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Dorm Essentials


Depending on the size of your dorm, it’s much more than just a large room with a few twin beds. There are some common areas where you can sit and study, hang out with friends and maybe even whip up some small meals. When you’re away from home, you need a few dorm lounge essentials to help make these common spaces feel like home. Whether it’s just a little bit of extra seating so you’re able to have friends visit, or essentials, such as mini fridges to keep meals and drinks fresh and cold, At PBteen, we have all you need to make your dorm feel more of like a first apartment. Shop seating, tables and trunks and kitchen needs to make your dorm not only comfortable but elegant and stylish as well.

When it comes to seating, there are quite a few options for both comfort and style. If your dorm is on the larger side, sectional seating is a superb idea. With everything from round-shaped sectionals for an eclectic look to small sectionals that feature a chaise for lounging, there are colors and styles available to fit virtually any size dorm.

If a sectional is tough on your floor space, opt for a more space-saving option, such as a sleeper sofa or futon. Both of these ideas work well for seating during the day with comfortable and soft materials and then double into extra sleeping space at night. This gives you the ability to have friends sleep over or crash in the dorm, or even room for mom and dad when they come to visit. For traditional dorm seating, perhaps consider a beanbag chair. Ideal for even the smallest of dorms, beanbag chairs come in a variety of colors to complement your existing decor. They also come with a personalization option with the ability to place a name, monogram or other meaningful phrase on the chair. You can make a beanbag chair totally yours, or give one as a gift to a friend for a special occasion.

There may not be much room left over for additional furniture after you add some seating, so it is a terrific idea is to combine both a storage solution and tabletop space all in one item. Consider large trunks to be the focal point of your lounge. Not only can they hold some of your stored items that you don’t need any day, but they also have the ability to be stacked and make suitable coffee tables or accent tables. Nesting tables are also a sound way to save space.

One of the easiest ways to make a dorm feel like home is to add useful decor that makes you feel relaxed and comfortable, such as rugs and window treatments. Match colors and styles with your existing items, such as your bedding, art and decorative items. There is a myriad of rug styles available with everything from round shag rugs to solid or striped area rugs that feel luxurious beneath your feet. Similarly, when it comes to curtains and drapes, you can choose everything from durable blackout curtains, which are ideal when you want to sleep in on the weekends, to sheer and elegant curtains that add just a touch of privacy.

While you may not be cooking large meals in your dorm, you still need a few kitchen essentials, such as a mini fridge, to help keep drinks and food cold. Look for colors that complement your current ensemble in the room while adding a mini fridge cart can create extra storage for silverware and other needs underneath. Other must-have electrics and electronics include a durable alarm clock, charging stations and speakers to help you crank the tunes while you’re studying on a weekend night.

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