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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CWU chapter.

I have not lived in a dorm in a couple of years but I still think about how my dorm was the comfiest and coziest place as I made it my own and I want to share some of those essentials with you!


  • They add great color to your space and super easy plants exist, such as pothos that requires a minimum amount of care! 
  • You can also accessorize your plant with cute and funky pots, that can also be used to add color to a room. 
  • I suggest a long vining plant like pothos, ivy, or philodendrons on top of a shelf! When a plant vines down from a higher place it will accentuate the height and give a taller feel to the room.

Fairy/string lights

  • For obvious reasons- they create a soft, more glowy and eye-appealing light shade as compared to the overhead fluorescent lights. 
  • With the warm light that fairy lights give off, it will create a much more cozy feel. 
  • I suggest long lights that reach from the ceiling to just about the floor, again this will accentuate the height of the room.

Cute bedding

  • Good-looking bedding is the centerpiece of dorm rooms as your bed will be the biggest piece of furniture you’ll most likely have in your room. 
  • I recommend a pattern if most of the other decor pieces, such as posters or paintings, are mostly plain or if you have more of a minimalist style and vice versa.

Some other recommendations

  • Adapters 
  • Extra batteries
  • Extension cords 
  • headphones 
  • Some kind of clock 
  • A desk chair because the ones that schools provide are simply not comfortable 
  • A lamp 
  • An area rug 
  • A coffee maker – Keurig is great, cute, and affordable (so many color options)
  • Mini fridge and microwave (most likely provided by your school)
  • Shower caddy
  • Laundry basket

Protip: make it your own and even homier using photos of friends, family, pets, etc!

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Hi y'all! I am a 4th year at Central Washington University! I am double majoring in psychology and biology with a specialization in biomedicine. I love crocheting! From sweaters to blankets to socks! I think it's so cool how we can create things out of just a bundle of yarn! I also love rabbits! My rabbit's name is Flynn and he loves bananas. Taylor Swift is my go-to girl for any kind of feeling!