The Cutest Bedding You'll Need To Spiff Up Your Dorm

Decorating a dorm room isn't the easiest task in the world. With limited space and humdrum furniture that can't be removed, there's not much you can really work with. Of the many things on your back-to-school shopping list, buying twin XL bedding to fit the mattresses in your new temporary home should be your top priority.
The "XL" in question doesn't mean "extra large" but is, rather, a reference to the longer length: A twin XL bed is typically five inches longer than your average twin bed, which measures at 75 inches long. No one knows exactly when this dorm-specific bed size became a thing, but it might have something to do with the burgeoning popularity of college sports. Elongated mattresses are used to accommodate student athletes' tall physiques, and since these institutions tend to buy in bulk, the size became the campus standard in order to fit everyone's needs.
Since there's little else you can do to personalize your sleeping quarters on campus, your bedding is the best way get your tastes and personality across. Click ahead for our pick of sheets, duvet sets, and bedding accessories — all available in twin XL sizes — to update your college crib.
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This all-inclusive bundle makes packing a total breeze. The best part? The comforter is reversible, so you can switch between a grey striped pattern and a bright yellow color.

AmazonBasics 5-Piece Bed-In-A-Bag, $38.99, available at Amazon
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Not only is this embroidered sheet set beautiful to look at, the quality holds up after repeated washing.

Anthropologie Eyelet Embroidered Sheet Set, $198, available at Anthropologie
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Tie-dye is a popular motif for teens, but this monochrome version feels decidedly more grown-up.

Urban Outfitters Neutral Tie-Dye Reversible Duvet Cover, $69, available at Urban Outfitters
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Wouldn't it be nice to be all wrapped up in your favorite washed cotton tee? This jersey knit set feels just like that.

Pure Beech Jersey Knit Modal Sheet Set, $29.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond
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This comforter-and-sham combo fit nicely into a drawstring bag that takes up very little space.

Dormify Twin XL Comforter & Sham Set, Blue, $149, available at American Eagle Outfitters
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If you feel like investing in nicer bedtime supplies, go for this 400-thread-count duvet set made with long staple cotton.

Crane & Canopy The Hayes Nova Coral Duvet Set, $139, available at Crane & Canopy
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This tasteful ombre set is a great first step to decorate like an adult.

The East Urban Home Duvet Cover Set, $129.99, available at AllModern
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The furniture you usually find in dorms aren't exactly pretty to look at: Cover up your cookie-cutter bed frame with this gorgeous crocheted bedskirt.

PBteen Sweet Crochet Bed Skirt, $69.99, available at PBteen
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The round tufts add a cozier vibe to this 100% cotton bedding set.

Harriet Bee Sherry Cotton Comforter Set & Reviews, $94.99, available at Wayfair
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If you live on campus, down alternative comforters are the way to go: You can simply toss it into the washing machine, saving you the hassle of visiting the dry cleaners.

VCNY Nina Embossed Reversible Down Alternative Comforter Set, $59.99, available at