Dorm Room Essentials: Make it feel like home

Heading off to college is one of the most exciting times in a young person's life, but the standard-issue decor in most dorm rooms can put a damper on the mood.
But it doesn't have to be this way. With a few simple upgrades, your student's dorm room will feel like home — but better!
Help your student make themselves at home with our list of dorm essentials.

Soft sheets

First on our list is a set of sheets that's soft enough to help your student sleep soundly (even during finals week!) but durable enough for even the toughest laundromat washing machine.

Matouk's easy-care Key Largo sheets are a soft 200-thread-count polyester/cotton blend with with hemstitch detail woven in Italy. They feel crisp and smooth without ironing (because what college student has time for ironing sheets?)

For something slightly more whimsical, consider Matouk's Portofino collection, which features a scalloped edge in several bright colors.

Bold bedding

Help your student get in touch with their creative side by mix-and-matching Peacock Alley's Matlock Road collection, which features sheets, blankets and duvets in sophisticated solids and eye-catching prints.

Their 40 Winks sheet set is a 100% long-staple cotton washed percale meaning they'll be soft from day 1.

The Fern duvet cover comes in five different colors so it's perfect for coordinating with any roommate's color scheme. A print that's unique but not fussy, Fern is crafted in Portugal from 100% long-staple cotton and machine washable. Ditch the top sheet like the Europeans — or American Gen-Zers — and suddenly making the bed each morning is a breeze.


Pro Tip: Many of our deep pocket twin fitted sheets are designed to fit those XL mattresses! No need to sacrifice style and quality for a special size. We also have XL Twin and Full mattress pads for an extra layer of coziness!


Grab the Peacock Alley Slumber Blanket for those chilly late-night study sessions in the common area or a winter tailgate. It's so decadently soft you might want to monogram it so no one is tempted to pass it off as their own.

It comes in five different colors that coordinate with Matlock Road's sheets and duvets and is available in both blanket and throw size. Once your student feels it, they may want both!

Bright and beautiful rugs

Keep their feet warm at night with a Dash and Albert rug.

We have lots of styles to fit every decor, like the rainbow-bright Mellie Stripe that features shades of citrus, blue, pink and green. These 100% cotton flatweave rugs are handcrafted in India by artisans who are committed to fair labor practices, so you can feel good about your purchase.

Super soft spa wrap

Make trips back and forth to the shower easier with the Bella Il Fiore Spa Wrap. Its soft elastic band and Velcro closure ensure it'll stay up the whole time your student is doing her makeup and hair for girls' night. And the flounced ruffle at the bottom adds a detail so fun, she may not want to get dressed at all.

Smart diffuser

Keep the college-kid funk at bay even if you can't burn candles in the dorm.

Pura's Smart Diffuser is the next generation of fragrance technology. This customizable fragrance experience puts you in complete control with Pura's easy to use app that you can download onto your smartphone or tablet.

Your student will be able to easily control fragrance intensity and schedule, anywhere, anytime through the Pura app. They can even enable geo-location technology to have the fragrance turn on when they're home and shut off when they're away. The unit features an LED ambient nightlight that can be customized in almost any color you could imagine. Sweet (smelling) dreams!
Need more college dorm room inspiration? Stop by the store and let us help you pick up everything you need to help your student create their new home away from home.