5 Must Have Items for your College Dorm Room

So, you have a kid about to head off to college and you want to help them have a unique dorm room? Of course you do! All dorm rooms are generic and piled full of crap that they don’t know what to do with. This blog is not going to help you with organizing the crap. It is going to be about style and fun for the space. (See Container Store for baskets and such)

Dream Dorm Room

1. Lovesac Big One


bean bag


The LoveSac “BigOne” Giant Bean Bag Chair is a must have for all college dorm rooms. Think of all of the studying that will take place in this over-sized, comfortable chair. It still gives them the feeling of being a kid, but in an adult size lounger.

2. Jonathan Adler Zebra Rug




The Zebra Peruvian flat Weave rug is a must have for anyone who loves the idea of animal shapes, but wants to have lower maintenance and fun colors. It is available in 5 different colors from Jonathan Adler and is made to order. So if you want it, you better order it now! This rug is perfect to step onto from the bedside or to have in front of your new LoveSac. It is the perfect combination of soft and WILD!

3.  Sculptural Hook Wall Mirror



I am partial to anything that has an “Architectural” flare to it. This Sculptural Hook Wall Mirror from West Elm is right up my alley. If you have a design/architect/engineer student, this is a must have for the entry or foyer area of the dorm room. It is a perfect place to hang a coat, purse, scarf, and to check your outfit before heading out to meet friends.

4. Round Pintuck Pillows



Comments like “So Soft” and “Perfect for any room” can be found in the reviews for this fun Pintuck Pillow¬†from Urban Outfitters. Use this pillow on the floor, on your bed, anywhere you may want to feel a little extra velvety hug in your room. Soft pillows are definitely welcome when you are needing to feel the comforts of home during a late night study session.

5. Geo Mosaic Wallpaper


I TOTALLY understand that you will not want to put up real wallpaper in a dorm room. I bet the school would be ticked. This amazing wallpaper by Anthropologie is a paste-free peal and stick paper that is easy to install and easy to remove at the end of the year. Give your college kids room a bold KICK of personality by doing one wall or every wall if you are feeling energetic.


Sending a kid off to school/away from home is a combination of heart wrenching and exciting. They are learning who they are, gaining independence and becoming their own person. Help them embrace their new selves with personal touches like these. There are many more things you can do to create the perfect study/living environment and we would love to help you create it for them. If you are looking to create a unique room in your home/apartment/dorm room, give us a shout!

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