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College Bedding Frequently Asked Questions (Includes Twin XL)
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about college bedding, including twin XL Please contact us if you require assistance prior to buying bedding for college.
Is there a difference between twin and twin XL bedding? Yes, 5 inches!
Typically, the width of the mattress remains the same for both sizes, 39". In our research, reviewing campus housing information, we have come across a few 36" wide mattresses.
How long is Twin XL bedding sold by DormSmart?
Comforters, Duvet Covers & Inserts = 90 to 98" Extra Long
Twin XL Sheets, Bed Skirts, Mattress Covers & Toppers = 80" Extra Long
How does DormSmart identify bedding as twin XL?
Students can feel confident that their bedding for college will fit properly because DormSmart ALWAYS checks actual bedding dimensions before categorizing it as twin or twin XL, meaning labels or packaging do not matter rather size matters! Regardless of how a manufacturer has labeled their bedding, before it hits DormSmart's virtual shelves the dimensions must be checked and the bedding categorized accordingly.
Is there such a thing as Twin/Twin XL bedding? Yes and no.
Do all colleges have twin XL beds? NO!
DormSmart reviews more that 2000 college housing websites annually and the one thing we have learned… there is no consistency between colleges when it comes to bed sizes. Some schools have standard twin beds, many schools have twin extra long beds (commonly referred to as Twin XL or TXL), and a few even have double beds in their dorm rooms. The best approach for students and parents is to contact their school housing office prior to purchasing bedding for their dorm room.
Can I use a standard twin comforter or duvet on a twin extra long bed?
While twin XL is preferable, twin comforters and duvets (86" and up) can work on an 80 inch extra long twin mattress. HOWEVER, your mattress topper, fitted sheet, mattress pad, and bed skirt must be manufactured to properly fit a twin extra long mattress.
Here's how to make a twin XL bed with a standard twin comforter... pull the comforter toward the bottom of the bed to accommodate for the 5 inch difference then turn down the top so the comforter does not appear short when the bed is made.
Can I use twin sheets on my twin XL bed?
Your "fitted sheet" must be manufactured to fit a twin XL mattress. Beware of retailers who tell you that a deep pocket twin fitted sheet will PROPERLY fit your twin extra long mattress. Also, if you plan to use a jersey twin fitted sheet on your twin XL mattress, be advised that it may lose it shape or shrink after repeated washings and slide off your bed.
Why does DormSmart carry full and queen size comforters?
Some of the newer residence halls being constructed on campuses today are more like an apartment verses the standard dorm room so students are able to use larger beds. In addition, full size and queen size comforters can be used to accommodate the additional height of a raised twin or twin xl bed in your dorm room. Lastly, if you are planning to move into your own apartment verses remaining in the residence hall beyond your freshman year, it may be a wiser investment to purchase a larger comforter or duvet set that can be used in both spaces. Your bed linens such as a your fitted sheet, mattress topper, and mattress pad must be manufactured to fit your twin or twin xl mattress size but you can definitely get away with a larger comforter or duvet and save money!
Can I use a full size comforter or duvet on a standard twin bed?
Full comforters and duvets are 80” wide by 86 to 89” long, the same length as standard twin bedding. The additional width of a full comforter or duvet can be used to accommodate the height of your RAISED twin bed, providing more fabric on the sides. It definitely increases your selection of twin bedding for college. Repeating patterns and solid colors work best.
Can I use a queen size comforter or duvet on a twin XL bed?
Most queen comforters and duvets are 86” wide by 90” or longer, the same length as twin XL bedding. The added width of a queen comforter or duvet can be used to accommodate the height of your RAISED twin XL bed, providing more fabric on the sides. It definitely increases your selection of twin XL bedding for college. Repeating patterns and solid colors work best
What are the common terms used by colleges for twin XL bedding?
Extended Twin Bedding, Twin Extra Long Bedding, TXL Bedding, XLT Bedding, Twin Extended Bedding, Extra Long Twin Bedding
Is your bedding made in the USA? Yes and no.
With so many American mills closing these days, it's difficult to offer a wide selection of bedding that is only American made. However, because DormSmart believes in supporting US based businesses, our bedding is either Made in the USA or Imported by a US Based Distributor who creates jobs for Americans. In a nutshell, if you are shopping for American made dorm bedding, you can find it on DormSmart's virtual shelves, even twin XL. The bedding's origin is easily found on each product listing, just like the dimensions. ;)
If for some reason you are unable to locate the information you require, please remember, we are human and contact us. While we strive for perfection, sometimes we fall short and need to make a correction.
What's the difference between a Mattress Protector, Mattress Pad, and Mattress Topper?
What's the difference between bedding made of poly cotton blend verses 100% cotton fabrics?
A poly cotton blend is exactly that... a blend of polyester and cotton. While a poly cotton blend fabric is durable and wrinkle resistant, it generally takes several washings to soften. A 100% cotton fabric is much softer but tends to wrinkle. It's really a matter of personal preference.