College Checklist: 20+ Stylish Dorm Room Essentials

by Diana Ajih on August 12, 2013

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The first day of school is just a few weeks away for some students so in the meantime, start diving into dorm-decorating mode by putting together your dorm room checklist. We’ve put together a guide to transform your space into a stylish spot for friends to hang out, lounge around, get some studying done,  and (of course!) getting some zzz’s. We’ll help you create an A+ college space!

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Also, click through below to check out some of our favorite dorm room essentials that will glam up your dorm room.

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Alarm Clock

So you can make that 8 a.m. chemistry class. Recommend: Rise and Shine Alarm Clock, $19

Storage Drawers

Great for school supplies under the bed or in the corner while adding a dash of style in your dorm room. Recommend: Small Tint Stacking Drawer, $5.99 each

Desk Lamp

A must-have for late night cramming while your roommate is still asleep. Recommend: Stick with Cork Shade (variety of colors), $15.99

Hooks

Great for hanging items without damaging the walls. Recommend: Over-the-Door Hook (Set of 6), $14.00

Philosophy Pencils

Each pencil has a colorful eraser and an equally colorful quote from the artist. Recommend: Andy Warhol Philosophy Pencil - Pack Of 8, $8.99

Storage Caddy

A convenient bedroom organizer perfect for keeping your reading materials and other personal gear right by your side. Recommend: Bedside Caddy in Sand, $8.99

Toaster Oven

A toaster oven is the perfect dorm cooking appliance for a quick breakfast. Recommend: Hamilton Beach Toastation 2-Slice Toaster and Mini Oven, $37.99

Mini Fridge

A mini-fridge in your dorm is a must-have because you'll never have to visit a vending machine for a cold drink. Recommend: Compact Refrigerator with Wipe-Off Board Front, $129.99

Steamer

To ensure a wrinkle-free wardrobe that's much faster to use than an iron. Recommend: SteamFast Fabric Steamer, $24.99

Shower Tote

Super convenient for transporting all your toiletries from dorm room to bathroom in one place. Recommend: Flexible Shower Tote, $9.99

Coffee Maker

You'll definitely be saving some cash by having your own gourmet coffee maker. Recommend: Keurig MINI Plus Personal Coffee Brewer, $99.99

Bath Wrap

Invest in a stylish and comfy wrap for the trek down the dorm hallway to the shower. Recommend: Room Essentials Floral Body Wrap, $12.99

Wireless Speakers

Bring this tiny speaker to your next study session, party or tailgate. Recommend: Bem Wireless College Mobile Speaker, $49.99 (Works on iPod, iPad, and Android phones.)

Bag Clips

Hold all opened snack bags tightly closed to prevent spills and retain freshness. Recommend: Monster Bag Clips, $3.99

Tool Kit

A tool kit will come in handy for hanging stuff on your walls or fixing minor problems around your room. Recommend: Essentials 4pc Homeowners Tool Kit, $10.99

Flip Flops

Flip flops are a must when you're running down the hall to do laundry or to the communal shower. Recommend: Havaianas, $16.99

Travel Mug

There's nothing like sipping a hot drink before an early morning class, or an afternoon caffeine pick-me-up. Plus they're usually ok to bring inside the library and most coffee places will give you a discount for bringing your own cup. Recommend: Keurig Travel Mug, $24.99

Tablet

It's so much easier and lighter to lug around campus than your laptop! Recommend: Apple iPad Mini, $289-499 and Google Nexus 7, $199

Laundry Bag

You'll need a sturdy laundry bag when lugging weeks' worth of dirty clothes to the laundry area. Recommend: Easy Sort Laundry Bags Set of 3, $29.40. Find additional colors here.

Bed Linens

Bring your own comforter, pillows, and sheets. Also check to see if your dorm has a regular twin or XL twin bed. Recommend: The Big One Ombre Chevron 6-pc Bed Set, $49.99- $59.99

Wall Decor

Give your room some personality by bringing along some artwork and pictures of family and friends. Recommend: Damask Ikat No Nails Pinboards, $29

Surge Protector

Serve enough power to your electronic devices while protecting them from electrical surges. Recommend: Satechi Compact USB Surge Protector, $9.99

Small Trash Can

Keep a small trashcan in your dorm room next to your desk. Recommend: Kickstand Trash Can, $29.00

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Kim Young August 20, 2013 at 4:49 pm

If I’d had neat stuff like this in college I may actually have spent some time in my room studying ;)

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