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Dorm Room Decor & Essentials

Dorm Room Decor and Essentials

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By Colette

Decorating Your Dorm Room

Shopping for college can be stressful. When I moved into my dorm last year as a freshman, I was not sure how to go about purchasing all the dorm room decor and necessities: from bedding, to a mini fridge, to dorm room decorations. I decided to buy most of my supplies at stores around my school, since I didn’t want to carry them on the plane.

If you are flying to college, one great idea is to have all your dorm room decor & supplies shipped to your school. You can pick up the packages at the post office instead of hauling boxes around on your journey. We have picked our favorite bedding, essentials, and decorations. And remember, don’t stress (this includes parents) and enjoy move in day!

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Best Dorm Room Decor & Bedding

Make sure to check whether your mattress will be twin or twin XL. Most items shown come in multiple colors. We love these D. Charles Sheet Sets, only $19.99 and so soft!

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Mirimar Comforter Set in Blue
| D. Charles Luxury Microfiber Sheet Set in White | Shagalicious Backrest in Turquoise

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Victoria Classics Rose Fur 2-Piece Comforter Set in Pink | D. Charles Luxury Microfiber Sheet Set in Pink | DeluxeComfort Micro Suede Bed Rest Pillow in Pink

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Black & White Damask Reversible Twin Size Comforter & Sham Set |Black and White Isabella Decorative Accent Throw Pillow | Brentwood Originals Brushed Twill Bedrest in Black

Dorm Room Essentials

Mattress Pads

Don’t forget a mattress pad. They can be inexpensive and they make your bed a lot more comfy!

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Pinzon Basics Overfilled Ultra Soft Microplush Twin or Twin XL Mattress Pad | Extra Plush Mattress Topper Twin XL | More Twin/Twin XL Mattress Pads

Mini Fridges and Freezers

Why lug around a mini fridge while you travel? It’s much easier to have it shipped to your school.

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SPT Energy Star Mini Fridge/Freezer | Danby Mini Fridge | More Mini Fridges


A microwave is a great dorm room item to have- just make sure to check that they are allowed in your room!

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Panasonic Microwave in Stainless Steel
| Kenmore Countertop Microwave in White | More Microwaves


Dustbusters are extremely helpful for cleaning. I found that everyone wanted to borrow mine!

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Black & Decker Cordless Dustbuster
| Dirt Devil Handheld Vacuum

Electric Tea Kettles

Electric kettles are great if you want to make coffee or tea in the mornings. They can also be used to make Ramen and Easy Mac, the college food items of choice :).

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Proctor-Silex Electric Kettle | T-fal Electric Mini Kettle

Standing Lamps

Standing lamps are wonderful at night when you don’t want the harsh fluorescent light on, but you still want to see! I had the blue lamp in my room last year and I used it almost everyday. It also has 3 different light settings, so you can choose the brightness.

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Room Essentials® 5-Head Floor Lamp – Blue
| Ikea Floor Uplight/Reading Lamp | Trademark Global Sunlight Floor Lamp

Dorm Room Decor

Photo Displays

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Umbra Hangit Photo Display
|Blue and Brown Hotel Fabric Memory/Memo Photo Bulletin Board |Birds and Branches Magnetic Photo/Memo Board | Cork Board and Collage Frame Combo | Bulletin Board Strip

Door Whiteboards

Perfect for you are not in your room and a friend wants to leave a message!

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Board Dudes 11″ x 14″ Metalix Magnetic Dry Erase Board
| Dry Erase Board with Marker, 8.5″ x 11″
Room Essentials® 5-Head Floor Lamp – Blue
| Ikea Floor Uplight/Reading Lamp | Trademark Global Sunlight Floor Lamp

Window Curtains

Quick Tip: One trick to hang up curtains is to use a spring loaded shower rod. Once you buy the rod, you can choose whatever shower curtain you like. Then, cut the shower curtain down the middle and to your desired length and voila! You have curtains that can open and close!

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Basic Plastic Shower Curtain Rings in White
| Carnation Home Fashions Adjustable 41-to-76-Inch Steel Shower Curtain Tension Rod in White | InterDesign Shower Curtain in White/Ink Blue | InterDesign Marigold Shower Curtain | Black, White & Turquoise Chevron Shower Curtains (as seen in featured photo) | Other Shower Curtains


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Keep Calm and Carry On | Smile Retro Camera | Kissing on VJ Day | Antique World Map | New York City Window | Browse the Most Popular College Posters

Party Hearty!

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