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    33 Things For Your Dorm Room That Are As Beautiful As They Are Useful

    A good-looking dorm increases your college experience by several degrees.

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    1. An unnecessarily elegant bedside caddy with a slim felt design to store your phone, glasses, tablets or to keep your notebooks handy if you always study best right before bed (i.e. you *only* ever study right before bed).

    Amazon

    Promising review: "When I first saw this I thought it was a cool concept, but now I feel like I can’t live without it. It’s randomly the most useful thing in my dorm since the beds are up high and my window ledge is always in use! It’s like a side table, but better. It’s able to hold my phone, journal, pen, and a book. I’ve had it hold my iPad before as well. I even take it home with me when I leave for breaks! This is an invaluable innovation." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $22.50.

    2. A lightweight trashcan with a useful handle that only accentuates its good looks — this stunning receptacle proves you can have a trashcan that doesn't look like, well, trash.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is a stylish, minimalist trash can. It's amazing how hard it is to find a trash can that isn't an eye sore. This one looks nice and doesn't take up much space." —Megan Rolerkite

    Get it from Amazon for $19.50+ (available in three colors).

    3. A botanical duvet cover set made of 100% cotton that'll keep you cozy at night and impress all the ~buds~ who hang out in your dorm.

    Amazon

    This set includes one duvet cover and two pillow cases. If you're looking to stock up on the stuffing, be sure to grab a hypoallergenic duvet cover and pillows to go with it.

    Promising review: "I got this for my dorm and I absolutely love it. My university is in a colder state, and sometimes our heaters don't work, so I pair this with a fluffy white blanket and it works perfectly. I got tons of compliments on the cover during our open house. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a cute duvet cover." —Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99+ (available in six styles and four sizes).

    4. A metal over-the-door hook inspired by the phases of the moon that's hopefully gonna inspire you to keep your bags and jackets off the floor.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This piece is awesome for organization. It's quality, has many hooks, and I love the design of the moon phases. I am very satisfied with the product and recommend for any people in dorms." —IsabelIXO

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

    5. A porcelain diffuser for those stressful days when all you need is some time in your dorm to lie down and take a deep, cleansing breath. And maaaybe for those times when you wolf down a bean and cheese burrito and need to cleanse the scent of *yourself* out of the room before your roommate gets back.

    Amazon

    This uses ultrasonic vibrations, not heat, to create steam. You can set it on a continuous three hour setting or have it set in seven hour intervals. Be sure to grab a pack of aromatherapy oils so you can use it right away!

    Promising review: "This is elegant and practical. It's very classy looking and goes great with the decor in my house — it’s white, stone, and somewhat discreet. It was very easy to set up and my favorite feature about this whole thing, aside from the looks, is that it is very quiet! Great purchase!" —Tambra Riddle

    Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in two colors) or get a similarly lovely but less expensive version for $59.59.

    6. A handcrafted diamond weave storage basket to hide your candy stash in the sunniest storage container your dorm room has ever seen.

    West Elm

    Get it from West Elm for $19.99+ (originally $29, available in three sizes) or get a set of three classic seagrass baskets from Amazon for $36.99.

    7. Or a metallic basket that'll store your stuff in plain sight and be a real sight to see!

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $9.90.

    8. A glitter-filled inflatable ottoman you can pack flat and inflate whenever you have guests over or get out for yourself when your day simply calls for a little extra sparkle.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This is nice. It’s a good size and very comfy. It doesn’t seem to leak air. I would recommend this." —Sands2019

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $16 (available in three colors).

    9. A pack of rainbow LED lights sure to spruce up your bottom bunk while giving you just enough light to stay up reading when your early-bird bunkmate is already in bed.

    Amazon

    These require three AA batteries, not included.

    Promising review: "I somehow stumbled across these little lights and I’m SO happy I did. They make the room feel warm and cozy! I was a little worried about the wiring being too thing and/or being a fire hazard, but that’s not the case. They're really good quality and also bendable, so you can shape the lights however you want." —Joyce E Melody

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in five styles).

    10. A velvet tufted storage ottoman that folds flat and holds a surprising amount of stuff. It's strong enough to be used as a stepping stool, low chair, or simply to add a soft, colorful touch to a room made of cinderblock walls.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "My daughter is thrilled with this purchase for her first dorm room. The color and texture are great, it's deep, it and seems quite sturdy — enough to sit on. Great price for great quality!" —Jan B Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in nine colors and three sizes).

    11. A rose quartz crystal water bottle that'll keep you hydrated while simultaneously being fab desk decor in a spot where your room once looked drab and dreary.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "The bottle is very heavy since it’s glass and has gemstones in it. The quality is very nice and worth the money. The rose gold color is beautiful." —AliciaShin

    Get it from Amazon for $46.99.

