Looking for some unique dorm room ideas? We've got you.
A set of twin XL sheets, memo board, and flip-flops can only get a college freshman so far. Try these clever, low-budget dorm room ideas to make sure you're prepared for any situation that could come your way–in or out of your dorm room.
All it takes is a few additions to your back-to-school shopping list, and you (or your college student) will have the coolest dorm room on the hall thanks to these smart ideas.
Luckies of London Smartphone Projector 2.0
Instead of marathoning a favorite Netflix series alone, use this high- and low-tech combo to bond with dorm-mates. The laminate finish and silver foil accents up the sophistication factor, making this both a sophisticated and cool dorm room idea.
To buy: $26; amazon.com.
Howard Leight Pilot Earplugs
Floor-mates sing karaoke until 3 a.m. Next-door neighbors blare the TV during naptime. A roommate never stops talking. Be prepared for dorm-life’s constant noise with earplugs. These comfortably close out the exterior world when you're hitting the books and the ergonomic design provides comfort and safety, making them all-nighter friendly.
To buy: $41; amazon.com.
Dot and Army Reusable Snack Bags
Some good advice for incoming freshman? Stay out of the dorm room and experience all campus offers. But being away from the mini fridge can be expensive when 3 o’clock munchies hit. Toss these whimsical, reusable bags into your satchel for a practical, prepared, and eco-friendly snack.
To buy: $54 for a set of nine; ahalife.com.
Anker PowerCore 5000
A smartphone battery drains pretty quickly when you're texting friends and recording lectures. Grab this pocket-sized charger when you're heading out of your dorm room so you're always equipped to fully recharge a smartphone.
To buy: $20; amazon.com.
EZ-Freeze Cereal on the Go
Morning classes come quickly when you keep hitting snooze, but this nifty container allows time for breakfast before class. Separate containers for milk and cereal prevent soggy breakfasts, so you can happily munch away during Bio 101. This dorm room idea even has an ice pack.
To buy: $9; amazon.com.
Drybar Morning Aft Shower Cap
Dry shampoo made daily hair washing optional. Showering daily, however, is still mandatory. So it’s a good idea to equip your dorm room with a shower cap, especially if you have long hair. Lined with soft terry cloth, this one extends yesterday’s good hair day.
To buy: $16, nordstrom.com.
Dirt Devil Quick Power Bagless Handheld Vacuum
Though universities provide cleaning services, it’s typically only for common areas. Here’s a dorm room idea: Rather than spending all night before Winter Break picking up a semester’s worth of crumbs with duct tape, use this simple cleaning tool. With a flip-out crevice tool, you can even reach the space between the bed and the wall. It’s cordless and battery charged, so expect your less-prepared floor-mates to ask to borrow it.
To buy: $45; amazon.com.
Gaiam Restore Compact Foam Roller
When your first and second classes are a mile apart, anticipate achy legs. This portable foam roller works out the kinks from cross-campus treks with a full backpack. Slightly larger than a standard water bottle, the dorm room idea slides easily into any available crevice.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Hefty Hot Cups and Lids
When you're sharing a kitchen sink with 17 other people, cleaning a reusable mug can be beyond difficult. With this nifty dorm room idea, you can skip the sink line and head straight to class carrying a disposable cup. Toss it between lectures to prevent facing a spore-infested coffee mug at the bottom of your Jansport.
To buy: $7 for 20 16 oz. cups and lids; amazon.com.
Yankee Candle Dove Weave Scenterpiece Warmer
Most universities ban lighting candles to prevent fires, but what do you do when a roommate ran out of laundry quarters two months ago? Our dorm room idea: Get all of a candle’s fragrant benefits without the curtains catching fire.
To buy: $28; amazon.com.
Container Store Stainless-Steel Coffee Scoop
If you don't drink a morning cup of Joe now, you probably will by Thanksgiving. But for a novice coffee drinker, eyeing grounds per cup can be a difficult task. Ensure a perfect pot every time with this one-tablespoon scoop. Dorm room idea: Stick a magnet on it, so it stays visible on the mini-fridge.
To buy: $4; containerstore.com.