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6 Accessories You Need to Survive Sleeping on a Dorm Mattress

by Waverly Wilde

Sleeping on a dorm mattress can be tough--unless you have these accessories.

Mattress Pad

If your dorm room mattress is as comfortable as laying on a pile of wood, the first thing you should do is invest in an extra-plush mattress pad. It’s a quick and easy way to instantly make your mattress more comfortable. With several different levels of firmness, thickness, and price points, there’s bound to be an option out there that matches your college budget and your sleeping preferences. 

Quality Bed Sheets

It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep without a proper pair of comfortable linens. A high-quality set of cotton sheets can elevate the style of your dorm bed and drastically improve your quality of sleep. If you frequently eat in bed or partake in other college activities, shoot for dark gray or navy sheets to get the most mileage out of your bedding. These colors are more likely to hide any stains you might accumulate throughout the year.

Comfy Pillows

You can’t lay your weary head to rest without the right pillow supporting your head and neck. Comfortable pillows are just as valuable as the mattress itself--coming in plush, mid-plush, and firm to fit the comfort level of any sleeper. If you spend a lot of time reading or studying in bed, it will pay off to invest in a quality pillow.

Thick Comforter 

A down comforter is ideal for anyone who enjoys the comfort and warmth of sleeping under a layer of blankets. A down comforter will certainly keep you warm, but they’re lightweight enough to sleep comfortably through the night without getting too hot. It can be tough to find bedding to fit the standard sized mattress in a residential hall--so shoot for a full-size comforter that will nicely hang off your bed and leave enough left over to curl up with.

Reading Pillow

When you head off to college, you’re bound to spend a considerable amount of time hitting the books. It’s much easier to catch up on your studies, as well as call your parents or eat a microwave burrito when you have a reading pillow to help prop you up. If you’re reading for your history midterm or staying up all night playing video games--you can do so comfortably. 

A Brand New Mattress

Before you move into your dorm you can expect the mattress to be less than comfortable. There’s always a slim chance your university will allow you to bring your own mattress from home, but a dirty mattress that’s been passed down year after year is part of the college experience. 

If you do have the green light to bring your own mattress, there are a number of affordable options for every sleep type, and many of the mattresses are compact enough to throw in the back of the family truck with the other dorm room essentials. Just make sure you don’t leave your favorite stuffed animal behind!


A good night’s sleep is vital for the success of every college student--if you’re tired of your worn out dorm room mattress, pay us a visit and we’ll help you find the right mattress to improve your sleep and hopefully your grades.