The Best Dorm Bedding for Making Your Space Feel More Like You

updated Jul 28, 2023
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If dorms are known for one thing, it’s their less-than-ideal size. Having to share a divided room with several other people is never easy, but there are still ways to make a space your own, no matter how small it may be. The most important part of furnishing it is having comfortable bedding that makes your space feel cozy. Ultimately, you want to turn your dorm into a place you’ll always feel good about going home to. Because dorms are usually pretty limited in space, creating a sleeping — and studying — arrangement that works for you is extremely important. I’m not just talking a set of sheets here either, but all the bells and whistles that’ll make your experience more comfortable, whether that’s through special pillows, relaxing foam toppers, or sheets with pockets for corralling your bedside essentials. Below, you’ll find 14 different bedding items to help you set up the perfect space for everything from snoozing to snacking.

Looking for more dorm design ideas and inspiration? Check out Apartment Therapy’s new site, Dorm Therapy, which features personal recommendations and reflections from a team of student contributors.

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Fluff Co.
was $115.00

Good sleep start's with the right pillow and the FluffCo. Down Alternative Pillow is our favorite. Fluff Co.‘s pillows are inspired by those luxe hotel pillows we all covet, with the goal of getting a high-end pillow into everyone’s hands at a fraction of the price. This pillow topped our Best List as a great pick for all sleepers, making it a pick sure to last you all four years.

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Buying an all-inclusive set makes things much easier than trying to source everything on your dorm supplies list. The OCM College Dorm Room 27-Piece Varsity Pak comes with a comforter, two flat sheets, two fitted sheets, a mattress pad, a mattress topper, two pillowcases, two fluffy bed pillows, a bed blanket, a bedside caddy, a laundry bag, a lamp, a fan, a throw, two underbed units, and an 8-piece bath set.

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was $69.99

Having a foam topper can make a world of a difference in how well you sleep on a dorm mattress. If you suffer from insomnia or are often under a lot of stress, this special topper is infused with lavender to calm you down when you curl up.

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was $69.99

For a boho vibe, this pretty navy colored bedding pack comes with a comforter, a standard sham, and two decorative pillows. Not only is it super pretty, but this style also prevents you from having to wrestle with a duvet cover every time you wash your bedding.

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You can’t always count on those old radiators to keep you warm when fall and winter roll around. Instead, you can bet on this ultra soft and cozy blanket to wrap yourself in. Be warned though — this throw may make it harder to roll out of bed for class!

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Urban Outfitters
was $79.00

Brighten up even the darkest dorm room with this gorgeous sun-covered duvet cover. This stylish duvet cover also comes with one pillowcase in its Twin XL size making it super easy to bring a little sunshine to your space.

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Prefer the look of a solid duvet cover? This super soft Bedsure find comes in 14 chic hues and features an easy-to-close zipper closure (alongside corner ties) for quick bed making.

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What's a duvet cover without an equally as impressive insert? This SUPERIOR find is both an Amazon and editor-favorite, with Commerce SEO editor Sarah sharing, "This duvet has been my go-to since college and is the one I always recommend to friends and family. It's super plushy, lightweight, and perfect for year-round use (and did I mention affordable?). I can't tell you how many times I've gifted this duvet!"

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was $17.47

For the times you can’t be bothered to study from your desk, a super soft and fluffy reading pillow will come in handy for propping you up on your bed. This one comes in four different colors, so you’ll certainly be able to find one that fits your style.

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was $26.99

Sheets with a cell phone pocket are a must-have for college. Whether you use your phone as an alarm or are fond of scrolling through social first thing in the morning, this sheet set allows you to both charge your cell and keep it close by.

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My Sheets Rock

With many dorms lacking air conditioners, cooling bedding is a must — like these cooling sheets made from sustainably grown bamboo. Bamboo is an increasingly popular eco-friendly bedding material, as it requires significantly less water and energy to produce than cotton and feels even softer and fresher. If you’re looking to splurge on high-end sheets guaranteed to help you sleep cool, these sheets are the way to go. And yes, they come in multiple colorways.

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PB Teen

It can be difficult finding small-space-friendly decor items to spice up your room, but a duvet cover with pom poms is the perfect solution. It can provide a much-needed hit of texture to perk up a dull dorm and doesn’t take up any extra space in doing so.

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was $29.99

Bedding that gives you two styles in one means you don’t have to find a place to store another comforter until you’re ready to switch out styles. Space is tight in dormitories, so a comforter that can pull double decor duty is clutch.

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Soft sheets are one thing, but soft sheets that come in cool patterns make all the difference. Since the price for this set is so wallet-friendly, you might as well stock up with two or three styles so you can switch it up when you want.