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College Dorm Room Shopping Part 2: Furnishings


Empty Dorm RoomThis is part two of College Fashion’s “College Dorm Room Shopping” series. For the first part of the series, I focused on Dorm Room Bedding. Today I’m going to focus on Dorm Room Furnishings.

Furnishing a dorm room is easy because most of what you need will come with your room (desk, closet, bed, dresser.) It is also tricky at the same time because you are working with a very small space. Here are my top tips for shopping for dorm room furnishings.

  1. Talk to your roommate. You will save yourself a lot of time and money if you talk to your roommate about who’s bringing what for your room. You don’t want to get to school on move in day with two of everything – there won’t be enough room for it all.
  2. Check your college’s website. They should list what is going to come with your room, as well as any items that are off-limits, so you will have a good picture of what’s missing and what you need to buy.
  3. Invest in storage bins. You won’t realize how much stuff you have until you try and pack it up. Buy some good quality plastic storage bins and moving will be easier – plus, you’ll have a place to put everything.
  4. Don’t get heavy furniture.Trust me on this one. The lighter the better is the rule for furniture in college. Don’t bring a huge armoir that takes 3 people to lift. It’s much more of a hassle than you’re going to want to deal with.
  5. Get lamps. Dorm rooms usually come equipped with one big fluorescent light that is supposed to provide lighting for the entire room. First of all, its usually not bright enough. Also, when your roommate wants to sleep but you have a paper to write, you’ll be happy to have a small desk lamp on your side of the room.
  6. Buy a rug. Dorm room floors are normally cold and linoleum. They aren’t cozy or homey, so I recommend investing in a good quality, durable rug for your floor to make your room more livable. Get a dark color so you won’t have to worry about stains.

Now that you know what to look for, here are some of my picks for some great dorm room furnishings you should consider:

Bed Risers
Bed Risers (Set of 4) – $9.99
Purple Rug
Shag Rug – Purple – $69.99
Stacking Underbed Storage Chest - Set of 2 by Iris®
Stacking Underbed Storage Chest – Set of 2 – $64.99
Pink Floor Lamp
5-Head Floor Lamp – Silver/ Pinks – $19.99

Now that you know what to buy for furnishings, check back soon for another part in this series on decorating your dorm room to reflect your personal style!

* Dorm room photo by bbautista on flickr.

More Information

Check out the rest of the posts in the College Dorm Room Shopping series to get everything you need for a fabulous dorm:

Posted on on July 20, 2007 / Filed Under: Dorm Room / Tags: ,

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17 Responses to “College Dorm Room Shopping Part 2: Furnishings”

  1. 1
    July 21st, 2007 at 1:32 am

    ah you read my mind! ive been hardcore dorm shopping the last couple weeks. luckily my roomate and i have coordinated everything and i think our room will be comfy and chic! one thing we really need is a good rug though so im going to check out your suggestion!

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    July 24th, 2007 at 2:14 am

    I agree about getting a rug. Although most, if not all, of the dorms at my college had carpeted floors, getting a rug was still nice to add a bit of personality to your floor and cover up stains. I would recommend getting a colorful rug, however, because dorm rooms in general tend to be drab.

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    July 25th, 2007 at 1:54 am

    As a former RA, I must say that these are good suggestions but people should make sure that the things they buy aren’t against the rules. For example, the bed lifters and halogen lamps were not allowed in my dorms. Good post!

  4. 4
    August 20th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Trust me on this one…if your college allows it, get a new mattress!!! You don’t want to know how many people have slept on the matts provide by the college or what they may have done on it. Plus, they are as old as the hills. I actually developed back problems from sleeping on the bed in my freshman dorm. Do yourself a favor, call 1-800-Mattress. I bought 2 mattresses from them – once to replace my dorm matt and once when I moved off campus. Their prices were great and they delivered the SAME DAY!

  5. 5
    July 27th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    I think those suggestions are great , as a former RA as well , I can say right on. Here are a couple other sites to check out that also have advice on what to bring.

  6. 6
    August 1st, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Those are wonderful. I love the simple lines.

  7. 7
    December 14th, 2009 at 11:37 am

    In all three of the dorms I lived in all were carpeted, but I know of ones that weren’t…and I defnitly would want a rug if one wasn’t! Checking ahead is huge. Checking what you can and can’t bring. Checking what your dorm will be like (go see it if you can!). And check ahead with your roommate. It’s easy if it’s your best friend, but checking ahead with a roommate you don’t know can prevent you two both showing up with a couch but no minifridge.

    Speaking of couches (definetly check there will be room for one!)….think of something lightweight, not too expensive (or you will be way too upset when someone spills dip on it), and that can convert into a bed (taking into account the first two things as well, probably a futon). It’s nice to have a place where your friends can sleep when they come visit from another school.

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    December 30th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    omg seriously make sure u buy storage and a lamp idk what i was thinking i didnt buy any storage and now for next semester i have no choice i barely made it out of first semester without the bins make sure u get some storage not mini cute boxes they dont help!

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    July 17th, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Great Information. I thanks a lot for post article about room shopping.

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