How to Choose the Perfect Twin XL Mattress Topper for Your Dorm Room

Posted by Steven Van Alen on

Whether you're attending parties or dealing with the stress of final exams, getting proper sleep while you're in college is essential. According to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, between 70 and 96 percent of college students get less than eight hours of sleep per night. 

Sleeping away from home is often difficult for college students, which is why finding the right twin XL mattress topper for dorm rooms can help.

Read on to discover a few helpful tips and everything you need to know to help you find the perfect twin XL mattress topper so you can get a great night's sleep.

Why Dorms Have Twin XL Beds

At most colleges and universities, dorm room space is quite limited. Larger beds simply won't allow extra room for other furniture like desks and office chairs. If every room had a full-sized bed, there wouldn't be enough space for much else, leaving the dorm room feeling cramped and crowded. 

A twin XL bed has the same width as a standard twin bed, but a longer length for young adults. In fact, a twin XL bed is the same length as a queen-size bed. This allows college students to stretch out without their feet hanging over the end of the mattress.

Twin XL vs Full Mattresses

A full-size mattress is definitely roomier, but it also takes up more floor space. When comparing twin XL vs full mattresses, the differences are in the dimensions.

The standard twin XL mattress measures approximately 38 inches wide and 80 inches long. A full mattress comes in at 54 inches wide and 75 inches long. As you can see by these measurements, a full mattress takes up quite a lot more room.

A twin XL bed is ideal for anyone who is around 6 feet tall or taller. The elongated size makes it a great option for college dorm rooms and college-age students.

For many college students, the issue with poor sleep doesn't arise from the size of the bed. It's usually because a standard college dorm mattress isn't exactly comfortable or supportive. Adding a twin XL mattress topper for dorm rooms can help you sleep better and get the level of comfort you need to wake up feeling rested.

The Benefits of a Twin XL Mattress Topper

Now that you know a bit more about why college dorms use twin XL beds and mattresses, it's time to delve into the benefits of using a twin XL mattress topper. First, using a topper will prevent your college dorm mattress from wearing out or getting damaged.

The mattress topper provides a protective layer that goes directly on top of the mattress. This helps to prevent stains and can also prevent general wear and tear.

The majority of college dorm mattresses are thin and maybe even a little bit stiff. This doesn't exactly help you feel great when you wake up every day. Using a quality mattress topper will give you the layer of comfort you need to sleep better so that you wake up ready to take on your day.

No matter what type of topper you choose, it's always smart to add one to your dorm mattress. The added layer of support will help to prevent aches and pains and give you a comfortable surface to lie down on.

Sitting at a desk for hours or in the lecture hall can make you feel stiff and achy. With a comfy mattress topper, you'll be able to push the "reset" button every night and give your body a break.

Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, using a mattress topper will help you feel more supported. Finding the right option based on your sleeping style will ensure that you get what you need to sleep comfortably every single night.

These mattress toppers will also make your bed look, smell, and feel a lot fresher. Covering the mattress with a brand-new topper helps you feel like you're sleeping on a clean, pillowy cloud. They're also quite easy to clean so you always have a nice, sanitary sleeping surface.

Choosing the Right Twin XL Mattress Topper for Dorm Rooms

As you can see, a mattress topper gives you a comfortable and clean dorm room bed. The soft and supportive construction makes it easier for you to sleep better so that you're able to focus on that important test or thesis paper.

So, how do you know which type of mattress topper is best for your needs? Let's take a look at some options so you can decide which one will work best for you.

Gel-Infused Memory Foam Toppers

Memory foam is a popular material that's used to make mattresses in every size. It's also found in our incredibly comfortable Sleepyhead Gel-Infused Memory Foam toppers. 

If you tend to get hot when you sleep, then this mattress topper is a great choice. It offers temperature-regulating properties that will help you stay comfortable and cool. When your body temperature is regulated, you'll sleep much more soundly.

The gel-infused memory foam mattress topper also conforms to your body. This helps to ease the stress off your body's pressure points while promoting spinal alignment. You'll awaken feeling rejuvenated, rested, and pain-free.

The memory foam supports your body and cradles you as you sleep. Adding special gel ensures that your mattress topper stays cool and comfortable to the touch. The gel increases airflow while evaporating heat and moisture to provide you with an incredibly cool and fresh-feeling dorm mattress.

These toppers are available in two different thicknesses. Choose the two or three-inch topper depending on your preference.

Maybe best of all is that our toppers include a washable cover. We all know that dorm rooms can get a little icky, which is why you can simply remove the cover and toss it in the wash. The cover is made of soft, breathable fabric that's extremely easy to clean.

