Most dorm rooms are truly depressing places. Which is why it’s important, when doing your back-to-school shopping, to do whatever you can to make your space a little more comfortable and a little more festive. Below, we gathered a whole slew of décor, both functional and fun, that will make things slightly less horrible — without going full-on Ole Miss crazy, and without sending you further into debt. And remember: A funky trash bin can go a long way!
For the Desk
For something a little more fun: How about this cactus light?
A comfortable desk chair is key. (You will be spending a lot of time with your butt in it.) This ergonomic offering from Alera gets very positive reviews.
And you can zhuzh it up a little bit with this delightful toast-shaped seat cushion.
For the Bed
This handmade Kantha quilt will (elegantly) brighten up the place.
Not the most exciting purchase you’ll ever make, but you’re going to need some extra-long twin sheets. (For more sheets we like, click here.)
This right here is our favorite pillow for side-sleepers.
More comfortable than an egg crate, this plush mattress topper (which comes in extra-long twin) is one of the best-reviewed (7,269 comments and counting) on Amazon.
Closet space tends to be limited in dorm rooms; these under-the-bed storage bags will help keep things organized.
Keep this fuzzy guy at the foot of your bed.
For the Rest of the Dorm Room
A watermelon doormat that says, “Come on in and distract me from writing this philosophy paper.”
This bright-yellow steel bookcase that will do a lot for even the bleakest of dorm rooms.
You know what would look nice on that shelf? This plant.
A little side table to keep by the bed, on which to rest your phone-slash-alarm-clock.
A non-hideous, foldable laundry bin that has two handsome leather handles as well as a drawstring.
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Do not — we repeat, do not — buy a Starry Night poster. Buy this Supremes at Lincoln Center one instead.
And hang it with this stately poster frame.
This is the loudest, best-reviewed portable speaker on Amazon. And it’s waterproof, so you can spill grain alcohol on it, and it’ll probably be fine.
A very easy way to add some “tone” to your room: this clothing ladder, on which you can hang or stow your most frequently worn Theta sweatpants.
A funky trash can.
This isn’t the most beautiful futon out there, but it’s cheap, totally inoffensive, and has over 3,000 rave reviews.
Gussy it up with these orange pillows. (If you need some inserts, here you go.)
And this easy, goes-with-anything throw.
Another futon with a little more built-in personality.
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