How to Get the Most Comfort out of Your Dorm Room

Move-in week is coming up quick for a lot of schools and whether you’re hitting campus for the very first time or heading back for your last semester—your space needs to be perfect.

Not only should it express your own interests and hobbies, but it should be conducive to study-sessions, movie nights, and everything in between.

Your bed, however, might just be the most important. Sure, it’s not the most exciting part about the campus life, but sleep is extremely important to support your busy schedule and constant learning. One night of bad sleep can completely throw you off, so make sure you’re getting the best night’s rest possible with these tips and tricks.

Check to see if you can replace your mattress Here’s the deal—most schools have pretty stringent rules when it comes to moving furniture in or out of your dorm room. If you’ve ever watched Rory Gilmore head off to Yale, you know that getting a better mattress into your dorm can be a huge undertaking and unless you’ve got a truck (And a Luke!) you’re probably going to find that it isn’t worth the hassle.

On the rare chance that your college does let you bring your own mattress, consider leaving your hand-me-down twin at home and have a mattress delivered in a box. Of course, we’re biased, but a nice, clean box has to be easier than dragging your floppy, saggy childhood mattress through your dorm lobby, right?

If you can’t upgrade your mattress, there are a few other things you can do to make the most out of your dorm room furniture.

Invest smartly in your sheets Your mattress might not be luxurious, but that doesn’t mean your sheets can’t be. Adding nice sheets can up the feel of your bed when you’re ready to crash after a long day. Look for something strong and durable–those dormitory laundry rooms probably aren’t built for hang drying. If your dorm room has a Twin XL (Most do!) you won’t be using these sheets for more than a few years at best, so don’t go over board, but do think about finding something that you’ll love to come home to.

Cotton sheets are breathable and high-quality cottons will last through more than a few semesters, make sure you’re looking into

Related: How to Use Color Theory to Choose Your Sheets

Throw pillows Adding even just a few throw pillows can help cozy up your bed in no time. They are also great for adding pops of color and flair to your decor. Stacking a few cheap throw pillows with a nice pillow sleep with can make your bed a comfortable place to read, study, or just hang out for a movie night when you don’t have room for a couch and chairs.

Add a topper Toppers are great temporary solutions when you don’t want to spend that financial aide check on a mattress. They are quick and easy to throw onto you bed and the comfort level can be customizable to your needs based on the materials you like. The best part? You can bring it home with you when school is out and you want to sleep just as well back home.

Check out the T&N Mattress Topper here.

Under bed storage Comfort isn’t just about your mattress—your room should be peaceful and calming, which comes down to organization. Your dorm probably supplies lofting materials to add space below your bed—this is a great idea to maximize storage in a tight space. If you don’t have access to lofting supplies, you can DIY with a simple kit! Once your bed is lofted, you can move your desk in, or just utilize collapsible storage bins to help declutter your room.

Check out these great storage ideas for dorm rooms.

Get cozier (and some privacy!) Room dividers aren’t just for your grandma’s living room—they are a great way to carve out a little piece of space just for you. You can go simple with a solid color foldable divider that’s easily put away when you want, or you can take advantage of some tapestries and command strips to make dreamy curtains that give you your own private office.


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Shelly Weaver-Cather
Shelly Weaver-Cather

Shelly Weaver is part of the Content Team at Tuft & Needle, leading the writing and editing of our blog. Not quite a Phoenix native, (They take that sort of thing super seriously.) Shelly has spent most of her life in the Phoenix Metro area and has no plans of leaving anytime soon. She made the unexpected jump out of wedding photography and onto T&N’s team in 2016, and found a passion for the people that keep the lights on. She still finds herself shooting in her free time, though these days there are less bridal portraits and more masterpieces of her first child, Duke, a lab-pit mix with an unparalleled love for both T&N mattress hogging and couch destroying.

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