A few days ago I shared Dorm Room Shower Caddy and Bathroom Essentials. In this post I will be sharing Dorm Room Essentials for the kitchen, study area and sleeping area. I can’t wait to share with you the whole room and some of the really inexpensive decorating and organizing ideas we used. She moves into her dorm room in a couple days so it won’t be too long. Like most of you we are working on an extremely tight budget so we are using as many things from her room at home as we can.
Sleeping Area Essentials
Since my daughter has a double bed she wasn’t able to use her bedding, but if your student has a twin bed you could save a lot of money by using the bedding she already has. You could buy a new throw pillow or throw to add something new to the old bedding.
sheet set – twin or xl twin (depending on college)
zippered bed bug protector pad
mattress pad (dorm beds are pretty hard)
throw blanket or extra blanket
throw pillows (optional)
rug (optional, but great in a cold area)
Study Area Essentials
You probably have many of the study area essentials already in your home. Use what you already have to save money.
desk drawer organizers
fabric for bulletin board (optional)
We were able to save a little money on the kitchen supplies by giving her duplicates of some of the things we had at home. She has a full kitchen in her dorm so we needed to buy a minimum of things to stock the kitchen. She will be preparing easy food most of the time and eating in the cafe about once a week. Take what you need from this list.
pots and pans
ice cream scoop
salt and pepper shakers
More Dorm Room Essentials
There’s always a few more things that are needed that you might not think of. We tried to think of everything since she won’t have a car and there aren’t many stores close by.
dvd case (optional)
folding step stool (she’s short and can’t reach the top closet shelf)
full length mirror
stacking drawers (for under the bed)
hamper (with laundry items)
string lights (optional)
wall decor (optional)
Can you tell how excited she is to head off to college?