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Dorm Room Essentials

Moving out of your own room to start a new ‘temporary’ life on a college campus can be exciting an overwhelming all at once.  The list of things to bring can feel endless but in the bustle of last minute back to school packing and preparation, don’t forget these must-haves to help create a comfortable and productive home away from home (don’t forget that you are at college to study too).

 

Bed linens which are both functional and stylish

Don’t forget that most college beds have extra-long twin beds, which means special sheets are needed and if you use standard twin sheets, you might look like an illustration in a popular Dr. Seuss book.  But, don’t forget the stylish side. The bed is often one of the largest pieces of furniture in a dorm and it can make a statement or reflect your personality. Bright colors or bold patterns can transform a barren room into home, which can be a big pick-me-up for those away from the family and friends for the first time.

 

Storage solutions

With an average of about 100 sq. ft. per person, dorm rooms don’t offer a lot of space. This means finding compact storage solutions for more comfortable living arrangements. Consider cubby solutions with pull out bins, under bed storage, or bed risers to create more storage space.

 

A BEDDI Alarm Clock

Getting up for that early class can be tough. And, while most students have a smartphone they can use for an alarm, they can easily lose their charge or be can go missing after a late night of studying.  There are advantages to using the traditional wake-up method and alarm clocks like the new BEDDI syncs with your smartphone and includes a charging station so it is always there when you need it (and means less cords around your dorm room).  Plus the BEDDI features Bluetooth speakers and an FM radio to jam to your favorite music, mood lighting, a wake-up simulated sunlight, and a quick connect to Uber, weather alerts, and much more.

 

A place to keep your food cool or warm it up

While the dining is a great place to dine with friends and break away, you will inevitably find yourself eating a quick bite in your room or trapped in your text books one evening.  So, don’t forget a dorm fridge so you can have a cold drink, healthy snack, or cold milk for cereal whenever you need it. And, you’ll need a way to heat up that frozen meal so you should also consider a small microwave or toaster oven to provide a warm meal or snack.

 

Lighting

Dorm roommates’ sleep schedules and study habits don’t always mesh well. One roommate may have the chance to study in the afternoon, while the other one prefers to be a night owl. Either way, there will inevitably be the time when one roommate needs light while the other sleeps. Consider an LED desk lamp or clamp light for studying and the NOTTI LED color changing light to provide mood lighting, gently brighten the room and notify you of incoming calls when your phone is on silent.

 

Moving to college can be a little daunting but bringing the necessities with you will ensure that you’re off to a great start.