There are so many new and exciting things about going off to college, but decking out your dorm room has got to be one of the most fun. Over the summer, you and your new roomie get to decide what you want your new home to look and feel like—and there are so many options. The Groupon Coupons team put together a list of dorm room essentials and tons of fun stuff to really make you feel at home.
No matter how old you are, sometimes you just want to cozy up with a soft fuzzy blanket in bed or to watch a movie. This ultra-plush option can be used as bedding or as a throw blanket.
A mini microwave is a luxury in a small college dorm, but one you won't regret having. It's nice to be able to heat up leftover pizza or make your own late-night snacks like ramen noodles and popcorn, especially when cafeteria hours and options might be more limited. This model is small, so it will fit nicely on top of a dorm-sized refrigerator or a small countertop.
Just like you'll need a few dishes for late nights and weekends when the cafeteria is closed, you'll also need silverware. This set has everything you need, but at just 20 pieces, storage won't be a problem.
A solid neutral color (there are several to choose from) is a great building block to design a dorm around. Even though dorm beds are twin XLs, we like a larger queen-size comforter for extra coziness.
At this low, low price, you'll probably want to stock up and get 2–3 sets! Don't forget to buy twin XL sheets if that's what your dorm room information calls for; twin-size sheets will not be long enough.
This retro model is perfectly sized for a dorm room—it's only 31in. tall and 19in. wide, so it can fit into the smallest of spaces. Bonus the door has dry erase board material, so you can write notes and reminders directly on it.
These 4-piece sets come in either the high ball or rocks size, and at $5.99 each, it might be worth it to get one of each. This set is made of thick, sturdy glass so it can stand up to everyday use.
You can't go wrong with a classic plaid pattern bedding set. It's from Amazon Basics and has everything you need to make the bed, including a comforter, sheets, 1 pillowcase, 1 sham, and a bedskirt.
Sheets don't have to be boring—there sets come in a range of fun colors and patterns. Plus they are easy-to-care-for microfiber, perfect for college students still figuring out how to do laundry.
Buying a small dish set is cost- and space-effective. This 16-piece set has everything you need in a dorm room: bowls for ramen and cereal, mugs for coffee, and plates for everything else. Plus it won't take up much space.
This Rubbermaid set's interlocking lids make storage easier and make it harder to lose a lid. The set is so large, parents might even be able to keep a few containers for themselves.
Customize a sign for your dorm's door or hang it inside as wall art. This one comes with hundreds of letters, numbers, and symbols in different fonts so you'll never run out of things to say.
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The closets are just as small as the rest of the space in a dorm room, so maximizing hanging space is key. These ulta-thin hangers take up less space than plastic ones and clothes are less likely to slip off.