15 Essential Decor Items You Need for Your Dorm

From school-pennant pillows to string light displays and celestial tapestries, these are our top picks for dorm room pieces.

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July 18, 2019

Rise and Shine Bath Mat

Getting ready for an 8 a.m. class won't seem so bad when you're stepping onto this super-soft, cotton bath mat. With its golden hue and "Rise and Shine" attitude, this piece radiates positivity. And, since it's shaped like a half-circle instead of a square, it'll fit neatly in front of the shower.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $39

Smart and Stylish Headboard

The powers that be probably won't provide you with a headboard, so we found a smart and stylish solution: The Powered Twin. This nail-trimmed knockout attaches to the wall via adhesive strips (so you can still use the headboard even if you decide to loft your bed), and it's equipped with an outlet and two USB ports for charging your tech.

Buy It: Bed Bath & Beyond, $129.99

Monogrammed Toss Pillow

Please picture how cute this monogrammed pillow would look on your side of the room. We love how delicate, watercolor blooms surround the lowercase initial and give the piece a sweet, feminine touch. Better still? A portion of your purchase will go towards supporting art communities around the world. Way to pass on your education!

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $44

School Pennant Pillow

Now here's a look that we absolutely love. Show off your school spirit with this modern twist on the traditional pennant. The toss pillow is crafted from felt, which makes it super cute and super comfortable.

Buy It: Etsy, $49

Plant-Print Duvet Set

Rumor has it that plants can reduce stress, boost your mood and even improve your concentration — so we'd definitely call this plant-printed duvet set an essential. When you'd rather be surrounded by greenery than gray walls, shop the Twin XL pack, which includes a duvet cover, pillowcase and drawstring carrying pouch. (You'll appreciate that last part more when Laundry Day rolls around.)

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $59 - $69

Fleece Backrest

Meet your brand new cuddle buddy. Whether you're reading for class or binge-watching Netflix in bed, this large fleece backrest will give you the support you deserve. Though the pillow's available in Lilac and Mauve, we suggest sticking with classic Beige, which will pair well with any bedding.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $89 (Originally $99)

"Good at Naps" Blanket

You can't get a degree in napping, but you can get this "Good at Naps" blanket, which is clearly the next best thing. Use this reversible, woven jacquered throw to enliven your bedspread, keep cozy during late-night study sessions or even let your roommate know when you'd like a little extra peace and quiet.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $108

Colorful Area Rug

Those concrete and tile floors are colder than they look, too, so you'll definitely want to snag a plush area rug for your room. This particular piece is available in two sizes and five different colors that range from gray to pink, though we're partial to the aqua.

Buy It: Target, $85.49 - $161.99

String Light Photo Display

Your home away from home should feel cozy and include photos of your friends and family. Luckily, you can shop these special string lights, which have clips for displaying your favorite pics. But take note: The strands are shorter than they look, so you'll probably want to get at least two.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $20

Pale Pink Letterboard

Now here's a creative way to communicate with your roommates. Use this twelve-inch by twelve-inch letterboard to document meetings or fitness classes, leave notes or grocery lists, or even showcase your favorite quotes.

Buy It: Target, $12.99

Star-Powered Banner

Need a little celestial inspiration to finish that term paper? Better grab one of these star-powered banners. Each boasts a cool, cosmic graphic that's flecked or speckled with metallic accents. If it were up to us, we'd hang one over our desk or place two side-by-side on the wall by our bed.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $24

Macrame Laundry Basket

Plastic hampers are a thing of the past; these days, we're obsessed with the reusable, macrame basket. Choose from small, medium or large sizes, or shop the set and use one to hold magazines, one to stow throws and the other to collect your clothes.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $24 - $49

Tiger-Themed Tapestry

If your school's mascot is a tiger, then consider this tapestry an essential. When you need a little extra encouragement to try out for a club sports team or tackle Finals Week, hang up this light blue banner, which reads "Go Get 'Em, Tiger."

Buy It: Target, $14.99

Microsuede Bean Bag Chair

Bean bag chairs are back, and we couldn't be happier about it. Instead of a stiff metal chair, go ahead and get yourself this soft, microsuede seat. We suspect that its fun design will give you a little more motivation to study or catch up on that required reading.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $69

Be Right Back Door Mat

Something tells us that you and your roomies will love this cheeky "BRB" door mat. The coconut coir material collects dirt, absorbs moisture and is naturally anti-bacterial, which is beyond necessary when you're living in a dorm.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $24 (Originally $29)