Dream Dorm Decor: Best Bedding Ever!

Abigail Sawyer | 05 Sep 2012 | Trends


In our Dream Dorm Decor Series during the month of September, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite dorm products and design tips to help make your dorm room reflect your personal style.

You may already have the basics, but now it’s time to make your space a less generic and more like home.

Ideas for dorm decorating

First thing’s first, you’ve got to have a place to sleep.

That plastic-covered, bed-bug-resistant mattress that’s been used by who knows how many generations before you isn’t going to cut it for the next 8 months. Let’s start from the bottom up. Make that mattress feel a lot more like the pillow top you left at home with a memory foam mattress topper or cotton mattress pad. (Although using both will make your bed insanely comfortable!)

foam matress topper target

Image via Target.com

Next up: Sheets

Bed linens for the dorm can be confusing to purchase, so we’re going to give you a quick rundown of what you need to know. Although manufacturers like to boast about high thread counts, it’s more important to pay attention to the cotton content of the sheet. The more cotton in the weave, the more comfortable the sheet will be. It’s as simple as that.  However stick with a thread count between 200 and 400. Anything less won’t last you very long, and anything more is just going to mean a higher price tag. Many dorm mattresses require extra long twin sheets, so make sure to check your university housing website before you head to the store.

  • 100% cotton sheets and cotton jersey sheets will be ultra comfortable, breathable and easy to wash. They’re the perfect choice if you want
  • If you want a crisper feel when you slide into bed try a cotton percale weave. They are breathable, resist wrinkling, and will last a long time.
  • Now that you finally get to start over with your bedding, if you want hotel quality softness in your sheets, go with a 100% cotton sateen sheet set for the dorm. They are as amazingly soft as Egyptian Cotton sheets, but are much more affordable.
 dorm bed sheets


Top off your bed.

After sheets you’ll need a comforter or blanket to keep you warm.  Find one with an interesting print or design. This is one of the biggest ways you can show off your personal style since the bed may double as a couch and a study zone. It’s nice to have a lighter blanket or quilt for the warmer months and a comforter that you can pull out in the winter. Ask around to see if your dorm is notoriously cold or hot and bring layers accordingly.

karma living dorm bedding

This Boho Chic Quilt from Karma Living would be great for campuses with milder weather.

elizabeth velvet dorm bedding

For a luxe look try the Elizabeth Velvet Collection.

Wesley Bird Wander Duvet Cover

Get a completely unique look with these Dorm Duvet Covers from DENY Designs. Have your custom duvet made with an image from artists

Let’s hear it for the boys!

Surfer stripe duvet cover
 Guys- you can’t go wrong with this surf stripe duvet cover inspired by Guatemalan tapestries.
portland plaid quilt PB Teen
 This Patchwork Quilt from PB Teen will go with anything and can be washed in the machine along with everything else.
BBB Collegiate Bedding
Or, support your team even when you snooze with the Collegiate Bedding from Bed Bath and Beyond. If you’re a die hard fan you’ve got to see the  Collegiate Roller Shades at Blinds.com too.

Throw it all together.

And finally- add the finishing touch to your bed with some fun throw pillows.

karma living pillow

This one from Karma Living is prefect for the aspiring world traveler.

novelty dorm pillows

In the seam‘s canvas pillows printed with vintage subway tokens, cameras, and furry friends will make your friends chuckle when they walk in the door.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is the Manager of Social Media Marketing for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw