DormSmart Living Blog: Twin XL Sheets

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

July 18, 2011

How to Shop for Twin XL Sheets



Just My Opinion: "...Shopping for Twin XL Sheets can be very confusing for college bound students, especially when there are retailers both online and at physical storefronts who advertise twin sheets as twin XL sheets... they just don't understand the difference.  Generally speaking, selling dorm room supplies is not their full time focus or niche market. It's part-time or seasonal at best.
When shopping for Twin XL Sheet Sets this back to school season, remember to look for the actual sheet dimensions of each piece in the set.
To help students have a successful shopping trip, I'm listing two examples of advertisements below: one that provides shoppers with the correct information about twin XL sheets; and one that does not..."

What's correct in this Twin XL Sheet Set advertisement?

The ad below provides the actual dimensions for each piece in the Twin XL sheet set (that's good). To fit a Twin XL bed, the fitted sheet must be manufactured to fit an 80" long mattress NO EXCEPTIONS! The flat sheet may vary slightly in size between manufacturers and that's alright... just focus on the actual dimensions of the twin XL fitted sheet.
  • One Twin XL Fitted Sheet 39" x 80"
  • Fits Mattress Up to 18" Deep
  • One Twin XL Flat Sheet 70" x 102"
  • One Pillow Case 20" x 30" 


What's incorrect in this Twin XL Sheet Set advertisement?

The ad below fails to provide the dimensions of the most important part of the twin XL sheet set, the fitted sheet. In addition, it mentions that it fits a mattress size of 39" x 90". The standard twin XL mattress is 39" x 80" long, not 90". So even if these sheets look great, they may not fit.
  • One flat sheet. Fits mattress – 39" x 90"
  • One fitted sheet. Fits mattress up 12" deep
  • One standard pillowcase. Fits Pillow – 20" x 26" 


Fact or Fiction About Twin XL Sheets 

  • FICTION: A standard twin FITTED sheet will fit my twin XL bed.
  • FICTION: I can make an extra deep twin FITTED sheet properly fit my twin XL mattress. 
  • FACT: A standard twin FLAT sheet will fit my twin XL bed.
  • FACT: Most twin XL sheet sets include a standard size pillowcase. 


What can students do when shopping for twin XL sheets? 

If you see a twin XL sheet set you really like, verify the actual dimensions of the fitted sheet. The fitted sheet must be manufactured for a 80" long twin XL mattress to ensure a proper fit. If the retailer fails to provide that information, shop on...

In the event that your college has custom size beds in their dorm rooms, you can have your sheets custom made to fit. Just contact DormSmart.

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!

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.