It’s back-to-school season and we’re excited to see cute pics of kiddos flooding our Facebook and Instagram feeds soon. The big kids are also heading off to college, so we polled our younger staff members to find out what the must-have gadgets and decor items are this fall for campus living.
A comfy but inexpensive area rug is a must for covering up existing carpet or linoleum. The bigger the better!
These are a great ‘catch all’ for things like snacks, pencils, notebooks, etc.
3. Coffee Station
No matter how cozy your dorm may look, it may not feel complete without a fully stocked coffee/tea station. Using a fun acrylic tray or a small beverage cart, arrange coffee machine, mugs, sugar, coffee and flavored syrups of choice in one area of the room (close to an outlet).
4. Mini Fridge
You can find these at any hardware store, Costco or Walmart, but we love this one that can be used as a message board (ohhh the fun messages you could leave for your roomie!).
String lights are nice for ambiance and softer lighting (those incandescent lights that come with the room aren’t exactly homey).
6. Extra Storage
Look for creative ways to add a little extra storage space. Using a bookcase as a headboard creates space for books, picture frames, alarm clock, wireless speakers, and more.
7. Throw Pillows
Lots and lots of throw pillows! They look cute on the bed and can be used for extra seating during group study sessions.
Purchase a tension rod to hang curtains so you don’t have to put holes in the wall. Curtains will add softness, absorb sound and also block out bright light.
9. Decorative Accessories
Go easy on the debit card by hitting up places like Target, Homegoods, T.J. Maxx and World Market. Look for items that represent who you are today and the journey that brougt you here. There are tons of cute sketches and art on Etsy. This cute print is only $15. We would order multiples and use black electrical tape to frame them on a wall.
We want your home away from home to be a place to reenergize and reset so you can embrace the semester ahead. Happy new school year!