Our Favorite Dorm Essentials

These cute room picks will give your (or your daughter's!) dorm room some real life. Hey, anything to spruce up that tiny space, right?

1. Dorm Essentials: Bedding

California Cutie Set

Talk about easy! This set comes perfectly coordinated with exactly what you need: sheet set, duvet, pillows and even throws. Customize to the package you want and need for one-stop shopping.

California Girl Collection, $300 - $800, dormify.com 

2. Dorm Essentials: Lap Desk

Lap Desk

This foldable desk is perfect for studying – you don’t even have to leave your bed!

Flip-out Lap Desk, $50, pbteen.com

3. Dorm Essentials: Curtains

Cool Curtains

Hide those terrible blinds and hang up these cool panels for a better look. Seriously, you can bet whatever comes standard is going to be terrible.

Boho Boutique Mosaic Brocade Window Panel, $25, target.com 

4. Dorm Essentials: Pillow Backrest

Pillow Backrest

Prop up your pillows and make studying in bed that much more comfortable with this great pillow.

Backrest, $20, bedbathandbeyond.com


5. Dorm Essentials: Shoe Organizer

Shoe Organizer

Grab two for each side of the door and store scarves, brushes and other knick knacks.

Over the door organizer, $15, bedbathandbeyond.com 

6. Dorm Essentials: Shower Caddy

Shower Caddy

Consider this your life-saver. Go for plastic, so you can keep it right in the shower without it getting gross. (And grab some flip flops while you’re at it.)

Shower caddy, $4, walmart.com



7. Dorm Essentials: Throw Pillows

Cute Throw Pillows

Perfect for lounging on the floor, these throw pillows are cute and sassy. (Calling all moms: one says, “Call your mother”!)

Throw pillows, $89, dormify.com


8. Dorm Essentials: Desk Lamp

Awesome Desk Lamp

This lamp provides 50,000 hours of continuous light. Yep, that’s a lot of studying.

Mighty Bright Lamp in Chartreuse Green, $80, powells.com