need to know the size of your mattress. It is best to get your mattress size directly from your college or university's campus housing office to avoid costly mistakes. Common mattress sizes found in dorm rooms or surrounding campus housing are:
  • Twin Mattress (39 x 75 inches): Standard size single mattress. Sleeps one.
  • Twin Extra Long Mattress / Twin XL (39 x 80 inches): Found most often in college dorm rooms, longer than the standard twin BUT the width remains the same. On occasion, we have come across a 36" x 80" twin XL mattresses when researching common mattress sizes found in  college dorm rooms today.
  • Full Mattress (54 x 75 inches): Often referred to as a double bed, sleeps two.
  • Queen Mattress (typically 60 x 80 inches): A little roomier than the full-size mattress, sleeps two.
Common Sheet Sizes
The measurements below are for fitted sheets and will help ensure a proper fit onto your dorm bed. (You can use these dimensions as a guide for mattress pads / covers as well.)
  • Twin Sheets (39 x 75 inches)
  • Twin Extra Long Sheets / Twin XL (39 x 80 inches)
  • Full Sheets (54 x 75 inches)
  • Queen Sheets (60 x 80 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: If  you have a couple of extra twin sheet sets at home, save a little money; just replace the fitted sheet with a twin XL fitted sheet to make a set for your twin extra long mattress. A standard twin flat sheet is 66" x 96" and will fit either a twin or twin extra long bed. The most important thing to remember is your fitted sheet must be made to fit your mattress, meaning you need a twin size fitted sheet for a twin size mattress. You need a twin extra long fitted sheet for a twin extra long mattress.

Mattress Depth
Pillow Top and Extra Deep mattresses have become very common. Before selecting your sheets and mattress pads, it is important to know the depth of your mattress in your dorm room. Below are some dimensions to use as a guide.
  • Standard (7 to 9 inches)
  • Deep (10 to 15 inches)
  • Extra Deep (16 to 22 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: Generally an extra long twin mattress (twin XL) is standard depth but if you plan to squeeze a larger bed in your campus housing, measure your mattress! Also, be sure to account for the increased depth of a foam topper (a good foam topper can create an additional two or more inches of depth) when purchasing sheets. 

Mattress Pad Depths
Once you determine the depth of your dorm bed mattress you’ll need to select the proper depth mattress pad. Below are some approximate depths to follow.
  • Standard (7 to 14 1/2 inches)
  • Deep (Up to 15 inches)
  • Extra Deep (16 to 22 inches)
Comforters
Listed below are the dimensions of most comforters to use as a general guideline. These are approximate sizes. Some manufacturers may run slightly smaller or produce oversized comforters.
  • Twin (68 x 86 inches) While a twin comforter may not provide 100% coverage, it can work on a 39 x 80 inch twin extra long mattress, see tip below.
  • Twin Extra Long (twin XL) 68 x 90 inches or longer
  • Full (80 x 90 inches)
  • Full/Queen (88 x 88 inches)
  • Queen (86 x 94 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: While a twin XL comforter is preferable for 100% coverage, some students may have no alternative but to take their twin comforter or duvet from home and make it work. To make your twin XL bed with a twin comforter... pull the length of the comforter toward the foot of the bed to add a few inches then make a small fold at the top (like turn down service) and fill in any gaps with pillows. Pillows are a must have to turn your dorm room bed into daytime seating
 
If you plan to raise your bed with bed risers, purchasing a full or queen size comforter or duvet to accommodate the increased height is an option (just make sure the pattern works, a solid color or a pattern that repeats versus a border pattern works best). Since most dorm room beds are against the wall, you can adjust your bedding to the desired width (side length that is showing). FYI... a queen size comforter (approximately 94" long) works best on a raised twin XL bed, a full size comforter (approximately 88" long) works best on a raised twin bed.

Down Comforters
Listed below are the dimensions of most Down Comforters to use as a general guideline. These are approximate sizes. Some manufacturers may run slightly smaller.
  • Twin (68 x 88 inches)
  • Twin Extra Long / Twin XL (68 x 90 inches or more)(a rare find)
  • Full/Queen (90 x 98 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: While you may not be allergic to down, your dorm mate may be allergic so consider purchasing a down alternative or hypoallergenic down comforter for your dorm bed. Some manufacturers now process down to be hypoallergenic. It will feel just as good without the allergies! 

Blankets
Blanket sizes can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Listed below are the general dimensions; most blankets should fall close to these sizes.
  • Twin (66 x 90 inches) A twin blanket will fit a 39 x 80 inch twin extra long mattress.
  • Full/Queen (90 x 90 inches)
  • Throw (50 x 60 inches)
Duvet Covers
Listed below are the dimensions of most Duvet Covers to use as a general guideline. Some manufacturers may run slightly smaller. Duvet Covers are easy to clean, protect your (down or down alternative) comforter, and can easily change the look of your room! Just remember when selecting a duvet cover for your dorm bedding, be sure to match your comforter's size to the appropriate duvet cover size.
  • Twin (68 x 88 inches)
  • Twin Extra Long / Twin XL (68 x 90 inches or longer)
  • Full/Queen (88 x 88 inches)
Bed Skirts
Twin extra long (twin XL) bed skirts can be difficult to find but do exist. A standard twin bed skirt will leave a small gap at the head of the bed but can be used. Another option would be to raise your bed with bed risers and purchase a decorative under bed storage solution that coordinates with your bedding. It is practical, fun, and makes a statement. Also, consider using a flat sheet as a bed skirt or a purchasing a larger size duvet/comforter (see note under Comforters).
  • Twin Bed Skirt (39 x 75 inches
  • Twin Extra Long Bed Skirt / Twin XL (39 x 80 inches)
Live Dorm Smart Tip: A standard bed skirt has a drop of 14 inches or 15 inches. Bed skirts are also available with 18" and 21" drops to accommodate the additional height of a raised dorm room bed. 

Pillows (One of those must have dorm essentials)
Dorm living requires many pillows! The right pillow provides a good night’s sleep while all those extra pillows turn your bed into a piece of furniture (additional seating) during the day. Remember, your dorm room is a complete living space so make use of pillows and remember to order extra pillowcases to coordinate.
  • Standard (20 x 26 inches) uses a Standard size pillowcase.
  • Queen (20 x 30 inches) uses a Standard size pillowcase.
Live Dorm Smart Tip: If you like your pillows to look full, order queen pillows with standard pillowcases.

Feel free to call DormSmart.com at 1-877-616-DORM, if you need help selecting the right size bedding for your dorm room.