14 Best Places to Buy Dorm Decor Online 2022: Amazon, Target, and Wayfair
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Here’s the thing about college: it’s one of those things that seems so exciting and so stressful at the same time. Freedom! Friends! No more curfew! But on top of that, do the laundry alone? Cleaning? While managing challenging new classes? It can certainly feel overwhelming and stressful.
I keep thinking that in a few weeks I’ll be moving into my very first college dorm and living away from home. Am I excited? Sure. Am I nervous? More than ever.
Just thinking about what I was going to buy for my dorm room left me in shambles. How will I fit all my shoes and clothes? What aesthetic do I want my dorm room to have (floral vs. minimalist are the two main contenders), and how much space is a 121 square foot room anyway? If you thought the internet would alleviate that stress, think again. There are hundreds of places to buy dorm decorations, and I could already feel my wallet shaking from some of the price tags I saw.
Luckily for you, I did the work so you don’t have to! After weeks of comparing sites and prices (and yes, asking for recommendations from older college friends who had already been through the pain of freshman year), I found the best retailers to buy all your dorm decor and your essentials. Regardless of your aesthetic or current stress level regarding your dorm for next year, I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll absolutely adore. I’ve found everything from personalized shower caddies to the coolest wall art. And no, it’s never too early to start your back-to-school shopping!
Keep reading for bedroom inspiration from the 14 best places for all your decorating needs. I’m sure come fall you’ll feel organized, connected, and ready to start the semester strong.
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I don’t even need to tell you that Amazon has everything you can imagine to spice up your dorm room. Take, for example, this three-tier rolling storage cart that’s perfect for storing school supplies, toiletries, and other essentials. The best part about buying dorm essentials on Amazon is that you can sign up for a Prime Student membership to start your six-month trial. After your trial ends, Prime will only cost you $7.49 per month, which is half the price of a regular Prime membership. It’s free shipping, exclusive offers and TV shows for you!
Target is the perfect one-stop-shop for decor and essentials at great prices. Dorm mattresses aren’t known for being the most comfortable, so a memory foam topper like this is essential if you don’t want to feel like you’re sleeping on a literal rock every night. Additionally, the retailer recently increased its Target Circle student discount from 15% to 20%. This means you can save 20% on a one-time purchase from July 3 through September 3.
Bed bath and beyond
If you’re an organization guru, Bed Bath & Beyond is your new choice for bedside organizers, shower caddies and more. I’ve bought everything here from picture frames to storage containers, and there’s even a College Savings Pass that gives you 20% off every purchase through September 30. I’m in love with this personalized shower caddy that you can get your own name. embroidered on it. No more losing your items or confusing them with your roommate!
Dormify is THE spot for the cutest dorm decor. From pillows and duvets to mirrors and neon signs, this is the place to find things to create the look you want. It even has a section for curated rooms (choose your aesthetic!) to make your shopping experience easier. Wavy mirrors are on the rise and this one is perfect to place above your bed or by your door for those last minute touch-ups.
For a more boho-chic vibe, check out Urban Outfitters. The retailer offers tapestries, lights, comforters, throw pillows and everything in between. If you have a bathroom all to yourself or share one in a suite, spruce up the space with this trendy plaid bath mat.
Wayfair is my go-to when it comes to decor because of its cute and trendy options at low prices. This sleek desk lamp is perfect for all your late night study sessions when dorm lighting just won’t cut it.
Society6 is my go-to place for all things decorative and artistic, from prints and posters to mugs and pillows. I’m in love with their wall art collection because they have so many unique pieces made by independent artists. Scatter a few prints around your room or go all out with a gallery wall. The world truly is your oyster at Society6! Start with this beautiful print that is sure to bring much-needed color to your space. You’re in luck because students get a 25% discount through Student Beans.
For a one-of-a-kind look, head over to Etsy. Many items can be customized to your liking by select sellers, and there is no shortage of handmade and vintage items. Light up (literally) your room with this custom neon sign. It adds a personal touch to your dorm since you can choose the text, font and color of the panel.
The container store
Nothing screams organization like The Container Store. It’s perfect for all your (you guessed it) container and storage needs. It’s no secret that you won’t have all the space in the world in a dorm room, so convenient storage solutions are key to avoiding clutter. This hanging shoe organizer will save you a lot of floor space and keep things tidy. Calling all students and parents: Take 15% off when you sign up for The Container Store’s exclusive organized insider offer from July 14th through August 14th. For the long haul, though, get your 20% student discount at UNiDAYS.
Walmart houses all your daily dorm essentials. It’s packed with decor, cleaning supplies, toiletries, appliances, school supplies, and everything else you need to make your dorm room more organized and comfortable. Not all dorms come with mirrors, but you definitely need them to check your college OOTDs and take cute selfies with friends. This one is super simple and also super affordable. You won’t find a nice $7 gold mirror anywhere else! If you’re constantly restocking on dorm essentials, you might want to sign up for a Walmart+ subscription. You get free shipping, early access, free shipping, and more for $12.95 per month (though you can start with a 30-day free trial).
Nordstrom is here to help you get quality sleep between all your conferences, club meetings, study sessions and outings. This alarm clock also works as a reading light and sound machine, so if you’re having trouble sleeping and waking up (ditto), this handy device needs to go straight to your shopping cart.
If trendy bohemian aesthetic is your dorm aesthetic and you want to save your wallet, TJMaxx combines economy with style. The retailer has a range of new and affordable pieces you’ll love in your dorm room, like this adorable doormat that will welcome you to your humble abode every time.
Marshalls is the place to shop if you want the best savings without sacrificing quality or style. Since companies send their extra merchandise to these department stores at lower prices, you are sure to find trendy decor without spending too much money. Cozy up in this cable-knit blanket while you treat yourself to Netflix shows or take a well-deserved midday nap.
Super useful things
As the name suggests, Great Useful Stuff is a hub for high-quality products that make your life easier. Shop wood finish alarm clocks, desk carts and more. All of its products are so durable and long-lasting that they just scream, “Use me!” The Original Multiple Charging Station is a great example of an item that is both stylish and functional.