Heading off to college can be stressful. Whether it’s your first time leaving home for an extended period or you’re weepily sending your baby off to university, the checklist of dorm room essentials is overwhelming. Of course, the most important part of back to school shopping is making sure dorm beds feel as comfy, cozy and clean your bed at home. Sure you may be up all night studying, but when you have the opportunity to sleep in on a Saturday, you’ll want to make sure your bed is ready for maximum comfort.
But college bedding is way more than just Twin XL sheets and pillows. Most dorm rooms have limited space, awkward setups or the bare minimum to work with. That’s why it’s imperative to shop smart and show up prepared on move-in day. Whether you’re looking for a solution to sleeping on the top bunk or how to make more storage space, here are all the bedding must-haves and accessories from Bed Bath & Beyond you had no clue you needed for the ultimate sleep zone.
You know you need sheets and comforters, but flimsy, poor quality bedding that will get destroyed in one semester will cost more in the long run. Make sure your dorm bed is comfortable and show off your style with this 100% cotton garment-washed set. There are over 30 colors and patterns to choose from and they will get softer after each wash.
Even if you have a bedding set, dorms can be awfully chilly. You’ll want an extra blanket to curl up with while studying or just hanging with friends. This super-soft throw will keep you toasty but not overheated while adding some colorful flair to a boring bed.
3. Bedside Storage
Dorm rooms rarely have convenient setups. If you’re on the top bunk, you won’t have a nightstand. You also may have to push your desk up against the bed to maximize space and forgo a bedside shelf. Add your own storage with this bedside pocket! You can easily keep your laptops, smartphones and everything else inside to make life that much more convenient.
4. Mattress Toppers
Dorm room mattresses are rarely comfortable. Your bed will be the center of your universe whether you’re sleeping, studying or watching Netflix, so you need it to be just as comfortable as your bed back home. This mattress pad helps to regulate moisture so you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Plus, it will add an extra layer of cushioning and eliminate odors on that dusty old dorm mattress.
See It: Grab the Therapedic 300-Thread-Count Cotton Twin XL Mattress Pad for $55 at Bed Bath & Beyond!
5. Bed Lifts
Lack of space is common for dorms so you’re left with limited options for storing your stuff. Bed risers add extra vertical space under your bed, allowing you to utilize the otherwise wasted space. And these aren’t your average bed lifts! These 7-inch risers come with power outlets and USB ports to charge your devices while you sleep. Multitasking magic!
6. Bed Desktop
Getting out of bed to study is hard, but you won’t have to with this laptop tray. You can surf the web (or type up that term paper) from the comfort of your beds using this adjustable workspace.
Even if you already bought a bedding set, you’re going to want an extra pair of sheets. From spills and stains to sweat, you can push off laundry day if you keep a spare set. These super soft and cooling jersey sheets feel like luxe silk but are easy to care for. Plus, so many reviewers say they do not pill, making them a great investment.
Remember how we mentioned spills and stains? You’ll want to protect your mattress against allergens, odors, bed bugs, dust mites and yes, messes. But don’t forget your pillows, too! Having pillow protectors will help to extend the life of pillows and give the soundest night of sleep.
You know you need pillows, but start off freshman year right with this hypoallergenic charcoal-infused pillow. It’s crazy soft, cozy and luxurious but also has antimicrobial protection to help keep your pillow clean and fresh. Come senior year, this odor-resistant pillow will graduate with you.
See It: Grab the Brookstone BioSense Charcoal-Infused Pillow in White for $60 at Bed Bath & Beyond!
See even more college bedding essentials at Bed Bath & Beyond!
Check out more of our picks and deals here!
This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.
The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping!
For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on Youtube!