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    27 Inexpensive Ways To Make Your Dorm Impossibly Cozy

    Make college a little more cuddly.


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    1. Turn your bed into a comfy workstation with a cushioned lap desk. Bonus: With the built-in reading light, you can stay up late reading AND keep your roomie happy.

    Double bonus: The cushion on the bottom is made of memory foam, so it's WAY comfier than those beanbag versions.

    Get it from Amazon for $47.24.

    Promising review: "I've owned several lap desks and this one is hands down the BEST! Construction feels high quality, from the memory foam padding to the included LED light and slide-out mouse pad holder. Very satisfied with my purchase!" β€”Lou1492

    2. Hang a canopy over your bed for some extra drama (and also privacy).

    Dabney Frake for Apartment Therapy / Via

    Learn how to make this one at Apartment Therapy.

    Or get a gauzy net canopy already made for you from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. Set up a stack of donut floor cushions so your dorm hall neighbors have a cushy place to sit.

    Cheaper and more space-saving than actual chairs!

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99 each. Available in 12 styles.

    Promising review: "This pillow is SO insanely soft and adorable! It's firm/soft, which is what I wanted because I didn't want an overly soft pillow that over time was going to deteriorate easily. This pillow is really well stitched, looks true to the photo displayed by the seller, and although it came lateβ€š the seller emailed me proactively to let me know that they were taking care of it. Overall I'm really happy with this product and seller β€” I would definitely recommend purchasing this if you're looking for a super cute doughnut throw pillow." β€”ImStephanie

    4. Keep a pretty electric kettle on hand so you can brew up some tea or ho cho* for all of your new friends during spontaneous study seshes.

    *Hot chocolate, duh.

    Get it from Amazon for $35.26. Available in seven patterns.

    Promising review: "I love my kettle! It works great; it heats up the water super fast and it looks awesome in my new coffee/tea station. It's a little on the heavy side, but that just makes me think it's durable and sturdy. I would recommend it to anyone!" β€”Darkeyezangel

    5. Transform a utility cart into a ~SnAcK StAtIoN~ that you can fill with all the goodies from care packages you get sent.

    Check out the tutorial at Larissa Another Day.

    Get the cart she used in this DIY from Ikea for $29.99.

    6. Make stepping out of bed in the mornings way easier by cushioning your feet with a faux sheepskin rug.

    8 a.m. bio class is hard enough.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99. Available in four colors.

    Promising review:
    "I absolutely LOVE this! It's super soft, hasn't shed a single hair since I opened it, and best of all it doesn't smell weird!! I'm thrilled I chose this company to buy from! Best price & best product." β€”Heather

    7. Decorate your bedskirt with colorful tassels to add a touch of whimsy.

    And make it look different from literally every other room on campus.

    Get the how-to at Tatertots and Jello.

    8. One-up a cloth caddy and opt for a bedside shelf so you can keep a glass of water, your phone, and a snack at arm's reach β€” no climbing down from your loft bed every time you need something.

    Get it from Amazon for $28.50. Available in three colors.

    Promising review: "After trying several products and looking multiple places for a bedside stand for my son's lofted bed, this item is far superior than any other we've tried. It can hold multiple books AND a full glass of water with no problem. Incredibly sturdy and easy to place. My son and I are both thrilled!" β€”LPB

    9. Make your bed with ultra-soft microfiber sheets that are even wrinkle-resistant!

    You know you're gonna forget your sheets in the laundry room dryer AT LEAST once.

    Get the twin XL size from Amazon for $22.40. Available in 23 colors.

    Promising review: "These are very soft! Wash separately the first couple of times as a lot of color comes out. However, they are still very vibrant and colorful. My kids love them." –Alta Shaleen Allen

    10. Hang your favorite photos on golden wall clips that display them like the treasures they are: comforting reminders of your family and friends far away.

    Get a set of six from Urban Outfitters for $18.

    11. Lounge in a deep and plush chair that'll make watching your favorite show...UM, I mean reading your textbooks...way more pleasant.

    Get it from Target for $44.99. Also available in black.

    Promising review: "Super comfortable for a folding chair! The padding/cushion is thicker than other chairs I've looked at. It's perfect to sit with your laptop while lounging/sitting around. " β€”AliOh

    12. Decorate the shit out of your room with string lights, because why the eff not.

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    Check out all the awesome ideas here.

    13. Attach a sweet garland to the wall to help your new home feel as sweet as the old one.

    Get it from Fresh Lemon Blossoms on Etsy for $16.25.

    14. Make your own cheery doormat so everyone on your hall knows that your room is the ~cool room~ to hang out in.

    Take a peek at the full tutorial at I Spy DIY.

    15. Always take off your shoes at the door and keep a pair of dorm-specific slippers. As soon as you slip them on, you'll think, Ahh, it's good to be home.

    These narwhal ones are an especially good option; they have foot warmers inside that are powered by USB!

    Get them from Amazon for $42.99. Amazon has a great selection of slippers. Check out the top-rated ones here.

    16. Stargaze from the comfort of your own room as you write those late-night papers: just hang this pretty metal star banner.

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18. Also available in a moon version.

    17. Throw together a faux headboard out of Styrofoam insulation board and your favorite fabric for a touch of luxe comfort.

    Just cover cardboard circles in the same fabric to make the faux buttons!

