Hauling off to college comes with a lot of major changes for someone fresh out of high school—they've got to relocate, meet new friends, live on their own, (probably) study a lot harder, and contemplate a future career. But it comes with smaller, more frivolous opportunities too; namely, getting the chance to deck out an empty dorm room that's just begging to be filled with string lights, framed pictures, and color-coordinated office supplies that will probably lay untouched all year.
And while it may be tempting to simply reuse the bedding of childhood bedrooms' past, most dorms present a challenge: Twin XL-sized beds, which can be finicky to outfit because of their unique size. We've got you, though! These are the best places to buy dorm-friendly, Twin XL bedding that's affordable, stylish, and sure to impress that cool girl who lives down the hall.
Oh, BB&B—there's a reason we keep coming back to you. The store offers a range of Twin XL bedding options that won't break the bank, and we can guarantee even the most picky decorators will find something they like. We love this set for its Boho vibes and because it comes with matching bathroom towels.
You'll find a ton of more "grown-up" bedding options that still fit the Twin XL size requirement at Macy's. This minimalist set from the Whim by Martha Stewart Collection can live on any college-goer's bed well past their dorm days.
The bedding set selection at Kohl's promises the most bang for your buck—this cozy set comes with a comforter, sham, a fitted and flat sheet, pillowcase, and bed skirt. It's not too bright or loud, so the classic plaid pattern works for any type of design personality.
American Eagle has so many chic Twin XL bedding sets, it'll be hard to choose a favorite. We can't enough of the paisley and sunburst pattern on this Americana-inspired comforter.
For a sturdy bedding set that'll stand the test of time, head to PB Teen. The designs are classic (so they won't go out of style by junior year) and the percale wave means they'll stand up to multiple washings. For a simple base that lets the rest of the room shine, this black and white set is a no-brainer.
Like with most things, Urban Outfitters is your go-to stop for cool dorm decor. The embroidered floral detail on this comforter is versatile enough to dress up with patterned sheets or chic enough to keep simple with solid accessories.
If you'd rather keep your comforter or quilt simple, splurge on a pretty sheet set. This pick from Anthropologie is delicate, timeless, and sophisticated.
If you've left dorm bed shopping until the last minute, Target's got your back. Their wide selection means you're guaranteed to find something you'll like, and the prices can't be beat. For a minimalist look, go for this polka-dot set, then pile on the throw pillows.
If bold prints are your thing, Vera Bradley is a great place to start. It's no surprise we were drawn to this colorful comforter thanks to its poppy design. Luckily, it's also neutral enough to pair with a sheet set that's equally as vibrant.
10. IKEA BRUNKRISSLA Duvet Cover Set, $20
When it comes to affordability, it's no surprise that IKEA takes the cake. The holy grail of home stores offers duvet covers that are long enough to fit a twin XL mattress in patterns that range from super simple to loud and eclectic. This cheerful design will put a smile on your face every time you tuck in. IKEA's bedspreads are also a great dorm-friendly option.