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Dorm bedding: comforter/duvet vs. blankets & sheet?

staceyneilstaceyneil 1193 replies41 threads Senior Member
edited March 2014 in Parent Cafe
Here at home, D sleeps with a comforter with a removable cover. She always kicks off her top sheet the first night after the bed is made, and it stays on the floor, so she doesn't really use the top sheet at all.

Do any of your kids use just a bottom sheet and comforter at college? Does it work well? I'd assume that a comforter insert with a washable cover is preferable to a (cheaper!!!) all-in-one comforter. That sounds like it wouldn't get washed often = gross. So much cheaper, though!

Also, does anyone have good sources for inexpensive "a la carte" sheets, rather than sheet sets? Seems a pity to pay for a set and not use the top sheet!

I appreciate any thoughts!
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  • fishymomfishymom 1707 replies142 threads Senior Member
    My daughter uses a duvet cover(full/queen on a twin XL) with a down blanket inside when it is warmer and the duvet with down comforter inside and down blanket when it is colder. She has top sheets, but does the same as your daughter, so I don't think she uses the top sheet at school. I bought her sheets several years ago at Macy's.
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  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 5890 replies76 threads Senior Member
    I bought a light to mid weight, inexpensive "jersey" cotton style comforter at BBB and slept with that and a top sheet, because I like a top sheet. You don't have to have a top sheet if you don't want to. I don't think I would bother buying one if she doesn't like to sleep with one. I liked this because it was easy to wash and lightweight enough when it was warmer. I added a fleece blanket over top if it got really cold.

    I'd never heard of a duvet until recently. I bought one with a cover for my bed at my parents house because I couldn't find a comforter I liked. I liked it, but found it less convenient than a comforter. I'd probably never buy one again unless I couldn't find a comforter I like.. I'd rather just wash the comforter than put a duvet cover on and off. It's really not difficult to wash a twin or full sized comforter, even in a dorm washer in my experience.
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  • staceyneilstaceyneil 1193 replies41 threads Senior Member
    Thank you! @emaheevul07, that's great feedback about comforters being easy to wash at school. Thanks!
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  • gouf78gouf78 7795 replies23 threads Senior Member
    Lightweight comforter with a microfiber fitted sheet. Easy to wash.
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3167 replies47 threads Senior Member
    My D has a duvet from Ikea (reasonably priced), mid weight, and I made her a duvet cover sewing two XL sheets together. Inexpensive XL sheets can be found at Walmart and are sold separately. She also has some from Target but they were a little pricier.
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  • dentmom4dentmom4 1437 replies4 threads Senior Member
    Comforter with bottom sheet only for D. She also kicks off the top sheet, so it's in a drawer.
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  • 1214mom1214mom 4772 replies189 threads Senior Member
    Sheet with comforter is what my son does. His came from company store. The twin XL will be available at any places in time for college buying. If you keep an eye out, Macy's sometimes has great sales.
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  • Emaheevul07Emaheevul07 5890 replies76 threads Senior Member
    We have three sets of sheets and we change them frequently, but we don't wash them as frequently as we change them.. you do the math. If you get stuck having to buy a set, we've tucked a top sheet around the mattress like a fitted sheet dozens of times and forgotten it was a flat sheet. Nice to have a spare for laundry emergencies! :P
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  • thumper1thumper1 76536 replies3387 threads Senior Member
    I personally think taking a duvet cover off and on to wash is much more of a PITA than washing a sheet. My kids had regular comforters that they washed, and sheets.
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  • calmomcalmom 20729 replies168 threads Senior Member
    When my daughter went off to college she just pulled the bedding off from her bed at home and shoved it into her suitcase, and off she went. So I'm not sure why you would expect your daughter's sleeping habits to change at college -- she should go with whatever bedding she prefers.
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  • mathmommathmom 32777 replies160 threads Senior Member
    edited March 2014
    The Duvet cover is more trouble to take on and off for washing, the advantage is that it takes two seconds to make your bed in the morning.
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  • dragonmomdragonmom 5931 replies154 threads Senior Member
    My D has a duvet from Ikea (reasonably priced), mid weight, and I made her a duvet cover sewing two XL sheets together. Inexpensive XL sheets can be found at Walmart and are sold separately. She also has some from Target but they were a little pricier.
    Yes, this. Buy two sets of sheets. Sew the top ones together into a duvet cover. Wash the pillowcases and one bottom sheet one week, the whole set the next. Really, flipping the duvet cover core the comforter takes three minutes.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33598 replies769 threads Senior Member
    I still never use top sheets. Bottom sheet for me (we got them from Amazon at the time) and then a few fuzzy throw blankets. The dorms were I was were HOT in the middle of the winter.

    Duvet covers are a PITA imo. The fuzzy blankets were easy to wash because they were much smaller than comforters.
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  • dragonmomdragonmom 5931 replies154 threads Senior Member
    Oh yes, a fuzzy washable blanket is a great top sheet/ blanket. I'm just relating to dragonkid's place in cold weather.
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  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes 33598 replies769 threads Senior Member
    I x-posted with you (got distracted by the game... oy!)

    Another suggestion that just occurred to me: I would wait until you know where your D is going for sure and ask current students about the dorms. I'm in a coldweather place and our dorms always had the heat cranked WAY up. OTOH, I have friends at other colleges in the same climate who had freezing cold dorms. I'd definitely get a comforter if the dorm was cold.
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  • staceyneilstaceyneil 1193 replies41 threads Senior Member
    Yes, great advice. I recommended to her yesterday that -once she knows where she's going- she ask some current students what the dorm temps are like in winter. Maybe even wait until she knows what actual dorm building she's in, since they vary so much in older New England colleges??? (When DO they get dorm assignments, anyone know?)
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  • staceyneilstaceyneil 1193 replies41 threads Senior Member
    Thank you all!
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  • NewHavenCTmomNewHavenCTmom 1971 replies57 threads Senior Member
    @dragonmom,

    When you sew the sheets together, is it. big enough for the XL comforter? Is it a tight squeeze? Also, how do you fasten the top? Do you make button holes?
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 39710 replies471 threads Senior Member
    When do they get dorm assignments? Mine went to an older college in NE and knew where she would live about a month before the move in day, I think. She never ever bothered with duvet covers - inherited this dislike from her mom. ;) - and only used a sheet plus a washable comforter plus a micro fleece blanket.
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  • psychmommapsychmomma 3167 replies47 threads Senior Member
    Pay attention to the dimensions of the duvet you buy and get sheets that have at least those dimensions with several inches extra for seaming each side. My D likes extra blanket width so I may have bought a full/queen duvet and full sheets. I sewed three sides and a small amount on each end of the bottom side, then left an opening large enough to get the duvet in and out. I turned the fabric under and sewed Velcro to each side of the opening. Some people do buttonholes and buttons, some sew on snaps and some add ribbon for a few ties. You can do it simple or intricate.
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