The Ultimate College Dorm Room Checklist

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Attention, Freshmen! College can be a scary place to navigate. We get it. And while it’s the good kind of scary—where you’re anxious and excited at the same time—we still want to help take the edge off. To make sure you’re super prepared, we broke it down for you. Here’s a run-down of what you’ll need…

BEDDINGOkay, this is an obvious one — but very important! You’ll want to pick out bedding that shows off your personality and choose décor to make your space feel more like home. A tall shelf for storage, a bulletin boardwall art decorative pillowsblankets and even small rugs are all important pieces in designing the perfect dorm room. This is your home away from home, so make it as cozy as possible!Featured: Whim By Martha Stewart Collection bedding collection, Umbra wall décor & frame, Bluebellgray decorative pillow, Studio Mercantile LED string lights    
DESKGetting down to business and studying are just as important as everything else on your list, so be sure to build a study space that keeps you focused and organized. The top five things you need here are: a desk lamp, a wastepaper basketnotebooks & pencilsdesk organizers and a calendar or planner. Other things that are nice to have are a fan to use as a white noise machine and an essential oil diffuser to keep you calm and your room smelling fresh.Featured: Poppin letter tray, Lite Source desk lamp 
KITCHENSome people forget about these essentials, but we find it as equally important as the rest of the stuff on your list. Arm yourself with a couple bowls, platesmugscups, a 5-pc. flatware set and food storage containers so you can stow away some goodies from the dining hall. And if your dorm allows it, we also recommend packing a Keurig and microwave—because early A.M. classes and microwave-friendly meals are a rite of passage in college.Featured: Certified International dinnerware, Keurig brewing system, Oxo containers   
BATHROOMYou’re most likely going to have to share a bathroom with the rest of your floor, so be prepared for anything. (And if you don’t—you’re one of the lucky, lucky few!) Besides your towel, the two most important things you’ll need are a robe and a fully stocked shower caddy. You definitely don’t want to leave your room without those (or your keys!) when it comes time to shower. Other things that you should def have on hand are hair styling tools a hamper and a mini steamer.Featured: Martha Stewart Collection towels, Lacoste bath robes, Babyliss hair styling tools, Joy Mangano mini steamer, Honey Can Do hamper
COMMON AREAIf your room has the extra space, upgrade that bean bag chair to one of these awesome dorm-friendly sofas! And complete the space with some comfy throw pillows, an area rug and a couple house plants. This is an opportunity for you and your future roomie to really make your space feel like a home. Mesh your styles and create a space that feels inviting—a place you can bring new friends to—but also a place you can just escape to after a long day. Featured: 3R Studio wicker baskets

We hope you’re excited to get to campus! To make sure you don’t leave anything behind, download our ultimate dorm checklist! And be sure to check out some more of our fave dorm essentials.

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