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    28 Things Under $30 To Make Your Dorm Bed Cozy

    Including silk pillowcases to reduce breakouts and frizz, a spooky true crime book, and blackout curtains.

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    1. A pair of gusseted pillows for hot sleepers who are dorming in old buildings without AC. These plush pillows make sleeping in any position β€” on your back, stomach, or side β€” painless.


    Promising review: "After looking around at many pillows, I read that gusseted pillows were really best for side sleepers. So I decided to spring for these. They arrived vacuum-packed and so I left them for a few days to puff up. I added some pillow covers I had at the house, and then took them for a test drive! I've been sleeping on one of them for several months now, and the pillow is comfortable, not too hot, and does support my neck." β€”kycalypso

    Get two from Amazon for $24.99 (originally $27.99, available in two sizes and in gray).

    2. A silk eye mask so you can get your beauty sleep no matter how late your roommate has their lamp lit.,

    This cooling eye mask is made of 100% mulberry silk, which is known for its moisture-wicking abilities. As a result, bacteria, fungi, and dust mites that need water to survive can't grow and multiply. This could help clear up your skin and potentially reduce allergy flare-ups.

    Promising review: "This mask is a lifesaver. I live in a college dorm. My roommate likes to stay up late with literally every single light in the room on (overhead light, desk light, floor lamp, light above mirror, etc.) and I was having such a hard time getting to sleep. This mask blocks out EVERYTHING, even my roommate's desk lamp that burns with the fires of a thousand suns. Seriously, I've never seen a brighter desk lamp β€” I have no idea where she even found the stupid thing. But now I can get a full night's sleep, even when my roommate gets up at 1 a.m. and flicks every light on in the room (it's happened a few times). It's super comfortable, too. I would recommend it to anyone, especially people living in dorms that are kept bright seemingly 24 hours a day." β€”KatHR

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    3. A lavender-scented aromatherapy spray to put your body and mind at ease after a long, stressful day of classes. It doubles as a perfume and body mist, and it's safe to use near animals.


    Promising review: "I think this spray might be helping me sleep better, but I'm not positive. What I am sure of is that it smells fantastic! I have tried other sleeping sprays (and just about every sleep product on the market for my resistant insomnia) and this is one of my favorite for just having such a great, comforting smell. It makes my bedroom feel cozier and more inviting (which can be hard for some of us who learn to hate our beds when we can't sleep). So, I think it contributes to my ability to sleep just by making my bed more inviting." β€”Wiwse

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six scents and a six-pack).

    4. A string of fairy lights for anyone who wants to create a little magic in their boring, cookie-cutter dorm room. You can turn them on and off with a handy remote, meaning you'll never have to get out of bed again. BRB gonna go crawl under the covers. You may see me again sometime next week.,

    Promising review: "These lights are great. They come with a remote control, which my college kids really like. It means you can turn it off from bed. They also have different modes (flashing, sequence, etc.) so you can create a party atmosphere. Just one string really dresses up a drab dorm room. Recommend clear plastic small hooks with Command adhesive to hang them up." β€”WordGirl

    Get them from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. A jar of contour ear plugs will make it easier to drift off when you live with a roommate who snores, enjoys arguing with her long-distance partner at 3 a.m., or barks at every. single. noise because she's a dog.

    Promising review: "I'm a college student in a dorm with two other roommates and there is construction going on near the building. These are honestly the answer to my prayers for a good night's sleep. The first few weeks of living on campus sucked because one of my roommates doesn't understand the idea of being quiet when others are sleeping and construction trucks decided that 4 a.m. would be the perfect time to ride around in reverse, beeping away. I went from rudely being woken up before I needed to sleeping soundly until my own alarm goes off. They expand very comfortably in my ear, and, for the most part, they stay in all night. The contour really makes a difference. I've been able to use the same pair for quite a while and they still work great. Once they start falling out in your sleep a lot, then you know it's time to throw them away and get out two new ones, but a box of these can easily last me three months." β€”Danielle

    Get 50 pairs from Amazon for $16.99.

    Check out one BuzzFeed writer's full review of Flents Quiet Contour Ear Plugs/Earplugs and why she loves them.

