20 Fresh Dorm Bedding Buys
Allison Comforter Set
Go for this modern take on the tried-and-true floral motif. The dash of yellow adds just enough brightness and life to a boring dorm room, but the gray and black outlines make it sophisticated and grown-up enough for a college student. The set comes with a comforter, a sham, and a decorative pillow.
To buy: $42, wayfair.com
Real Simple Camille Reversible Duvet Cover Set
For a sophisticated look, opt for this low-key, feminine cotton quilt. It's reversible, too, so it's easy to change decor styles without spending any extra money. The muted tones make for a refreshing and calming space—perfect for any stressed out college student.
To buy: $65, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Within The Tides Duvet Cover
Take the ombre trend to college with this ocean-inspired duvet designed by artist Monika Strigel. The calming color palette will send any hard-working student off to dreamland peacefully. And this product does good, too—a portion of the purchase of this piece will go toward supporting art communities globally.
To buy: $129, urbanoutfitters.com
Grand Embroidered 280-Thread-Count Duvet Cover
Inspired by hotel bedding, this luxe duvet will take your room from drab dorm to sophisticated sanctuary. Edged with three stripes in an array of color choices, it's understated and elegant. Add a monogram for personalization (and to avoid confusion at the laundromat).
To buy: $103, potterybarn.com.
Nautica Knot’s Bay Comforter and Sheet Set
Crisp navy blue stripes reverse to a coordinating pinstripe to complete this classic look. The twin and twin extra–long sets come with matching navy and white sheets and a standard pillowcase. Plus, the bonus laundry bag might even convince the college newbie to give washing his or her own clothes a shot.
To buy: $130, wayfair.com.
Classic Noir Reversible Comforter Set
For the college kid who loves old Hollywood films, this black-and-white damask comforter will give any dorm room a glamorous, polished look. Change the look of the bed by simply turning the duvet over to reveal a darker version of the same pattern. This set comes with a matching sham, too.
To buy: $70 for a king set, walmart.com
Jiya Medallion Duvet Cover
For a boho vibe, this medallion motif duvet will do the trick. The vivid color combination and mixture of patterns will bring a lot of personality to a dorm room. Use it as the main statement piece and go neutral with the rest of the decor, from the sheets to the rug and beyond.
To buy: For a similar product, $89, go to urbanoutfitters.com.
Rugby Stripe Duvet Cover
You can’t go wrong with a classic rugby stripe. This bright turquoise one adds enough color to wake up a tired dorm room, but will go with any kind of decor. Pair it with crisp white sheets and pillow shams for a fresh, preppy look.
To buy: $14, target.com
Terrential Duvet Cover
For the modern dwelling: A bold monochromatic color combo in a graphic print. Choose between a lightweight version that is 100 percent woven polyester, or a luxe option that's 100 percent woven polyester on the top and an equal blend of polyester and cotton on the bottom.
To buy: $129, denydesigns.com.
Dena Home Sunbeam Quilt
Homesickness won’t be quick to kick in with this cheery reversible yellow and paisley find on the bed. And since it's a quilt, you won't have to buy a duvet insert. Accessorize with solid pieces in a similar color palette, like a pink lamp, a green rug, and a yellow laundry bag.
To buy: $155, horchow.com.
Lacoste College Collection Grid Twin XL Sheet Set
In a preppy, but grown-up grid pattern, these sheets will look just right with a solid duvet. The cotton set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and one standard pillowcase. Choose from blue, gray, or green to bring a pop of pattern to a standard dorm bed.
To buy: $50, macys.com.
Trina Turk Louis Nui Collection
Simple, yet colorful, this duvet cover was meant to liven up a monochromatic dorm room. The cheerful floral pattern will transport any stressed college student to a sunnier place. And with the bold look, the bed will become the focal point of any lackluster space.
To buy: $77, amazon.com.
Dottie Duvet Cover and Sham
What’s not to like about happy polka dots? This preppy print is made of 100 percent cotton percale and is available in a variety of colors. Add some fresh and crisp white sheets and you've got a look that will never go out of style.
To buy: $69, pbteen.com.
Wide Lined Duvet Cover
The varied lines on this colorful duvet gives it a modern feel. And it's all about the details: the bands of color are actually sewn together to create unique texture. Pair it with printed sheets for whimsical style, or go neutral and solid to anchor the look.
To buy: $89, landofnod.com.
If you’re afraid the dorm room is too dreary, then opt for bedding that’ll add a necessary touch of sunshine any time of day. The medallion scarf print, which is a Serena & Lily signature, is a welcome pop of pattern to any sparse space. The high thread count and silky cotton sateen finish ensure it's worth the splurge.
To buy: $188, serenaandlily.com.
Room Essentials Chevron Comforter
If you’re sticking with a solid duvet, bring some energy into dormitory living with zigzag sheets. The sheet set includes a flat sheet, fitted sheet, and two pillowcases. Plus, there’s an option to monogram for an extra charge so you’ll never lose them in the dorm laundry room.
To buy: $35, pbteen.com
Jersey Knit Sheet Set
Consider this a warning: Sheets this soft and comfortable may stand in the way of making it to those early-morning lectures. The set—which includes one pillowcase, a fitted sheet, and flat sheet—can also be monogrammed for a small fee. And since they come in solid, neutral colors like white, navy, gray, light blue, and tan, they'll work with even the boldest duvet.
To buy: $119, landsend.com
Nautica Mineola Duvet Cover Set
For the guy who prefers to keep his bedding neutral, this crisp red, white, and blue comforter set is the perfect option. Striped details give it some personality, while the sophsticated palette makes it versatile enough to pair it with any kind of decorative accent.
To buy: $80, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Sateen 525 Sheets
Think it’s impossible to find comfortable sheets that always look stylish? Think again. This set has a thread count of 525 and a promise to remain wrinkle-free. Plus, the shiny sateen detail will feel silky soft and look super luxurious, even on a plain dorm room bed.
To buy: $30, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Brunkrissla Duvet Cover
Not all bedding has to be bold and bright. A neutral choice makes it easy to get creative with patterned or colorful accents, like a bright lamp and bold artwork and posters. This 100 percent cotton duvet is a steal, too, since it comes complete with a pillowcase.
To buy: $30, ikea.com.