Dorm decor galore: Stores helping college students decorate their spaces
By Brittany Anas
Here’s the ultimate interior design challenge: Transform a 12 ft. by 12 ft. room into a home. For two people. Who are just meeting for the first time on move-in day. Sound like a plot for a new show on HGTV?
Thousands of college students will be moving into the dorms in coming weeks — personalizing their rooms and arranging the bunk beds and desks like it’s a real-life game of Tetrus.
Here to help make the spaces stand out and feel like home away from home are retailers and colleges themselves.
The newest trends in shopping for college? Dorm room registries, DIY’s and dorm decor contests.
- Target has teamed with Youtube star Todrick Hall (@Toddyrockstar) and a designer, Veronica Valencia (@designhunterLA) to help a pair of college roommates create a dorm room that combines both of their unique styles and has a theme of “ballin’ on a budget” in a design challenge that is mini-reality series (see the final episode below). Target has a back-to-college shop with fun decor like marquee signs (pictured) under $15 as well as a bedding and towel set. Create a dorm decor registry here for your decor and room essentials. (Then subtly send a link to mom and dad). The store is also offering $15 gift cards to shoppers who spend $75 or more on select bedding. Money-saving tip: Earn Cash Back and other great deals at Target year-round with ShopAtHome.com.
- Bed, Bath and Beyond has interactive dorm photos, with videos, to showcase ways to save space, make your dorm room bed more comfy, create more space when guests come over as well as decorate. One of the biggest trends for dorm decor this season: Bunjo Hex Bungee Chairs (pictured), which have a metal frame and real nylon bungee cord to provide fun, extra seating. A few space saving tips from Bed, Bath and Beyond: Over the door storage can stash shoes and accessories and a comfortable lap desk can help you do work on your laptop anywhere. Earn up to 5 percent Cash Back at Bed, Bath and Beyond with ShopAtHome.com.
- Walmart is offering a “dorm in a box” bundle set for $89 to make dorm shopping convenient. The bundle comes with your choice of one bedding set; 1 wheeled storage trunk; 1, 6-piece bath towel set and 2-pack pillow set. Save even more with 5 percent Cash Back at Walmart.
- Check with your college’s residence life programs. A new student-life trend on campuses is dorm decor contests with prizes and gift certificates.
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