    12. An '80s-flavored mini makeup storage case so you can decorate your desk with some punky pastels while keeping your makeup in one easy-to-carry-to-the-fourth-floor-bathroom-in-the-middle-of-the-night case.

    Urban Outfitters

    The lighting is always better in the bathroom that is farthest away. That's science.

    Promising review: "This is a great makeup case that doesn’t smash your makeup!!! And the mirror is such a decent size you can do your makeup or touch-up anywhere. This is a must have if you're a makeup junkie!" —Oh Lola

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $8 (available in two colors).

    13. A satisfyingly quiet personal fan that'll make your retro heart soar *and* be a real breath of fresh air if your stuffy dorm mate's preferred thermostat setting is "stifling".

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm a fan of this. What a great vintage look! This 1950's inspired look is packed with modern mechanics and safety. The fan's motor is powerful yet runs quietly. Sure, there's fan noise from the blades chopping air, but the motor itself is quiet. Also, the front grill is protective and would keep curious fingers clear of the spinning blades. The fan looks great on my desk (mix of new and mid-century items) and I love the sound. This is great for an office, bedroom, or dorm!" —Stephen Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in six styles).

    14. A wooden block desk calendar with a tropical theme so you can count down the days until your spring break vacation with a calendar that's just as ready to flamin-go to Miami as you are.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I loved this item. I use it every day for my desk and it’s actually bigger than I expected. It has bright colors and came in perfect condition! This is an awesome purchase!" —Tony Alvarado

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    15. A pair of dyed agate bookends, because the perfect ge-ode to your favorite novels is gonna be displaying them in a way that really *ahem* rocks.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Okay. The ones I got are nearly perfectly matched and have beautiful markings. The pieces are beautiful and I am pleased with the purchase. I wanted to add a poop of color with something my dumb cat can't knock off and shatter." —Jeanqua

    Get them from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in six colors and four sizes).

    16. A designer lap desk — it has a wooden top with a cell/pencil holder, a strap for papers, and enough room to really write on. You can use this when you've been stuck in a desk all day and would far rather work from your bed. Flip it around to the cushion side when you want something a little more decorative on your duvet.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "There is not a thing I do not like about this lap pad. I especially like the pencil holder, the bar at the bottom, and the strap at the top. It is light, yet sits firmly on my knees. I'm glad I chose this!" —Ling51

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in seven colors).

    17. A transparent LED desk lamp — this thing is ~clearly~ gonna help improve your study sessions, simply because you won't wanna leave your desk when it's on!

    Amazon

    This is touch-sensitive and turns on when you tap the base. It includes a charger and charging cord. It has three different shades of LED light and will glow on the highest setting for up to eight hours on a full, three hour charge.

    Promising review: "This is so awesome. It looks just as it's pictured. I'm very happy and would highly recommend this!" —AMH

    Get it from Amazon for $66.76+ (available in eight colors and two styles).

    18. Some thermal insulated blackout curtains so you can go back to your dorm and pretend it's night time at 10am when your brutal Physics exam is over and you really need to sleep it off.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These are perfect. Wonderful in every way possible. They have a super nice, almost satiny, material with nice rich colors and shiny silver stars. They didn't need ironing straight out of the pack, which isn't a huge deal but it was super nice to be able to just throw them up and have them hang so perfectly. I most definitely recommend these." –Tonya Trivette

    Get them from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in seven colors and nine sizes).

    19. A bright pom pom throw made of cozy-as-can-be fleece that'll have you, and your bed, ~covered~ if you get the chills every time your suspiciously silent roommate comes in.

    Amazon

    They just stare... at the wall... all the time.

    Promising review: "This is an extremely soft blanket. The color is spot on. I gifted to my mom for Mother’s Day and she loved it. She loves how soft it is. It’s big enough to cover her body. Very comfortable blanket. I would love to order more if they come out with light grey or white." —Isis Cazares

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in five colors).

    20. Or a quilted weighted blanket that's machine washable and made with a breathable hygrocotton fabric, for anyone who knows a calming weighted blanket can take a serious weight off their shoulders when falling asleep is a struggle.

    Macy's

    Get it on sale from BuzzFeed's Goodful line, exclusively at Macy's for $111.90+ (originally $280+, available in two sizes).

    21. A vanity mirror with tiered accessory trays, because desk space is a precious thing in a dorm room and you deserve some beautiful decor that multi-tasks as well as your mother.

    Amazon

    She misses you. You better give her a call.

