9 Essentials and Ideas Under $50 for Your College Dorm Room
Going to college not only means preparing academically, but also preparing your living space. Many bricks-and-mortar stores, as well as online retailers, offer items to make your dorm room your home for the school year.
Here are nine ideas for awesome essentials and other items you may want for your dorm room.
Dorm Room Essentials Under $50
Remote control tower fan: If your dorm room doesn’t have air conditioning, a fan is a must-have. Consider this remote control tower fan—it has a slim design (good for tight spaces), is 32-inches tall, has three speed settings, features a timer and comes with a remote control (nice for adjusting it from your loft without getting out of bed).
Three-drawer organizer: Chances are, you’ll need some extra storage space in your dorm room for clothes, books or other school supplies. This three-drawer Sterilite organizer cart is on wheels, easy to move around your dorm room if needed.
Iron Brick portable laptop safe: Your laptop will have your entire life on it—notes from classes, papers you’re writing, even textbooks you’ve downloaded. When you’re not using your laptop, consider keeping it locked up with this portable safe so it doesn’t get stolen (and so your roommate can’t hack in). You can secure it around any heavy or stationary item (such as your bedframe).
3-in-1 Multifunction Breakfast Deluxe: Waking up for an 8 a.m. class can be tough and you may not have time to make a trip to the dining hall. You can use this device instead: it has toaster oven, griddle and coffee maker all in one. It comes in a variety of colors to match your dorm room décor.
Dorm Room Essentials Under $20
Pop-up hamper: Use your clothes hamper as a combination hamper and laundry basket. This spiral pop-up hamper is great for tossing your dirty clothes in it, and the shoulder strap makes it easy to carry to your residence hall laundry room.
Bath tote: Whether you’ll be using a communal shower/bathroom or sharing a bathroom with just a couple suite-mates, you’ll want your own bath tote to haul your shampoo, conditioner, soap, shave gel, razor and more from your room to the shower. Look for one that has holes, so water can escape instead of pool at the bottom.
Cookin’ Caddy: Store a few utensils and plates in this caddy that is designed to hang over your dorm mini-fridge. This will help you keep your eating supplies out of the way and organized, without taking up much space.
If sharing a shower with your entire floor grosses you out, you’ll definitely want to invest in a pair of “shower shoes”—a pair of waterproof flip-flops. Check out these options for an anti-slip sandal for men or antimicrobial shower sandal for women.
Clip-on lamp: Most likely, you’ll want to supplement your dorm room’s lighting with a lamp or two. This clip-on lamp is a great option to use when studying at your desk, or for clipping on to your bed frame so you can read in bed.