Stylish Dorm Essentials
Rest easy—these snuggly, under-$55 bedding sets can be rolled up and stashed in the included duffel bag for storage or transport. This feminine floral pattern has an airy feel. Turquoise and orange pop against manly charcoal gray.
Move over, boring white minifridge—this boldly colored number has adjustable shelves and sufficient room to fit two-liter bottles. Cool idea! Available in purple, blue and red.
Sometimes in life it's the little things that matter most—and in the dorm, that can be a screwdriver, earplugs or even air freshener. And a Domino's Pizza gift certificate never hurts!
For a personalized touch, directions for doing laundry are printed right on the bag. However, there's no guarantee the bag won't come home filled with dirty clothes.
Shampoo? Check. Conditioner? Check. Body wash? Check. Time to hit the shower. This multi-pocket, water-resistant caddy is a step up from an old-school hard plastic caddy.
Shiny star decals add personality to walls and the removable adhesive backings won't damage walls.
It's About Time
This is a case when the numbers do add up—but no word as to whether actually being on time is part of the equation.
At just $20 a set, you can afford to buy an extra set of jersey cotton sheets for switching off before laundry day. There's a color to complement any bedspread in this rainbow.
Interchangeable multi-photo frames is a smart way to dress up drab concrete walls.
This clever little gadget makes it easy to power up in the tightest of spaces.
A Place for Everything
When space is tight, organization is key. This utilitarian six-piece kit includes a shoe rack, laundry bag, pop-up hamper, two storage drawers and a hanging shelf organizer.
This ledge fits onto the post of the top bunk bed and is perfect for holding a cell phone, alarm clock or, if you're lucky, maybe even a book or two.
For everything that doesn't fit in their closet or desk.
Help them organize their busy schedule with a dry-erase calendar that works year round.
The Write Stuff
They can tell the roommate "hands off" or scribble some funny messages between coffee refills.
This colorful surge protector adds some flair to a dull necessity.
Give them a spot for tacking up photos, concert tickets and even the occasional exam reminder.
They'll need a place to keep all the cords and chargers for their electronics.
A funky table lamp brightens up a drab dorm room.
Fillsta table lamp, $20, Ikea stores
Bright plastic hangers might inspire them to keep their clothes off the floor.
Dorm closets tend to be tiny. With six hooks, this rack adds extra space for towels, scarves and belts.
Repositionable stickers make framing pictures of friends a cinch. Even better, the decals just peel off the wall on move-out day.
Give them extra seating for when friends come over for a movie.
Snille visitor chair, $20, Ikea stores
This 3-in-1 gadget multitasks almost as much as your student does.
Add an area for lounging and cover up gross dorm floors with a boy-approved striped rug.
Your Zone blue stripe shag rug, starts at $20, Walmart stores
Make sure they're equipped with stylish flip-flops to brave those yucky dorm bathrooms.
For those lucky enough to get a semi-private bathroom, a fearsome (but fun) twist on the standard patterned shower curtain.
Sure, you can give them a dustpan, but you can't make them use it.
Dust pan set, $2, Ikea stores
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