Long gone are the days when dorm decor meant tacked-up posters and a comforter with matching pillows — if you were feeling fancy. Now, the competition to make every dorm room look like Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon’s character in Legally Blonde) decorated it is fierce thanks to TikTok, Pinterest and Instagram.
Today’s college students take their dorm décor seriously. Think lush, layered collegiate hideaways that put boutique hotel rooms to shame. This means committing to a theme or color scheme, rugs, framed artwork (cheesy taped posters need not apply), cheeky neon signs, fiddle leaf fig plants (not sad, drooping ferns) and a full complement of matching decorative pillows.
Of course, this means that all your favorite brands have gotten into the mix to create swoonworthy essentials and accessories — from Pottery Barn to Paper Source and Crate & Barrel, one of the latest retailers to create a dedicated dorm shopping section with chic designs that are just begging to be featured in adorable #dorminspo posts. And with dorm drop-off dates fast approaching, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite pieces for lounging, nesting, working, snoozing and more!
Pottery Barn Teen
SOUTH COAST PLAZA
THE DORM EDIT
City Sac in Alpine
The closest thing to perching on a cloud. This dreamy dorm-room sac chair is definitely a bit of an investment, but it will serve as the perfect writing perch for college essays and friend hangs. The best part: It’s machine washable and comes in over 200 cover choices.
Level 1, Macy’s Home Store Wing
Eye Mask & Pillow Set
Just what’s needed for those epic college shut-eye sessions.