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    42 Things For Your Dorm Room That Are As Beautiful As They Are Useful

    Making your dorm feel like *you* is sure to increase your college experience by several degrees.

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    1. A cotton knit duvet cover that'll make your side of the dorm look like an earthy, chic dream even if you only sloppily make the bed. Bless.

    mattress on the floor covered in a soft pumpkin colored duvet
    Amazon

    And if you're looking for a great duvet to fill this cover, here's a hypoallergenic option that reviewers love! 

    Promising review: "I have been looking for a terracotta jersey knit duvet cover forever and took a chance with this one. The color is great, a dark terracotta/rust color. It’s soft, but if I had to be knit-picky it isn’t as soft as other jersey knit fabrics I have felt. Shipping was surprisingly fast and the size was perfect for my queen bed. Overall I am happy with my purchase." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $63.09 (available in two sizes and 16 colors).

    2. An adjustable stand so your phone can have a proper spot on your desk when you've gotta put it down while studying but still want it in site. 

    Gif of BuzzFeeder adjusting phone stand
    Phone stand placed on desk with iPhone sitting on top
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Read our full review of this phone stand (#4 on the list)!

    Here's an excerpt: "It has a sleek but pretty, not-too-pink champagne-y rose gold body, an adjustable stand (so you can position it to your height perfectly), and a hole in the back you can snake a cord through for easy charging. The ledge is wide enough to fit a fairly substantial case without worry, and it's a game-changer that I can just look at the screen to unlock my phone. Magic! Now I can keep those group text updates truly ~at a glance~ — without interrupting my flow until I take a break later." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in seven colors).

    3. A 10-piece set of drawer organizers — with these, even the drawers in your dorm are gonna look organized and on-point. 

    Reviewer photo showing the drawer organizers being used for makeup products
    Reviewer photo showing the drawer organizers used for office supplies

    Promising review: "I needed to organize all the stuff that ends up in the bathroom vanity cabinet. These were perfect in every way. Being clear it is easy to see what is in each bin. Assorted sizes made it easy to sort out what I had and make best use of the space. The bins are beautifully made and look great on a shelf, in a drawer, in a cabinet, or even on the countertop. I would definitely buy again and have already suggested them to my friends. Happy to find quality products that are Made in the USA!" —Linda

    Get the 10-piece set from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. A quilted chenille floor pillow because while you're in the dorms, "furniture" is a word that needs a little wiggle room...because your room has none at all.

    four square tufted floor pillows stacked on top of each other
    reviewer's covered deck with several pillows and the cushion on top of a wooden stool

    Promising review: "This comes just as pictured and described. It is comfortable and looks luxurious. It's great for floor seating." —AKhan

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99 (available in five colors).

    5. An abstract throw blanket for placing on your bed or over a chair, making your space look fashion-savvy and fun. Plus it's great for wrapping around your shoulders when studying for your biochem exam is so stressful you feel a *literal* chill in the air. 

    woven tassel throw blanket with abstract tiger and floral pattern
    reviewer's maximalist living room with blanket over sofa

    Promising review: "This is a great, eclectic blanket. It's great for the price and has beautiful colors." —Iris

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    6. A satisfyingly quiet personal fan that'll make your retro heart soar *and* be a real breath of fresh air if your building manager's preferred thermostat setting is "stifling".

    reviewer's brass and blue fan on a bedside table
    reviewer's small round retro fan in a bathroom window

    Promising review: "I'm a fan of this. What a great vintage look! This 1950's inspired look is packed with modern mechanics and safety. The fan's motor is powerful yet runs quietly. Sure, there's fan noise from the blades chopping air, but the motor itself is quiet. Also, the front grill is protective and would keep curious fingers clear of the spinning blades. The fan looks great on my desk (mix of new and mid-century items) and I love the sound. This is great for an office, bedroom, or dorm!" —Stephen Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in seven styles).

    7. A ceramic essential oil diffuser since candles are a no-go in the dorms — this may save the day if your roommate's shoes end up being particularly pungent. 

    terra cotta diffuser on dish
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I like everything about this diffuser. It is pretty to look at, has a ceramic top, works well (I can actually see the vapor across the room), and you can smell the oil even in a large room. I am happy I found this diffuser." —Jenny R.

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in five colors). 

