Twin XL vs. Twin Bed Size: Things to Consider When Purchasing

When it comes to furnishing your guest room or your kid's one, the choice might seem quite easy – right? Well, you'd better think again. Are you purchasing a twin-sized or a twin-XL one? There is a size difference between these mattresses, and you should be aware of it.

Want to learn about even more sizing differences? This post covers all the different mattress dimensions available.

While both solutions are typically designated for those exact purposes, the difference could turn out to be quite substantial. This is why it is incredibly beneficial for you to be perfectly aware of what separates those beds to make an informed choice.

This is why we've decided to provide you with a detailed overview of both types and see how they stack against each other. The hope is that you'll be able to differentiate between them easily and, ultimately, make the best call when the time comes to purchase one. So, without any further ado, let's dive right into it.

Comparison Chart

Features
Twin
Twin XL
Length75 inches80 inches
Width38 inches38 inches
AffordabilityQuite affordableSlightly more expensive
UsagePerfect for kidsPerfect for kids and single adults
ProsIt is the ultimate compact solutionIt offers more space for your feet and could be used for longer
ConsIt’s quite narrow in widthIt's still as narrow as normal Twin

Twin vs. Twin XL Detailed Comparison

Dimensions

Obviously, as you can probably figure it out from the name, the size difference between the models is the main factor when purchasing one of these beds.

Starting off with the regular twin mattress, it measures 38 x 75 inches, making it one of the most common choices for kid's rooms. They would usually outgrow the length when they hit high-school, and that's when their parents would consider buying a new, larger mattress. Up until then, it's a great solution as it's space saving and it allows you to furnish the kid's room with a lot of different accessories.

The extra long Twin measurements, on the other hand, are also quite convenient for a kid's room, even though people often use it for a college room bed or a guest-room solution. The reasons are simple – it's almost as space-saving as its counterpart, but it is capable of accommodating the higher length of older people. It's as simple as that.

twin size compared to twin xl size

Comfort

In terms of comfort, both mattresses perform comparatively the same given their intended purposes. A twin bed would be ideal for a small kid up until he or she outgrows the length, making it the best choice for your kid's room. They are also quite affordable so investing in one wouldn't disrupt your personal finance.

On the other hand, the added comfort of the 5 extra inches in the length of the twin XL makes it perfect for college rooms and guest rooms. This is because they would accommodate people who can be over 6 feet tall and their feet wouldn't have to be hanging loosely in the air.

Price

The prices are a bit different with the twin XL being a bit more expensive. However, this is only related to the bed itself as well as some serious spare parts such as frames, springs, and others of the kind.

When it comes to the accessories as well as the sheeting for the bed, it's fair to say that there is no significant difference. While twin bed XL accessories tend to be ever so slightly more expensive, it's not a difference that would ultimately determine your overall choice. Therefore, this is not a differentiating factor that you ought to account for as it certainly won't make a serious difference.

Recommended Room Size

This is another thing that you would have to account for when you're making the call. The recommended room size for a regular twin size bed is 7 x 10 feet or 10 x 10 feet if you have two of those fit in the same room. If you have a twin XL mattress, you can fit one within 7 x 10 feet, but you'd be jeopardizing on the length quite a bit, leaving you with less room to maneuver.

An illustration showing how your twin and twin xl mattress will look in a 10x10 foot room

Twin Bed Pros and Cons

Twin mattresses come with a slightly shorter length which is the main differentiation. They do, however, have a lot of benefits.

PROS


  • It's a very common and easy to shop for bed size
  • It's quite affordable
  • It's available and fits almost any room size
  • It is very easy to move around

CONS


  • It is way too narrow for two people
  • It may be slightly shorter for adults or taller teens

Twin XL Pros and Cons

The twin size XL reveals a 5-inch length difference which may just be the turning stone when you make your final call.

PROS


  • It allows more foot space
  • It is virtually the same price as a twin-sized bed
  • It is quite easy to move around

CONS


  • Requires more length of your room

Our Final Thoughts


If we'd had to choose a mattress between both of these right now, the purpose of it would be the main differentiation criteria. Since you can always sacrifice 5 inches of length in your room, the only thing that would really make a difference is who would be sleeping on that bed.

If you are looking for a single bed for your only child who's just turned 2 years of age and is ready to sleep independently, the regular twin mattress would be a great option, provided you don't have the extra room.

If you have the extra room, however, or you are looking for a quick and space-saving solution for a college room or a guest room, the twin XL is the most obvious option that we'd prefer to stick with every day.

As you can see, the choice is really not that hard, and all you have to do is make up your mind regarding the use of the bed. It's that simple. We hope that you've found those mentioned above useful and that you can easily make up your mind without wasting hours in searching.

Sources and References:

  1. Buying the Right Mattress for You – sleepfoundation.org

More Reading:

  1. How To Choose a Mattress in 5 Easy Steps – The Definitive Guide
  2. What’s The Best Mattress For Your Kid? – 2019 Review Guide
  3. Full vs. Queen Bed – Size Difference Comparison
  4. King vs. California King Bed Size

Author: Sarah Cummings

I think we’re all nerds, but I’m probably the biggest nerd in the group. Put me nose deep in a spreadsheet and I'll start smiling.

I love to travel, hang out with positive people, and love cycling when I find the time!

My hope is that everyone who visits our site will walk away with a fresh perspective. I think too many people in society downplay the importance of sleep. In my opinion, it’s the difference between an average life and an amazing one.

1 Comment
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    Paul July 25, 2018 at 11:21 am

    Good article. My height 5’7. I use a wedge due to acid reflex. Causes some sliding down. My feet hit the footboard. Very irritating. Makes sense for me to replace my 6 year old mattress with with an XL.

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