16 Dorm Room Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed, But You Totally Do
Dorm room shopping is tricky. Freshmen typically buy a bunch of things they’ll never actually use, and returning college students are bound to leave a thing or two off the list. We’ve got you covered, though.
Smart bed risers
One or two outlets in your dorm room won’t be enough to charge your laptop and phone and power your alarm clock and TV, let alone any of your roommate’s belongings. This four-piece USB bed lift set solves that problem by providing you with extra outlets, plus does double duty of creating more space under your bed for storage. Find out even more clever storage hacks.
Dorm room closets are notoriously small, so any extra help making a small space feel bigger will make a world’s difference. This 50-pack of slim velvet hangers is ideal for storing as many garments as possible. Plus, the velvet keeps clothes from sliding off and piling on the floor. Check out these 17 genius hacks for organizing your college dorm room, too.
Work from home
For Sundays when it might be too difficult to make it to the library, this adjustable laptop tray marries comfort with efficiency. The tray has adjustable-height legs and four tilting positions for maximum comfort, as well as a side-mounted cup holder to keep electronics safe.
A desk stapler
Shockingly basic, a stapler is a must-have for all college students. There’s nothing more demoralizing than losing points on an assignment because an essay wasn’t stapled; in some cases, professors might not accept the assignment at all. College kids do not want to bet on finding a stapler (with staples!) at the library or in their college’s building when a major assignment is due. Learn how to better manage your money while you’re in college.
Under bed storage
When you’re in college you don’t have storage under the sink storage in the bathroom or the hallway closet to keep your extra items in. Sturdy and stylish bins are perfect for keeping your extra toiletries, towels and blankets, and clothing organized.
Hang it up
A tapestry is a great way to add some flair to a small dorm room, especially ones without drywall. This Five Palms Tapestry from Dormify brings a bit of Cali to wherever campus may be. It also serves as a great backdrop for Instagrams. Don’t forget to invest heavily in Command Velcro picture-hanging strips, which can hold several pounds up on the wall without causing damage.
Fold it up
Gamers and sports fanatics alike will need some sort of folding chair, like this University of Maryland one. These chairs work great for tailgating outside, but they’re also perfect for when friends come over to play video games or watch sporting events. Because it folds right back up, it can be stashed in a closet or under the bed when not in use. Check out these super strange scholarships that helped some students pay for school.
Avoid plantar warts
Regardless if the bathroom is an on-suite or communal, it’s likely not to remain clean for long. Flip-flops are a must for college students to avoid various foot fungus diseases. Showaflops offer the bonus of having holes in the flip-flops, which allow them to dry faster and provide a better grip when showering, plus they come in a multitude of colors, patterns, and styles.
Forget a car, college students today now have everything they need at their fingertips. Especially for students attending school in towns without quick access to grocery stores, subscription services like Blue Apron and HelloFresh are actual lifesavers. For entertainment, HBO Go brings Game of Thrones, Netflix has Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Hulu provides The Handmaid’s Tale. Beauty lovers can get high-end and green beauty products through Birchbox, and Boxed will send items like paper towels and mac and cheese in bulk.
The air quality—or lack thereof—is hard to assess before moving into a dorm room. A humidifier is a great way to ensure you are able to breathe well through the night. Similarly, a fan or heat lamp might be helpful, depending on the climate of your university.