The Dorm Furniture is already in, so what else would you need to buy? 

Most dorm rooms come with the standard dorm furniture pieces - a Twin XL bed, desk, chair and dresser. That is enough to live with but certainly not enough to bring a feeling of home. Let's explore what else you would need in this space.

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Furniture companies go ga-ga over dorm room furniture right about summer time. Funky and fancy compete with contemporary and understated as dorm-ward bound teenagers desperately seek to define their style.

The eternal question being - "Should I merge in or stand out?"

The fun part of dorm room decorating (and an integral part of dorm life) is that you can change your style every year maybe even every six months. This is your time to experiment - find yourself.

Dorm Furniture - 6 Items you should add

But that is restricted to accessories. When it comes to the furniture, you have to look for long-lasting items.

Whether you opt for a dorm loft bed or a headboard covered in color coordinated fabric; try to find pieces that will go beyond the dorm and can be incorporated in your own apartment after college.

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You don't have to buy big ticket items. Most colleges do provide all the basic dorm room furniture. If you don't like their plain looks but don't want to purchase new ones; try to updo them.

Most wall decals easily adhere to furniture as well. This would be a great way to carry the theme of your decor off the wall and into the rest of the room. How about this eye-catching wall sticker for your dorm door? It is sure to make you smile every morning!

Do you have a theme or color scheme in mind for your dorm room? Look for the dorm bedding that most inspires you and design your room around it.

See how we pull different bedding solutions to create specific dorm designs.

Do you have a theme or color scheme in mind for your dorm room? Look for the dorm bedding that most inspires you and design your room around it.

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You can change the knobs of the dresser or drawers for a chic look. Just remember to keep the original drawer knobs safe; to be returned at the end of college.

You could also look for cheap dorm furniture from consignment stores, yard sales and graduates leaving college and moving out of the dorm.

College dorm loft beds are big space savers. Although the initial cost can seem a lot, splurging on this one big item might be worth it. Sometimes, the college might agree to loft the dorm beds too, so check before you buy.

Room Dividers and Lap desks are some of our favorites in the dorm decorating department. Room dividers can be used to create visual division of private space between dorm-mates. They could also be used to cover open closet space for a neater look.

Lap desks also help save space, especially since you can push them under your bed when they are not in use.

Here are some dorm furniture ideas to help you find your unique style.

1. Extra Seating

Dorm Furniture - Foldable Comfy Saucer Chair


You can never have enough seating.

Find a chair in the color of your choice and make it a central point of the room. A light and airy color like this calming ocean blue,  will surely brighten up your room and the faux fur will keep the room looking cozy and comfy.

The best part? It is foldable, which makes it easy to store away when not in use. And it is available in an array of gorgeous colors, so match it to your decor!

2. Extra Extra Seating - Adding Dorm Furniture Options

Dorm Furniture - Storage Couch in Dahlia Purple


Depending on the size of your college dorm room and how high you are able to loft your bed, you might have the floor space for even more seating.

Consider adding a storage couch. A great place to entertain with friends, add more personality to the room without sacrificing the all-important storage solutions.

If nothing else, adding some floor pillows will give your friends a soft landing space

3. Night Stands

Dorm Furniture - 4 Drawer Tall Nightstand

Ok. I cannot stress enough the importance of more and more storage in your dorm room. And going vertical is best since floor space is limited.

To put down a book you were reading before bed, keep your watch and phone, hold your glasses or add lighting when you are in bed...the nightstand is a very useful piece of furniture.

You want something that is not too wide but has plenty of drawers. The height also helps when you loft the bed...you do not want your nightstand to be way down there.

I like this one because it has a sturdy steel frame, and has 3-4-5 drawer options.

4. Rolling Carts and Storage Boxes - Maximize Storage in Your Dorm Room

Rolling Cart for Dorm - Blue


You want to maximize the small space, so any storage options that also provide character to the room are very welcome.

Dorm rooms are small and often, shared spaces. A rolling cart or rolling storage boxes that can hide under the bed, are great storage solutions and should be on your dorm furniture items to purchase list.

When thinking storage, consider functionality more than style; but of course bringing color in, is a smart idea.

4. More shelves...give me more!!

Dorm Furniture - Desktop Shelves

A great way to keep all your food and related items together is with this ultra-functional shelving unit. I would even say this is a must-have on your college dorm list. Makes the room look well put together.

There are two types of shelves you can consider - wall shelves or table-top shelves. For wall shelves, remember to either buy the damage-free shelves or carry Command tape to ensure you do not damage the dorm walls.

A hutch on your desk makes so much more sense. When your floor space is limited, you want to go vertical on your storage. Decorate it beautifully with a removable wall paper above the desk for some extra oomph factor.

5. Classy Headboards

Dorm Furniture - Add a headboard to elevate your style


Headboards are an easy way to add class to an otherwise, drab dorm room. It doesn't take up any extra room in your tiny space and gives the bed a more finished look.

You will be spending a large part of your time on your bed. Having a soft place to rest your back is something that your back will thank you for!

And there are so many to choose from!

6. Room Divider

Dorm Furniture - Room dividers offer instant privacy

If you have an open closet or any area that you want to hide, a room divider is the answer. It is also a great option to help give the look of more than one room.

With so many options of colors and designs, you are sure to find one that fits your personality.

Room dividers provide instant privacy when you need it and can be folded and put away when you don't.

This is an inexpensive and fun way to bring color and character to your dorm room.

A key point in any decorating project is to know the dimensions of the room you are working on. Get the correct dimensions along with the placement of windows and doors, so you can be sure that the furniture you have purchased can actually fit the space.

Also, figure out how you would carry it from the street to the room - how many flights up do you need to carry; are there difficult turns on the stairs; and the width of the doors.

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Hi, I am Richa and am super excited to see you here. I enjoy interior designing so much I went back to study it. Now armed with knowledge, passion and a vision to make 'happy homes', I hope this site will give you all the tools you need to make your kid's room happy too.   Read More...