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10 Dorm Room Essentials to Make It Feel Like Home

No matter how far campus is from home, you can create a comfy space all your own with these functional and stylish dorm room ideas.

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Retro Microwave

A microwave is a dorm-room must-have, but there’s no reason it has to be basic and boring. This version ($79) is super cute, thanks to its retro color scheme and design details. If you’re in need of some inspiration, check out our roundup of microwave-friendly meals.

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Melamine Dishes

Good dorm dinnerware needs to be microwave-safe, durable and easy to store and move—but bonus points if it’s stylish, too. This melamine dinner plate ($2) is part of a line that also includes bowls and salad plates, so you can get the whole matching set to feel like you’re adulting correctly.

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Comfy Chair

Your room will soon become the floor’s go-to hangout spot with the help of this cozy, small-space-friendly double dish chair ($80). It fits snugly under lofted beds, so it’s perfect for creating a study nook or lounging location. Its soft sherpa material will make this chair your favorite place to relax and get comfy.

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Mini Fridge

Savor every meal outside of the dining hall—and save it for later—with the help of this adorable retro-inspired mini fridge ($245). It features two shelves, one drawer and door storage, plus a freezer that’s large enough to fit all-important pints of ice cream. (Have you tried these amazing brands yet?)

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Single-Serve Coffee Maker

College students run on coffee, and this Keurig instant one-cup coffee maker ($100) is a cost-effective way to help you keep up your habit. Since it’s thinner than most coffee machines, it can easily tuck in over your fridge or on your desk without taking up much space. (Just make sure you clean it on the regular.)

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Travel Mug

Even if you’re running late to class, this travel coffee mug ($29) will remind you that everything’s going to be alright. It’s made with lightweight, durable stainless steel that withstands dorm-room damage, and it’s double-walled to keep your drink insulated to the perfect temperature for longer.

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Throw Pillow

Throw pillows hold the dual purpose of upping your bed or futon’s comfort level while also showing off your unique personality. These pillows ($39) proudly display your astrology obsession in a pretty way, and their simple color scheme helps them fit in no matter your dorm decor. (By the way, are you picking the right pizza topping for your zodiac sign?)

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Throw Blanket

In college, nap times are practically built into your schedule. Make them as cozy as possible with this super soft throw blanket ($69). With three color options, you can choose the one that best matches your decor. Keep it draped over the edge of your bed when not in use to instantly upgrade the space, no work necessary.

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Bedding Set

Making your bed couldn’t be easier with the help of this bed-in-a-bag set ($70). Perfectly sized to fit a standard college-size twin XL mattress, it features a soft comforter, pillow shams, accent pillows and sheets that you’ll look forward to crawling into at the end of the day.

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Wall Tapestry

Even if campus is far away from home, you can avoid homesickness by hanging an environmental tapestry like this one ($45) that matches your favorite place on Earth. If you’re not from the oceanside, you’ll still love gazing at this tapestry to de-stress for a few minutes during a study session.

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Note: Every product is independently selected by our editors. If you buy something through our links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Megan Mowery
Megan is a freelance writer based in Des Moines. You can usually find her shopping at the farmers market, reading a book or scrolling through Instagram.

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