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Dorm room extras that made life more comfortable

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  • 1399HdJ1399HdJ Registered User Posts: 132 Junior Member
    Has anyone tried out "Microfiber" sheets? I keep seeing them in the Twin XL size, and Amazon has some highly rated, but I can't help but think cotton is better.
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    ^^Why not order a set of pillowcases, just to check them out?
  • cfsnowycfsnowy Registered User Posts: 118 Junior Member
    Has anyone tried out "Microfiber" sheets? I keep seeing them in the Twin XL size, and Amazon has some highly rated, but I can't help but think cotton is better.

    Your instincts are sound. Microfiber sheets are very hot and sticky. Cotton or thick flannel, depending on season, is best.
  • GoldPennGoldPenn Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    @1399HdJ
    Cotton is definitely better! I bought microfiber sheets from Target and they don’t last as well as cotton. They feel really soft and nice at first but after several washings, they start to pill.
  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone Registered User Posts: 21,430 Senior Member
    would like to say that most dorm rooms in our area are overheated,

    Thus the reason my daughter took 8 blankets the first year and one the final year. Fan is much more important than blankets. When it is 29 below, not advisable to open the window.
  • SnowflakeDogMomSnowflakeDogMom Registered User Posts: 464 Member
    @bjkmom - I have those magnetic strips and use them for knives, I love them. How do you plan to secure to the walls?
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    @SnowflakeDogMom I'm hoping maybe Command Strips? We never did get to Ikea yesterday... maybe today?

    How do you secure the ones you have?
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    OK, so after reading all this, I tentatively have a boot tray and coat rack in my amazon cart. (School is in NH). I'll wait till the princess wakes up and get her input before hitting "submit."

    Either way, I'm ordering one of the boot trays for our Long Island house. For under $10, I have no idea why we don't already own one.

    Lots of the other stuff that sounded good-- a surge protector with multiple outlets, a fan, a "husband"-- we've already taken care of.
  • SnowflakeDogMomSnowflakeDogMom Registered User Posts: 464 Member
    @bjkmom My hubby used the mounting hardware and screwed them into a beam in our walls - I really really love them, they are a super strong magnet, look great etc but they are pretty heavy and with the strong magnets I am not sure if command hooks will do the job.

    FWIW - We bought a wipe board at Target last night that has a magnetic section along with a cork section - some cute tacks and she is good to go
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    As it turns out, one of the graduation gifts she got was a set of string lights that double as clothes pins. So much for the magnetic strip ;)
  • HImomHImom Registered User Posts: 34,017 Senior Member
    Our kids both loved thin, lightweight blackout curtains that they attached with hooks (yes, both are night owls). They bought them online and preferred them to eyeshades.

    I agree with the “less is more” concept. Generally dorms or other college residential space is already smaller than the students have been living in, so open space is at a premium. Don’t cram it full of “stuff.”
  • bjkmombjkmom Registered User Posts: 7,799 Senior Member
    edited August 2018
    Well, I think we're just about done shopping.

    I just did the Target run for meds. There are one or two things coming from amazon, like the comforter she finally decided on and that boot mat. (The coat rack was eliminated in favor of still more Command hooks... they won't tip over or use floor space.) And of course, she still has to tackle packing up her clothes and deciding what to take and what to leave.

    When we get info on the amount of space under her bed, I can pick up some underbed storage units-- I don't want to do that until we know the height. The dorm was just refurbished and the info isn't online. So she's planning to email the dorm director.

    She did receive a large, cute mirror as a gift: https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/product/hello-gorgeous-18-inch-x-22-inch-light-up-mirror/1060556585?opbthead=true&ta=typeahead&Keyword=hello-gorgeous But I think she's thinking of returning it, and just getting a full length mirror instead-- less bulky and more practical.

    But with 2.5 weeks to go, I think we can give the Visa card a well deserved rest.
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