When preparing bedding for a twin bed, it’s important to understand standard twin size blanket dimensions. Purchasing a properly sized blanket ensures your twin bed looks neatly made with blanket edges aligned evenly.
Below you’ll find a detailed guide to standard twin, twin XL and twin bed blanket dimensions so you can shop appropriately.
What are Twin Size Beds?
Twin size beds are a common compact mattress size measuring 38 inches wide by 75 inches long. Twins efficiently fit one sleeper while maximizing floor space in bedrooms. This makes them ideal for kids‘ rooms, dorms, and guest quarters.
To outfit a twin bed, you’ll need coordinated twin size bedding like sheets, mattress pads, and blankets sized to properly fit the mattress.
Standard Twin Size Blankets Dimensions
To appropriately fit a twin mattress, target these dimensions when blanket shopping:
- Width: 50 – 66 inches
- Length: 80 – 90 inches
Ideally, blankets should overhang the sides and foot of the mattress by at least a few inches for proper tuck-in. But be sure length doesn’t exceed the mattress by more than 16 inches total to avoid excessive bunching.
Twin XL Blanket Dimensions
For longer “twin extra-long” mattresses measuring 38 x 80 inches, opt for these expanded twin XL blanket dimensions:
- Width: 50 – 66 inches
- Length: 86 – 96 inches
The added length ensures blankets adequately cover the longer mattress with desired overhang for that tucked-in look.
How to Measure Blankets for Twin Beds
Use these quick tips to measure the width x length dimensions of existing blankets to assess if they’ll properly fit a twin bed:
- Lay blanket flat on the floor or bed
- Smooth any wrinkles
- Measure from top to bottom for length
- Measure side to side for width
- Compare to standard twin size blanket dimensions
Measuring precisely helps determine whether you need to purchase new properly sized bedding.
Blanket Sizes to Avoid for Twin Beds
Some blanket sizes won’t appropriately fit the proportions of a twin mattress:
- Crib blankets (too small)
- Full/Double size blankets (too wide)
- Queen size blankets (too wide)
- King size blankets (too wide)
Stick with blanket dimensions in the recommended twin size range for proper fit.
Popular Types of Twin Size Blankets
Twin blankets come in a variety of materials and types:
Woven cotton provides lightweight breathability. Often found in colorful plaids or buffalo checks.
Warm dense wool makes cozy winter blankets. Look for vintage twin woolen blankets.
Plush polyester fleece with one napped side makes inexpensive, casual blankets.
Plug-in electric blankets with twin controls add cozy heat. Select adjustable warmth settings.
Twin-sized weighted blankets applying gentle pressure can reduce anxiety and promote deep sleep.
Faux Fur Blankets
For luxury, faux mink, fox or sheepskin twin blankets provide cozy softness.
How to Buy Twin Blankets
When shopping for twin bed blankets, look for:
- Twin or Twin XL sizing to match mattress
- Desired colors/patterns to coordinate with your bedding
- Materials meeting your warmth needs like wool, cotton, fleece
- Finishes and edges you prefer – hemmed, scalloped, fringed
- Proper weight – lighter for summer, heavier for winter
- Features like electric heating or weighted beads
- Positive reviews and trial periods in case it needs returning
Taking measurements with you while shopping ensures you select properly sized blankets for your twin bed.
How Many Blankets for a Twin Bed?
Most twin beds work well with:
- 1 fitted sheet
- 1 top flat sheet
- 1 comfortable/duvet
- 1 blanket
However, preferences vary:
- Use 2 blankets in cold weather for extra insulation
- Add extra throw blankets at the foot or backs of chairs
- If no top sheet, place blankets under the comforter
- Maximum of 2-3 layered blankets to avoid overly bulky bedding
Adjust bedding to suit your sleeping comfort. Just stick with twin dimensions when buying.
Washing Instructions for Twin Blankets
Always check fabric care labels, but general twin blanket washing guidelines include:
- Machine wash in cold water on a gentle cycle
- Use a mild detergent safe for the material
- Wash non-electric blankets separately from sheets to prevent pilling
- Line dry or tumble dry low if fabric allows
- Avoid hot water which risks shrinking/damaging fibers
- For electric blankets, spot clean by hand only
- Dry clean wool, silk and delicate blankets
Proper care keeps twin blankets fresh and extends their lifespan.
Tips for Measuring Twin Beds for Blankets
Use these tips to measure your twin bed for perfectly sized blankets:
- Measure the length and width of your mattress in inches
- Add 2-3 inches to width/length for ideal blanket overhang
- Compare to standard twin size blanket dimensions – around 50″ x 80″
- For extra long twin beds, increase length 4-6 inches more
- Measure existing blankets following instructions above
- Bring measurements when shopping for new bedding
Precise measurements ensure you select the proper sized blankets for your exact mattress dimensions.
Twin Blanket FAQs
What size is a lap blanket?
Lap blankets designed for cozying on a sofa or chair are smaller than twin bed blankets. Typical lap blanket size ranges 36-50 inches wide x 45-65 inches long.
Are dorm blankets twin size?
Yes, most dorm beds are twin size so matching twin size blankets approximately 50-66 inches wide x 80-90 inches long are needed to fit dorm mattresses.
What size should a knit twin blanket be?
For hand knit twin blankets, aim for a finished size about 50-60 inches wide x 75-85 inches long to allow sufficient overhang when used on a bed. Add 4-6 inches to both dimensions for extra drape.
Can you use two twin extra long blankets on a king bed?
Yes, placing two twin XL blankets side-by-side widthwise will span a king mattress properly. Just be sure the combined length adequately covers a king mattress which is longer than a twin XL.
What size is a twin blanket for a camper?
Standard rv camper twin mattresses are the same 38 x 75 inch dimensions as a regular twin. So regular twin bed blankets around 50-66 inches wide x 80-90 inches long will properly fit twin camper mattresses.
Can you put two twin blankets on a full size bed?
While you can lay two twin blankets on a full bed, they will be too narrow compared to a proper full/double size blanket. Opt for a slightly wider 54 x 80 inch full/double blanket for best fit.
Key Takeaways When Buying Twin Blankets
When shopping for bedding, measure your exact mattress dimensions, add desired overhang inches, and compare to standard twin size blanket measurements to ensure proper fit. Review fabric care requirements before purchase as well. With the right sized, cared for blankets, your twin bed will always look neat, tailored and cozy.