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 something a little more fun: How about this cactus light?
And you can zhuzh it up a little bit with this delightful toast-shaped seat cushion.
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.
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 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 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.
And this easy, goes-with-anything throw.
Another futon with a little more built-in personality.
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