Difference Between Twin XL and Twin

We often use Twin XL and Twin sizes for our bedrooms. But most of us think that they are the same. Though there are many similarities between them. Alike, lots of differences also have-on between Twin XL and Twin sizes.

In this article, we will discuss briefly Twin XL and Twin sizes and their differences. Let’s start one by one:

Understanding Twin XL Size

Twin XL beds are narrower in wide but they have the same length as any standard Queen or King sizes beds. They are slightly longer than the standard Twin beds Usually, a Twin XL-size bed is 38 inches wide and 80 inches in length. In the measurements of centimeter and feet, it stands 96.52 cm., 3.17’ in wide, and 203.2 cm., 6.67’ in length. This size beds cover a total of 3,040 square inches surface. You don’t require a big space to place a Twin XL size bed. Minimum 7.16 feet wide and 10.66 feet long rooms are enough space for placing it. Twin XL size beds allow 27 inches/ 68.8 cm. width for per person.

Twin XL beds are perfect for standard height people. Over six feet in height, a single adult and kids can comfortably use this bed. This bed is very much popular among college students, older teens, and kids. Twin XL size beds are commonly used in college dorm rooms, children’s rooms, and guest rooms. A couple also can use it as a split King. With an adjustable king bed frame, they can use two Twin XL beds to get sleep more comfortably. It gives extra legroom for the sleepers.

The average price range of the Twin XL bed is $500-750. This bed is expensive than the Twin size but they are very much affordable. You need to pay quite more to buy a Queen, King or California King sizes beds. Twin XL beds and its other accessories are available everywhere at a reasonable price.

Below we make a list of the pros and cons of Twin XL size:

Pros of Twin XL:

  • Extra length: Twin XL beds are 80 inches long. So, they are well enough for taller people. In our finding, people be up to 6 feet 7 inches can comfortably on a Twin XL bed.
  • Lightweight: Twin XL beds are slightly heavier than the Twin beds but still they are lighter. But still, you also can move it single-handedly which is not possible for many other beds.
  • Kid-friendly: Twin XL mattresses are suitable for almost all of the children’s beds. They are fitted quite nicely in standalone bed frames and bunk beds. These beds are specially made for the kids.

Cons of Twin XL:

  • Takes up more space: In the comparison with Twin beds, you need more space for placing a Twin XL size bed. So, you need more space to place it.
  • Higher price-point: You need to spend around $500 to purchase a minimum quality Twin XL bed. It can be expensive for a person who is suffering an economic crisis.
  • Too narrow for some: Twin XL beds are not very wider. So, those people need extra space or sleep with their partner, pets, or children they cannot get enough space on it for sleep.
  • Not couple-friendly: Lees with and length make it unsuitable for the couples. They cannot move on this bed comfortably because of narrower space. Couple sleepers should go for the other larger size bed options.

Understanding Twin sizes

Twin sizes are generally smaller and standard. The standard Twin size bed is 75 inches long and 38 inches wide. In feet and centimeters, Twin sizes are 3.17 feet, 96.52 cm. wide and 6.25 feet, 190.5 cm. long. They are suitable for the Children’s rooms, dorm rooms, and small master bedrooms, nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities with overnight accommodations. Twin size bed’s required a minimum of 7.16 ft. wide x 10.25 ft. long space to fit. It can provide 27 inches/ 68.8 cm. width for per person. 2,850 Square Inches total of your surfaces covered by a Twin-size bed.

This size is perfect for under 6 feet height adults and kids. Single sleepers who do not require extra sleeping space for sleep he/she can be more comfortable on a Twin-size bed. This size bed is also known as ‘single bed’. They are not ideal for a couple of sleepers. The price of Twin beds is comparatively cheaper than the Twin XL, Queen, King, and California King sizes beds. On average they cost just $300- $600. Twin beds have the almost same feature as Twin XL beds. But the overall price and the accessories of Twine beds are average $150- $200 cheaper than the Twin XL.

Below we make a list about the pros and cons of Twin size:

Pros of Twin Size:

  • Less space required: You don’t require a larger space to fit a Twin-size bed. These types of beds are shorter than most other beds. For that reason, Twin size beds are suitable for the short space room and small size bedrooms.
  • Lower price-point: You can easily get a Twin-size bed for lower than $300. The price range of this bed is cheaper than the other beds. It is very much affordable for the middle and lower budget income people.
  • Wide availability: Twin size beds are widely available in almost every retail store. This type of bed is commonly used by people because they are suitable for almost every size bedroom.
  • Lightweight: Twin size beds are not so large. For that reason, they are also lighter in weight. A single person can easily move it.
  • Kid-friendly: Twin size beds are appropriate for the kids. This size mattress completely fits in most of the bunk and standalone beds. Your kids can comfortably sleep on a Twin-size bed.

Cons of Twin Size:

  • Too narrow and short for some: Twin size beds are smaller than the Twin XL, Queen, King, and California King size beds. It cannot offer sleepers more space for sleep. A taller sleeper can feel uncomfortable on it while sleeping.
  • Not couple-friendly: Due to narrow space Twin size beds are not suitable for the couple sleepers. It is perfect for the average height single sleepers but not good enough for the couple sleepers.

We hope our above brief discussion was fruitful for you to understand the differences between Twin XL and Twin size. Below we also make a table about the differences between them. We are hopeful that this table will be helpful for you to understand the difference between Twin XL and Twin size more easily. At a glance the differences are:

DifferencesTwin XLTwin
Width (Inches)38”38”
Length (Inches)80”75”
Width (Feet)3.17′3.17′
Length (Feet)6.67′6.25′
Width (Centimeters)96.52 Cm.96.52 Cm.
Length (Centimeters)203.2 Cm.190.5 Cm.
Personal Width27 Inches/ 68.8 Cm27 Inches/ 68.8 Cm
Surface Area3,040 Square Inches2,850 Square Inches
Ideal Bedroom SizeMinimum: 7.16 ft. wide x 10.66 ft. longMinimum: 7.16 ft. wide x 10.25 ft. long
Cost of AccessoriesAccessories of a Twin XL bed are more expensive comparing to Twin size bed and widely available.Accessories of the Twin bed are cheaper than Twin XL size bedding accessories and widely available too.
Best forSingle adult sleepers over 6’ tall and kidsSingle adult sleepers under 6’ tall and kids
General UseChildren’s rooms and guest rooms.Children’s rooms, dorm rooms, and in small master bedrooms.
Comfortably FitsSingle sleepers who are too tall for a standard Full/Double, but do not require extra sleeping space in terms of mattress width.Single sleepers who do not require extra sleeping space in terms of width and are not taller than 6’2″.
Average Price Range$500 to $750$300 to $600
Size differentialThe Twin XL is 5 inches longer than the Twin.The Twin is 5 inches shorter than the Twin XL.
SummaryThe Twin XL is often referred to as a dorm bed for its common use in college dorm rooms.The Twin is often called a single bed. When used with another twin underneath that can be pulled out, is often referred to as a trundle bed. When used against a wall with bolsters and pillows in a guest room it is often called a day bed.

We reached the end of our article. We are very sure that now you have a quite clear knowledge of the differences between Twin XL and Twin size.

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Reference: Tuck.com, GhostBed.com.


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