15 best college dorm decor ideas and essentials for him and her in 2022

Sleep through your 8am class, but don’t sleep on dorm decor.

Home is where the decorations are, and when you pack up and move into a college dorm for the semester, it should feel as homey and comforting as possible.

Sometimes transforming your school-issued four walls (or two if you are sharing a double) can be tricky, with stark white walls and not enough floor space. However, as every college student knows, there are hacks that can fix pretty much any problem.

As seen on viral TikTok videos of students with tricked-out dorm rooms, a lot can be done in a small space. The account @dormroomtours features those amazing transformations, showing what a rug, some lights and the right bedding can do to level-up your space.

After getting the necessities like a mini fridge, blankets and a coffee maker for late-night study sessions — get creative and make your dorm your own.

To help you potentially get featured as one of the coveted dorm before-and-after success stories, read on for where to find the best dorm decor of 2022.

1. Amazon Off to College Shop


Every college student knows that Amazon always has what we need. This year, head to the powerhouse retailer’s “Off to College” page to shop by decor style, like Boho, Modern or Eclectic, or sort by need, like organization, cooking supplies and more.

2. Target College Shop


Whether you’re in a dorm or an apartment during college, they should both be comfortable and stylish. Check out Target’s selection of decor to get ready for the 2022 school year. Get inspired with lookbooks, or sort by price to make sure you stay on budget.

3. Walmart Dorm Room Essentials


Decorate your space no matter your budget when you shop back-to-school at Walmart. Head to the dorm essentials page on the site to find items under $30, including dorm storage starting at $2, bedding starting at $4, furniture starting at $17 and more.

4. Dormify


Well, this one has it right in the name. Shop for your dorm on Dormify now and get all the best and trending items for 2022. Sort by need, like furniture, lighting or storage or with the brand’s cool visualization tools feature. See exactly what your dorm room will look like and mix and match items until you have the perfect curation, making this a one-stop-shop for dorm decor.

5. Urban Outfitters On Campus

Urban Outfitters

Head online before you head back on campus, because you need to stock up at Urban Outfitters first. The retailer has a page just for college living, with sections for bedding, furniture, desk supplies and more. Once all done, finish up with some small-space decor to really make your new home a happy place to be.

6. IKEA Back to College Shop


For easy-to-build and beautiful to look at furniture and decor, check out IKEA. We love this retailer because they make it so simple to shop, even providing a checklist of must-haves for students. Start checking things off with organizational systems, under-bed storage solutions, art and more.

7. Bed Bath & Beyond College Shop

Bed Bath and Beyond

Go above and beyond this school year with the Bed Bath and Beyond College Shop. They make it simple with a curated page where you can find deals up to 50% off right now. Plus, take an extra 20% off and three times the rewards points when you sign up for their college savings pass.

8. Our Campus Market


Where better to shop for your dorm decor than right on campus? Shop the Our Campus Market picks now and save big, with their Summer Savings Pass sale with 30% off bedding, bath, decor and storage. Plus, get free shipping over $60 with the promo code SAVEANDSHIP.

9. Redbubble Back to School


Support independent artists as you head back to school this year. Redbubble has a curation of beautiful designs, each made by an artist on the site. Shop for posters, pillows, shower curtains and more for your dorm that add a pop of color and personality to any space.

10. Society6 Back to School


Be unapologetically you this school year and decorate your space with Society6. The new 2022 Back to School collection has options for bedding, posters, pillows and more, each designed by a cool artist from the site. If you need some inspiration, check out lookbooks here and grab some last-minute desk items while you’re at it.

11. Shein Home Decor


If you thought Shein was only for clothes and accessories, think again. Head to the home decor part of the site and find so many amazing goodies for your dorm room. Shop their back to school sale now for up to 80% off, and make sure to use the promo code SCHOOLCOOL at the end for extra savings.

12. Pottery Barn Dorm

Pottery Barn Teen

We know your teens are becoming young adults, but Pottery Barn Teen still has all the best college stuff for them at any age. Shop the curated dorm selection on the site now and find a handy checklist, in addition to shoppable sections for decor, desk accessories, closet organization and more.

13. Wayfair Dorm Decor


Head back to campus the Wayfair way. Shop for all the best back to school items now, with special guides on how to curate the best bed as well as special sales that will save you cash on dorm necessities now.

14. The Happy Planner

The Happy Planner

The Happy Planner is a great place to grab the perfect planner for your dorm room desk, plus stock up on other back-to-school items like desk accessories,removable wallpaper and more.

15. ArtSugar


Add something sweet to your dorm room that will put a smile on your face every time you come home from class. ArtSugar can help, as they have super fun and colorful wall art, as well as home decor like catchall trays, bookends for your shelves and other fun dorm-friendly designs.

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