How to Avoid Sleeping on a Stiff, Old Dorm Bed


While we may love living the #dormlife, we seriously hate dorm beds. After years and years of other people sleeping on them, you’re lucky if you find one mattress that’s even a bit comfortable. But we’re making a stand: NO MORE STIFF DORM BEDS EVER! Instead, we’re investing in our goodnight sleep by transforming our bed into the palace it should be. Here’s how.

5 Ways to Make Your Dorm Bed Comfier

1.   Build a Better Bed From the Bottom Up

Today, beds are more than just the mattress and a slipcover. If you’re going to get your required 7-8 hours of productive sleep, you’re going to need to create a bed that is both healthy and tailored to your body and sleep needs.

Support is a big part of this. Egg crate pads are an affordable option if you don’t have any previous backaches or pains to worry about. For more luxury or necessary support for those who need it, deluxe and ultimate gel memory foam give you exactly what you need.


2.   Pump Up the Pillows

We’re guilty of buying the cheapest pillow out there, but we’ve learned from that mistake. Pillows are what supports and cradles your neck. Too stiff and you’ll be in a load of pain. Too thin, and you won’t make it through the night.

Pillows come in all shapes and sizes, so it is important to understand how you sleep. Those who snooze on their sides need flexible material such as memory foam found in the Infinity Memorelle pillow. Back-sleepers and those with allergies will love the eco-friendly ClearFresh pillow. And those who sleep on their stomachs can cuddle up to the Plush Pillow.


3.   Snuggle Up Smartly

While it may be warm outside now, it’s important to find linens that are weatherproof and can make it through cold, drafty dorms and sweltering early summer days. Our favorite find is the extra-long thermal cotton blanket. It’s perfect for just about any location and the perfect bottom layer of any bed.

Fleece throws, especially vibrant color ones, are great for guests and lazy days spent in bed. They are lightweight, easy to clean, and stylish — a perfect combo for dorm dwellers.


4.   Protect it All

In addition to building the best bed ever, you’re going to want to keep it safe and sound. Accidents happen. Drinks are spilled, crumbs are left behind, and wear and tear is a thing. When you don’t have time or money to replace, give yourself insurance by purchasing extra help keeping bedding in the best shape ever.

Mattress protectors are a basic buy that helps you stay clear of that nasty old mattress and your sheets. Bug guards are for those who may worry about creepy crawlers and bed bugs taking over. Quilted mattress pads are great for keeping your support base away from elements like body sweat or debris. And, finally, pillow protectors are perfect for helping your pillows survive the year.


5.   Store It Away

Transitioning from winter to spring means saying goodbye to heavy comforters or heated blankets. If you can’t make a trip back home with your bedding, look for storage units that fit neatly under your bed. Out of sight, out of mind!

You’ll also need a place to keep your bedding until next year. Keep out the dust by placing your linens and bedding in hardcover storage cubes. For a more stylish option, you’ll want to check out the vintage trunks that can be kept in just about any storage unit or basement until it’s time to take them out for the next semester.


Types of Bed Risers for Dorm Rooms



One of the biggest disadvantages to life in a dorm room is the limited space, especially when it comes to storage of extra towels, sheets, clothing, or other items you may need to store. Luckily, your bed can be turned into a storage area as well by utilizing the space beneath through use of bed risers. This tool comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to have plenty of options based around personal needs.  In addition to providing the convenience of storage space, they can also act as a decorative piece in your room. Bed risers are a great solution for anyone looking for a relatively cheap and efficient way to increase storage space.

The type of bed riser you want to purchase will depend on your priorities.  After all, some individuals value lower prices while others seek to add decorative touches or conserve space through multipurpose pieces. Read our guide below to find the right bed riser for your needs.

  1. Least expensive bed risers

If you are on a tight budget, you are in luck.  Most standard, stackable bed risers come in sets that range from $3.99 – $13.99.  This classic style of bed riser is one of the most common types you will find in today’s dorm rooms, and they are generally made from plastic or rubber. These risers have a non-slip feature that will hold your bed in place on any surface.

  1. Decorative bed risers

This style of bed riser will not be the least expensive option, but still reasonable in price. Decorative bed risers can really bring a room together. For example, if you own a wooden bed frame you can find wood to match the frame.  Just like a variety of bed frame colors, the wooden risers can come in different shades, from honey to espresso.  Alternatively, if you’re looking to match and mix funky patterns, you can also find stackable plastic risers with fun designs printed on them.

  1. Multifunctional bed risers

Add even more convenience to your life with the use of these multifunctional risers that contain a power outlet.  For example, with an additional charging feature of these risers, you can charge your phone or keep your alarm clock plugged in right next to your bed.  These bed risers cost more than the standard version, but won’t break the bank.

  1. Adjustable bed risers

As the months go by while living in the dorm, you may find that your storage needs change in either being increased or decreased. This is where adjustable bed risers become your bed option.  Look for a set of risers in varying heights.  These sets generally range from 3” to 8”.

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