“It takes courage to let go of the familiar and embrace the new.” Heading off to college or decorating your first place is very exciting! It can also be very stressful and overwhelming. You want your room to be comfortable and perfect, but you may have constraints that will limit what you can do–money, hand me downs, parent expectations, etc. I put together a general list of items to consider for your dorm room. Check with your college’s residence hall to determine what they provide and what specifically you will need.
- General Items: Bedding, pillows, futon, carpet, fan, microwave, desk lamp, pictures of family/friends, laundry detergent, laundry bag/basket, clothes hangers, storage bins, silverware, plates/bowls, can opener, broom/dustpan.
- Electronic Items: Computer/laptop, printer, television, headphones, power strip, extension cords, ethernet cable, chargers, alarm clock, microwave, small dorm refrigerator.
- Personal Items: first aid kit, shower caddy, shower shoes, bath robe, towels and washcloths, thermometer, hair dryer, flat iron, curling iron, steamer, personal care items, clothes, shoes, jackets, umbrella.
- Items typically not allowed: Toasters, toaster ovens, electric frying pans, grills, air fryers, crock pots, space heaters, halogen lamps, candles.
Dorm Room Decor
Decorating your dorm room or apartment is a way to express your personality and style. Here are some budget-friendly options to decorate with a girl power, chic pink vibe. Commissioned links below.
Rug: Gorilla Grip Fluffy Faux Fur Sheep Rug, 4×6, Machine Washable Soft Furry Area Rugs, Rubber Backing, Plush Floor Carpet, Dusty Rose
RUG LINK: https://amzn.to/43xAXbz
Wall Art: FLY SPRAY Mandala Tapestry Aesthetic, Boho Tapestry Wall Hanging, Pink Floral Medallion Tapestries, Bohemian Wall Art Hippie Decor for Bedroom Living Room Dorm
TAPESTRY LINK: https://amzn.to/3PU2pNv
Bedding: KAKKI Tufted Pom Pom Comforter Set Twin Size for Boys Girls Kids Teen, Light Grey and White Patchwork Striped Jacquard Comforter, 2pc Soft Microfiber Textured Bedding Set for All Season(Grey,Twin)
BEDDING LINK: https://amzn.to/44DGbmK
Sheets: Bare Home Twin XL Sheet Set – College Dorm Size – 1800 Ultra-Soft Microfiber Twin Extra Long Bed Sheets – Deep Pockets – Easy Fit – Extra Soft – 3 Piece Set – Bed Sheets (Twin XL, Heathered Rosewood)
SHEETS LINK: https://amzn.to/44ioJo3
mDesign Plastic Small Trash Can, 1.5 Gallon/5.7-Liter Wastebasket, Narrow Garbage Bin with Handles.
TRASH CAN LINK: https://amzn.to/46CS7ad
Throw Blanket: Maetoow Chenille Chunky Knit Blanket Throw （40×50 Inch）, Handmade Warm & Cozy Blanket Couch, Bed, Home Decor, Soft Breathable Fleece Banket, Christmas Thick and Giant Yarn Throws, Light Pink
THROW BLANKET LINK: https://amzn.to/3JU441x
Throw Pillows: Neelvin Pink Faux Fur Cozy Soft Striped Decorative Throw Pillow Covers 12×20 inch Set of 2,Velvet Pillowcase Cushion Case for Sofa Couch
THROW PILLOWS LINK: https://amzn.to/3NHZyEE
Decor: Artilady Macrame Dream Catchers for Bedroom – Tassel Wall Hanging Handmade Dreamcatchers Home Decor with Tassel Feather Ornament Craft Blessing Gift (Pink)
DREAM CATCHER LINK: https://amzn.to/44CHKla
Mirror: BONEWEI Arched Mirror Full Length Gold, 64″x21″ Full Body Big Floor Wall Mirror with Stand Mounted for Bedroom/Cloakroom/Dorm Room
Bunk/Bed Shelf: BedShelfie Bedside Shelf for Bed & Top Bunk, College Dorm Room Essentials, Loft Bed Accessories, Clip On Nightstand Snack Organizer, Floating Bed Side Table Tray Shelfie Caddy – 2.5″ Cup Holder, White
Shelf Link: https://amzn.to/3PTsv35
Chair: GOOLON Modern Fluffy Desk Chair Faux Fur Vanity Chair for Teens Girls Room Hollow-Out Backrest No Wheel Furry Dining Chair with Metal Legs for Vanity Desk Dining Room Bedroom Pink
CHAIR LINK: https://amzn.to/3NCaLq8
Desk Chair: Zesthouse Boucle Home Office Chair Modern Desk Chair with Wheels, White Vanity Chair for Girls Women, Upholstered Swivel Armchair for Bedroom, Height Adjustable Computer Task Chair, Gold Base. Boucle is so on trend this fall!!
DESK CHAIR LINK: https://amzn.to/3NBN9Sk
Decorative Lights: Twinkle Star 200 LED 66 FT Copper Fairy String Lights 8 Modes LED, USB Powered with Remote Control for Christmas Tree Wedding Party Home Decoration, Warm White. Price: $14.59. (price subject to change)
DECORATIVE LIGHTS LINK: https://amzn.to/3K6TDrN
Decor: LADADA Artificial Hydrangea Flower Arrangement in Ceramic Vase and Vase Home Decoration Artificial Flower (Pink).
LINK to Flowers: https://amzn.to/3JPdqvq
Dinnerware: FOODLE Wheat Straw Dinnerware Sets for 4 – Lightweight & Unbreakable Camping Dishes – Microwave & Dishwasher Safe – Perfect for Picnic, Dorm, RV – Plates, Cups and Bowls Set – Great for Kids & Adults. Price: $36.99. (price subject to change)
Towels: TRIDENT 6 Piece Bath Towel Set for Bathroom – 2 Large Bath Towel, 2 Hand Towel, 2 Washcloth 100% Cotton Soft and Plush Highly Absorbent, Soft Towel for Hotel & Spa – Silver Grey. Price: $49.99. (Price subject to change)
Microwave: BLACK+DECKER EM720CB7 Digital Microwave Oven with Turntable Push-Button Door, Child Safety Lock, 700W, Stainless Steel, 0.7 Cu.ft
Dorm Fridge: BLACK+DECKER BCRK25V Compact Refrigerator Energy Star Single Door Mini Fridge with Freezer, Cubic Feet, VCM, 2.5 cu.ft, Brushed Metal Finish
Coffee Maker: Keurig K-Mini Single Serve Coffee Maker, Dusty Rose. Price: $99.99 (sale price drops to $59.99. Price subject to change at any time.)
Safety: HerTime2 Personal Safety Alarm for Women – Travel Safe and Waterproof Self Defense Alarm for Women by Women – Safety Alarm Keychain for Women – Loud Alarm – Strobe Light – Keychain Alarm
When you are decorating your dorm room, apartment or home, be practical and realistic. You will not be able to buy all new things. Use what you have already and add some new pieces to modernize and freshen up the look. Color schemes should be complementary but not matchy matchy.
Also, coordinate with your roommate(s)! You each will want to express your own style and that’s ok. Share your ideas. Coordinate who will bring what (futon, rug, microwave, tv, refrigerator, etc). A dorm room is typically quite small and space is limited. Be open to new ideas and compromises as well.
I will end with a great quote from Michael Josephson: “Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go. But don’t forget to enjoy the journey.”