40 Creative Dorm Room Essentials to Express Your Personal Style

Dorm Room Ideas

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It's that time of year again. With college move-in day rapidly approaching, there can be so much to think about. Whether you are a freshman on your own for the first time or a returning student digging into your major, everyone needs a space to call their own. Do you have everything you need to transform your dorm room into a cozy, cool environment?

Living on your own can be an exciting, but stressful transition. Gone is the safety net of home, as you get ready to spread your wings, but the thrilling part is that you have a whole new space to decorate. Your dorm room is your safe haven and a place to express your personal style. Complicating matters a bit is that it also needs to be your bedroom, study, and kitchen in one. After all, who wants to go all the way to the cafeteria for a late-night snack?

Dorm room decor doesn't have to be boring, and there's a lot you can do in a small space to make yourself at home. If you are looking for dorm room ideas, and don't want to forget the essentials, look no further. From funky duvets to a stylish mini fridge, we've got you covered. Check out our ultimate list of dorm room essentials that will ensure your room will be the envy of the dormitory.

Ready for dorm life? Here are the creative essentials every college student craves.


Bed and Bath


5 Piece Bed-in-a-Bag in Black Aztec

Dorm Room Essentials

Amazon Basics | $38.99


Retro 70s Sunrays Duvet Cover


Drive You Mad Hibiscus Duvet Cover


Dorm Room Headboard


Banana Life Hand Towel Set (2 Hand Towels, 2 Bath Towels)


Folding Laundry Hamper

Dorm Room Ideas

Songsongstore | $10.99


Shower Caddy and Bathroom Tote

Stylish Shower Caddy

iDesign | $15.73


Dorm Room Decor


Macrame Wall Hanging


Summer Sunset Removable Wall Mural

Dorm Room Ideas

Cascadia | $299.99


Custom Vintage Map Throw Pillow


Gold Geometric String Lights

Dorm Room Decor

Ling's Moment | $15.99


Turquoise Sea Pastel Beach III Wall Hanging


Mod Triangles Area Rug

Dorm Room Decor

Crystal W Design | from $49.99


Bonfire Throw Blanket


Hangit Photo Display

Dorm Room Ideas

Umbra | $20



Wondershelf by Artori Design

Artori Design | $27.50


Wood LED Desk Lamp

Dorm Room Ideas

Tomons | $35.99


Succulent Planters

Dorm Room Decor

Jusalpha | $18.99


Customizable Cinema Lightbox

Dorm Room Decor

SUOMEI | $12.59


Floating Shelf with Succulent Planter

Dorm Room Decor

Umbra | $45.70


Brushed Copper Desk Fan

Vintage Style Desk Fan

Holmes | $28.67


LED Word Clock

Dorm Room Decor

Tech Tools | $59.95


Mandala Floor Cushion


Floor Length Mirror with Storage Rack

Dorm Room Ideas

Umbra | $189.99


Kitchen Essentials


12-Piece Melamine Dinnerware Set


Set of 16 Plastic Tumblers in Assorted Colors

Dorm Room Essentials

US Acrylic | $18.99


Stainless Steel Cutlery Set (7 Pieces)

Dorm Room Essentials

Boao | $10.99


Brief History of Art Mug


Reusable Coffee Cup

Reusable Coffee Cup

KeepCup | $22


Stackable Food Storage Containers (Set of 3)

Food Storage Containers

Sistema | $6.79


Single-Serve Coffee Maker

Dorm Room Ideas

Keurig | $120.90


Retro Compact Refrigerator

Dorm Room Ideas

Daewoo | $229


Retro Countertop Microwave

Microwave Dorm Room Essentials

Daewoo | $79.99


Stay Organized and Ready to Study


Elephant Pencil Holder and Phone Stand

Cool Pencil Holder

CoolBros | $9.99


Hand Pencil/Pen Holder

Dorm Room Decor

ARAD | $18.95


Retro Metal Trash Can

Dorm Room Essentials

Mingol | $29.99


Superhero Bookend

Superhero Bookend

Artori Design | $27.50


Metal Bulletin Board

Dorm Room Essentials

Umbra | $40


Collapsible Fabric Storage Container

Dorm Room Organizers

DII | $12.99


Fast Charging Station for Phones and Tablets

Fast Charging Station for Tablets and Phones

Tidy Home | $43.99


This article has been edited and updated.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.

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