What is the Difference Between Twin & Twin XL?

What is the Difference Between Twin & Twin XL?

What's the Difference Between Twin and Twin XL?

If you’re looking for a smaller size bed for your home, there are a few choices that will work well, depending on your needs and space. Whether you are looking for a bed for a child, a cozy space for a guest room, or a dorm-worthy place to snooze for your favorite college student, a twin or twin XL bed with luxury twin bedding is the perfect solution.

In addition, twin and twin XL mattresses can be pushed together in the master bedroom to make a king size bed for couples who like to sleep on different types of mattresses. One twin or twin xl mattress can be super soft and luxurious, while the other can be ultra-firm, accommodating both parties.

While the twin and twin XL mattresses may look very similar, there is a major size difference when it comes to twin vs twin XL beds. Though the size difference might not seem like enough to make much of a real difference, the extra space a twin XL mattress offers really does provide a more comfortable night’s sleep.

In fact, the main feature of the twin XL is its larger size. A twin XL mattress is longer than the twin mattress, which is actually what the letters “XL” stands for in the name. The extra-long length of the twin XL bed makes it a popular choice for teens and adults, while standard twin beds, also referred to as single beds, are great for younger children or for those with really small bedrooms.

What is the Size Difference Between Twin & Twin XL Beds?

Both of these mattresses are comparable in width, but the twin XL bed is longer. It is important to know the sizes of each of these popular beds, not only to ensure that you are buying the right size bed, but also to make sure the luxury sheets and bedding will fit your bed properly.

A standard twin mattress is 39” wide and 75” long

A twin XL mattress is 39” wide and 80” long

Although it is only 5” longer, the twin XL mattress makes all the difference in making the bed more comfortable. This makes the twin XL a popular choice for college students in dorms or small apartments. In fact, the twin XL bed is exactly half the size of a queen size bed, making it the perfect size for one adult. In addition, two twin XL beds are about the same size as a king size bed.

twin bed size and extra long twin bed size chart

Can You Use Twin Sheets on a Twin XL Bed?

Since the terms on bedding are often used interchangeably, it is important to note the exact dimensions when buying bedding to ensure it will work for both beds. This is especially important with mattress pads and fitted bottom sheets, but your twin size blankets, and twin flat sheets should work just fine. Some manufacturers refer to the twin XL bedding in terms such as extra-long twin, TXL, twin extra-long, and extended twin, so be sure to look for these terms when purchasing luxury bedding for your twin XL mattress.

The measurements of a twin flat sheet is typically 66” wide by 96” long. You may notice that some manufacturers use the same size sheets for their twin and twin XL flat sheets. If so, you can select either sheet for your twin XL bed. Other companies, however, offer longer sheet sizes for twin XL mattresses that measure up to 102” in length. For your reference, twin blankets average around 66” wide by 90” long; twin comforters average 68” wide by 88” long; and twin XL comforters average 68" wide by 90" long, and even longer. High quality twin and twin XL sheets like those from Peacock Alley are generous in size and are 75” wide by 112” long, for the utmost comfort.

Will a Twin XL Mattress Fit a Twin Bed Frame?

Even though the difference in the length of the twin and twin XL is only about 5”, the twin XL mattress will not fit into a standard twin size bed frame, as it will be too long. This means that enclosed twin size frames and units like bunk beds, daybeds, and loft beds need to have the exact size mattress to fit properly.

A twin box spring, however can hold a twin XL mattress, but the extra part of the mattress that will hang over the edge of the box spring may cause the bed to be unbalanced and interfere with the support you receive while sleeping. In addition, the mattress may become damaged due to the extra strain on it from repeated incorrect use. For best results, use a twin XL frame with your twin XL mattress.

Peacock Alley is Your Luxury Sheet and Bedding Source

Peacock Alley can help you choose the best high-quality bedding and sheets for your twin or twin XL bed. From sateen sheets that offer supreme quality and a buttery feel to our fine collection of luxury duvet covers, Peacock Alley has everything you need to make your twin and twin XL bed for a great night’s sleep every time.