Bed Buddy Choices for Every College Bedroom
No matter where you stay, you’ll have lots of options when it comes to sheets, pillows, comforters, and other bedding. They’re available in a variety of sizes, materials, styles, and price ranges to fit the tastes and budget of every college student.
It’s durable, comfortable, easy to care for, and often inexpensive; a broke student’s dream. You can find cotton dorm sheets in a range of thread counts (the higher, the better) and cotton types including Egyptian, Supima, and MicroCotton.
Another popular choice, particularly in winter months for its soft warmth. Polyester sheets are often found in dorm mattress sizes and at inexpensive prices, however, they tend to be stiff and scratchy. Bamboo dorm sheets are environmentally friendly and soft but may be more expensive.
Blend and Thread Count
There are fabrics that combine many threads together. These fabrics are often a good choice, as they are inexpensive, comfortable, and durable. Just be sure to note the thread count, but don’t assume that the higher it is the better the quality. A thread counts higher than 800 may sound great, but the difference is minimal. Most students find that sheets around 300 or 400 thread count are comfortable and durable.
You should also pay attention to the fabric weave, as this changes the finish and feel of your sheets. Combed cotton sheets are strong and soft, while Percale is crisp and durable. Sateen is very soft but may be less durable.
Get your head the proper support. You can choose from foam, memory foam, latex, wool, cotton, down, and feather pillows. Foam, memory foam, latex, cotton, and wool pillows tend to be firm and adjustable and may even be hypoallergenic or resistant to mold and dust mites. Down and feather pillows are softer and easy to adjust while remaining firm but may cause allergy problems. Most students choose to purchase pillowcases that coordinate with their sheets. Some pillowcases come in sheet sets, while others will be a separate purchase. You may also want to consider a study pillow or decorative pillow to add to your bed.
Blankets and Comforters
So many options, just be sure to match them with your pillowcases, though they usually come as full sets. Things to consider when buying a blanket or comforter include fill type, power, weight, and thread count. Down-filled comforters will be soft and warm while down alternatives eliminate allergens. Comforters with a higher fill power will have a greater loft, adding thickness and warmth, so a higher fill power is better for staying warm. Fill weight indicates a comforter’s heaviness. A comforter with a high fill weight and low fill power is good for warm climates where you may want the weight, but not warmth, of a heavy comforter. And as with sheets, the higher the thread count on your comforter, the better.
Consider the climate of your school when choosing your comforter and blanket. If you’re going to school in a chilly location, you’ll want to invest in covers that are heavier and will keep you warm even if your bedroom is drafty.
Sheets are typically chemically treated to avoid wrinkles and shrinking, but some students prefer sheets with little or no chemicals due to allergies or sensitivities. Organic sheets will be untreated. You can also look for pure finish sheets that either don’t use chemicals or have either removed all chemicals from the sheets.
If you don’t get to choose your mattress beforehand, it may be a good idea to find that a mattress topper that offers more comfort as well as hygiene. Mattress toppers come in a variety of materials and prices, ranging from expensive latex to inexpensive egg crate foam.
Latex mattress toppers are firm, supportive, and comfortable, but can be expensive and retain heat. Memory foam mattress toppers are less expensive while still offering comfort and support, though they also retain heat. Wool is soft and comfortable with good temperature regulation, but less cushioning. Feather and down mattress toppers are soft and luxurious, though they may need fluffing to keep their shape. Cotton mattress toppers offer a range of price, softness, and materials, however, they often compress faster and are not as durable. The most inexpensive, egg crate foam mattress toppers are lightweight and transportable but are less durable and may retain heat.
Mattress Cover and Topper
You probably don’t want to think about it, but in a dorm or Greek housing, plenty of other students have slept on the mattress you’ll be using, leaving sweat, bacteria, and who knows what else — maybe even bed bugs. Use a mattress cover or mattress encasement to create a barrier between you, your sheets, and the dorm mattress. You can also make an uncomfortable mattress bearable with a good mattress topper that can make a difference between tossing and turning all night and getting a good night’s sleep.
Go for quality – Cheap sheet sets for college students are easy to find, but unless you want to change up your style every year, it’s best to invest in a quality set that will last all four years or longer. A good sheet set will be more comfortable, too.
Get extra space with bed risers: Take a look at the bed you’ll use in your dorm or fraternity/sorority bedroom and consider whether you can prop it up with bed risers. These will allow you to use the space under your bed for storage, which is perfect for extra sheets, blankets, and out of season clothes.