10 Basically-Spill-Proof Furniture and Decor Pieces Perfect for College Living

From coffee spills before an 8 a.m. class to weekend drinking game mishaps, dorms and college apartments can get…really gross. Keep your pad mess-free with these easy-to-clean, budget-friendly products, from machine-washable rugs to wipe-clean coffee tables.

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July 24, 2019

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Washable Tufted Rug

Rugs are a great way to make a cold dorm feel warm and inviting, but they’re also magnets for stains. This canvas area rug from Urban Outfitters features a trendy tufted design, but the best part is that it can go straight into the washing machine! It’s probably best to wash it by itself though. Don’t try to cram a bunch of clothes in the load, too.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $349.00

Waterproof and Machine-Washable Rugs

For even more washable rug options, check out the brand Ruggable, which specializes in washable rugs with their two-piece system that includes a bottom grip pad and a rug cover. The Velcro-like grip pad keeps the rug in place and the waterproof rug cover, even the largest 8' x 10' size, can be removed and thrown in a standard washing machine, a game-changer for messy college students. Whether you're looking for a solid, neutral rug, a vintage-style pattern or contemporary ombre print, there are so many budget-friendly styles available at Overstock, Wayfair and Amazon.

Buy It: Amazon, Prices Vary

Ottoman With Removable Cover

When you’re short on space, you need furniture that works double duty. This ottoman doubles as a coffee table and also features tons of hidden storage. But the best part? The entire cover is removable and machine washable so if a spill happens you don’t have to throw out the whole piece or attempt to only spot clean it.

Buy It: IKEA, $160

Easy-to-Clean Coffee Table

This storage coffee table from Target checks all the boxes. The small size is perfect for dorms. And the topper features a wood-like material so you can just wipe it clean with ease.

Buy It: Target, $30.00

Washable Bath Mat

Between makeup spills and my roommate's magenta hair dye, my first dorm bathroom looked like a crime scene. If you’re sharing a bathroom with roommates or suitemates, you want a bath mat that you can wash frequently. We love this gray geometric mat from Urban Outfitters. Just toss it in the wash with your other towels.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $24 (Originally $49)

Tufted Twin XL Duvet

Dorm life is an adjustment. Your bed becomes your couch, dining table, coffee table and sometimes desk, too. Keep your space clean by choosing a duvet cover instead of a quilt. A duvet is great because you can remove the cover to wash without washing the entire blanket. And this trendy, tufted cover from Urban Outfitters features easy corner snaps so putting it back on is a breeze.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $79 (Originally $109)

Washable Pillow Cover

Decorative pillows are a great way to make bland futons feel more comfy and attractive. But the accidental highlighter mark can happen when you’re studying so choose pillows with a removable, washable cover. Just make sure to dry the cover on low/delicate or hang dry so you don’t shrink it!

Buy It: IKEA, $12.99

Vinyl Placemats

Placemats aren’t just for show. They protect your dining table from glass rings and scuffs. Vinyl is a magic material for placemats because you just wipe it clean. And vinyl’s come a long way. Today, you can find super-trendy designs such as these blue geometric mats that look like real woven fabric. 


Buy It: Overstock, $37.49 (Set of 6)

Vinyl Bean Bag

Just like the vinyl placemats, this faux-leather vinyl bean bag is easy to clean. If you accidentally spill a bowl of cereal, just wipe the entire bag clean like it never happened.

Buy It: Urban Outfitters, $49.00

Loveseat With Removable Cover


Ikea’s KLIPPAN loveseat has been a popular first apartment couch for college students since the 80s. I had it (in white!) in college and it got me through many Easy Mac spills. The entire cover easily comes off for machine washing and drying.

Buy It: Ikea, $249.00