The Truth About Your Dorm Mattress

The biggest piece of furniture in your dorm room is the bed. It needs to be comfortable and it needs to serve lots of purposes, such as sleeping, studying and socializing. Unfortunately, the dorm mattress most colleges provide is stiff, saggy and old, and it could actually hurt your GPA.

Sleep helps us all retain what we learn during the day. At night, we go through different stages of sleep where our minds are working, filing and organizing all of the information we collect during the day. If the mattress doesn’t support you properly, you will toss and turn and that can lead to fragmented memory and trouble in school. Set yourself up for success with these vital sleep essentials:

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A New Mattress

Dorm rooms are typically equipped with an extra-long twin bed, but old college mattresses are not a good way to start the year. A good night’s sleep is vital for your health and learning process, and you want both the right support and a healthy sleeping surface. Art Van Furniture offers the new Twin XL mattresses to fit the dorm frame. They start at just $149, and we’ll deliver one right to the dorm or apartment on move-in day.

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Mattress Topper

If you’re unable to replace the mattress, make your bed more comfortable by using a mattress topper. Made of memory foam, the topper will provide a soft surface that allows for airflow and contours to your body, helping you sleep.

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Mattress Protector

Whether you bring your own mattress or use the dorm mattress with a mattress topper, invest in a good mattress protector. Not only does it wick away moisture while you sleep; it safeguards against spills, stains, dust mites, germs and allergens, protecting your bed and keeping you healthy.

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Pillow

A pillow has a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Not only does it support your head and neck; it helps align and maintain the curvature of your spine during sleep, so you have a restorative experience and retain what you learned during the day. Here are some tips for choosing the right pillow.

Sleeping might not be the first thing on your mind as your head off to college, but a comfortable bed will help you make the grade. Make sure you have everything you need to go from Zzzz’s to A’s.

College Style for Guys

When it comes to college style for guys, “tricking out” the dorm room is the number-one goal. This is the place to cram for exams, hang out with friends, and blow off steam. College style for guys needs three things:

Dorm Guys
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Convenience

For most guys their bed is mainly just a place to crash, so when choosing the décor, the simpler, the better. Look for low-key designs in bedding, especially in colors like blue, grey, and brown tones. You’ll also want to invest in a good mattress protector to keep the bed safe from spills.

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Comfort

After a marathon day of classes, guys need a relaxing place to crash before hitting the books again. Futons are a great option because of their versatility. We’re sure you’ll appreciate one covered in a soft microsuede fabric with beefy cushions to sink into. If the room is super tight on space, a twin sleeper is a chair that converts into a twin-size bed—the perfect spot for your best bud to sleep when he comes to visit.

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Hi-tech Toys

Of course the reason you go to college is to study and get a stellar education, but everyone needs some downtime. A media console that organizes your TV, PS4 and games will keep things together and organized. Just remember to keep it to a dull roar so that the R.A. doesn’t show up at your door and pull the plug.

Heading off to college is a big milestone in life, and a sweet room will make it better. Make sure to grab all of the items you need to get your college style for guys.

College Style for Girls

Going off to college is full of decisions. You’ve got to choose the right school, the right major and (most importantly) the best dorm décor! College style for girls is all about personality and panache. Here are four things to pack to make your room the best dressed on the floor.

College style for girls
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A Beautiful Bed

Dorm rooms and college apartments are small, and that means your comforter will set the tone for the room. Keep things feeling light by going with pastels, or be bold and choose a shade like turquoise or hot pink. Make sure you coordinate with your roommate, so the bedroom doesn’t turn into the clash of the tartan plaids.

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Artwork

You’re probably not allowed to paint the room, so bring lots of posters, pictures and textiles to cover ugly dorm walls. Pictures will help you put your personality on display. And Command Hooks or 3M picture hanging tape will let you hang things safely without getting fined later for nail holes.

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Rug

Dorm floors are cold, so make your room warmer by packing a large rug. Choose something colorful that will hide the stains that are bound to happen! You can also select a pattern to bring a little drama to the floor, or a neutral that works with your and your roommate’s style.

