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College Dorm Room Shopping Part 1: Bedding


Dorm BeddingI’ve received lots of emails lately from this year’s incoming freshmen, wanting to know how to decorate a dorm room and where to find cute dorm bedding. I thought I would post on the subject, because it’s so easy to make your dorm room fabulous.

One quick thing to note: College is THE time to go crazy with your room decorations. Once you’re living in the adult world, it will no longer be as acceptable to have a hot-pink bed, purple mini fridge, and strings of Christmas lights hanging everywhere in your apartment. For now, feel free to express your personality in your room – you can go for the “adult” look later!

This will be a multi-part series I’ll be posting over the next few days. Today I’m going to focus on Dorm Room Bedding. There are so many options out there in terms of duvet covers and sheet sets, which I’m going to feature at the end of this post. First, here are a few tips on buying bedding for college:

4 Tips on Buying Bedding for College

  1. Get extra-long twin sheets. That’s the number one rule for dorm room bedding, which they probably tell you at orientation. Normal twin size sheets won’t fit most dorm beds, so you need to get XL-Twin.
  2. Don’t get white bedding. In college, your dorm room is where you spend most of your time – whether it’s studying, pre-gaming, hanging out with friends or even eating. Since there isn’t much room for chairs in the typical dorm, your bed is going to be like a couch most of the time. Therefore, if you get white bedding, it will probably be stained/ruined by the end of the semester. Go for darker colors unless you’re very, very neat.
  3. Buy a few sets of sheets. You aren’t going to feel like doing laundry more often than every two weeks, and if you only have one set of sheets, they’re going to get grungy. Oh, and message to the boys: you need to wash your sheets more than once a year! If you’re lazy, get a few sheet sets and swap them out regularly.
  4. Buy a mattress pad. Trust me – the mattress your dorm room comes with is going to be hard as a rock! Get a good mattress pad (memory foam is amazing but pricey; egg crate pads are another decent option) and your back will thank you!

Cute Bedding for Your Dorm

Now that the basics are out of the way, on to the fun stuff – picking out cute bedding for your dorm room! There are so many cute options for any budget and personal style. Some of my picks:

Tommy Hilfiger Denim Bed Set
Tommy Hilfiger “Denim” Bedding Collection – $34.99-$74.99

DwellStudio for Target Foliage Bedding
DwellStudio for Target “Foliage” – $69.99-$89.99

PBTeen Favorite Tee Pink Bedding
Pbteen “Favorite Tee” Bedding – $22-$109

More Information

Check out the rest of the posts in the College Dorm Room Shopping series to get everything you need for a fabulous dorm:

Posted on on July 18, 2007 / Filed Under: Dorm Room / Tags: , , ,

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61 Responses to “College Dorm Room Shopping Part 1: Bedding”

  1. 1
    July 18th, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    this is great…iv’e been having a hard time finding bedding ilike as i am going to be a freshman this year :0 but i really like this Isaac Mizrahi for Target “Dot Matrix” set it’s really cute :)

  2. 2
    November 7th, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    I was just wondering what places have good sales. These things are pricey.

  3. 3
    May 21st, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    hey i love the website really helped me get ideas of fixing up my dorm room! One question can i get the sheets twinxl and the comforter twin?!?! or full?!?! lots of places have just twinxl sheets! its cold where im going so i need comforters :) THIS SITE ROCKS!

  4. 4
    June 15th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Go to It’s website that sells bedding and stuff for dorms that are extra-long. Their Value Paks are a great deal and there are a ton of different colors and patterns. My school sent me their brochure in the mail.

  5. 5
    July 17th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    I love you!! Omg I’d been having THE hardest time finding anything my roomate and I could agree on. From what I can tell we are pretty opposite of eachother. She wanted a plain brown comforter and hated almost all of my suggestions. I saw this article and sent her an email with the black and white target comforter you have in the article. She loved it! It’s not ultra pink and girly but its still classy and pretty looking and leaves alot of freedom for decorating! Thank you sooo much!!! love your site<3

  6. 6
    July 28th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I was in the physicians waiting room thumbing through the Birmingham Magazine & ran across your article. Funny I do not remember your dorm room at JSU looking so cute, however we had a lot of fun times. Congratulations on your business & what a great idea, we had brown & white gingam (yuck) Would love to hear from you!


