When shopping for college dorm bedding for your Twin XL bed it is important to know when Twin XL on a the label is a necessity or just an added bonus. The following list breaks down when you need to care if what your buying for your college bed actually says TWIN XL.
It Matters: 1) Sheets- Since your sheets will include a flat sheet, a pillow case, and a fitted sheet, it is important that the sheets purchased are labeled Twin XL. The reason is that in order for the fitted sheet to fit it must be made for Twin XL beds. In other words, it has to be 80" L.
2) Mattress Pad / Mattress Topper / Mattress Encasing - As you can see all these products start with the term mattress, which means in order to fit Twin XL beds and the associated mattress they also have to be sized correctly. You cannot get a twin and expect it to fit. Look for Twin XL sized products with a 79" or higher length.
It Doesn't Matter: 1) Pillows - If you are getting a new pillow for your college bedding it does not need to say Twin XL. In fact you probably won't find a pillow that says Twin XL and if you do, that company is doing some really good marketing.
2) Blankets- Most Bed Blankets for college will be standard twin-bed blankets. Due to blankets being tucked, folded, and in general large, it is not necessary to seek the Twin XL label on your dorm's bed blanket. Just remember your Twin Long bed is typically 36" or 39" by 80". If your blanket is bigger, you should be fine.
3) Duvet Covers - As of this post there is no such thing as a Twin XL duvet cover. The reason is that twin down comforters are often made long and easily fit twin XL beds. Since they fit twin long beds there is no need for a duvet cover for Twin XL down comforters because there is no need for Twin XL comforters. Confusing? Maybe, but you get the point not to look for or worry about needing a Twin XL Duvet Cover. (Down comforters will be addressed in the next post; they really are their own topic)
It's up for debate: 1) Comforters - If you ask some people, they feel that purchasing a twin sized comforter is fine for a Twin XL bed but if you ask others they will tell you that it must be Twin XL. At first thought it would seem that if the dorm bed is Twin XL then the bed comforter must be Twin XL too. Not necessarily. Although a nice, long Twin XL comforter that is 90" long might be preferred, it is not a necessity. The reason is that your dorm bed is 80" and a typical dorm comforter is 84" to 86" long. This twin length fully covers the Twin XL bed and gives you 100% coverage. The question for you is, is 4"- 6" extra enough? Ideally the twin comforter was made for a twin bed which is 75" long with the idea that you get 10" extra length. If that is the perfect ideal length, then for an 80" Twin XL bed you would want a comforter that is a true Twin XL which would be 90" long so you can enjoy that 10" of extra comforter. This, however, is hard to find outside of DormCo. Another reason 90" may not be necessary, is that in college dorms you don't have a box spring, in fact your mattress is only about 8" thick. For this reason your need for an comforter overhang like you have at home is not necessary, which makes an 86" comforter acceptable to some students. In the end the choice is yours! At least now you know the whole Twin XL scoop.
Note: The common retail trend is to make the comforter 86" long and call it Twin/Twin XL. This eliminates customer worry and concern that the comforter won't fit and it allows retailers to carry one product for two different sized beds.
Final Tip: Although looking for the words Twin XL is important, in some cases you'll ultimately want to look for the measurements. Remember your twin long bed is 80" long and if the product is fitted you need 80". If it is not fitted then you just to ensure it is close.
Down Comforters & Dorm Rooms
Ok ... so if you've read the last few posts on Dorm Bedding you might feel you have the gist of it, until that is if you decide to shop for down comforters and duvet covers for your Twin XL bed.
Why? Because no matter how you try you won't find a true Twin XL Down Comforter and if you do you should be worried because you certainly won't find a Twin XL duvet. The reason being is that it's just not necessary!
Dorm Beds are 80" Long and Twin Down Comforters are typically 86" - 88" long. This is more than enough length for your dorm bed.
So what's the problem? Really there is no problem except it has been drilled into your head that you need Twin XL ... Twin XL ... Twin XL ... Twin XL. And in the case of down comforters you simply need twin (just as long as it is 86" or longer). Since retailers know that you often need to see the word Twin XL (even for comforters) they have gotten savvier and will call a Twin Down Comforter, "Twin/Twin XL Down Comforter". This subtle move helps you have peace of mind that your quality twin sized down comforter and duvet will fit the dorm beds.
TIP: Remember Twin is fine except if the dorm bedding product is fitted.
5 Essentials to Ensure A Good Night's Sleep in a Dorm Bed
There isn't a time in life when getting good sleep is more important than college. With your brain soaking up so much new stuff, you'll need to relax those neurons and fall into long, extended, quality sleep. The best way to ensure good sleep while in dorm life is know about the little ways to add on extra minutes.
1.Plush Comforter- It all starts with a comfy comforter. A comforter is not just a comforter, many retailers sell 180 Tread Count comforters that feel less than cozy. You'll want to a add an ultra plush Twin XL comforter to truly make your dorm bed a place to get good sleep.
2. 3" Memory Foam Mattress Topper- This dorm essential lets you sleep of the long day of studying and working to feel recharged for school. Forget relentless turning in bed, turn your college dorm into the comfy room you always wanted. The dorm bed topper is simply placed on your college bed. This quite possibly is the best way to relax those neurons.
3. Napper Alarm Clock-You may be thinking, how does an alarm clock help me sleep? Traditionally the alarm clock is the enemy of sleep, but our Napper gets you more sleep by being the easiest-functioning Nap Alarm clock out there! Setting a standard alarm clock for a simple afternoon snooze is not only a hassle, but it is a waste of time. Time that can be better used napping! With our Napper Clock you simply hit the top nap times to give yourself the fastest set nap alarm possible. You can choose 15, 30 or 60 minutes, or if you want 45 minutes just hit the 15 and the 30. If you want 2 hours, just hit the 60 button twice. The time option is your choice. It is literally that simple!
4. Blackout Curtain-
Unlike your room at home that probably has dark curtains or shades that block the sun fairly well, your soon-to-be dorm room will feel as if the sun lives in your room. The college-provided blinds block hardly any sun and unless you like waking up at 8 a.m., on the weekends you’ll need a Blackout curtain. By adding a Blackout Curtain you are ensuring that your dorm room can stay dark and that you can catch a nap no matter what time of the day.
5. Sleep Eye Mask - If you like naps (and seriously who doesn't?!), then you'll need a Sleep Eye Mask to ensure you can fall asleep in the middle of the day. Sure the blackout curtain would do the trick, but what if your college roommate is up and hanging out? You certainly can't shut the curtains on him, so instead of imposing your sleep wants, you can add a quality Sleep Eye Mask to get the darkness and peace you need.