Twin XL is different from a Twin in the extra 5 inches in length. The dimensions are 39 inches in width, which is the same as a twin mattress and 80 inches in length just like a king or queen mattress.
Bedding and sheets for a twin XL should match these measurements of a twin XL mattress. They could be labeled as Twin Extra Long Bedding, TXL Bedding, XLT Bedding.
How to buy comforters and sheets for a twin XL mattress?
Before you decide to buy comforters and sheets for a twin XL mattress, decide on a budget, list your preferences and pay attention to sizes. Use the following guide to buy twin XL bedding.
Know the difference between twin and twin XL
You may assume that since a twin has almost the same dimensions, with the width being the same, twin bedding may fit a twin XL. This is not possible and you may fall short lengthways.
Many brands sell twin XL bedding and you must make sure of the dimensions before you make a purchase.
Specifically look for twin XL sizes
Brands that sell twin XL will specifically categorize and label the bedding as twin XL. However, as much as labels matter, being sure of the corresponding size is more important. Check the dimensions against labels and if possible measure the bedding.
Identify the available sizes for a twin XL
Twin XL comforters of some brands are generally around 66 inches wide x 90 inches long while others are around 68 inches x 92inches. Any bedding above 86 inches is good for a twin XL but not anything below.
Where Twin XL sheets are concerned, flat sheets by some brands are 72inches × 110 inches, while others can be 66 inches x 96 inches.
Twin XL fitted sheets by some brands are 39 inches x 81 inches x 15 inches or 39 inches x 80 inches x 14 inches. These will generally snug fit mattresses up to 16 inches in depth.
Also, note that some brands include comforters and sheets as a bedding package. In this case, make sure of dimensions and sizes specified. Comforters duvets and sheets with the above-mentioned measurements would fit your twin XL mattresses even though they could be marketed as appropriate for either Twin or Twin XL.
Twin sheets will not fit a twin XL mattress
Sometimes brands market deep-pocketed twin fitted sheets as fit for twin XL. However, a fitted sheet especially has to have the dimensions that match a twin XL mattress.
Besides, it depends on the material used to make these sheets. If you plan to buy a twin size, know that the type and quality of material may cause it to contract or shrink after a wash and no longer fit your bed.
You could use king or queen size comforters in place of a twin XL
Sometimes a queen or king size comforter may have the color of pattern you really like. Or a twin XL may not be available. In this case, it is possible to use a queen or king size comforter with the same length as a twin XL.
The extra width of these comforters can cover the thickness of the mattress. Alternatively, you could even save it for later if you think of getting a king or queen size mattress.
Types of fabrics of twin XL comforters and sheets
Although twin XL bedding can be less common than other sizes, it is available in a variety of fabrics.
Microfiber is good for bedding as it is comfortable and feels soft against the skin. It also contributes to a restful night as being a cooler fabric. This fabric is made of closely woven fibers, defined by a thickness value. Microfiber usually has a thickness value of 1 even below silk which usually has a value of 1.25.
Microfiber is one of the common fabrics, used to make twin XL comforters and sheets. Companies that sell microfiber twin XL comforters and sheets are DormCo., Amazon Basics, Royal Hotel and Bare Home.
Cotton is also commonly used for all kinds of bedding including twin XL. Cotton is good as bedding fabric as it breathes easily and doesn’t trap heat and odors. It is tough fabric and longer lasting.
Better quality cotton usually has a higher thread count. Egyptian cotton is premium quality with a 1000-thread count or more and also frequently purchased.
Some brands that sell twin XL sheets and comforters are Grandeur Linens
Egyptian Bedding and Egyptian Cotton Factory Outlet Store.
3. Polyester, Polyester blends, and Synthetics
Polyester is good for bedding fabric, as it is more resilient to wrinkles and wear and tear. Polyester and synthetics are man-made fabrics and are cheaper than other natural options. However, they can be coarse and only soften up after a few washes.
Polyester as known is a synthetic fabric and a polyester blend would contain polyester and other fabrics, possibly cotton.
Brands that sell polyester twin XL bedding are Amazon Basics, Ammybeddings and Babycare Pro.
Look for hypoallergenic twin sheets and comforters in case of allergies
If you are someone with a history of allergies and sensitivities, hypoallergenic bedding may be necessary. These sheets and comforters offer protection against dust mites, germs, and bacteria. They are also marketed as more breathable and resilient to stains.
Even if you don’t have allergies, it could help to invest in hypoallergenic twin XL bedding as it treats the skin better and provides for a restful comfy experience.
Brands that have hypoallergenic twin XL bedding are Bare Home and the Ivy Union.
Look for sheets and comforter sets
Besides having matching bedding, twin XL sheets and comforter sets may offer and reduction in total price when bought together. These sets generally include a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, a comforter and pillowcases or pillow shams.
Companies such as Ammybeddings, Amazon basics, and Bare Home mostly sell these twin XL sets.
Decide on how much you’re willing to spend
Twin XL comforters could start at $30 for a polyester microfiber variety and go up to $300 for an Egyptian cotton blend.
A twin XL micro fiber sheet set could be around $15 while a mulberry silk sheet set could cost around $300.
Buying twin XL sheets and comforters depends on your needs, choice budget and availability. Larger sized bedding could possibly fit a twin XL mattress but not twin size. It’s advisable to buy twin XL with mid-range prices to be sure of durability and quality.
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