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How to Choose Dorm Bedding

Living on campus is all about balancing hard work and an active social life. Of course, to make the most of every minute you've got at school, you're going to need some solid sleep each night.

Getting the right dorm bedding can help you sleep easy whether you've got a final the next morning or you get to sleep in on Saturday.

Know Your Size

Bedding has to be the right size to fit your bed properly. Whether you're replacing existing dorm bedding or you're shopping before you even get to campus, knowing the right size is essential. If you're not on campus yet, any dorm room information provided or an advisor can help you determine what size your bed will be. In most cases, dorm beds are standard twin or full sizes.

Once you've got your sizes narrowed down, you can go ahead and start thinking about comfort and style for your dorm room.

Consider Comfort

You need to be comfortable to get a good night's sleep and in college, the right amount of shut-eye is a must. Picking comfortable bedding that's luxurious, yet easy to care for is best for a dorm room.

The bedding that you find comfortable is a personal choice, but super-soft sateen, jersey sheets and organic cotton sheets offer versatility and a pleasant to the touch feel. These sheets often come in sets too, making it easy to get everything you need for your bed in one simple bundle.

High thread count sheet sets also provide long-term comfort and durability for the whole school year. As long as it's machine washable, you can use it on your dorm room bed!

Pick a Versatile Color Scheme

Dorm rooms are often shared spaces that come with furniture designed to help you study and make the most of a smaller room. To keep your space looking sharp and well put-together, a versatile color scheme that goes with a lot of different elements is a smart pick.

White and neutral sheet sets in off-white, cream or taupe are excellent for dorm rooms since they're easy to wash together and look excellent with all sorts of spaces. Duvets in these same colors can give your space a refined, modern look while being easy on the eyes.

If you prefer a little more color in your room, opt for tones like navy blue or gray. They'll work exceptionally well in pretty much any space, so you can take the guesswork out of making your room look great.

Duvets Rule the Roost

Every bed needs a blanket and in dorm rooms, duvets are the perfect option since the cover can be removed and washed in a matter of minutes. You've also got the choice of different duvet fills, which means you can stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

For an all-around duvet insert, down and down alternative materials are a good pick. Although they'll keep you warm, they're light and breathable, so you won't wake up sweating in the middle of the night.

For extra cold nights, add a decorative throw to your bed so you can have an extra layer of warmth ready to go. You can also keep a quilt handy to top your bed with if you go to school somewhere super cold!

Mix in Fun Elements

Your dorm room should express your personal style and there's no better way to showcase who you are and what you like than with your bedding. While a versatile color scheme for your main bedding items is often best for a small, shared dorm space, that doesn't mean you can't have some fun, too.

To personalize your dorm bedding, look for accent pillows, throw blankets and quilts in unique colors that you love. Bright, bold pinks, vibrant greens, sparkling jewel tones and a whole lot more options let you tailor your look to your tastes. Prints and patterns like color blocks, stripes, windowpane checks and even animal prints add some style to your space.

Make your dorm room design shine by matching the more colorful elements of your bed to a favorite decorative accessory or rug you're bringing with you.

Living on campus can make for an exciting, immersive college experience that you won't ever forget. While you might have a long to-do list full of lectures, homework and social gatherings each day, you'll still need to hit the hay once in a while! Use this guide from PBteen to find the bedding you'll need to make your dorm room cozy, comfortable and stylish.

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