    Nan Tucker Wagner

  7. 7
    August 7th, 2008 at 3:28 am

    Geez, must all bedding for XL Twin be geared for kids?! I’m an adult male who simply has limited space and consequently an XL Twin bed and I’m getting damned frustrated trying to find bedding that isn’t butt-ugly!

  8. 8
    August 12th, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I LOVE the bedding in the first pic at the top! Where is it from?!?

  9. 9
    January 13th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Wow, I can’t believe it! I’ve been doing online searching for dorm bedding for weeks, and you have ALL my favorites pictured here! How ironic!

  10. 10
    January 26th, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    This site has some great ideas for dorms, im looking for some furniture for a dorm. The rooms are so small but having a couch would be amazing. anyone have any ideas

  11. 11
    August 5th, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Hi, I was trying to find the Isaac Mazrahi bed set from target because I am in love with it!! I cant find it on the web site.. how long ago did u see it on the site? Thanks.

  12. 12
    September 4th, 2009 at 8:46 am

    this is great.But they are pricy.Any places that i can buy for less?

  13. 13
    December 14th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I reccommend getting a bedspread that not only dark, but has something of a pattern to it….this will help a lot in keeping stains and signs of wear from showiing. Also, you know those really soft throw blankets? They only cost $5-$25 and they are so nice to have around when the dorm is too cold and you can throw them accross your bed before you sit down and snack…

  14. 14
    December 15th, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I had the izaac mizrahi set (Shown above) when i still lived at home. Unfortunately, it was a cat fur MAGNET. I brought it with me to school (wvu) and it looked AMAZING in my cramped apartment. And its something I can use for years to come. Great suggestions :)

    and tip: GET AN ANTI-BEDBUG LINER. who KNOWS what’s been on that matress before you…

  15. 15
    January 8th, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    hello that is a VERYY cute bed spread!!!!!!

  16. 16
    March 17th, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I loved my egg crate mattress pad when I was in college. It’s a must if you ask me. Dorm beds are ridiculously uncomfortable and this definitely helps!

  17. 17
    July 7th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Great and most helpful article! Some good ideas and suggestions. I especially love the pink Tommy Hilfiger College bedding.

  18. 18
    July 18th, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Go to Marshall’s, Ross and TJ Maxx to look for sheets. You can find 100% cotton good quality extra long sheets for cheap. The ones form the dorm websites are not cotton so they will get rough quickly.

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    August 5th, 2010 at 11:46 am

    hi!!! i have been looking all over for the “dot matrix isaac mizrahi by target” duvet set for everrrr!!! and i really really love it! does anyone know where i can get one?? i’d do anything to have it!! :) thanks!

  20. 20
    August 27th, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    You can find the Isaac Mizrahi for Target “Dot Matrix” at the above site. Good luck!

  21. 21
    November 17th, 2010 at 3:00 am

    hey thanks for the tips and ideas. I have a few kids going to college myself. Ill be sure and let them know about this article .

  22. 22
    April 20th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    A lot of twin comforters now will fit extra long beds too, but double check with your college because xtra long twins are not used in dorms as much as they used to be

  23. 23
    June 26th, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Awesome collection, thank you for sharing this. I really have a great time reading and viewing it. I find it very interesting and informative. Keep it up

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    December 28th, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Please feel free to check out my site, It’s new to the web, all fashion all the time.

  25. 25
    March 8th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I’ve been getting my bedding for the past 4 years (I’m a senior at ISU), at They’ve got so many different collections and they are all adorable. plus, i like fancy things. Might call me a little high maintenance ;] aha

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  27. 27
    April 5th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    im looking for beddings, too…but those are expensive and beautiful :)

  28. 28
    September 2nd, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Using Klorane at the moment, sometimes Batiste.

  29. 29
    July 3rd, 2014 at 12:16 am

    I am interested in Tommy, navy set for my boyfriend. Where can find it online?

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