basketsI vividly remember moving into my dorm room on the day before I started University. I opened the door and immediately noticed how small and bare the room was. With my car full downstairs, I had no idea how my friend and I were going to fit all of our stuff and share this space for the next year. However, as cramped as it was, we were able to transform this plain space into a cozy, comfortable and functional space with our linens, wall art and other home accessories. It became a place where we could both study and relax. Some of my most cherished memories from University were made in that time and I would not have wanted to start my life away from home any other way.

So here are some great items to transform your dorm room into a space to call home:

Fable Steel Wire Fruit Basket

These cute little baskets are the perfect addition to any dorm room. The bright steel wire matches any colour scheme and the weave design has cool design that will give your dorm room a unique, stylish look. There are also very versatile. You can use these baskets to hold fruit or snacks, but you can also use them to hold smaller personal items, like your keys, bus pass or makeup.

Gouchee Design Mandalay 2-Piece 140 Thread Count Quilt Set

Most dorm room beds have twin beds, and this quilt set is a great option. It’s comfortable and high-quality but also durable. It’s made off 100% cotton and has 140 thread count and it’s pre-washed so it won’t shrink in the heavy duty residence washers and dryers. Depending on the temperature of your room, you can either layer this quilt with another duvet or blanket or use it on it’s own.


Sabzevar 3’x5’ Flat Area Rug

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An area rug is a great way to make a room cozy and bring the décor together. Complement the blue of your Gouchee quilt with this stylish area rug from Sabzevar. The polyester chenille material is durable and will keep its’ colour over time and the flat woven design makes it easy to move furniture over and stops dust from building up. It is also easy to vacuum and to clean stains with mild soap and water.


Eurographics New York Skyline Poster

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As I mentioned earlier, dorm rooms can look incredibly bare when you first arrive. Wall art will automatically make the room look more inviting. This Eurographics poster of New York is a great statement piece for your main wall as the black and white photo will complement other personal photos and won’t clash with any bedding colours. Complement this with some other pieces from our wall art collection.



Seiko Countdown Timer Digital Alarm Clock

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Stay on time this year with this alarm clock from Seiko. This stylish clock is the perfect finishing touch to your dorm room. Modeled after a race timing clock, this bright yellow clock has a large digital numbers showing time, month, day and date. It also has a alarm clock, with a snooze function and automatic alarm stop, and also has a stopwatch and countdown timer. The built-in light also lets you see the time in low light and at night.


Starting University and moving into a dorm is both exciting and terrifying. You are leaving your home and cramming your stuff into a tiny room, sometimes shared with someone else. It’s important to make this new space a comfortable, cozy and inviting space to help transition into this new stage of your life. Add some unique but functional pieces to your dorm room so you use the space wisely but also feel at home!

Lucy Woodhead
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