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How exciting! You're moving into your own place with a roommate!
Regarding buying a bed, yes, the place you buy it from will deliver it and set it up for you. Assume you're buying whatever size bed (twin, queen, king), this would include a mattress, a box spring (which goes under the mattress) and a frame. The frame is typically metal, it will be put together with screws by the delivery men who will then place the box spring, then the mattress on top. If you want a 'platform' bed, you don't need a box spring, and the mattress just fits into the space on top of the platform--it sort of looks like an empty sandbox and the mattress fits right into it. However, platform beds are usually more expensive.
The only way to transport a mattress yourself with your car, is to tie it to the roof of the car, which I do not advise. Do it the right way, choose what you like and what's within your budget, and ask for it to be delivered--there is usually an extra charge for delivery unless the store where you buy it is running a sale or 'special' of some kind when you purchase the bed.
Of course, for the bed, you will need bedding, so you will have to buy at least 2 sheets, two pillow cases (pillows, if you don't have them), in the correct size for the bed, and a blanket, summer quilt or comforter, depending on the season and weather where you live. Sheets come in flat and fitted; fitted sheets have elastic at the corners and flat sheets have no elastic. Many sheets are sold in sets with one flat sheet, one fitted, one or two pillow cases and then there is a 'bed in a bag', which includes a comforter, too.
As far as what else you will need in your room, yes, a dresser for your clothes or if you don't want a big, heavy piece of furniture, you can buy those clear (or colored) plastic stackable drawers which come in different sizes, for your folded clothes, and I assume you'll have a closet in your room for your hanging clothes. You can also use a stack of these drawers as a bedside or night table for your alarm clock, clock radio, small lamp, etc.
If your room is not carpeted, you might want to put down a little throw rug next to the bed so when you step on the floor it's not cold.
You also might want to buy some curtains for the window if there is no window covering, or even if there are blinds or a shade, etc., you still might want to add a splash of color with curtains that will match your bedding. A few simple pictures and a bulletin board might be good for the walls, but you don't have to do everything at once. Just get the essentials, and then start added pieces as you like.
Oh, also, when you're shopping for bed linens, you will want to pick up a couple of bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. If you will have your own bathroom, you'll also need a shower curtain, if there isn't one already there, and you can buy an inexpensive bathroom set inclluding a soap dish, a liquid soap dispenser, tissue box holder and waste basket.
Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, and Kmart are good places to shop for these things and if money is tight, look for things on sale. July 4th is coming up, so there will be many sales going on all over.......even for beds!
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