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Storage

A beautiful dorm room doesn’t look so beautiful if it’s cluttered and messy. Storage at school can be a challenge, with small closets and one dresser that you’re expected to share. You’ll need to bring under-the-bed storage solutions so you can put things away. Get bins that match your bedding, or bring a storage ottoman that allows you to put up your feet or host a group of friends, all while you hide your shoe collection. Remember, your storage options will probably be visible, so choose something cute.

The most important thing to remember when considering college style for girls is to have fun. College is full of amazing memories; create a spot that will make them even better.

Summer Project: Give Your Teen A Dream Room

Teenagers live in their own little world, and sometimes that feels like it’s another planet. While we can’t help you decipher the inner workings of their complex teen lives, we can help you create a bedroom that they’ll be proud to show their friends. This summer why not create a teen bedroom makeover? Here are three ways to transform your child’s juvenile bedroom into a teen retreat:

Teen Bedroom Makeover
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Go for Grown-Up Furniture

If your teen’s still sleeping in the bed they had in elementary school, it’s time for an upgrade. For a more sophisticated, transitional look, choose items with clean lines that will suit teens’ almost grown-up tastes. Add flexibility with a bed that offers an additional sleep space for those all-important sleepovers. And don’t forget storage pieces like dressers and chests for their endlessly expanding wardrobes. Our youth bedroom selection has some fun items they won’t roll their eyes at. Plus, they’ll work well in a guest room when the kids head off to college.

Teen Bedroom Makeover
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Make a Statement with Bedding

Most teens would be mortified by the Pokémon sheets they had when they were eight, so shop with them to settle on something a little more adult. Instead of choosing another passing trend, opt for something more basic, such as a solid color or classic pattern. You can dress up the bed with fun pillows or a duvet cover that you can switch out later.

Teen Bedroom Makeover
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Deck the Walls

Let their creative side shine here. Have a budding artist-in-residence? Let them paint a mural instead of a boring eggshell white wall. For the film buff, help them frame movie posters or life-size cutouts. If your teen is a musician, try mounting their guitars on pegs on the wall—which will also open up floor space for that drum set they asked for. Or choose a piece of art that reflects their favorite pastime—like surfing!

However you and your teen decide to decorate their, like, totally awesome room, have fun with it. You’ll get tons of points for being the “cool parents.”

Summer Project: Give Your Child’s Room a Makeover

Now that school’s out for summer, it’s the perfect time to focus on home—especially your child’s bedroom. Maybe the space wasn’t conducive to getting ready in the morning or maybe your child has outgrown the theme or furniture. Consider taking the slower pace of summer as a chance to do a kids’ room makeover. Their room should be a place for them to dream while they sleep and while they’re awake. Here are four easy updates that will give your child’s room a fresh look:

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Furniture

Has your child outgrown his or her crib or toddler bed? Your kids’ room makeover could including updating the furniture. Look for pieces that are classic, such as a white twin- or full-size bed with a matching dresser, chest and nightstand. Or choose pieces in a warm wood that are timeless. Also, look for furniture that can multi-task and serve their changing needs. For example, a little girl’s vanity can become a student’s desk. Or a bed with built-in storage can hold toys today and clothing tomorrow.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Linens

A comforter makes a big statement in a bedroom, and a kids’ room makeover could be simply updating the bedding. Choose bedding in your child’s favorite color—like purple! Find a comforter that supports a theme, like sports or flowers. Or go with a solid duvet that can be updated with pillows or throw blankets.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Art

A piece of art can change the look of a room, especially when it’s something bold and whimsical. And it’s a lot easier to hang a canvas or poster than it is to repaint or wallpaper the entire space. Choose something that reflects your child’s personality. You can also find wall decals that create a scene and then peel off easily if you want to change the décor.

Children's Bedroom Makeover
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Accessories

Create a theme or simply add pops of your child’s personality with items that can be changed as quickly as their interests. Throw pillows, rugs, lamps and accents will transform a basic white bed into a child’s personal sanctuary du jour.

Make your summer project a family affair by including your child in the makeover process. Whether you give them free reign or the final selection between what you’ve narrowed down, they’ll be more likely to take care of a room where they feel a sense of ownership.