Life in the dorms can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable times in your life, but it can be tough to adjust and feel comfortable at first. US Deal Mall's Dorm Living department has all the supplies and elements you need to make your dorm feel as cozy and inviting as possible from the moment you move in. Every college and even every dorm building on each campus has its own unique features and quirks, and we'll help you make it cozy no matter what furniture is provided. If you need to get all your own furniture, we can help you with that, and if you need just a few items to personalize and finish a fully furnished room, we've got your back there too. With our Every Day Low Prices, you can get all the dorm stuff you need without having to dip into your textbook or snack funds.
Before you shop
Before you start shopping, check in with the dorm or residence life office at your college or university to find out what furniture is provided, what items are banned and what kind of supplies are recommended for new dorm residents. Finding out details like what size the mattresses are, whether your dorm bed frame is adjustable, whether you'll have a dresser or closet provided and even the dimensions of the room will make it much easier to determine the basics and extras you'll need to make the room your own. You'll also want to find out whether you have a roommate discussing dorm details with your roommate, like who's bringing a fridge and who's getting a TV, can make it easier to shop as well. Once you have this information, you can make a list and start shopping.
Classic dorm gear: Twin XL bedding
Though every situation is different, there are some classic dorm staples to look out for. Because most college dorms are small, but the people sleeping in those rooms are tall, many colleges use twin XL mattresses for their dorm beds. These mattresses are as narrow as a twin bed but as long as a queen, giving an extra five inches of length for extra comfort. This means your bedding will need to fit the specific dimensions of a twin XL bed standard twin bedding will not fit properly. Our Dorm Living department gives you access to sheet sets, blankets, comforters and other bedding pieces that are specifically designed to fit this mattress size. Simply click into the Bedding Basics section and use the filters on the left side of the page to filter your results for twin XL bedding only. You can use any size and number of pillows you want with a twin XL bed, so don't worry about finding a specific pillow size. It's the sheets, blankets and other mattress-covering items that count.
Keeping your room neat and clean
The small scale and close quarters of a dorm room mean that some careful planning and smart organizing are in order. Fitting all your stuff into that tiny room may seem like a difficult prospect at first, but with the Storage & Organization and Laundry & Cleaning sections in this department, you can get clever with your room to keep it tidy and clean. From over-the-door organizers to pouches that drape over the side of your bed or boxes that slide underneath the bed, there are a lot of different dorm organization tools you can use to keep your room well ordered and make sure you have a place for all your stuff. You may want to look into some dorm storage hacks to get inspiration for how to use our products in the most efficient possible way. Tricks like using soda can tabs to stack hangers and maximize closet space or using tension rods to introduce more hanging storage under a loft bed can make a huge difference in how organized you are. And with our laundry and cleaning supplies, you can keep your clothes, towels and bedding fresh and your floors and surfaces clean. Even a little bit of cleaning once a week will make a big difference in how comfortable your room feels, so don't forget to bring some supplies to tidy up. Most college dorms don't offer a cleaning service for dorm rooms, so this responsibility is up to you now.
Making a dorm a home
Practical basics aren't the only thing you need to feel comfortable in your new communal living situation. You'll want decorations and other personal details to really make the space your own. Before you start buying posters, string lights or picture frames, though, you'll want to be clear on what's allowed in your dorm building and what materials are used for the walls. Some older dorm buildings have plaster walls, and you aren't allowed to nail anything into the walls. Others have concrete or brick walls that would make nailing into the wall a nearly impossible task anyway. When you can't use nails to fasten things to your walls, you can use tape, poster putty and other supplies to semi-permanently affix your decorations to the walls. You can find these supplies in our School Supplies department, where you can also look for notebooks, highlighters, flashcards and other essentials to take care of the school side of dorm life. Organizing your desk can be important for comfort too, so don't forget that you're moving into the dorms to do the job of going to school. No matter what elements of dorm life you need to take care of, you can find what you need at low prices, every day, on everything.