    6. A foldable desk tray so you can "study" (the last season of Orange Is the New Black) in bed.


    Promising review: "This was money well spent, which is not something I say often. I really love how versatile this little desk is. It can be used for so many things, not just my laptop. It is exactly what I was looking for, at a really reasonable price!" β€”Jeri629

    Get it from Walmart for $19.99 (originally $30.38).

    7. A set of blackout curtains that'll 1. block 85% to 99% of light from entering your room, 2. reduce noise, and 3. regulate the temperature so it's cool in the summer and hot in the winter. Prepare for the best sleep of your life!

    Many dorms will not let you drill into the wall to install curtains, so we recommend going with either a tension rod or Command hooks.

    Promising review: "I don’t know why I didn’t buy these years ago. I live in a dorm with old curtains that barely helped block the parking lot light at night, let alone the blazing morning sun out of my east-facing room. I got these curtains and can now get my room pitch dark at night and darker than I had ever had it before even with the harshest light. The curtain itself lights up a little with the most direct sunlight, but it is still easy to sleep through and doesn’t ever wake me up. One of the best decisions ever and I have no complaints." β€”MallardTop

    Get them from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in four sizes and 19 colors).

    8. A Homesick candle to remind you of your favorite state. Each candle has a 60- to 80-hour burn time β€” just long enough for you to cry in bed before you finally get over your homesickness and make friends.


    Promising review: "I was in my college dorm room in Golden, Colorado, when I decided to try this candle. SUDDENLY, I WAS TRANSPORTED to western Texas. I have no means of returning to my apartment, no money, and no civilization for miles. My only friends are the bovine creatures I must now hunt for food. HOMESICK CANDLES WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95 (available in 51 scents).

    9. A mini USB wax warmer that'll fill your entire room with your favorite scents. This is a great option for students who can't burn candles in their dorm rooms.


    The silicone dish that holds the wax is flexible so you can pop out any wax scraps.

    Promising review: "Very elegant and sleek design. It melts wax perfectly. Very accessible on/off switch. I love it so much I got my mom one! I'm going to buy a couple more in different colors to go with dΓ©cor in other rooms. The scent I bought of lavender with it is so relaxing and comforting and doesn't smell artificial or fake like some other brands do. Highly recommend." β€”suzanne bliss adams

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95+ (available in seven colors).

    10. A mini tower fan for anyone who always runs warm. It's tiny enough to fit on your nightstand but powerful enough to keep you cool when your stingy college overlords won't let you control the thermostats in the dorms.


    Promising review: "This fan is perfect for a small space. I have it next to my bed on my nightstand, and it is powerful enough to make a difference in the room, but not overpowering at the same time. The fan is not loud, but you can make it louder if you choose." β€”Elizabeth Callahan

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (originally $29.99).

    11. A set of soft and breathable microfiber bed sheets you'll use all four years of college and beyond. The first step of making your dorm bed extra cozy is to choose snuggly bedding.


    Promising review: "I'm very happy with these sheets. They are a nice quality, plus they're much softer than sheets of similar price you could get at one of the big-box stores. I spent even more on a set recently and they are junk β€” snagged and lost their shape. This set is just a much better quality. They fit the new mattress we got very well (nice, deep corners). I didn't see the detailing on the pillow cases until after they arrived. They look nice! We bought these for our college son's bed here at home. When he was home over Thanksgiving, he said this new bed was pretty luxurious. He told me he wished his sheets on his dorm bed were this nice." β€”L. Beranek

    Get them from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in eight sizes and 41 colors).

    12. A cozy lightweight fleece blanket that'll keep you company during late-night Netflix binges in bed. Wait, did we say "Netflix binges?" We totally meant "studying sessions." Yes, studying.,

    Promising review: "It's a lightweight blanket that's still very fluffy, soft, and super cozy. It's light enough to be a summer blanket but it also keeps you warm enough during the chilly summer to fall nights. It also has two different kind of 'textured' sides β€” one side is more 'sleek' and the opposite side is more 'fluffy'. It has become one of my favorite blankets." β€”Emmy Liang

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four sizes and 15 colors).

