While some colleges and universities are preparing for a remote fall semester, many are planning to gradually phase in their in-person coursework and campus activities. Dorm- and off-campus life will look very different this year, but it may resume in some aspect for many.
For incoming campus-bound freshmen, furnishing your dorm room is pretty much a crash course in small-space living. Make sure you’ve got the right organizational and decorative touches to make it feel instantly like home. We’ve rounded up 10 best dorm room ideas to help you outfit your new digs and get you settled into college life.
10-Rose Home Fashion Over-the-Door Hanging Mirror
Every living space needs a full-length mirror. This over-the-door pick is worth going halfsies on with your roommate, as it’s a simple, sleek, thin-frame design.
9-Linenspa 3-Inch Gel Swirl Memory Foam Topper
When you have to make it to an 8 a.m. lab, leave nothing to chance. This reviewer-favorite, memory foam topper from Linenspa adds a generous 3 inches to your dorm-issued mattress, making it a much dreamier place to crash.
8-Jerrybox Vanity Organizer
Instead of rifling through your cosmetic case every day, give this make-up organizer a spin! Not only does it rotate 360 degrees, but it includes removable partitions that accommodate different-sized products, so you can adjust it as your beauty routine expands.
7-Sofia + Sam Multitasking Memory-Foam Lap Desk
For those of you who do your best work in bed, don’t scorch the tops of your legs supporting an overheated laptop! The Sofia + Sam lap desk is a dorm room idea that helps you work comfortably from any seated position, and it’s fully loaded with useful features.
Aside from the cushioned wrist rest that doubles as a barrier for your laptop, it’s equipped with a slot for holding a tablet or e-reader, a pull-out tray for holding a mouse pad or notebook, and even a USB-powered light.
6-TCL 32S327 32-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV
How will you be able to host TV-watching parties without a sleek monitor? If you’re looking for a high-quality, reasonably priced TV that’s still small enough to take with you as you move dorms each year, this smart, Roku-equipped, LED TV is a must-have for modern college living.
It also has three HDMI jacks, when most other TVs in the same price range only have two.
5-Steklo X-Stand Laptop Stand
Do your wrists a favor and get this foldable laptop stand before your first term paper is due. The aluminum Steklo X-Stand weighs less than 6 ounces and folds up to a slim 6 inches long, so you can easily stash it away when you’re done using it.
Eke the most space you can out of that tiny closet with this dorm room idea! This handy hanging closet organizer has four shelves, one drawer, and two mesh bags on either side for helping you keep the bulk of your wardrobe folded up and out of the way.
Available in a spectrum of calming colors, these velvety floor pillows are a great dorm room idea to have on hand when hosting a TV night in your dorm room. It also doesn’t hurt that these picks ring up at well under $50!
For amping up the atmosphere, whether in the dorm, out on the quad, or even packed along for a bike ride, you can’t go wrong with the JBL Clip 3 Bluetooth speaker. This clip-on design is also waterproof and has impressive audio quality for its compact size.
1-URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser
Candles are a no-go for dorm living, but with an oil diffuser on hand, we doubt you’ll miss them at all. Just fill this device with water and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, then set this device to mist continuously or on a timer for 1, 3, or 6 hours at a time.