When most shoppers go to purchase dorm bedding, they generally go for the cheap stuff, reasoning “it’s only a year”. A word of advice if you are one of those people: A year in college is a very, very long time!
Many schools have partnerships with other companies that they will refer you to for buying Twin XL bedding, but be careful and don’t judge bedding on the picture and thread count alone. Most “budget dorm bedding” products tend to be replaced by students within the first couple weeks of the semester due to comfort reasons. Now, that’s not to say that we’re recommending to go buy the top of the line dorm bedding by any means, but you shouldn’t consider price alone.
Twin XL* sheets and pillow cases
Dozens of students have probably lived on your mattress before so obviously you’re going to want to buy some good sheets for your bed. The general rule of thumb is too look for sheets that have 300 or above for the thread count, but sheet quality goes beyond just one number. Be sure to pay attention to the type of fabric and weaves that are used for the sheets.
For dorm bedding we recommend trying to find all-cotton or cotton-polyester blends with a higher amount of cotton. Depending on your budget, you can either go for a plain standard weave or a sateen weave, but we’d recommend staying away from some of the more intricate weaves since these will only be used for one year.
Twin XL mattress pad
Depending on the school, your mattress may be either very old or very poor quality resulting in some rough points or springs. Put an extra layer between your sheets and the mattress with a mattress pad. If you’re feeling even more willing, go ahead and consider buying a feather bed to give “at-home” like comfort.
Having a good pillow can mean the difference between a good nights rest and a poor one. This is one area that you don’t want to just blow off. We recommend the Goose Down Pillows from DOWNLITE ($35) as they should provide the needed comfort for any student.
* While not all schools use Twin XL sized mattresses, the overwhelming majority of them do. Be sure to check with your housing department to be sure.