    13. A pair of stretchy lounge shorts for those days when you only leave your bed for food and bathroom breaks. You'll stay cool as a cucumber even if you're burrowed under five blankets thanks to moisture-wicking fabric, and the seams are designed to prevent chafing. Go ~short~y!,

    Promising review: "I love these. They are super comfy, like sweatpants but shorts. I wear them outside, I wore them to the beach, I wear them to bed, I wear them to exercise. They're great and they've got pockets!" β€”rory

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL).

    14. A hanging bed caddy to hold your books, water bottle, phone, glasses, remotes, and whatever else you can fit in it. This will save you many trips up and down the ladder if you're the top bunk.


    Promising review: "This is perfect for my son who has a bunk bed, so there is no room for a bedside table. Water, glasses, and books are safely stored at night, so no spills or stepped-on glasses come morning." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (originally $12.99, available in five colors and as a two-pack).

    15. A dome canopy that'll take your bed from cloud one to cloud nine. The Magic Kingdom has nothing on you; your bedroom is truly The Most Magical Place on Earth.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely in love!! This makes my room look so cute and feel extra cozy/comfortable. I'm so happy that I got it 😍" β€”Tiffany

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A combination oil diffuser and humidifier to add moisture and soothing scents to the air. This little guy is about the size of an iPhone X, so it won't take up a lot of precious space on your already cramped nightstand. Plus, it's super quiet so it won't disturb your sleep, and it automatically shuts off so you won't panic in the middle of class when you realize you left it on.

    Promising review: "I live in a dorm room. An old, musty dorm room. Also, my roommate is fond of reheating hibachi in our room. You can imagine my situation. Anyway, this thing is great! It has an automatic shut off to turn itself off when it runs out of water, so it doesn't break. I like how there are two settings for when you want smell or when you want SMELL, if you get what I mean. You can set it to rotate through colors, or pick one to be on. I've seen a lot of super fancy diffusers on Amazon go for a lot more than this little guy, and you just don't need it. This thing gets the job done at a great price. I've had mine for a year and a half with no issues. Plus, I recently gave my mom one for Christmas β€” the ultimate sign of approval." β€”blossomgirl9988

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98+ (available in four colors).

    17. A velvety soft microfiber duvet you'll want to bring home with you on winter break, because it's that comfy. This reversible comforter is filled with a hypoallergenic down alternative so it won't trigger a coughing or sneezing fit.


    Promising review: "This duvet is so amazing and fluffy! I bought this for my college dorm and it really is going to make it feel just like home. I am absolutely in love with how nice it feels, and it fits perfectly inside a duvet cover that I also purchased from Amazon. I have already suggested it to a few of my friends to keep them cozy in their dorms as well!" β€”Lisa Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in eight sizes and seven colors).

    18. A silk pillowcase can help maintain your curls, manage your acne, and reduce your morning frizz and bedhead. And no more searching for the cool side, because they both are!

    Promising review: "I love this! I've never had issues with my skin so I'm not sure about that, but I have really curly hair and this keeps my ringlets looking good for days. With a normal cotton pillowcase it usually separates my curls so I had to wash it every day." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99 (available in seven sizes and 37 colors).

    19. A plush 3-by-5 rug so your toes won't be met by cold, hard floor when you finally have to abandon your bed for the day.


    Promising review: "This rug is too cute and very affordable, and works great with everything I matched up with it." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.60+ (originally $23.08, available in 17 sizes and 10 colors).

    20. A true crime book to entertain (and maybe scare yourself) after you've run out of new shows to stream. Even true crime fans may learn a new detail or two from this book, which covers many high-profile cases β€” like the Black Dahlia, Jack the Ripper, and JonBenet Ramsey β€” with insight from John Douglas, who worked for the FBI for 25 years and was one of the first criminal profilers.


    Promising review: "I am very interested in unsolved crimes and mysteries, but I can't imagine anyone of any background not being intrigued by this book. In an age where films, television shows, and other media have usurped the role of books in leisure, this work will fully compete for your attention against any other form of entertainment. I cannot recommend it more highly. Oh my god it's such a fun book. I stayed up until 4:30 in the morning one night reading it." β€”carolyn w

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    21. A pair of thick socks for anyone whose feet are always ice cold. It's a good thing these come in a pack of five, because you'll probably end up wearing the same pair to bed and to classes the next day (no judgement!).

