The Types of Dorm Room Bedding Sets to Look For
So you’re all set to go to college and you need to know how to choose the right dorm room bedding. You’ve thought about the books you need, you’ve thought about a job and a car- but have you thought about your bedding set? You probably haven’t even paid it a second thought. If so, you join pretty much everyone else heading off to college this year. And hey, admittedly, it’s not the most important thing. We understand.
Well, that’s what we’re here for. We wanted to write this list because it might not be the most important thing in the world, but if you have a really nice bed set, it can improve your quality of life by like… 5%. Your room will look nicer, you’ll have better sleep at night and your various guests will better enjoy spending time in bed with you.
So listen up, and listen good, because we’re about to find out everything you ever wanted to know about picking out your first bedding sets. And then some.
Find out how big your bed is first!
You’ve probably already thought of this, but if you haven’t, you should double check what size your bed actually is. It’s not going to be a double or a king size, obviously, but sometimes the twin beds in dorm rooms are actually longer than normal. Then again, you might have a tiny bed that’s even smaller than a normal twin. It’s best to ask before you buy.
If you don’t, you’ll probably get one that’s too small for your bed, and looks like you stole your little brother’s comforter. Not a good look. Having a set that’s too big isn’t really that much of a problem, but if you’re a little OCD about that kind of thing, then I suppose it matters to you. But then again, I guess you already would have thought of all of that anyway.
Make sure it’s not too warm, or not too cold
Bear in mind that your bedding set is gonna have to last you through winter and summer. If you buy a really thick, winter set, then in the summer you won’t even be able to sleep for sweating and misery. At the same time, if you get one that’s too thin, you won’t be warm enough in the winter. Most people have a regular thin set because in the winter you can always throw a throw on top.
But if you have space and money…
Consider buying more than one set
You can always get more than one bedding set, one for winter and one for summer. That means you won’t have to worry about it being too hot or too cold. Through the off season, you can always keep your spare set underneath your bed so that it’s out of the way. You can even use it just for a couple of nights if there’s a cold snap or a sudden heatwave.
You should also buy more than one set of pillow and bed linens so that you can match the style to your room. It’s also useful because if you don’t have more than one set, and you do plan on washing your bedding more often than once a year, then you might get caught out and have to sleep with no linens. And there’s nothing worse than that. We aren’t sure why, but it just feels wrong.
It isn’t worth going cheap
When you do buy your bedding set, don’t bother trying to save too much money. Saving money is good when, say, you’re buying food; sometimes you can get by just with ramen. But you have to go to bed every night (well, most nights) in your own bed, with your own bedding. And if you buy a set that feels cheap and nasty… Well, it’s just not a nice feeling.
It isn’t the most important thing in the world, and you can go cheap if you want, but what we’re trying to say is that it’s actually a pretty good investment over time if you buy a good quality bedding set. You’re spending hundreds of dollars per book (which is a debate on its own!), so why not spend just a hundred dollars on the most comfortable pillows and comforter you can get?
Pick a color that matches your room – or match your room to your bedding set!
Last but not least, you should pick a bedding set that matches the color of your room. This isn’t so hard to do, because the walls in your room will probably be bare white, and your furniture and desk (if you have them) will be a natural wood color. This will open the doors of opportunity to really customize your color scheme and choose a college bedding set that suits your personality best.
Alternatively, you can pick out your sets and then match your room around them. This is probably the best way to go because you’ll want to decorate your room anyway! You can always use something simple like washi tape to add a few accents on the walls and furniture that match your bedding set. That way, you can have a room that looks awesome by hardly spending any time or effort at all.
Pick pillows that are right for you- not just the first pillows you find
Okay, so we get that you don’t exactly need an orthopedic mattress, memory foam pillows or anything like that. But even so, it’s worth picking out pillows that actually suit how you like to sleep. Maybe you prefer sleeping with one thin pillow, or you like to be propped up by five of them. Some pillows are also harder than others, and yes, you can get memory foam pillows if you really want them (and you have the money).
It’s worth spending a little time picking out your pillows because if you don’t, you’ll sleep awkwardly and wake up with a sore neck. Nobody wants a sore neck, and when you’re busy at college, you don’t want to have to make a trip to the city to pick out pillows of all things.