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10 essentials to make your dorm room work for you

Updated: Sep 19, 2022

By Amelia Calkin

Content Director: Magazine

Now that students are settling into their new environment of living on campus, it’s important to make that space your own. Here are 10 things every dorm room should have to make it feel like home:

1. Photos

Chances are you’re going to miss your family, friends and pets back home, so adding pictures on your walls or clipped onto lights is a great way to keep them close by. If that’s not your style, find some pictures online that match your personality or aesthetic to hang up.

2. Command Hooks/Strips

Command strips are a lifesaver when it comes to decorating a dorm room. Whether you’re hanging up string lights or hanging photos, the adhesive strips come in different sizes and styles to make decorating a breeze.

3. Extension cords and powerstrips

With limited outlets in the room, it’s important to have power strips and extension cords so you can plug your stuff in and keep it nearby. It’s also nice to have some extra outlets that a power strip gives you.

4. Storage Bins

When you have a small amount of space to work with, it’s important to maximize the space you have. Three-drawer storage carts are perfect for storing clothes, shoes, towels, etc. Use bigger utility totes for storing extra stuff that doesn’t need to be out.

5. Shower Caddy

When you’re sharing a bathroom with two or more people, it’s important to keep your things together. A plastic shower caddy keeps all your things in one spot and makes it easier to transport your things back and forth.

6. String Lights

String lights are great for hanging pictures of friends and family or adding more light to the room. Whether you hang them by your bed or by your desk, string lights are great for creating a cozy atmosphere.

7. Fan(s)

Fans are a necessity for the dorm especially during the summer when it gets hot. Without air conditioning, fans are a great way to keep cool and push that hot air out of the room.

8. Mini Fridge

A mini fridge is a perfect size for a dorm room because it can go anywhere, even under your bed. It’s great for keeping food and drinks cold and it's the perfect size for you and your roommate to share.

9. Snacks!

Snacks are a must when living in dorms! They’re both quick to grab in between classes and satisfy that late-night food craving. You can go for easier snacks like granola bars and chips or get quick meals like mac and cheese and ramen.

10. Dishes

Some students don’t think to bring their own dishes when really they are very important. They make reheating leftovers easy and they’re fairly inexpensive to buy at any local supermarket.



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