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22 back-to-school furniture and decor buys to take your room to the next level

Everything is under $300

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It’s August! Which means you’re already starting to think about going back to school if you’re a student (or parent of a student.) When I was a college student, I remember many friends being unhappy that summer was coming to an end. I, on the other hand, was excited because not only did I love school but I also loved decorating my dorm and making it my own.

I will admit that I probably bought way more than I actually needed, and spent too much on dorm supplies. It’s absolutely possible, and necessary, to decorate on a budget during college—whether that’s in a residence hall or off campus apartment—and even post-college (if you live in a small space, here are some home goods we recommend).

Below, I’ve rounded up 22 dorm furnishings (all under $300!) to help you start the school year on a high note—including items for the bedroom, bathroom, and living room. If you’re looking for kitchen supplies, last week I gathered the best kitchen accessories to pick up now. Happy shopping!


Novogratz Palm Springs Convertible Sofa Sleeper, $219
Amazon
Novogratz Retro Collection Prism Shag Rug, 3'6" x 5'6”, $130
Amazon
Exposed Seam Bean Bag Chair, $98
Urban Outfitters
Ottoman with Tray, $27
Target
Assembly Home No Bad Days Pillow, $39
Urban Outfitters
Artificial Jade in Square Ceramic Pot, $19
Target
Tivoli Audio Cube Wireless Speaker, $199
Amazon
Himalayan Salt Lamp, $34
Urban Outfitters
3-Pack LED Pillar Candle Bisque, $29.44
Target
Stick Table Lamp with Plated Storage Cup, $25
Target
T-Shirt Jersey Comforter Snooze Set, $189
Urban Outfitters
Wamsutta 525-Thread-Count PimaCott Sheet, $20
Bed Bath & Beyond
Hairpin Desk Walnut, $60
Target
Modern by Dwell Desk Chair Gray, $119.50
Target
Super Simple Wooden Closet Set, $249
Urban Outfitters
Neon Peace Sign Table Lamp, $79
Urban Outfitters
Umbra Skinny 2-Gallon Wastebasket, $10
Amazon
City Scape Shower Curtain, $12
Target
8-Pack Washcloths, $5
Target
Mesh Shower Tote, $10
Bed Bath & Beyond
Seville Classics 5-Piece Bamboo Bath Set, $45
Amazon
Canvas Rope Laundry Bag, $39
Urban Outfitters