    Promising review: "I really like this product. I use it on my vanity as a face mirror when I am getting ready and it also holds little makeup items, jewelry, and other stuff. It's a very solid material and I think it looks very chic. A beautiful buy!" —JJ

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

    22. A set of dimmable string lightbulbs that'll transform the dull mirror your room came with into the glam vanity you and your theater major deserve.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these lights and cannot believe the price! I love the dimmer — it dims to five different brightness levels. You simply touch the 'ON' button each time you want it brighter. I really didn't expect these to work as well as they have. I mean, when can you buy anything at this price and it really work? I'm really impressed and will definitely buy these again for other mirrors or replacements. I am very happy with my purchase! —Ginger

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    23. A minimalist tissue box cover so you can keep your space chic, even when you need a li'l reminder of home.

    Amazon

    This works with square tissue boxes, be sure to grab ones that fit!

    Promising review: "I'm in a dorm room and wanted to keep my color scheme going throughout the room (white/blush/gold), and multi-colored tissue boxes can look chaotic in such a small space. It's cute and functional." —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $5.

    24. A dreadfully darling mini fridge (in case your place doesn't provide one) that's gonna keep your snacks fresh while also lookin' like a fresh snack itself.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I have no complaints about this. I think it’s cute, compact, and useful! I love it." —ydoihavetodothis

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $179 (available in three colors).

    25. A soap dispenser designed with dried florals in a clear acrylic bottle — your hand sanitizer is sure to look far prettier on display in this than in the massive medicinal-looking bottle it was shipped in. And believe me, college is nasty, you want hand sanitizer available at all times.

    Urban Outfitters

    I highly recommend this basil hand sanitizer if you're looking for a fresh scent.

    Preorder it from Urban Outfitters for $16 and if you can't wait, get a similar style from Amazon for $12.95.

    26. A swanky LED arch table lamp that'll add a crisp accent to your desk without making you get bent outta shape over a lack of study space.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this little lamp. It works great on my nightstand. It gives off just enough light so I can read in bed easily. Tiny spaces, lots of light." —Constance L. Woythal

    Get it from Amazon for $151.20.

    27. A concrete desktop planter for green thumbs who can't handle living in a room without a little life in it. Bonus: the concrete will match your cell-like walls swimmingly.

    Amazon

    Fill this with a little bit of soil and some real or faux succulents and you'll be set!

    Promising review: "Words cannot describe how much I love this little planter! It is exactly as advertised and such a great statement piece for a dull desk. It does not have drainage holes, and concrete is very porous, so as I plan on displaying business cards on it, I may have to seal it (but that would take away from the rustic, unfinished look!), but I don't even care, it's perfect for my office and my style. It came very well protected in styrofoam and bubble wrap, and it even has little anti-scratch bumpers on the bottom. I love love love it!" —Ashley M. James

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50+ (available in two sizes).

    28. A throw pillow cover for a nice lumbar cushion that'll support your back when you're stuck at your desk all night and look darling on your bed when you head out for the day.

    Amazon

    This only includes the cover, but you can get this hypoallergenic pillow that's the right size if you don't already have one at home.

    Promising review: "This is a very nice decorative pillow. It seems to be of good quality for a much better value than comparable products in retail stores." —Kang

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in three colors and three sizes).

    29. A piece of storm glass you can toss on your bedside table and check when you wake up in the morning — helping you know whether the weather suggests you should skip class and stay in bed.

    Firebox

    The crystals inside react to the weather and can decipher between several different storms (examples sketched above).

    Promising review: "Not only is this looking great but it's really working. You can decide that it's 'stay in bed' weather without even moving the curtain. Very useful." —Firebox Customer

    Get it from Firebox for $36.99.

    30. A cactus chalkboard – it's gonna be a cute way to leave yourself notes and reminders. When people ask how you stay so on top of things, feel free to ~chalk~ it up to your clever dorm decor.

    ModCloth

    Don't forget to add some fun colorful chalk to your cart!

    Get it from ModCloth for $12.

    31. A set of birds on a wire picture clips that'll be a tastefully artistic way to hang up your memories from home and the memories you make when you leave the nest.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a cool item to use if you want to hang up pictures! A neat purchase!" —Anderson

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four styles).

    32. A compact wood alarm clock sure to keep you from being a blockhead and forgetting to wake up for class... again.

    Amazon

    The face displayed uses an LED light that has four brightness settings and three alarm options. It can show the time, date, and temperature. This can either be battery powered with three AAA batteries or powered using an AC adapter.

    Promising review: "I love the size and design of this clock. It is very well made. I like the wood design. I only wanted to use it because my new cable box does not have a clock. I had no problems setting the time and I like that it is battery operated. I have it on the low setting and it is bright enough to clearly see across the room (about 15 feet). I couldn't have made a better choice!" —Deborah Loy

    Get it from Amazon for $13.86 (available in two colors).

    33. And a stunning doorstop that'll be a ~handy~ way to keep your room open and inviting, helping you make friendships as beautiful as your brilliant dorm decor.

    Anthropologie

    Get it from Anthroologie for $48.

    Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about your roommate.

    Madman Entertainment

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