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    30 Products From Walmart That'll Make Your Dorm Suck Less

    Decor, appliances, organization tools, and more stuff that'll help you make the most of your small space!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A set of charming wall decals or stick-on wallpaper to instantly (and affordably) change up the look of your space in a nonpermanent way.


    Promising review (for dots): "I used these on a vintage tabletop that had been painted white. They worked just as I expected them to, and stick even despite being wiped over with a washcloth to clean the table. But they don't damage the paint when I've had to pull them up either. Very satisfied!" β€”VSmith

    Price: $10.99+ for the confetti dot decals (available in gold and silver), or $19.47 for the distressed wood peel-and-stick wallpaper

    2. Adorable cactus wall art that'll make your dorm-room walls not succ-ulent.


    Each print is 15.75" x 11.81".

    Price: $6.74 (available in six designs)

    3. A comfy and sturdy reading pillow for when you want to study but have no intention of moving from your bed to a chair anytime soon.


    Promising review: "So cozy! So comfy! It's filled with shredded foam and is covered in a plush velour like material. The shredded foam keeps longer and is less likely to shift, and doesn't clump in one spot. I love the color, it's a soft neutral tone that will fit into any decor. When it arrives it's rolled up pretty tight, don't be alarmed! Once you open it it begins fluffing, and I found that moving or kneading it helped it fluff quicker. It has a convenient carry-top handle and two arm supports for hours or cozying up. It provides support while free-standing so it doesn't need to be propped up against anything. This pillow is extremely well made so I know it's going to last for years!" β€”DEasterday

    Price: $41.98

    4. A faux-suede storage ottoman, because double-duty decor is a must when space is at a premium.


    Promising review: "My daughter bought this for her dorm. It is the perfect size and very sturdy both inside and out. It serves as both a storage container and extra seating option. The washed zebra look isn't too bold and won't overtake the room. It is a perfect solution." β€”Barb

    Price: $16.88 (available in blue and zebra-print)

    5. A natural Himalayan salt lamp whose soft, therapeutic glow will help create ~chill vibes~ when you're cramming for exams.


    Plus the salt releases negative ions that are said to help fight allergens, smoke, dander, pollen, dust, and other pollutants!

    Promising review: "The lamp gives off a glow that is very soothing. I bought two of them, one for my room and one for my desk at work. I feel that it has helped with my anxiety. I have told all my friends about it. I have bought several of them that I am giving as Christmas gifts. I know everyone will enjoy theirs. This is definitely worth purchasing for yourself or as a gift. It doesn't get real hot when left on for hours β€” it's warm to the touch, but not hot. You won't be disappointed." β€”Saltlamp

    Price: $15.14

    6. A white-noise machine with a built-in timer and six soothing sounds to choose from β€” because having roommates can be fun, but it can also be totally annoying when you just want to nap or study in peace.


    Promising review: "I have a more expensive sound machine, but I can't turn down the volume and it's just too loud. Our son-in-law has this one and said it was the best investment that he'd ever made. Since it's inexpensive, I ordered one and used it last night for the first time. So nice to have the sound but at the volume I want. It's a quality product without a big cost." β€”SDIANEGma

    Price: $16.59

    7. And some reusable ear plugs to make sure you're not jolted awake when you're in bed and they're just getting home at 4 a.m. β€” again.


    Promising review: "Like other reviewers have stated: 'Noisy neighbors with dogs barking, loud mufflers, and constant honking of vehicle horns 24/7....' I've had one box well over a year now and they work perfectly since I'm a light sleeper. When they get dirty from earwax, etc. you just hand-scrub them in Dawn liquid, squeeze them with a bath towel, and they're like brand new! I also washed a pair of cargo shorts not knowing that I had a pair of these plugs in one pocket. Once again, like brand spanking new!! Everyone is on a budget but these plugs ARE NOT disposable and can be cleaned and used for years!! Very happy about these and they block out all noise and last forever!" β€”gotkidsanddog

    Price: $2.98 (for 10 pairs plus case)

    8. A colorful throw that'll let everyone know what your favorite activity truly is, in case they were curious.


    The 50" x 60" polyester throw is machine-washable.

