Whether you’re back for another semester or moving into your first home away from home, here are a few items to make your dorm room feel more comfortable.
Brick Wall Cork Board
Give those dingy dorm walls some character with a beyond-basic corkboard made to look like the bricks of an industrial loft. Use it to tack up tickets for concerts, photos from your summer vacation, and maybe even that A+ term paper.
To buy: $38, dormify.com.
Hi-Light Clip Light
Need a lamp for those late-night cram sessions? Clip this pretty fixture to a bedpost or desk and let there be light! The sleek design and high-gloss finish elevates the everyday task lamp.
To buy: $49, pbteen.com.
Oakland Charge Station in White
Dorm rooms aren’t too generous with outlets and, in a small space, you want to minimize visual clutter, so maximize what you’ve got with this all-in-one charging station. Use it to hide a surge protector and thread in your charging cords to keep them out of sight, yet still functional.
To buy: $66, wayfair.com.
Sinkin Mini Dish Rack
Just because you don’t have a real kitchen, doesn’t mean you’re not going to have real dirty dishes. This handy dish rack will let you dry your them on even the tiniest of dorm room sinks.
To buy: $10, umbra.com.
WallPops! Dry-Erase Calendar
Add a pop of fun to your wall while making sure you’re always on schedule. This set of four squares includes a corkboard, white board, and weekly and monthly calendars so you’ll never run out of room to jot something down or hang important memos.
To buy: $25, bedbathandbeyond.com.
Namast’ay in Bed Pillow
For the novice yogi, this quirky pillow declares a sentiment many co-eds can relate to. Rest pretty atop the cozy cushion or use it to make your quickly pulled up covers look a little more polished.
To buy: $29, dormify.com.
Charcoal Heather Gray Sweater Pouf
Sturdy and stylish, this cozy knit stool offers either a comfy footrest or an extra seat for visitors. Push it under the bed when not in use or leave it out and let the cable knit style give your space an extra layer of texture.
To buy: $99, worldmarket.com.
Your space may be cramped, but you can still infuse character into your dorm room. Incorporate a decorative rug to mask that boring residence hall flooring.
To buy: $42 (2’ x 3’); luluandgeorgia.com.
Mini Dot Ready-To-Roll Storage Cart
Need more drawer space for clothes or toiletries? This slim cart is just what you’ve been looking for. Use the opaque polka-dot drawers to store anything you don’t want cluttering up the open areas of your room. Best of all, the additional surface on top allows the unit to double as a bedside table or mobile desk.
To buy: starting at $119, pbteen.com.