College Dorm Room Shopping Part 1: Bedding [Updated 2018]

Part one of our ultimate guide to dorm room shopping: Tips on buying bedding for college + cute dorm room bedding picks.
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Tropical pink bungalow room setup from Dormify.

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We've received quite a few requests lately from this year's incoming freshmen wanting to know how to decorate a dorm room and where to find stylish dorm bedding. The great news is: it's so easy to make your dorm room fabulous.

Today, we're going to show you how to decorate your dorm room, starting with your bedding (and we'll move on to the rest of your dorm room checklist next).

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 retro 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 we'll be posting over the next few days. Today we're going to focus on Dorm Room Bedding. There are so many options out there in terms of duvet covers and sheet sets, which we're 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. But seriously; take note. 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 guys: you need to wash your sheets more than once a year! (Ideally you should change them weekly.) 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 can be 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. 

Here are our favorite dorm room bedding picks for 2018:

This Urban Outfitters solid dusty purple bedding has a textural roped 3D floral pattern.

Lumi Floral Roping Duvet Cover from Urban Outfitters.

If you've got a passion for purple, this duvet cover from Urban Outfitters is made for you. This delicate 3D floral pattern is more unique than your average printed duvet and we pretty much guarantee your roomie will be envious.

Lucky Brand's calm ocean blue cotton sheet set with light pressed dot patterns.

 Laguna Sheet Set from Lucky Brand.

Who knew Lucky Brand made sheets? This swoon-worthy set comes in ocean blue with a muted ikat pattern; perfect for creating a relaxed ocean oasis vibe in your space.

Dormify's pink and blue patterned daydreamer collection dorm bedding.

Sienna Duvet Comforter and Sham Set from Dormify.

Do you really need to look any further for dorm bedding? This dusty rose comforter and sham set is super stylish. Plus, between the cream, navy, burnt orange, and light blue colors in the pattern, there are endless pillow possibilities.

JCPenney colorblocked sunshine yellow and grey geometric chevron dorm duvet.

Intelligent Design Kennedy Chevron Duvet Set from JCPenney.

We never met a chevron pattern we didn't like and this duvet set from JCPenney is no exception. If yellow isn't up your alley, it also comes in a funky bright aqua!

Urban Outfitter's cream peach-patterned sheet and sham set.

Allover Peaches Sheet Set from Urban Outfitters.

Sometimes less is more, which is precisely how we feel about these darling peach sheets. This simple pattern is cheeky and whimsical. Don't mind us while we add these to our own shopping cart...

Bold yellow and white striped comforter and polka dot sham set from PB Teen.

The Emily & Meritt Pirate Stripe Comforter + Sham from PB Teen.

Why stick with one pattern when you can have two? Stripes AND polka dots surprisingly make a great combination, particularly for spicing up your dorm room bedding. Besides, yellow is all the rage, don't you know?

Dormify's muted light green and white dot comforter and sham set.

Dormify Chloe Medallion Comforter and Sham Set from American Eagle.

This sea-foam green comforter and sham set from American Eagle is Instagram-worthy. The subtle medallion pattern adds a little sassiness and would go great with basic pillows or tone down your craziest furry throw blanket.

This simple cream jacquard Target quilt has a coral and blue striped pattern.

Coral Woven Jacquard Quilt from Target.

Target, we are in love with this quilt. This blanket has just enough pops of color to be funky and cool without being too loud. We highly suggest adding this one to your dorm room.

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:

Editor's note: This post was originally published in 2017; it was completely updated and revamped in 2018 with new photos, products, and information.

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