Level-up your bed with these mattress toppers and protectors

They’re especially useful for dorm rooms and sublets.

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Make your mattress more comfortable.Andrew David via Unsplash

A cloud-like bed topper can be the key to sound night of sleep, particularly for mattresses that are harder or more uneven than you prefer. They're especially useful if you're subletting an apartment or moving into a dorm room, though you can also use them to elongate the life of a bed you don't have the cash to replace quite yet. Here are a few solid options. Most are available in Twin XL, the mattress size commonly found in dorm rooms.

Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR-ProForm Supreme 3-Inch Queen Mattress Topper
The softest addition to any bed.Amazon

The Tempur-Pedic Mattress Topper is very soft and will conform to your body. Once you are lying on it, you’ll still feel supported, rather than like you’re sinking. This one is an excellent choice if you’re looking to add comfort to a pull-out sofa bed or a dorm room mattress, or if you need extra cushioning for your hips. It’s three inches thick and comes with a removable cover that will help keep it clean.

Pure Green 100 Percent Natural Latex Mattress Topper
A supportive and sturdy pick.Amazon

If you don’t like the feeling of memory foam, consider the Sleep on Latex mattress topper. It’s made from 100 percent natural latex and will feel supportive without that sinking feeling. It also comes in a bunch of choices, including soft, medium, and firm options.

Tuft and Needle Mattress Topper
A thin layer of comfort.Amazon

This mattress topper is two inches thick and ideal if you’re looking for ease the pressure off your hips and shoulders. The foam is responsive to your body and comes with a non-skid bottom so that it will stay in place.

SafeRest Queen Size Premium Hypoallergenic Waterproof Mattress Protector
An efficient way to keep your bed safe from stains.Amazon

You can’t go wrong with this basic mattress protector. It’ll prevent your mattress from getting stains, sweat, bacteria, and dust mites. If you’re at all concerned about any of these, adding this thin layer of waterproof protection onto your mattress will go a long way.