    Price: $14.87

    9. And black-out curtains to make it easier for you to keep up with your nap-hard-study-hard lifestyle.


    Promising review: "These curtains are outstanding! Besides the obvious saturated color, which is pleasing to the eye, the grommets make the curtains so easy to open and close. I have trouble sleeping at night. With the wonderful ability of these curtains to block out the light, I am now able to sleep anytime of the day without the light disturbing my sleep. And by the way, I have no idea why they are advertised as 'children's curtains?' I am very much an adult and they match my comforter perfectly which has a design with peonies on it." β€”Valerie

    Price: $11.78+ per panel (available in two sizes and six colors)

    10. An affordable waterproof mattress pad that'll make your not-so-plush dorm-room bed way comfier β€” and save it from being wrecked by spills and other accidents.


    Promising review: "I was so excited to find this product at It is everything I was looking for, and the reviews were right. We've owned two of these pads for four months now, finally 'tested' out its waterproof abilities last night β€” the mattress underneath was completely dry. Washed the pad this morning, and it came out of the dryer looking brand new. The pad is not hot, sweaty, or crinkly to sleep on like rubber sheets. And it's so cheap! And believe me, I researched mattress pads like it was my job. If you need waterproof β€” this is the mattress pad you want. You can't get a better product for a better deal." β€” WalmartKrayZ

    Price: $11.87+ (available in sizes twin through California king)

    11. A six-can portable mini fridge, because getting out of bed and walking to the communal kitchen for a cold drink requires pants.


    Promising review: "Perfect size for what I need and it keeps things at perfect temp. Bonus was I didn't know I could use it in the car too!!" β€”Idgie

    Price: $49.99

    12. A handy-as-heck bedside caddy so you can store all your essentials within arm's reach.


    Promising review: "I bought this to give my son a place to keep all of his remotes and game controllers safely gathered in one place. He sleeps on a daybed that sits lower than the norm to make it sit more like a couch so the mattress is actually too low BUT I ordered Velcro with adhesive backing so that it can hang over the rail of the daybed frame at the 'foot.' (I got the Velcro from Walmart too.) It's great! Nothing fancy but it holds the TV remote and controllers along with his iPad and headphones. No more hunts for lost items!" β€”imasaint

    Price: $7.49+ (available in black and sand)

    13. Hanging shelves, because maybe you didn't get a scholarship for knowing how to make the most out of limited closet space, but you should have.


    Promising review: "I've had this for over a year, and it's packed full of clothing. It hasn't begun to fray even a little bit! If this one ever wears out, I will definitely buy it again!" β€”littlelani

    Price: $5.54

    14. A durable Case Logic laptop sleeve to protect your computer and add a pop of color to your desk to boot.


    Fits 15- to 16-inch laptops.

    Promising review: "This is my first laptop so I didn't really know much about picking out cases. I did research a lot of websites for style and padding. This case fits my 15.6" laptop very well so it's not sliding around inside. The color is exactly like the picture. It fits well in my Jansport backpack. I would recommend this fairly inexpensive product to anyone." β€”CourtTort1110

    Price: $17.23

    15. A complete bedding set β€” including a comforter and decorative pillow β€” in a fun chevron print that'll instantly add life to even the most sparsely decorated room.


    The machine-washable twin/twin XL set includes a comforter, flat sheet, fitted sheet, one pillowcase, one sham, and a decorative pillow.

    Promising review: "I've purchased this for the downstairs guess bedroom and had family over. One of my sisters already claiming the room with this comforter set. It is absolutely beautiful. The color on it is exactly how its shown in the photo. I'm online shopping for another now. Totally recommend this comforter set." β€”Sherrie

    Price: $34.10+ (available in twin/twin XL and full)

    16. A single-serve Keurig coffeemaker, for an investment that'll save you a ton when you consider how much you'd otherwise be spending at Starbucks all semester.


    Promising review: "Excellent price through Walmart. Great space saver and you can fill up to at least 3 cups of coffee per one reservoir. Works fantastic as all Keurigs do! Perfect size and convenience for my small office." β€”Happy

    Price: $59 (available in black, red, and turquoise)

    17. A mug warmer so you can make sure your caffeinated bev stays hot no matter how long your study sesh winds up lasting.


    Promising review: "I like that the power cord is longer than my old 'rival' warmer I had. Also, the power switch is on the unit itself, not on the cord like my old one. This unit also holds wider mugs as well. Overall I am very pleased with this mug warmer. Two thumbs up :-D" β€”jady91

    Price: $14.67

    18. A customizable desk organizer that'll make it so much easier to focus when all your papers and important materials aren't strewn about the room in random corners.