Copper-Infused Mattress Toppers

If you're looking for a mattress topper that provides advanced hygiene and wellness benefits, check out the Sleepyhead Copper Topper. it features extremely soft memory foam material that's 100% infused with health-promoting copper. 

This awesome mattress topper provides a myriad of amazing benefits including being antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. The use of copper promotes a range of perks including natural protection against viruses and bacterial growth. Add this topper to your college dorm mattress, and you'll feel confident about your safety every time you slumber.

The special copper-infused nanotechnology of this mattress topper works to draw excess heat away from your body. That means you'll sleep nice and cool without overheating so you stay asleep all night long. The memory foam is ventilated to promote airflow and keep your body temperature regulated.

Some research shows that copper is essential for brain function. With this mattress topper, you'll reap the many benefits of copper to help you stay on top of your studying game. Copper also has anti-inflammatory properties so your muscles always feel relaxed when you wake.

Of course, this twin XL mattress topper for your dorm room also includes your choice of a two or three-inch height. It also features our popular removable, machine-washable cover to make sure that your bed feels nice and clean all the way until graduation day.

More Mattress Topper Materials to Ponder

There are a few other options you can look at when you're shopping for a topper to add to your college dorm mattress. Down feather mattress toppers are filled with lightweight goose or duck feathers. These cushy toppers are super-soft, but they're not quite as supportive as memory foam.

Another downside to down mattress toppers is the possibility of allergies. If you're allergic to down, consider going with a topper labelled as "down alternative" or try our comfortable memory foam options instead.

Latex mattress toppers are a popular choice thanks to the eco-friendly materials. Made from natural  latex, this topper is a decent choice if you want something that's 100% organic. Not all / most latex are not 100% latex and usually contain synthetics

Another perk to latex is that it's hypoallergenic and works great to prevent mildew. However, latex is a bit firmer than memory foam which means it might not work for you. It's also important to note that finding a latex topper for a twin XL mattress may be difficult.

Wool is yet another 100% natural choice that adds a nice layer to your bed. While this material is environmentally-friendly and moisture-wicking, it's also not quite as comfortable or soft to sleep on as other materials. Some people also find wool to be itchy and irritating to the skin. 

Overall, choosing a twin XL mattress topper for your dorm depends on how the material feels, how cool it is, and how much support it provides. Our toppers include a  good till graduation trial.. This gives you the opportunity to have it throughout your college years. (note: our sleep trial changes based on seasons so we don’t want to stamp it).

Make sure you compare several different toppers before you decide which one is right for you. With a little bit of research, you should discover the perfect topper to help you sleep better throughout your college years. 

Other Factors to Consider

Before you purchase a brand-new mattress topper for your dorm room, it's a good idea to confirm the size with your university. Most colleges have twin XL as the standard, but some may be a regular twin or even a full-size. It’s easy to check by searching your university and what sizes are the mattresses for the dorms for the quickest answer or email the housing department at the university (helps us avoid having to do the work for them). 

As for the thickness of your topper, it depends on two things: the size of your dorm mattress and your personal preference. Most college dorm mattresses are quite thin, so choosing a thicker topper is a great way to make up for it. If you prefer a firmer feel when you sleep, opt for the thinner, two-inch size.

No matter what you buy, it's always a good idea to read a few customer reviews. Before you make the investment in a new mattress topper, check out what other customers and college students have to say. You'll get a much better idea of how comfortable it is, how easy it is to clean, and more by reading some reviews online.

You might not be able to pick your roommate or the dorm you get to stay in while you're in college. In most cases, you won't be allowed to choose the layout or the furniture, either. When you buy a mattress topper, you'll at least have control over how comfortable your bed will be all semester long.

Eating pizza and having friends over for late-night studying sessions can make your dorm room messy and maybe even a little dirty. Look for a twin XL mattress topper that has a removable cover to keep your bed as clean as possible. Machine-washable covers help make care a breeze and you'll feel good knowing that your bed is clean before you crash.

Get Ready to Sleep Better with a New Mattress Topper

Sleeping away from home while you're at college can be tough. With a brand-new twin XL mattress topper for dorm rooms, you'll get the comfort, protection, and support you need to sleep soundly.

Remember to choose a mattress topper that has the features you need including a removable cover for easy cleaning. Copper-infused memory foam will help keep your bed clean and stimulate your mind. Our gel-infused memory foam topper keeps you comfy and cool so you don't overheat. 

To learn more about our line of awesome mattress toppers, browse our website and contact us today. We're happy to help you find the mattress topper that's right for you!

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  • Do you have any storefronts in the San Francisco Bay Area to be able to see and try out the mattress toppers ?

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