Your dorm room is a functional space first and foremost. You’ll have to study, relax, eat, and live there for the next few years. Like any functional space, there are certain things every dorm room should have. From storage, to tables, to lamps, these essential items will make sure your dorm life is as comfortable and fun as it should be. So before you head back to school, make sure you’ve got all the essentials covered with this dorm room checklist. Read on to see it!
Dorm Room Checklist: 15 Essential Items For Your College Room
Don’t Leave Home Without These Dorm Room Essentials
Before you can achieve the dorm room of your dreams, you need to fill your space with the essentials. After all, having a good foundation is the secret to all great designs. You won’t want to discover that you’re missing essential dorm room items like tables or chairs in the middle of the school year, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re on a budget or ready to splurge, some things like beddings, storage, and chairs are non-negotiable. I’ve put together a dorm room checklist that will get you ready to go back to school. Just keep scrolling!
1. Extra Beddings
Extra beddings are at the very top of my dorm room checklist, and they should be on top of yours too. Not only is this a practical need, but your bed is probably the biggest piece of furniture in your dorm room and it will stand out. So make sure you always have neat and stylish beddings on. Bring at least two to three sets so you’ll be ready for any emergency.
Curtains are another must-have on my dorm room checklist, because they’re so versatile! Use them as window shades, but also as dividers if you share a room, or as a makeshift changing room.
3. Organizers and Storage
Most dorm room closets won’t give you enough storage space, so bring some of your own! If you have a bigger room you can bring shelves. But for smaller spaces, plastic boxes should definitely be on your dorm room checklist.
4. A Side Table
Next up on my dorm room checklist: a side table! This has multiple uses as a bedside table, as a small dining nook, and even as added storage or decor space. You’ll never run out of uses for this in your dorm room, I promise.
Lamps are another non-negotiable item on your dorm room checklist. You can use it as a bedside reading lamp, or as a desk lamp. It’s also a great decor opportunity, so pick out a stylish one like this rose gold lamp to let your personality show.
6. Photo Frames
Like a lot of other items on my dorm room checklist, photo frames have so many uses! Make a frame wall as decor, keep a few in stock to display future memories, or use it as a stylish way to display important phone numbers and addresses.
7. A Clock
Keeping track of time is so important in college, so add a clock to your dorm room checklist. Pick out a stylish one like this mint green and wood clock. Green is also a relaxing color, so it’s the perfect addition to your study space!
8. A Laundry Basket
A cute laundry basket should be right on top of your dorm room checklist as well. This rose gold wire basket is functional and very trendy!
9. A Rug
A rug will be a cozy addition to your space, so don’t leave it out of your dorm room checklist! Your roommate will be glad you brought one.
10. A Bar Cart
Bar carts are a more recent addition to my dorm room checklist, but I don’t know why I didn’t think of them sooner. They’re affordable and so versatile! Use them as shelves beside your desk, as a makeshift bedside table, or as a mini pantry.
11. Throw Pillows
Don’t leave home without a few throw pillows. They’re an easy way to make your dorm room cozier, and you can show off your personality with cute or stylish throw pillow designs.
12. A Comfy Desk Chair
If there’s one thing on your dorm room checklist that you have to splurge on, it’s a comfy desk chair. You’ll be doing a lot of studying, and a good desk chair is essential to any study space.
13. A Storage Ottoman
Storage ottomans are a trendy way to add more storage to a small dorm room, and they can even double as coffee tables or bedside tables. This is a really stylish way to kill two birds with one stone.
14. Personalized Decor
Yes, decor is an essential part of your dorm room checklist. These are things that will make your space truly feel like a home, so go ahead and bring those wall decals, string lights, and anything other decor that can really personalize your dorm room.
Small dorm rooms can get stuffy, so bring a touch of nature into your space! Small indoor plants like succulents or even faux potted plants are a refreshing, relaxing addition to your dorm room checklist.
Watch this video from HGTV Handmade for more hacks you can add to your dorm room checklist:
Once you’ve got everything on this dorm room checklist, you’ll be more than ready to move into your dorm. Achieving your dream dorm room will be a breeze now!
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