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4 Essential Things to Know About Your First Dorm Mattress

Going off to college is an exciting time! A new environment, new friends, and most importantly, a new home with a new bed. For most college students, this is the first time they’re away from home for such a long period of time. Sometimes it can be a shock and overwhelming, but having the right dorm mattress can make the transition easier and ease the sense of homesickness for their own bed. 


Dorm mattresses aren’t as easy to take care of or even purchase than traditional mattresses. They’re often sized differently and require a little more attention when it comes to comfort and keeping them safe and clean. 


By the end of this article, you’ll know everything there is about properly taking care of your dorm mattress and how to find the most comfortable one for your sleeping preferences. 


  1. Pay Attention to the Size

As we stated before, dorm mattresses are often sized differently compared to traditional mattresses. Oftentimes, they are sized Twin XL, but you may come across a bed frame in a dorm with more unique measurements. 


So, how do you find a mattress with these unique measurements without paying a fortune? 


You order a custom mattress! 


Custom mattresses are made specifically to meet your exact dimensions and fit in any bed frame you may have. They’re easy to order, and you can choose your desired comfort level. It doesn’t get better than that! 


  1. Add a Mattress Topper

If you decide to stick with the mattress, the dorm has provided you (which we definitely recommend against), you should add a mattress topper to make it more comfortable. This also provides a barrier between your body and the mattress, which hundreds of other students have probably slept on. 


So along with providing comfort, mattress toppers are also more sanitary. 


Even if you do purchase a custom mattress of your own, you can still add a mattress topper to enhance its comfort. 


  1. Protect Your Mattress

Living in a dorm with a lot of other people can be slightly unsanitary. While there are ways to protect yourself from germs flying around, like washing your hands, you should also take precautions to protect your mattress. 


One way you can do this is by adding a protective cover. This will keep bed bugs away and prevent moisture from staying on the mattress and growing mold. 


  1. Buy Two Sets of Sheets

One of the best things you can do as a college student is to buy two sets of sheets for your dorm mattress. First, make sure they are the correct size for the mattress! You may need to buy custom sheets to fit well. 


Why two sets? So you are never left without a set of sheets while you’re doing laundry! The life of a college student is pretty busy and hectic, and you may not always have time to wash your sheets and make your bed all in one day. So, to make sure you’re always comfortable, have a second set handy.


Get the Perfect Dorm Mattress 


Finding the perfectly sized dorm mattress with ultimate comfort levels is no easy task unless you go directly to Custom Mattress Makers. With a variety of mattress options and comfort levels, you’ll surely find the perfect mattress for your days in the dorm. 


Check out our selection of premium mattresses to find the right dorm mattress for you today! 


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