Designing a Dorm You’ll be Happy Living in: Part I, Your Bed

(Note: I will have a separate post in the future that is all about how I designed my dorm room so you can see how I applied these tips in my own room)

-The bedding is going to be one of the main focal points of your room and therefore it must be something you will enjoy for at least the year you will be in your dorm room. My advice is to pick something that will be a neutral/ base color that you then can add other pieces as pops of color. A good reason for picking a more basic bedding is that if you get sick of your accent color, it will be much cheaper to switch our a few accessories than your entire bedding.

-Because your bedding will be one of the main focuses of the room, do not be afraid to make an investment in it. If you find bedding you truly enjoy for a cheap cost then no question you should get it; however, I am a frugal person but am really happy with the investment I made in my bedding. Feel free to look for the fabric you want online and find a friend to sew it for you; don’t settle just because you can’t get it in a store.

-Take the climate of the region your school is in to heart so that you can actually use your comforter/bedding. For example, I go to school in the south and so I have a quilt instead of a comforter. If you are going somewhere colder maybe a real comforter is appropriate. I personally like having a throw blanket (in my accent color) so that I can do my homework covered but not in my bed (because otherwise I will fall asleep)

-If you choose a lighter color comforter/main bedding (white, gray, etc.) spray it with Scotch Guard to make it more stain resistant (it does not change the smell or texture of your bedding). Also, keep a stain remover pen by your bed in case of a spill.

-You will be tempted to get tons of cute accent pillows on your bed, especially if you have a neutral colored bedding but trust me on this one. Making your bed before an 8am or even a 9:30 class is already difficult enough, you don’t want making your bed look good to be a difficult and time consuming thing. My advice is one ‘husband’ or arm rest pillow in your accent color and then one additional pillow of your choosing.

-Invest in a good mattress topper, I promise you it will be worth it!  It is literally the most important aspect of a dorm bed because otherwise it will be extremely uncomfortable

-Have two sets of sheets: one in a basic/neutral and the other in your accent color (also do this for towels). This makes washing easier because your bed will never have to be bare while you are washing your sheets and additionally, you won’t have to make a special trip to the laundry to wash your sheets since you can rotate the sets.

-If it is within your budget, a headboard will really add an extra element of hominess to the room. Also, if you are like me and do most of your homework on your bed, a headboard makes leaning back on your bed easy and comfortable. There are several ways to get a headboard cheap; however, if you want one that you do not have to create, the cheapest you will find is around $100.

 Well that is all of my advice about creating the perfect bed for your dorm. If you have questions, feel free to email and if you have other tips, put them in the comments