It’s a given that you want fabulous looking, comfortable bedding for your dorm.  After all, you’ll be spending a tremendous amount of time in your dorm room each day. Before you head out to decorate your new room, make sure you consult this Dorm Bedding FAQ as you prepare your college dorm checklist.

How do I know the right size bedding for college dorms?

Your college or boarding school will be able to let you know the size of your dorm mattress, whether twin or twin XL, also called "extra long twin". Some colleges will even have double or full beds, so it is worthwhile to check. Sometimes this information is online, or is mailed in the housing packets, but if not available, just call the college housing office and ask. You’ll need to know what dorm building you’ll be living in, because many colleges have a mix of the different bed sizes. A regular twin is exactly what you’d find in a home:  39”x75”. A twin XL mattress, also called twin extra long, is anywhere from 36” to 39” wide and 80” long (some a few inches longer). The full or double bed is 54”x75”. 

It's important to buy the right sized sheets. A twin fitted sheet will not fit a twin XL mattress, so don’t bring your twin sheets from home. That is because the twin XL fitted sheet is a full five inches longer than the regular twin you may use at home. Because the extra long beds require specially sized sheets and comforters, these often sell out quickly at large retailers. Make your move-in day a seamless one, and order online through American Made Dorm®. You don’t want to spend the day searching the local stores for what you need!

What is the depth of a dorm mattress?

Dorm mattresses are a standard 7” to 8” deep. They aren’t terribly comfortable! You will definitely want a mattress topper or memory foam topper on your college dorm checklist. This will make your dorm bed noticeably more comfortable and will ensure a good night’s sleep. Remember, you’ll be spending nine months sleeping in your dorm, so the extra expense of a foam topper is well worth the investment. Our dorm bedding bundles include a foam topper.

The depth of your topper will also impact the depth of the sheets you buy. Beware of inexpensive or imported sheets. They often have an 8 inch or 9 inch fitted sheet pocket, which won’t be enough to stay put when sleeping. There’s nothing worse than waking up to sheets that have pulled apart from the mattress. The bottom line:  if you use a 2 inch or more memory foam or other topper, you’ll need extra depth in your sheets. Recommended size for bedding for college dorms: 12 inch deep pockets for fitted sheets. Our sheets are deep with elastic all the way around the bed. We guarantee they'll hug the mattress. No feet sticking to the plastic mattress during the night!

What kind of comforter will I want?

A high quality college comforter is a key item for your college dorm checklist (or boarding school checklist). First, make sure you select something that is made to last. Some polyester materials (especially imported) "pill" (ball up) after washing. Inexpensive, imported comforters found at big box retailers or other online residence hall providers often don’t hold up past the first semester, and have low density fill which “shifts” and leaves bare spots after washing. Often, you'll find the polyester fill doesn't extend to the four corners, because the manufacturer skimped on proper fill. Spend what you can on a comforter that will last all four years. Remember, you spend 8 to 12 hours every night in your bed. You want it to be comfortable! If you are attending college in the north where it is cold at night, keep in mind you will want a comforter with extra loft, or fill. That is an important consideration in shopping for your dorm bedding. 

Buying a 100% cotton comforter ensures comfort, softness, warmth on cold nights, and durability. Cotton is washable in cold water. 100% cotton comforters custom made in the USA by American Made Dorm® are made to last! 

We offer twin, twin XL, double/full, and even queen and king in a wide variety of fabulous prints and bold, bright colors, as well as neutrals, geometrics, stripes and solids. All have coordinating shams, accent pillows, and euro shams.

My comforter comes with a sham. What is the difference between a pillow sham and a pillowcase?

A pillowcase is a piece of bedding made of sheeting material, open on one end, into which a pillow is inserted. A pillow sham, on the other hand, normally has a slit in the back where a pillow is inserted. 

What is the thread count of a sheet set?

Thread count is the single most important point you should understand about sheets and the manufacturing process. The thread count refers to the number of threads per square inch in both directions of the weave. The higher the thread count, the more luxurious the feel of a fabric.

Our Dorm Bundle includes a set of 300 thread-count sheets in soft, 100% cotton. These sheets are soft and comfortable.You'll feel the difference between made in America and made overseas! 

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