29 Best Ways to Make a Dorm Room Bed Feel Like Home

When you help move your teen into college, you will focus on the dorm room bed, the weirdly elevated, twin XL-length bed. You will do this because, more than anything, you want that bed to be filled with all the good things that remind your child of home. As you add each layer and smooth out all the wrinkles, you will silently hope you are adding a protective coating of love as you transform the industrial-strength bed into your kid’s “home.”

And when you finally pat down the finished, well-made bed, you will try your hardest not to cry.

Dorm bed with white sheets and girl with glasses and laptop
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To help you with the dorm room shopping in your future, we asked our Grown and Flown Parents what their kids loved and used the most for their dorm room beds and the following are some of their very best ideas.

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Best Dorm Room Bed Ideas

Pillows:

puredown Goose Down Feather Pillows for Sleeping Down Pillow Jumbo Cotton Pillow Cover for Siding Sleeping Set of 2
Best dorm room bed ideas
Aller-Ease Cotton Hypoallergenic Allergy Protection Body Pillow, 20″ x 54″
Best dorm room bed ideas
Hypoallergenic Bed Pillow for Side Sleeper
Best dorm room bed ideas

Bedding:

AllerEase Bed Bug Barrier Protection Kit XL Twin — Zippered Mattress and Pillow Protector (XL Twin)

Dorm room bed ideas
Smart Sheets® Brushed Microfiber 3-Piece Bedding Set, Luxurious, Soft & Durable, Deep Pockets, Hypoallergenic Sheet & Pillowcase Set, Fitted Bed Sheets with Side Storage Pockets – Twin XL, Grey
Best dorm room bed ideas
AmazonBasics Reversible Microfiber Comforter – Twin/Twin Extra-Long, Navy Blue
Best dorm room bed ideas

Decor:

Call Mom Pillow Case
Best dorm room bed ideas
Noahas Super Soft Modern Shag Area Rugs Fluffy Living Room Carpet Comfy Bedroom Home Decorate Floor Kids Playing Mat 4 Feet by 5.3 Feet
Best dorm room bed ideas

Storage:

3 Drawer Cart
Best dorm room bed ideas
Headside Storage Caddy – Black
Best dorm room bed ideas

Lighting:

LED String Lights with Photo Clips
Best dorm room bed ideas

Clip on Reading Light
Best dorm room bed ideas

Other Favorites:

Bose Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling

Dorm room bed ideas

Quik-Fold Step Stool, Black
Best dorm room bed ideas


Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker
Best dorm room bed ideas




Bed Risers with Outlets and USB Ports 
Best dorm room bed ideas
Clip on Fan
Best dorm room bed ideas

Extra Long Charging Cord
Best dorm room bed ideas

Inspiration: 

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life.And Maybe the World

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When you help move your teen into college, you will focus on the dorm room bed, the weirdly elevated, twin XL-length bed. You will do this because, more than anything, you want that bed to be filled with all the good things that remind your child of home. These 29 things will make their bed, and dorm feel more cozy. From moms who have been there. #dorm #dormroom #dormdecor #dormideas #dormlife #collegestudent #college #dorms #roomates #collegelife

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