One of the first memories I have from college is watching one of my friends attempt to stretch a twin sheet over a mattress that was too long for it while his roommate and parents wailed, “It’s not going to fit!” It didn’t, and back into the hordes of crazed move-in day shoppers he went.
“Twin XL” is a phrase that suddenly has a lot of meaning for the new college student, and can mean the difference between plopping down onto a freshly made bed or an angst-ridden trek back to the store in search of larger sheets. To accommodate taller students, most dorm rooms are equipped with Twin XL mattresses, which are about 5 inches longer than a standard twin. The only way to be sure is to contact the residence hall directly – often information on a university housing webpage is outdated – and the staff will be able to tell you exactly what size you need.
Once you’ve got that information, you’re free to pick whatever style bedding fits you. Make sure to pick up a mattress protector (do you know how many germs build up in there?) and an eggshell or foam pad if you need extra support!
What else do you want to know about dorm life? Tell us in the comments and come back next week for another decorating tip from me – HGTV.com’s dorm decor-savvy intern!