About Twin XL Mattresses
A twin XL mattress is just like a twin mattress except extra long – that’s what the XL stands for! Well, kind of. eXtra Long. Twin XL beds are the norm for dorm sleeping arrangements, since college students are generally as tall as adults but in that stage of life before their metabolism forces their bodies to grow wider with every beer consumed. Twin XL beds are also very suitable for a teen’s room in your house, or for a cozy guest room.
Twin XL Mattress Dimensions
In inches, a twin XL mattress is 39″ x 80″ – a surface area of 3,120 square inches.
In feet, a twin XL mattress is 3.3 ft x 6.7 ft – a surface area of 21.7 square feet.
In centimeters, a twin XL mattress is 99 cm x 203 cm – a surface area of 20,129 sq. cm.
In meters, a twin XL mattress is 1 m x 2 m – a surface area of 2 square meters.
As with most other mattresses, a twin XL mattress is generally 8-13 inches thick, or about 20-33 cm in width.
Twin XL Mattress Size Chart
Deal with a lot of twin XL mattresses? Of course you do. Use this handy chart for help.
More About Twin XL Mattresses
Of the four core sizes of mattresses – twin, full, queen, and king – only the twin and the full have XL versions. Queens and kings get modified in a host of other ways, including Olympic, California, Grand, and more.
Twin XL beds used to be difficult to shop for, but with their presence on the rise in college dorms across America, they’ve become more or less ubiquitous – albeit sometimes with fewer options. These mattresses are often bunked to save that scarce and valuable dormitory real estate. There are two setups you may wish to consider here.
- Traditional: A bed on top, a bed on the bottom. This setup allows for maximum wall space on the other side of the dorm, great if you have tall shelves or you’re set on displaying your posters. It can sometimes offset the visual weight of the room’s design, but then again, college dorms aren’t built for great feng shui anyway. This setup will require the bottom bed to be used as a couch during the daytime, so the lower sleeper may have to get used to strangers sitting on their blankets. For this reason, Nothing Really Mattress recommends investing in a durable daytime comforter to put on top for protection. Buying a body pillow to put against the wall, plus a couple extra throw pillows, will let you lean back and maximize the comfort of the couch bed.
- Expanded: Bunk both beds. That’s right. Each bed is raised to the top position in two different bunk setups on each side of the room. This will maximize your floorspace beneath the beds – though you may have to duck sometimes, the extra room may be worth it. This allows you to have proper chairs and even separate areas, great if you need that second mini-fridge or you really want that recliner. This works better if you’re rooming with a stranger, too, since now they won’t have to sit on your bed. It also evens out the room, though it may make it seem a little more claustrophobic at the same time.
And yes, the twin XL can indeed fit two people, but only if they’re nice and cozied up together – there is not a lot of room! Other options may be better if you’re looking for a guest bed, but if you’re limited on space a twin XL will certainly suffice.
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