    Promising review: "These are the most comfortable socks I have ever purchased. They are super soft, and they don't fall down when wearing them. I am able to wear them to bed without them getting lost in my sheets. The colors are vibrant and true to the picture. I think these socks are very well made." β€”Momof2

    Get five pairs from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in seven colors).

    22. A punny pajama set you'll never want to take off β€” and you don't have to, because the top doubles as a cute graphic T-shirt to wear with jeans.,

    Promising review: "It's crazy cute and fits as expected! The material is also superrrrrr soft so it's really nice to sleep in. I've gotten comments from absolutely everyone and now my best friends are buying them as well!" β€”Olesya Kitzrow

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 18 styles).

    23. A soothing hot water bottle for those nights when it's too chilly to even think about leaving your bed. This hot water bottle comes with a knit cozy to protect your skin from any potential burning, plus it doubles as an ice pack.

    This hot water bottle cannot be microwaved, which may make using it tricky if your dorm doesn't have a kitchen with a stove. We recommend this one if you need a microwaveable option.

    Promising review: "I was thinking about buying an electric blanket, and while reading reviews online I found an article by someone singing the praises of the Attmu hot water bottle. I kinda liked the idea. And wow! I can't believe I've never had a hot water bottle before. This is seriously a wonderful addition to my life. So cozy and comforting, and it really does keep the bed warm for hours. This is a nice high quality material and couldn't be easier to use. I think everyone should have one!" β€”ekpt

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in six colors).

    24. A clip-on LED lamp so you can read or study in bed without disturbing your roommates with the bright ceiling lights.


    Promising review: "This is a great little lamp for my son's dorm. The clip is large enough to fit on his bedrail, and the lamp has whiter light and a warmer light, both with two settings. He can plug it it into his laptop to power it or into an extension cord/wall outlet and the neck is very flexible. It feels strong and well-made. Would buy again!" β€”MKmom

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    25. A cotton bathrobe that'll keep you comfy, whether you're chronically cold or warm. The mid-thigh length (depending on how tall you are) combined with the breathable cotton material means you won't get hot and sweaty even if your dorm is always steamy. At the same time, this robe does a great job of retaining heat after a bath or shower so you're not shivering as you walk back to your room., Amazon

    Promising review: "This robe is perfect! It's so soft and comfortable with just enough stretch in it. Goes right to my knees and is cozy without being hot. I like that the belt is attached at the back β€” no loops to put it through and it doesn't fall off! I could do without pockets in a robe, but if you find them useful then it's good." β€”M. Cook

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49+ (available in sizes S–XXL).

    26. A 10-foot iPhone charger so you don't even have to leave your bed to juice your phone.

    Promising review: "I've been using this for five months now and it's held up extremely well compared to any cable I've ever received with my Apple products! The longer length has been great, as I mainly use it by my bed or in the car and need to be able to extend it further in order to use my phone while charging. The fabric layer is awesome because it really feels like it is protecting the cord and wires underneath. It rarely bends unless gathered up together, and you can easily unfurl it. The ends of the cable are also well protected and I can't imagine I'll be seeing any signs of wear for a very long time. Extremely happy with this purchase!!!" β€”Holly Bowes

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in five colors).

    27. A backrest pillow to support your upper body and transform your bed into a cozy reading nook.


    Promising review: "This is a nice, large-sized pillow, and I like the armrests. The material is soft, and the hook at the top is handy for placing it where I want it. I look forward to my quiet reading time with this pillow now." β€”Carolyn

    Get it from Walmart for $16.87 (originally $20).

    28. A huggable Pusheen plushie that'll never leave your bed. I'm a grown woman who definitely slept with at least two stuffed animals on her bed in college and I am 100% OK with that.

    Promising review: "My friend recently moved to a different state for school, and in the process lost her cat. This was right before her birthday, so this little guy filled the void!" β€”amber duggins

    Get it from Amazon for $20.35 (originally $25, available in four styles).

    Is anyone else suddenly very tired?

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