It’s that time of year when students are heading back to campus. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts of dorm room decorating to help students make a smooth transition:
WHAT ARE THE DORM MUST-HAVES?
Expert Picks: New this year, we have highlighted our Expert Picks within our college assortment. Our experts have chosen these as the best of the best, based on style, innovation and value. We feature products that reflect all key categories including but not limited to bedding basics, storage & organization, bath and laundry & cleaning. If customers purchase these items and add in their personal bedding + décor, they will be all set. We also have awesome extras to help create a space they love.
WHAT MISTAKES DO NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS MAKE MOST OFTEN WHEN SHOPPING FOR THEIR FIRST DORM ROOM?
Know before you go! Before purchasing anything, students should become familiar with their school rules. Our School Info Pages tell students what’s allowed, what’s provided by the school and what they should bring. Some schools do not allow items like microwaves, hot plates, etc. Many beds also require twin XL sheet.
WHAT ARE SOME ORGANIZATIONAL HACKS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS?
College dorm rooms are notorious for being small, so students need to get creative when it comes to organizing. Luckily, there are some great ways to create more room by using storage and organizational items under the bed, over the door and in the closet. Over-the-door is an easy place to maximize space with a full length mirror, an extra closet rod or hamper. A shoe organizer is a great multi-purpose item that can hold t-shirts, toiletries, accessories and, of course, shoes. The underbed space is often forgotten, but a great area to add stacking drawers for extra clothes or store unused luggage. Closet and wardrobe space is also tight so using items like the Slim Grip Hangers or Double Hanging Closer Rod allow students to hang more clothing per unit of space.
WHAT IS ON TREND FOR DORM DECORATING THIS YEAR?
The bed is the biggest and most important décor statement of a dorm room and where students will spend the majority of their time studying, eating and, of course, sleeping. Selecting your bedding style can set the tone of the room. Bed Bath & Beyond offers a wide assortment of on-trend bedding styles like Boho, Preppy, Casual or Glam, available at our everyday low prices.
HOW CAN YOU GET THE BEST DEALS ON DORM DECORATING?
Shopping for college can be an overwhelming experience, so using a checklist is an important way to stay organized. Bed Bath & Beyond offers a College Checklist in all stores and online. The guide offers lists of essential gear and college necessities from twin extra-long sheets, to desk lamps, to dorm-appropriate cookware so students can see what they need and may want to make the best decision for their campus living experience.
HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR DORM ROOM FUNCTIONAL, AND WELL-DECORATED?
Making a dorm room feel like home can be achieved by creating a cozy, laid back atmosphere infused with personal style. For many students, this is the first time they will be living away from home so creating a space they feel comfortable in is important.
A student will likely be walking into a blank canvas so it’s important to pick out a distinctive bedding style that will set the tone of the room. Bed Bath & Beyond offers a wide assortment of on-trend bedding styles and accessories available at our everyday low prices. Add personal style touches to complement the bed like decorative pillows, an area rug, throw blanket for extra warmth, or hang window panels to pull the room together. Adding wall décor creates an instant change in atmosphere, as well. Decorate with inspirational artwork, a tapestry, string lights, mirrors or even stick-on wall paper. 3M Command™ Hooks are a necessity for keeping the walls damage-free!
Innovative organization, storage solutions and multi-functional items are another great way to maximize dorm room space. Students also have a lot of devices so staying charged is a priority. We continue to offer space saving and multi-functional charging solutions that feature both outlets and USB ports.