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Fun and Functional Dorm-Room Décor (You Can Buy on Amazon)

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

Ikea Classic Work Lamp
$37 at Amazon

This mint-green Ikea desk lamp will make the harsh overhead lighting a little less harsh. (And, yes, it’s only $20 at Ikea, but you can’t actually order it online, hence the markup on Amazon.)

Note: There are only a few of these left from Amazon, but here is the black Ikea version and here is another cute teal option.

YiaMia LED Cactus Light
$10 at Amazon

For something a little more fun: How about this cactus light?

Alera Elusion Series Mesh Mid-Back Swivel Chair
$168 at Amazon

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.

Cotton Food Seat Cushion
$33 at Amazon

And you can zhuzh it up a little bit with this delightful toast-shaped seat cushion.

For the Bed

HAG Art & Craft Kantha Quilt
$61 at Amazon

This handmade Kantha quilt will (elegantly) brighten up the place.

Pinzon 300-Thread-Count Percale Sheet Set — Twin Extra-Long
$33 at Amazon

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.)

Wamsutta Extra-Firm Standard/Queen Side Sleeper Pillow
$27 at Amazon

This right here is our favorite pillow for side-sleepers.

Pinzon Hypoallergenic Overfilled Microplush Mattress Topper — Twin Extra-Long
$35 at Amazon

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.

Zober Flexible Zippered Underbed Storage Bag, Pack of 2
$13 at Amazon

Closet space tends to be limited in dorm rooms; these under-the-bed storage bags will help keep things organized.

SLPR High Pile Rectangular Faux Sheepskin Rug
$30 at Amazon

Keep this fuzzy guy at the foot of your bed.

For Showering

Chakir Turkish Linens Luxury Hotel Towel, Set of 4
$35 at Amazon

A cheerful set of towels that your roommate won’t accidentally confuse with her own. If you just want to buy some basic white towels and be done with it, might we recommend these organic ones.

Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy
$9 at Amazon

A handy mesh shower caddy with lots of pockets, so you can keep your electric toothbrush, razor, and Japanese exfoliant separate.

For the Rest of the Dorm Room

Entryways Watermelon Nonslip Coconut Fiber Doormat
$28 at Amazon

A watermelon doormat that says, “Come on in and distract me from writing this philosophy paper.”

Sauder Soft Modern Tower Bookcase, Yellow Saffron
$169 at Amazon

This bright-yellow steel bookcase that will do a lot for even the bleakest of dorm rooms.

9GreenBox White Bird of Paradise
$15 at Amazon

You know what would look nice on that shelf? This plant.

Dar Living Retro Wood Stool
$40 at Amazon

A little side table to keep by the bed, on which to rest your phone-slash-alarm-clock.

Dokehom Laundry Basket
$15 at Amazon

A non-hideous, foldable laundry bin that has two handsome leather handles as well as a drawstring.

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Lantern Press the Supremes — Lincoln Center Vintage Poster
$60 at Amazon

Do not — we repeat, do not — buy a Starry Night poster. Buy this Supremes at Lincoln Center one instead.

Cavallini Papers & Co. Vertical Vintage Poster Kit
$18 at Amazon

And hang it with this stately poster frame.

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
$138 at Amazon

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.

Yamazaki Home Tower Leaning Ladder Rack
$50 at Amazon

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.

Umbra Mezzo Swing-Top Waste Can
$23 at Amazon

A funky trash can.

DHP Emily Futon Couch Bed
$169 at Amazon

This isn’t the most beautiful futon out there, but it’s cheap, totally inoffensive, and has over 3,000 rave reviews.

Krishna Mart India Pillowcases, 2
$9 at Amazon

Gussy it up with these orange pillows. (If you need some inserts, here you go.)

Home Essentials DII Cotton Chevron Herringbone Throw
$23 at Amazon

And this easy, goes-with-anything throw.

Divano Roma Furniture Tufted Velvet Futon
$200 at Amazon

Another futon with a little more built-in personality.

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Fun and Functional Dorm-Room Décor (You Can Buy on Amazon)