You’ve taken your SATs, selected your dream school and taken the full campus tour. You’ve exchanged crucial texts with your future roomie to sort out all the particulars (You’re bringing the minifridge; she’s got the Keurig and TV). Now all that’s left is to get your room decor in order. Here’s everything you’ll need to live the #dormlife in style.
In a dorm room, your bed takes up the most real estate, so it goes without saying that it’s your biggest opportunity to make a statement, decor-wise. Choose a reversible comforter that has two looks in one, like on-trend shibori and floral, or stripes and chevron. Remember: Most residence halls have extra-long beds, so be sure to check before you buy. Decorative throw pillows are a must; look for funky textures such as faux fur or sequins.
Sure, you’ll do plenty of studying in the student union or library, but you’ll want your homebase desk to have everything you need to dig into those books. Desktop accessories such as magazine files and letter sorters help keep your workspace in order. To create a landing pad for notes and photos without damaging the wall, look for a hefty corkboard that you can prop up on your desk, leaned against the wall. Though most dorm rooms come equipped with lighting, a quirky desk lamp can help personalize your space.
Small-space storage is the key to cohabitating in a small space. You’ll want versatile storage pieces that can work in your closet or under the bed and still look pretty enough to leave out if need be. You’ll stay organized if everything has its place, from jewelry to pens to those cute little Keurig coffee cups.
Consider your dorm room door to be a window into your personality: It’s the first thing that your new neighbors will see when they meet you! Spruce it up with garland, posters or photos. In a super-digital world, analog memo boards (for your future besties to leave you notes on) are still super-fun. Look for dry erase boards in all shapes and sizes or note-holders that double as decor.
Sometimes it’s the little things can make all the difference in everyday dorm life. Don’t forget an over-the-door rack for hanging hats and bathrobes, chip clips for storing late-night snacks and a nightlight to safely light the way for middle-of-the-night trips between the top bunk and the community bathroom.