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Going off to college can be a stressful and exciting time, but you can spend more time laughing with friends than pulling your hair out if you’re well prepared for what’s to come — which is why planning for what you need to purchase for your dorm room is so important.
You’d be amazed at how many little things are necessary for living a comfortable life in college. Here are 14 dorm room essentials you need to grab before making the big move. With these items in your arsenal, you’ll be able to make your space feel like home (even when in reality you’re living in a glorified box).
Dorm room mattresses aren’t the comfiest — and when you think about how much use yours has gotten before you, you’ll want a thick mattress topper to separate you two. Plus, the LINENSPA 3-Inch Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper regulates your sleep temperature (because you won’t be in charge of the thermostat in your new home, FYI).
Sheets are an obvious essential for the dorm, but these sets by Ivy Union have a ton of colors, from neutrals to fun purples and reds — so you’re guaranteed to find something to match your comforter (which is the main event anyway). They’re not only ridiculously soft; they’re also wrinkle-resistant, stain-resistant, and hypoallergenic. (Also includes one pillowcase.)
Like I said, the comforter is the main event — and this tufted comforter is the perfect piece to glam up your new space. It also comes in navy, charcoal, and taupe, and includes matching standard and euro shams, two decorative pillows, and a bed skirt.
If you’re going with more of a colorful theme, this comforter set is the perfect option. There are eight different color options, and they’re all reversible — so if you feel like fung she-ing your dorm room halfway through the semester, you’re already set.
Nothing makes a space feel more homey than a bunch of cute throw pillows. Bluettek offers a ton of different color and design options, so you’re guaranteed to find a set perfect for your dorm color scheme. (Side note: these only include the pillow case, not the inserts.)
Some colleges have strict rules about which type of coffee makers you’re allowed to keep in the dorm. Keurigs are a pretty safe bet, though; plus, they’re a lot quicker when you’re running late in the morning (or afternoon) (and you will run late, trust). You can also choose from colors like red, teal, blue, or silver to match your dorm room’s aesthetic.
You’ll need a place to store leftovers, frozen meals, and water bottles. If your school doesn’t rent out mini-fridges, then the Midea Double Reversible Door Refrigerator + Freezer is the perfect, compact option.
Not only is this alarm clock super effing cute (also available in pink), it has a ton of cool features. There’s a place for the temperature, date, day of the week, and the time you’ve set your alarm to go off. Plus, you can set dual alarms for different days of the week (which is perfect for those MWF & TTH classes).
If there’s one universal truth about college, it’s that you will eat a LOT of Ramen Noodles. Like, a lot a lot. So you need a microwave that can keep up. This one has a memory function that stores and recalls your preferred cooking settings; plus, there’s six pre-programmed cooking options for things like popcorn and pizza (which you will also eat a lot of).
You’re going to be sharing a bathroom with complete strangers, so you’ll need a (cute) place to tote your essentials around in. This shower caddy has four compartments and holes at the bottom allow water to drain out. (Also don’t forget flip flops because those showers are nasty.)
You’re going to want a laundry hamper big enough to hold all your dirty laundry (because I guarantee you won’t want to make too many trips), but light enough to be able to carry it around your dorm building. This one from AmazonBasics is collapsible, so you can literally fold it up and put it away when you don’t need it — because your little dorm is going to be cramped enough as is.
One of the best purchases I made for my college dorm room was a shoe organizer. This organizer has 24 breathable, mesh pockets so it’ll hold up to 12 pairs of shoes. It can be hung on any door (although be prepared that your door won’t fully close because of the hooks). It could also be used for things like holding bathroom accessories or hair products.
Most of the time in college, you won’t have time to care about what you look like — like when you’re running late for your 8 a.m. class. But when you and your friends get ready to go out on the weekends (or #ThirstyThursday), you’ll need to see your full outfit from head to toe. This one is 12×48 and easily attaches to the back of your door.
Whether you need to fit stuff under your bed (because again, you WILL be low on space) or you and your roommate decided on bunk beds, you’ll need a set of bed risers. These bad boys are made to support up to 1,300 pounds, and they come in different sizes — this set includes four large and four small riser cups.