It’s almost time to head back to school and move back into that dreadful dorm. However, dorms don’t have to be so dreary! Here are some dorm room essentials that can else help glam up your room:
It’s a given that you’re going to need a comforter of some sort for your bed, but remember that the one you choose will set the theme for your room. Bed Bath and Beyond (who could rename themselves dorm decorating central) has many college bedding kits to get you started.
They offer multiple colors and patterns and can include up to 22 pieces. The sets offer matching comforters, shams, sheets, towels, throw blankets, pillows, mattress pads, hampers, and more. If you’re looking for a quick fix–this is it!
However, if you want something less generic, the website and store offers comforters from other designers including Steve Madden, Roxy, Kate Spade, and many more.
Dorm rooms can be pretty small so having enough storage can be difficult. You need to remember to utilize all of the space that is given to you. That means taking advantage of the space under the bed and in the closet.
So you’ve managed to grow quite the shoe collection (guilty) and now you don’t have enough room to store them? An over-the-door shoe organizer will save you! You can hang it over a closet door and easily store all of those fabulous shoes without taking up any more space. They’re also great for keeping scarves, bags, and other accessories in check.
Under the bed bins are also perfect for storing pajamas, underwear, and socks. Keep your cute clothes in the closet and hide away your personal items. Simply organize them neatly into a bin and slide it under your bed. It’s a great way to make use of otherwise dead space.
Why are you living in this tiny room again? Oh right, to go to college! Don’t forget to buy school supplies! You’ll also need a designated space to do your work. Most dorms provide a desk to each student so you’ll want to buy a small lamp for those late nights when your roomie needs to sleep and you need to finish that term paper.
Treat yourself to some fun desk accessories like a bedazzled stapler and a calculator. However, above all things, the one item I could not live without through my college days is my white board calendar. It helped me remember deadlines and keep my assignments in order. It’s also nice to decorate it each month with colorful white board markers.
A dorm room becomes your home away from home; make it yours! While it is essential to buy things like table fans and extra power strips, it is also necessary to fill the room with the stuff that makes you who you are.
Are you from New York? Hang up a picture of the New York City skyline. Are you all about pictures with friends and family? Urban Outfitters has an awesome photo holder. It’s clear, holds up to 28 pictures, and can easily be hung up on the wall. You could also use a website like Snapfish to put together a collage of your favorite pictures, then frame it.
Surround yourself with your interests whether its flowers, travel experiences, Disney movies (I know I can’t be alone on that one), cheetah print, a fun dorm rug or chair, whatever you like!
You’re all set to move back into the dorms. With your fabulous new comforter set, your new organizers, and your favorite group photo, you’re ready to make your dorm room your temporary home. All of these tips will also work great for decorating your apartment!
What’s one item you couldn’t live without at college?