As a simple Google search will prove, there is far more dorm room inspiration out there for the glam girl than for when it comes to dorm essentials guys would be interested in. And what about those college essentials for guys? This compilation is for the anti-rose gold type who wants to be inspired to create a more subdued, functional space. These 20 items are must-have essentials for any guy’s dorm room.
Focus on the bedding.
When thinking about guy’s dorm room essentials and things every guy needs, bedding has to come first. Your bed takes up the most space in your dorm, thus becoming the focal point of the room. Build your bed with a comforter and an assortment of pillows to show off your own personal style.
As the bed is one of the major focal points of your space, choose a comforter that speaks to your style. Go traditional with plaid or stripes, or make a bold statement with a cool graphic design.
Throw pillows are the perfect way to accessorize your bed. Stick with a consistent color scheme, but don’t be afraid to select pillows that really show off your personality. Try pillows in standout prints, bold words or cool graphics to make a statement.
3. A Body Pillow
If you have spent any time in a dorm room, you know that comfortably hosting guests can get complicated. Make the most of your space by investing in a body pillow to make your bed into a more comfortable seating area for you, or your guests, to hang out.
4. A Mattress Topper
What else to bring to college for guys? Well, one of the most detrimental mistakes you can make when shopping for a dorm is forgetting to buy a mattress topper. Dorm beds are extremely uncomfortable, so invest in a good mattress topper for the next four years of late nights and afternoon naps.
Remember, organization and convenience is key.
Living in a dorm room requires a lot of patience, a high tolerance for BS and some helpful gadgets. Bring along these must-have items to make your dorm feel more like home.
Going to the dining hall every time you want something to eat or drink can get old. To save time and energy, invest in small appliances like a coffee maker or a mini blender.
6. Sound System
Music lovers and party-hosters alike, pick up a sound system that fits your needs. Whether you’re more of a laid back, record-collecting type or a heavy bass speaker type, having a way to play music is essential.
When you’re using your desk as a study space and a space to keep the laundry you haven’t put away yet, it can get crowded. Give yourself some additional room with a standalone shelving unit.
Keep in mind you won’t always be the only one in your dorm room.
If you’re not thrilled by the idea of people constantly sitting on your bed, invest in a few collapsible chairs or an ottoman for extra seating.
Dorm floors, by definition, are dirty, cold and extremely hard. Pick up a rug in a neutral color to cover at least part of your floor so it won’t feel so unwelcoming.
10. Air Freshener
To personalize your dorm room, find an air freshener that both you and your roommate can agree upon. If you don’t want to make a show of using a home fragrance product like a candle or diffuser reeds, small containers of fragrance beads can be put somewhere out of sight and still work wonders.
A little decor and accessories are still essential for any guy’s dorm.
Spoiler alert: dorm room walls are bleak. Use various kinds of decor products to create a space that inspires you and makes you feel represented in your room. Whether it is sports memorabilia, lights or cool prints, decorating will make your space feel much more inviting.
11. Alarm Clock
In college, you—and only you—are responsible for whether or not you show up to class. No one will come and knock on your door to wake you up, so an alarm clock is useful for getting you on your way to class on time.
Pennants are a cool way to add a punch of personality to your walls. Pick a traditional pennant in support of your hometown team, or find a more unique one in reference to your favorite pop culture happenings.
There is probably nothing more frustrating than hosting a pre-game and having people leave cans (and stains) all over your furniture. Pick up a pack of koozies so you and your guests can keep track of your cans and bottles.
The most traditional form of dorm wall decor, posters are an awesome way to spruce up your dorm. Whether you’re into sports, movies, music or graphic design, hang a poster or two on your wall to let your interests speak for themselves.
Hang a tapestry across a blank wall to instantly upgrade your space. Tapestries come in all different varieties, so finding one that suits your style should be a breeze.
17. A Hat Rack
You’re going to need somewhere to store all those baseball caps and beanies you’ve lugged to college. Why not put them on display on the wall – easy decor and quick access.
19. Photo Display
Decorate your dorm room with photos of some of your favorite memories. A simple frame will do the trick, or choose a more intricate display in which you can insert photos and ticket stubs as you make new memories.
20. Bulletin Board
For remembering all of your due dates and exam schedules, put a bulletin board or a dry erase board over your desk. Write down reminders and post important documents here to help you to stay organized throughout the year.
Do you know of any more things that would be perfect for a guy’s dorm room? Share in the comments below!
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Christina is a member of the class of 2018 at Fordham University. Her favorite things include french toast, concerts and "Sex And The City" re-runs.