Not all twin mattresses are created equal. Twin XL mattresses are slightly longer and require fitted sheets that are specially made to fit these types of mattresses. Comforters, duvets and blankets can also be made extra-long and fortunately, twin XL bedding sets are relatively easy to find and cost about the same as regular twin bedding.
Where to Buy Twin XL Bedding Sets
The only difference between a regular twin mattress and an extra-long (XL) twin mattress is the length. Standard twin mattresses measure 39 inches wide by 76 inches long. A twin XL mattress measures 39 inches wide by 80 inches long.
The most common place you will find twin XL beds are in dorm rooms. Stores that sell college dorm room supplies will usually have this type of bedding.
Dorm Co sells college dorm supplies. Since most students are on a tight budget, Dorm Co offers twin XL bedding in bulk packages that each contain different bedding items such as double packs of sheet sets. The company also offers complete bed-in-a-trunk packages that include:
- Bed blanket
- Memory foam topper
- Mattress encasing (allergy relief and bed bug cases are extra)
- Storage bag (fits under the bed for convenient extra storage)
- Collegiate trunk (another great storage item for whatever you need and can also be used as dorm furniture, as an extra seat or table)
Twin XL trunk bedding packages range from $168-$229. Other twin XL bedding packages vary in cost according to how many items are included. Packages range from $45-$120. You can also buy twin XL bedding pieces separately.
The Company Store
The Company Store has twin XL down and down free comforters and duvets in a variety of bright, solid colors. Prices range from $139-$189.
You can also find twin XL cotton, percale and flannel fitted sheets starting at $32. The flat sheets are sold separately and a regular twin flat sheet ($20) will work with a twin XL fitted sheet.
The Home Decorating Company
At the Home Decorating Company, you can find twin XL bedding with designer names such as Roxy and Karin Maki. Trendy patterns for teenagers or young adults in college include colorful zebra and leopard print and stylish, upscale patterns from the U.S. Polo Association. Comforter dimensions range from 65 to 66 inches wide by 86 to 90 inches long.
The bed-in-a-bag sets include a comforter, sham, sheet set, bed skirt and a standard pillowcase. Prices range from $69-$125.
PB Teen has girls bedding and guys bedding that includes twin XL fitted sheets as well as duvets and quilts that will fit both standard twin beds and twin XL beds. You can also find twin XL bedding bundles for college dorms. Each bundle includes:
- Solid sheet set with a flat sheet, fitted sheet and pillowcase
- Coordinating duvet cover
- Duvet insert
- Pillow insert
Personalization is available if you choose to have the sheets monogrammed. Bundle prices range from $179-$369.
Residence Hall Linens
Residence Hall Linens is another college dorm supply company that sells twin XL bedding and also offers value packs for student bedding and bath linens. For instance, the Student Starter Pack includes the following extra-long bedding:
- 2 fitted sheets
- 2 flat sheets
- 2 standard pillowcases
- 1 extra fluffy pillow
- A reversible comforter
- Quilted mattress pad
Free shipping is offered on all value packs. There are five different value packs with prices ranging from $159-$229 on packs that include both bedding and bath linens.
You can buy the bedding separately if you prefer. The reversible comforters are very affordable at just under $40 and come in a variety of fun colors and patterns such as zebra print, skulls, peace signs and stripes.
Extra-Long and College Dorm Bedding Tips
The most important element in twin XL bedding is the fitted sheet. Most standard twin bedding will work on a twin XL mattress as long as you have an extra-long fitted sheet.
College dorm mattresses are usually not high quality or very comfortable. An egg crate, mattress pad or memory foam topper can help add a layer of extra comfort.
If your standard size twin comforter looks a little short on a twin XL mattress, try adding a throw across the foot of the bed, which will help add some length.
A Final Consideration
Although the fitted sheet is the most crucial element needed for this type of bedding, it helps to have the added length (usually about 90 inches total in most cases) of a twin XL comforter or duvet if you can get one. Some king-size adjustable beds are actually made up of two XL twin beds, so each person can adjust their bed independently. You will need to look for twin XL fitted sheets for this type of bed as well.