15 budget-friendly bedding sets perfect for dorm rooms and first apartments

These cheap bedding sets under $100 are proof you can have both quality and design without sacrificing style

The Novogratz Waverly pink tile Comforter Set in a dorm room with lots of throw pillows, a deskand removable wallpaper
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The easiest way to add a personal touch to a dorm room, or any bedroom for that matter is with your bedding. Even better, it doesn't have to cost as much as say, college tuition? Enter, these cheap bedding set options, many of which are from some of our favorite places to buy bedding. Hopefully, by now, you've thought of some dorm room ideas, and if not, it's easy to base the design around your bed. 

Another essential for making your tiny dorm room feel more like home? A twin mattress topper to add cushion and create a barrier between you and your dorm-issued bed, or if bringing your own mattress is an option, one of these cheap mattresses won't break the bank and could be worth the investment if you're planning to stay in one place for a few years. 

Keeping in mind the long checklist of items you'll need for your space, all our picks are under $100, and most are under $50. Whoever said that style and value couldn't be intertwined was not shopping in the right place for their bedding.

Best Places to shop for cheap bedding sets

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  • Amazon: (opens in new tab) tap into the vast Amazon marketplace for your bedding basics and anything else you think you may need for college
  • Bed Bath & Beyond: (opens in new tab) One-stop shopping for all your dorm room needs, a 20% off College Savings pass, and unparalleled student-friendly services 
  • eBay: (opens in new tab)A surprisingly great source for new bedding at great prices
  • etsy: (opens in new tab) Support small businesses and scout out some unique bedding options too 
  • Dormify: (opens in new tab) Bedding designed with stylish dorm rooms and first apartments in mind, without breaking the bank
  • Macy's: (opens in new tab)Take advantage of frequent sales to find a discount on bed-in-a-bag and individual pieces. 
  • Quince: (opens in new tab) High-end factory direct bedding like European Linen and organic percale starting at just $80
  • SheIn: (opens in new tab) The trendy fashion site also has a robust selection of bedding
  • Target: (opens in new tab)A great selection of affordable dorm room essentials from Target-owned brands like Threshold, Room Essentials, Casaluna, Opalhouse and more. 
  • Urban Outfitters: (opens in new tab) Trendy bedding mecca for all your aesthetic dorm room essentials
  • Walmart: (opens in new tab) Bedding starts at $7 , not a typo
  • Wayfair: (opens in new tab) More than 11,000 bedding sets to sift through, including so many options under $100
Jaclyn Turner
Ecommerce Editor

Jaclyn is an eCommerce editor at Future Home Interest, where she oversees sleep content including mattresses and bedding – in fact, she has passed our five-step certification process to become a verified customer advisor on mattresses. She regularly scouts out the best of the best for buying guides to help you fill your home with only the best. She joined the team in January 2021. She has previously worked with sites like Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, and MyDomaine, but got her start at the trade mag Home Furnishings News, which fueled her excitement for innovation in the home category and seeing the newest launches.  When Jaclyn's not working, she loves long strolls through HomeGoods, unwinding with a chilled glass of Rosé, and entertaining her Cavapoo  Reese.