Your bed in your dorm room serves many functions in addition to being a vehicle for sleeping. After all, due to limited space and overall convenience, your bed may turn into the main place you sit, study, watch movies and overall hangout. To make sure that the mattress is up to the task, equip it with more than merely twin xl sheets and pillows.
One of the most important items on your list will be a mattress pad for your bed. These come in a variety of thicknesses and textures, so choose the one that best suits your personal preference. You may want to look for a memory foam pad, or perhaps you are interested in a fitted sheet with down or alternative padding. Just remember to look for the appropriate size – the majority of dorm beds will be Twin XL.
- Armchair Pillows
The wonderful thing about these pillows is that, due to the distinct shape, they give your upper body the illusion of being in a big comfortable armchair. These pillows come in all different colors and styles, so you will be sure to find one that matches overall palette of your bed. Armchair pillows are perfect for those late nights with lots of reading or studying to do.
If your bed will be serving as a makeshift desk from time to time, then you will need the proper lighting. Clip lamps will attach right to your bedframe and should have an adjustable neck so that you can bend and turn it until it is in the perfect position. These lamps are relatively inexpensive and come in many different colors.
- Lap Desk
Lap desks are yet another helpful accessory when using your bed as a study area. These portable, small-sized desk surfaces have a cushioned bottom so they can rest comfortably on your lap while you do work. Some lap desks even have a built in fan to plug into your laptop for preventing overheating.
- Bed Post Shelf
The bedpost shelf serves as a terrific makeshift nightstand, as most dorm rooms are not furnished with nightstands. These small shelves are ideal for lofted or bunk beds since nightstands are not accessible at these heights. Simply attach the shelf to your bedpost and use it for electronic devices, your alarm clock, reading glasses, or anything else you can think of.
- Decorative Pillows and Blankets
If you have a twin bed, then you will not want to overcrowd the space with too many pillows. But decorating with a couple of throw pillows is a great way to add some extra cushioning and comfort, while at the same time providing an opportunity to get more creative with the décor of your room. Throw blankets are convenient for staying warm and cozy while studying without having to tuck yourself into your bed entirely. They also add some decorative flair to your bedding.