    8. A plant pillow that'll give your dorm room some life. Plants (even plush ones, probably) help with mental health — don't forget how much that matters! 

    succulent pillow on a chair
    mostera leaf on a table
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A bit pricey but adorable!!! I'm usually really good on a sewing machine, but this would be a bit difficult for me, so it was worth the purchase." —Best

    Get it from Amazon for $39+ (available in 16 styles). 

    9. And a dark botanical doormat — ~plant~ this by the end of your bed so you can have a designated shoe spot and keep the rest of your floor space clean. 

    black doormat beside bed with wildflower and mushrooms on it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This doormat is good quality. It came just as described, and the colors are awesome." —Kathleen Meyer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. A doggone adorable desk lamp that's sure to be the best (K9) companion during all those late nights studying. 

    abstract dog shaped lamp with four legs, a tail, and a square head with a light surface
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for my computer desk, and it lights bright and looks adorable! Why should the little ones have all the fun? This is one piece of pleasure I bought for myself, and I love it!" —Blaze

    Get it from Amazon for $46.88+ (available in six styles). 

    11. A vanity mirror with tiered accessory trays, because desk space is a precious thing in a dorm room and you deserve some beautiful decor that multi-tasks as well as your mother.

    vanity mirror with two stacked trinket dishes
    Amazon

    She misses you. You better give her a call.

    Promising review: "I really like this product. I use it on my vanity as a face mirror when I am getting ready and it also holds little makeup items, jewelry, and other stuff. It's a very solid material and I think it looks very chic. A beautiful buy!" —JJ

    Get it from Amazon for $37.24.

    12. A set of dimmable string lightbulbs that'll transform the dull mirror your room came with into the glam vanity you and your theater major deserve.

    reviewer's mirror with bulb lights around the edges
    closeup of the bulb lights on a reviewer's mirror

    Promising review: "I love these lights and cannot believe the price! I love the dimmer — it dims to five different brightness levels. You simply touch the 'ON' button each time you want it brighter. I really didn't expect these to work as well as they have. I mean, when can you buy anything at this price and it really work? I'm really impressed and will definitely buy these again for other mirrors or replacements. I am very happy with my purchase! —Ginger

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    13. A darling mini fridge (in case your place doesn't provide one) is gonna keep your snacks fresh while also lookin' like a fresh snack itself.

    reviewer's bedroom with mini fridge at the end of the bed
    reviewer's office with fridge beside an l-shaped desk

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this fridge! It’s perfect." —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $210.62+ (available in five colors). 

    14. A baroque mirror — place this directly across from your window to give your dark and dreary room a lot more natural light. 

    arched mirror with gilded detail on the top displayed on an entryway table
    closeup of the same mirror

    Promising review: "All I can say is woooow! This mirror is not only affordable, but the quality is amazing. It’s heavy and not cheap looking. The gold color is not so tacky, and it’s done just right. My main concern was receiving a broken mirror, but the packaging was great and arrived in one piece. Don’t hesitate buying this gem — you need it!" —Celeste C

    Get it from Amazon for $117+ (available in three sizes and four colors).

    15. An ultra soft faux fur rug that'll feel luxurious every time you get out of bed and have this fancy fuzz between your toes instead of the cold wood floors beneath your feet.

    faux fur rug beside a bed
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My parents went to Europe and sat outside on furs like these and now they do the same at home. They live in the mountains in Utah. They put these on their metal patio chairs and then cover themselves with a blanket outside in the winter. The furs keep your backside insulated and then topped with the blanket they are able to have cocktail hour(s) on the deck all year long! It’s honestly pretty sweet and the dog gets her own to lie on when she’s outside too." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.19+ (available in two sizes and seven colors). 

    16. A decorative cork canister you can fill with things like paper clips, pens, and candy if you'd like some ~cork-y~ cute decor in your dorm. 

    Person holding small glass canister with round cork lid
    Larger canisters on wicker pantry shelf

    Promising review: "I absolutely love the look of these storage containers (pictured above, right)! They are so unique and modern. The quality is great, the glass is pretty thick, and they seem very durable. The reason I'm docking one star is because some containers don’t quite seal air tight correctly like the rest. Not sure if it’s the glass container or the cork, but I did come across that one issue with some of the jars. Overall though, I would recommend these containers." —Mig and Les

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in three sizes). 