    Check out the full tutorial at Over the Apple Tree.

    18. Listen to your favorite tunes or TV show without bothering your roomie: just pop on these soft and sleep-friendly headphones that won't hurt your ears.

    Get them from Amazon for $15.97. Available in four colors.

    Promising review: "I love these! Cannot live without them. I wear them at night to help me relax when I wake up and my husband is snoring! I use the headband as a sleeping mask to block out light. Washable when you carefully take out the speakers. The speakers are fragile, but I've used mine every single night for two years without any malfunction. If the snoring is extra loud I can put in earplugs and then put on the earphones and that does the trick! These are genius!" β€”Chef Envy

    19. Cuddle up under a blanket with microfiber on one side and thick sherpa on the other so you can customize your level of warmth.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    Promising review: "*Seven months later, and I am a blanket evangelist. I stand by everything I've said in this original review. It washes well, holds its softness and color and is just... THE MOST AMAZING BLANKET EVER. This blanket. I don't have words for the love that is this blanket. I thought about writing a love poem to it, but that seemed a bit much. But it needs a warning. You will buy one. You will love it. You will discover it is the softest, warmest, coziest blanket that has ever been made. In the history of blankets, there's never been a better one." β€”Elentari

    20. Listen to tunes and ease the longing for your family's doggo with a dachshund-shaped Bluetooth speaker.

    Get it from PB Teen for $29.99 (on sale from $69).

    21. Bond with your roomie by creating custom abstract curtains using paint to make your room less harsh.

    Learn how to make them at A Beautiful Mess.

    22. Keep your space from being so dry all winter: set up a color-changing humidifier and essential oil diffuser to make your room a paradise.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99. Available in three wood tones.

    Promising review: "This is the most wonderful invention! All the positive reviews are TRUE. I use this humidifier every single night with 'calm' essential oils. The timer is wonderful because you can set it for one, three, or six hours before you go to sleep. Also it will automatically turn off if it runs out for water so it will not burn out and break. The wooden outside is very natural looking and fits in with the decor of my room. The colored lights are wonderful to put on when doing yoga in a dimly lit room. It adds to the peaceful ambiance and is almost hypnotic." β€”Ed

    23. Even if you're far away from your mom (and her cooking), hug a squishable grilled cheese to get a ~taste~ of home from afar.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49. Check out Squishable's whole line of plushies to find your very own comfort food.

    Promising review: "My brother loves grilled cheese and this pillow put a huge smile on his face! Perfect gift for any foodie young or old. It's a perfect size, not too big and not too small, just right. Recommended for sure." β€”Eli

    24. Spring for a full-size duvet insert and cover rather than a twin XL so you can double it up for extra coziness and warmth.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    Promising review: "I wasn't expecting much from it because of the price and all, but when i received it my jaw literally just dropped! I like my bed to be just like the beds at those fancy hotels we stay at once in a blue moon! So when I try to recreate the feel of it in my own bed (but on a tight budget), I just end up frustrated each time. But not this one! This actually feels like a million bucks. It's full but lightweight and it feels like heaven to the touch! This is a must buy! A great addition to your bed and sleeping experience, guys!" β€”King of Anything

    25. While you're at it, add a three-inch memory foam mattress topper to make your dorm bed feel even *better* than your home one.

    Get a twin XL size from Amazon for $54.39.

    Promising review: "Let's just say that this mattress topper is the only reason I made it through college with a single decent night's sleep on the cold, hard, prison mattresses that a $65K/year school provides its students. This mattress topper definitely has give β€” you can feel yourself sink into it the moment you lie down β€” but it does its job. As someone who also suffers from chronic pain due to a previous injury, this mattress topper helped to reduce the amount of direct pressure on my side and cushion the part that hurt, making it bearable while I slept. 10/10 would recommend for a dorm mattress or anything that needs just a little bit of a boost!" β€”Samantha

    26. "Light up" some realistic electric candles because flames are 10/10 NOT allowed in your dorm. Sorry, Bath & Bodyworks candle fans.

    So real-looking, you'll have to tell your RA that they're fake.

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $17.99.

    Promising review: "Beautiful, realistic LED candles. No one knows until I tell them that they are not real. The wick even flickers if you choose to have it do so. The handy little remote gives you a choice, either a wick or one that flickers. personally, I like the flicker effect, it is more realistic. The great little remote gives you all kinds of options...on/off, timer for 2/4/6/8 hrs, brightness level and lighted candle or not. No glass to break, no smoke, no melted wax, and no hunting for matches. You will love these candles." β€”AggieMomma

    27. And make the trek from the shower back to your room better by donning a plush, animal-shaped robe.

    Warning: you may want to wear it all day long.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+. Available in eight animals.

    Promising review: "I am in LOVE with this robe and have been living in it since I received it! It is so soft and warm and doesn't hang crazy low so it doesn't drag but is low enough it keeps my legs warm. I'm 5'6", 145lb, and I got a medium. It was perfect. The colors are so vivid. It's such an amazing pink and the bunny hood is so cute and actually fits over my head like a hood should to keep my head warm! I can't stand hoods that stop in the middle of your head, this goes all the way over my forehead a bit. I get compliments all the time and everyone who sees it asks where they can get one. The price was GREAT and I'd buy more for sure!" β€”Jami Brawley

    Having the best dorm room = one step closer to making a bunch of new friends.


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