    Promising review: "Great product. Sturdy and easy assembly. Very much like the fact that you can change the configuration of shelves depending on how you opt to use the spaces." β€”Kathy

    Price: $46.06

    19. All the ramen noodles, because they're cheap, filling, and the only thing you're craving after a night out, so you might as well stock up on 'em.


    Promising review: "This is a great, cheap, and very easy to store menu item. I like to add canned chicken to it to make a quick hot soup in the cold months. Any not eaten actually stores easily until the next winter." β€”javadisciple

    Price: $1.48+

    20. A hair-dryer and flat-iron holder to organize your hair tools that's easily totable to a shared bathroom.


    Promising review: "So lightweight and perfect for my countertop." β€”ShelB

    Price: $13.67

    21. An affordable Hamilton Beach single-serve blender whose container is actually a to-go cup too, so you can just grab it and head to class β€” saving you time and money!

    Walmart, Vickyniki / Walmart

    Promising review: "I'm into green smoothies right now. I love that I can put a whole banana, kiwi, some strawberries and two cups of spinach and it blends perfectly to my taste. I can take it with me to go and doesn't spill in my car. The lid has a nice opening to drink from it, and the best of all it cleans easy. Also if you don't drink it all at once you can save the rest in the fridge because the lid seals very well. I definitely recommend." β€”Vickyniki

    Price: $14.99 (available in five colors)

    22. A playful shag rug that'll brighten up your space without overwhelming it.


    Promising review: "I highly recommend β€” not only is it huge for the price, it doesn't lose pieces like I expected and is very, very soft." β€”lb0480

    Price: $12.28

    23. A nonstick pan (from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection) to have you whipping up egg-cellent meals when you get sick of eating the same old dining-hall meals.


    Promising review: "Absolutely love this pan β€” the eggs just slide off, French toast slides off β€” will wash this pan by hand only. Also the handle is well constructed." β€”Bill

    Price: $13.97+ (available in copper, gunmetal, and blue)

    24. And a silicone utensil set (also from BuzzFeed's Tasty collection) that'll make cleaning up a breeze.


    Promising review: "I love the bright colors of this set! They are solid and sturdy and will clean up easily!" β€”bg2013

    Price: $17.76

    25. A clip-on reading light, because you're a considerate roommate but you also waited to study for a quiz until 3 a.m. the night before and well, here we are.


    Price: $5.49

    26. A 24-pocket over-the-door organizer meant for shoes that can also be used for pretty much anything else in sight that needs organizing.


    Promising review: "I bought this item to use for bathroom storage. I have almost no shelving or storage in my new apartment's W/C so I hang this on my bathroom door and store my beard trimmer, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, bandages, talcum powder, etc. It works great!" β€”Kinninigan

    Price: $9.99

    27. A set of drawers with a wicker design, for a storage solution β€” and an easily stackable one, at that β€” that looks more expensive than it really is.

    Walmart, Susan / Walmart

    Promising review: "These are exactly what you’d expect from Sterlite. Good-quality, sturdy plastic drawer set. The wicker design looks really nice while keeping what’s inside looking tidy. I used these for a less conventional project and was pleased with the outcome: I have a lack of closet space in one of the kids rooms so we stacked two sets inside to create better storage and it’s a HUGE win! Tons more storage space and still able to use the drawers." β€”Susan

    Price: $19.97

    28. A clear makeup organizer, because the last thing you want to be doing when your friends are ready to head out for the night is searching for that eyeliner you can't find anywhere.


    Promising review: "I bought this product to help me organize my makeup, and it works great! The side compartments are great for standing up brushes, mascara, etc., and the overall clear look helps you to see where everything is. The drawers are roomy and can fit several things. So far I love my purchase!" β€”Haley

    Price: $17.97

    29. A conveniently designed hamper that'll do all the sorting work for you ahead of time so you don't have to waste anymore precious energy after pulling an all-nighter.


    Price: $11.28

    30. And a budget-friendly over-the-door mirror sure to be making appearances in more than one #OOTD selfie this semester.


    The 17" x 53" mirror requires no tools for assembly; all hanging hardware is included and it features four adjustable heights. β€”Tyafter

    Promising review: "Decent quality for the price and extremely well-packed for safe shipment. Nice looking also and would 'fit' in a high-end bedroom as well as our simple-folk rooms."

    Price: $24.97

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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