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Friday, August 8th, 2008

College Bedding:Think Beyond Jersey Knits and Comforters


Posted by Ali | View all posts by Ali
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DwellStudio Junior Dots Bedding in Fuschia
I was walking through the college dorm aisles in Tar-jay the other day when I realized what sort of trends I was suckered into so many years ago with regards to college bedding: 1.) I bought the jersey knit sheets. Although soft, they did pill very quickly and didn’t last more than a few months before looking shabby. 2.) I had the reversible comforter that about 23892783 other girls in my dorm also had in their rooms. This one item that was to be a major focal point in my room was the same main feature in so many other rooms. Blah. Plus, I had never cleaned a comforter before in my life which in turn led to a very dirty sleeping space for a long time.

So, I thought I would take the opportunity to try and prevent such catastrophic events for student going through the college dorm preparation process by passing on the three big college bedding lessons I learned:

1.) Don’t give in to the super cheap. Super cheap sheets will either be extremely scratchy or will fall apart quickly. You don’t need the most elaborate sheet sets while in college, but you do want something that you will not have to replace quickly or will keep you up at night with discomfort.

3.) Think duvet. Although most college students may not know the meaning of the word, they will appreciate the function. I have to admit to thinking a duvet was a pillowcase or a diving board or a special type of loo for many years before I figured out what it really was. Now that I know and am a devout duvet owner I think it is high time to spread the word to soon to be college students. Duvets are easily to clean on a regular basis compared to a full on comforter. Plus, if your next door neighbors all have matching duvet covers you can always find a new one and switch yours up.

1.) Consider your laundry skills. What type of bedding you choose can easily be dictated by your laundry going experience/s. If you have never touched a washing machine before dark colors and or heavily patterned bedding would be best to hide the dirt for at least a good couple of months. Although a bit disgusting, it may be a wise move. If you prefer lighter colored options make sure you know how to clean it…many times your bed becomes more than just a bed and gets lots of use (speaking in terms of a couch, a lounge area for friends, your study spot, dining room, etc). Lights and white are also perfect for readily available toga creations.

Overall, do try to wash at least one load of laundry on your own before you head off to college…it helps a lot in preventing your new bedding from turning into an accidental tie-dyed mess.

We have a “College” section on DP, but before getting too excited about a particular bedding pattern make sure the sheets fit the size of your dorm room mattress (many are now extra long mattresses)

If you have other college bedding tips or stories, I am sure students would love all the practical advice they can get, even if it is the most basic!

About Ali

I enjoy wood paneled station wagons, German food and senior citizens (I am 80 years old at heart). Nearly every weekend I am taking photos at other people's weddings and I have a blog of my own (but I don't update it often enough). I love to paint, sew and knit. Check out my DP Staff profile on Hatch.



  1. Laurie says:

    August 10th, 2008 at 9:05 am (#)

    Agreed on the duvet 100%. My most basic dorm furnishing tip is a bed skirt. Tailored or box pleats, whatever, it is usually overlooked and can have a dual function of hiding under bed storage, dust bunnies and just making the space a little warmer and stand-out from all the neighbors.
    Also instead of plastic or those trunks of cardboard, I was sent off to school with a diamond-plated steel locking trunk designed for a truck bed, acquired from the local tack shop. I still have it.

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