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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.

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