August 28, 2017


Dorm room decor desk with removable wallpaper, silver task lamp, and large-scale artwork on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

Set yourself up for a year of success. It might not be effortless, but having the right foundation, a good night’s sleep, and a set-up that makes it as easy as possible for you to work, clean, and get out (or invite friends in) will make your year go as smoothly as possible. This is going to be your home-away-from-home and also a fresh start—it should be fabulous!
Look forward to some home-grown dorm room designs coming up soon as inspiration. If you need a fix sooner, you can always take a look at previous dorm room reveals from first and second semester of my freshmen year.

I’m also sharing a giveaway to help one lucky reader with their back-to-school shopping (whether returning to class or not) – don’t miss all the details at the end of the post!

chic sheet set

Be sure your Twin XL bed looks good, made or unmade!

luxe mattress topper

Sink into a deeper sleep with extra support.

statement throw pillow

A squishy way to add your own personal touch.

durable area rug

Getting up isn’t always a joy, but it’s better when you can put your feet on something plusher than your dorm room floor.

cozy blanket

For Netflix, all-nighters, or, with luck, a picnic to celebrate good weather.

sleek task lamp

With a low profile and good looks you’ll feel good about using your lamp for late-night studying!

bedskirt to hide the mess

Take advantage of under-bed storage without the visual clutter.

stylish eye mask

An easy way to turn the lights out.

command hooks for days

Versatile, temporary, and easy.

colorful art prints

Brighten up your walls, inspire yourself, or cover the dings and dents of prior occupants.

functional ottoman

Seating to stash stuff.

cute laundry bin

Trust me, you’ll want to make doing laundry as easy and fun as possible.

modern dinnerware

Keep that ramen a little bit classier!

modular organization

Make your storage do double duty.

space-saving vacuum

Suck up those crumbs before you get any unexpected visitors.

snazzy speakers

So everyone can know how good your music taste is.

removable wallpaper and decals

Make a bold statement with wallpaper that comes down with you at the end of the year!

dorm-friendly diffusers

Most dorms don’t permit candles — this is a hazard-free way to make your space feel and smell nicer.

soup and tea mugs

Nothing’s easier or more comforting than a nice hot mug of soup or tea to wrap both hands around.

fresh indoor plants

Long winters or small windows or a lot of all-nighters might make you miss greenery so make a garden come to you – whether it be real or faux.

comfortable desk chairs

You’re going to be spending a lot of time in it, so make it easy to be in.

glamorous wall mirror

Brighten your space up by reflecting light with mirrors.

desk accessories

So you feel fabulous when you’re grinding for that exam.

a handy planner

Keep your friends close, your homework closer, and your planner closest.

iconic bookends

Make your textbooks a bit more tempting to pull off the shelf with some good bookends.

I hope these suggestions make dorm or apartment living a little more comfortable and stylish. And if there’s anything you find particularly essential in student or small-space living, let me know in the comments below! Now don’t miss the giveaway below:


Good luck!