    17. A pack of vinyl tangerine decals — these are gonna show off your great ~taste~ by instantly improving your dorm's dreary walls. Improve your mood one decorative decal at a time! 

    reviewer's bathroom with decals on the wall
    reviewer's fridge with the tangerine decals

    Promising review: "Love these decals! I’m in a rental space and wanted to spruce things up for the summer without breaking the bank. It took me 20 minutes to do, super easy to stick and smooth out nicely, even on my textured walls. Makes my space so much cozier and is a very budget-friendly option, especially for renters. I will say that two of my decals did rip when I was removing them from the paper... Cutting the torn pieces off and using on the edge of the wall made for an easy fix. Completely worth the money!!!" –Casey

    Get it from Amazon for $11.36 (includes 32 leaves). 

    18. A CovoBox that's hollow on the inside, this'll cover cords and miscellaneous messes with elegant "books" instead of leaving clutter out on display. What a *novel* idea! 

    before and after showing how what looks like a bunch of gold and tan books actually hides a wifi box and Alexa device
    Amazon Handmade

    Before adding this to your cart, you have the option to customize it, including selecting from 14 lengths and 15 colors (including custom colors). The CovoBox is made from reclaimed books and sustainable wood.

    BTW — Covogoods is a small family-owned business creating home decor in Utah!

    Promising review: "I’m pretty sure I’ve never loved a purchase from Amazon as much as I love this one. This product is EXTREMELY well made and very unique. Plus, it does the job of hiding the ugly routers and cords. And the customer service was great and responsive. I was a little hesitant to spend the money on this but after years of living with the husband’s pile of technology, the money was well spent!" —AmazonEmme

    Get it from Covogoods on Amazon Handmade for $29+ (available in customizable sizes and colors).

    19. A wireless library light with both warm and cool settings, so you can highlight favorite books or prints in your dorm. This lighting can help you see at your desk during the night without disturbing the morning person you're rooming with. 

    a reviewer using two of the gold library lights over built-in bookshelves
    a reviewer using the light over a portrait

    This uses three AAA batteries and includes a remote that lets you set the light to different brightnesses and schedule a timer for 15, 30, 60, or 120 minutes.

    Promising review: "For the price you can’t beat it. Super easy to install and lightweight. The gold had a slight orange tint to it, so be mindful of that. I actually just taped over the light and spray-painted ours with gold spray paint I had left over and then they were absolutely perfect." —Paris Seder

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99 (available in three colors).

    20. A set of gold cable organizers is sure to make your desk look impeccable while keeping your charging cords neat and tidy. 

    A set of two gold finished round cable organizers installed on a desk with a charger wire running through them
    Brighttia/Etsy

    Brighttia is a New York-based Etsy shop established in 2018 that specializes in industrial and modern interior lighting and decor.

    Promising review: "These brass cable organizers are beautiful and high quality. I’m using two of them to keep a plug-in sconce cord attached to the wall and to direct the cord to the electrical outlet. These little gold pieces add a touch of functionality and glamour to the sconces. Exactly what I was looking for." —Amy Margolis

    Get a set of two from Brighttia on Etsy for $12.98+ (available in six colors).

    21. Motion-activated LED light strips are gonna give you juuust the right amount of lighting when you don't get back until late at night and don't wanna turn the light on and wake up your dorm mate. Put these strips under your desk or bed, and you're g2g! 

    These charge up with a standard outlet or four AA batteries.

    Promising review: "This is a fun motion light for under the bathroom cabinet. It lights up the floor area when you walk in for those nighttime trips. It's a great value. I love this light. Go buy one!!!" —Gloria D.

    Get 6 meters from Amazon for $23.99 (available in four lengths and in cool or warm white).

    22. A faux leather tissue box cover for design-minded people who know even a tissue box is an opportunity to show off their sense of style.

    the same cover but in brown
    a reviewer holding a white faux leather tissue box cover

    Promising review: "This tissue box holder is lovely, it looks and feels like leather, but if you get a stain on it it cleans up beautifully. I cannot believe a tissue box can make a statement, but everyone who has seen it or used it says it is very unique and such a smart design." —saf

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (originally $19.99; available in 13 colors). 

    23. Or a minimalist tissue box cover so you can keep your space chic, even when you need a li'l reminder of home.

    This works with square tissue boxes, be sure to grab ones that fit!

    Promising review: "I'm in a dorm room and wanted to keep my color scheme going throughout the room (white/blush/gold), and multi-colored tissue boxes can look chaotic in such a small space. It's cute and functional." —