Take the Dorm by Storm

Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed for Back-to-Campus

When it comes to decking out your dorm, there’s a lot to think about. You’ve probably got the basics covered – sheets, towels, etc. – but what about the items you didn’t think of? No need to worry – just keep reading to discover those surprisingly smart back-to-campus items that are recommended by college students who have been there and done that.


In a tiny dorm room, your bed is the main piece of furniture. It’s important to find bedding that fits your style and creates a space for you to relax after a long day of classes. But have you thought about your bedding beyond the sheets?


A great mattress pad is the key to taking a dorm room mattress from stiff to soft. Be sure to snag one with plenty of fluffy padding. Plus, don’t forget a few soft throw pillows that look great with your style and add comfort to your space!



For a lot of college freshmen, moving into the dorms is the first time they’ve had to share a bathroom with a lot of people, whether it be with the room right next door or the entire hall! There are a couple of bathroom storage essentials besides the classic shower caddy that will make this communal space easier to deal with.


You’ll definitely want to invest in a vanity mirror. This will keep the bathroom from getting crowded when you’re working on your makeup and beauty routine. (Speaking of makeup, check out this awesome beauty organization how-to that works great for dorms!) Plus, you’ll want plenty of smart bathroom storage to keep your products from getting mixed up with your roommates’.



College is a lot of fun, but you’ll need to study too! You’ve definitely thought about purchasing your textbooks and school supplies, but what about other study essentials? A major key to success in college is the right desk and setup.


You’ll want to stay organized to make studying easier. Creative storage solutions can be a big help. Try using magazine holders or baskets to store heavy textbooks, and clever drawer storage to tuck away pens, paper clips and other supplies. Don’t forget the accents to add personality to your study space!



A small space means you need big storage. Between shoes, clothes and more, you’ll need to make room to stash all of your stuff. Luckily, there are a lot of creative solutions college swear by that will help you out!


There are many unused and expected places in your dorm room that are perfect for storage. Under your bed is a great place to keep bins & baskets filled with any kind of essential that are super easy to slide in and out for access. Also try your closet doors to store shoes, towels and more! There are lots of over-the-door organizers that will save you space.



Your dorm is going to be home for the next year, so it’s important to make it speak to your style and be a cozy place where you can hang out with new friends and make lots of memories! Touches of décor are the key to bringing that plain dorm room to life.


Area rugs are a great way to hide a tiled dorm room floor and add personality and warmth to your space. Add in lighting for a warmer ambiance that will make your dorm room THE place where the hall hangs out. Finally, don’t forget photo frames to have pictures of your friends, family and furry friends back home for when you need a little pick me up.


Ready to hit the store and deck out your dorm? Print our entire checklist to make sure you don’t miss a thing during your shopping trip! Then, share your back-to-campus haul with us using #AtHomeFinds.

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