Oh man, it’s time to start thinking of move-in day. One of my favorite times of the school year has always been move-in day. Seeing new people, old friends, staff, and just re-gaining the small adult-like feeling that you just don’t have when at home. However, when it comes to the fun part of adulthood, Etsy has got us covered. Here are 30 Etsy products that you have to have in your dorm!
A bedside caddy should be a number one essential item when thinking of what to get for your dorm, and Etsy comes to the rescue. It’s great when you need to keep things close by and don’t have a corner table.
This just brings a cute aesthetic you didn’t know you needed in your room! You don’t have to keep it on all the time or at night, but it just makes your room seem so incredibly cozy and inviting.
Dorm Room Hanger
Whether or not you have a roommate, whether or not you have a corkboard, whether or not you can hang something on your door, this hanger is perfect for letting people know who’s room this is, and it gives it some personality.
This may not be essential when it comes to Etsy products you need, but this will make for extra room. If you have a mini-fridge in your dorm room (or a full fridge in your campus apartment), this will come in handy when you need something to be in your face consistently! Or you want to brighten your room with photos!
The crappiest thing about living in a dorm room is the amount of space you have. You have none. Like, you will be living in about 180 square foot room with another person. The place might be a lot smaller if you have your own room, and whatever the case is, this desk shelf is perfect for the organization while giving you room!
Wall Tapestries are perfect for giving your room a perfect touch of personality. With so many rules in place to keep you and your surroundings safe (and clean), there aren’t many options to liven your room up, which is why a tapestry is perfect. Etsy products come in real handy when it comes to finding the ideal tapestry for you.
This is perfect when needing room in your dorm, fewer chords, and just to keep the place looking tidy. It holds almost everything: your watch, phone, glasses, pens, and pencils. To make this product even better – it’s monogrammed. You can also add an apple watch charger to it. You won’t need a million chords plugged in and causing a fire, so win, win.
Organizing is probably my favorite thing in the world. Adding a dry erase wall calendar makes for a great purchase when it comes to Etsy products you need in your dorm room. It’s excellent to input all significant events and have them at eye-level!
No matter if you take laundry home or you do it at school, you will accumulate dirty clothes. This hamper will make it easier to carry it without having to drag it everywhere and take everything else. If it’s anything like my university, I grabbed my laptop and books and studied with friends while our clothes washed. If you’re going home you can grab everything in one go, and head to your car. Out of all any Etsy products we can recommend, this is worth every penny!
This is probably the essential item on this Etsy products list. If you are sharing a bathroom with an entire floor of people, then you’ll want to bring a shower caddy with you. This shower caddy is personalized and perfect for anyone!
Just like the wall tapestry, a wall monogram is perfect for personalizing your room, and just making it your own! Something like this is quaint and cute!
Home away from home, home sweet home, and any other phrase that basically can get you to see your space as your own! While you probably won’t place it right outside your dorm door, it’ll look great for when people visit.
These are perfect for extra storage in your room. With your dorm room being so small and possibly having to share it with someone else, your space might be crowded, so the hanging baskets are perfect for when you need to put away bulky items like toilet paper or small things like air fresheners.
While you don’t necessarily have to use it for makeup – it is made for that. The organizer is small and perfect for putting your small bottles, pumps, and palettes to keep everything clean and organized.
This is perfect because if your school is anything like my school, then there isn’t that much space for many of your clothes, especially if it’s bulky! So this holder is great to put up in the closet and keeps your t-shirts aligned straight and easy to pick out.
First Aid Kit
Who doesn’t need a first aid kit? If you are anything like I was and said no, then I recommend changing your mind. Anything can happen, and I mean anything can happen. This first aid kit has everything unless your injury requires you to go to the ER, and it’s perfect for those small cuts or something a little bigger.
Nothing says cozy like a throw blanket. It’s perfect for taking with you when you go studying, if it’s cold, a quick trip to the cafeteria, or when you need to wrap yourself when watching your favorite show on Netflix. Chances are if you use it at home, you’ll use it in your dorm room.
Desk Chair Covers
Okay, this is more cute than practical. Out of the entire list of Etsy products for your dorm room, this is probably the most ridiculous, but homey thing you can purchase. Every school equips their dorms with chairs and desks, but they are awkward and standard, it leaves the room feeling like a prison instead of cozy. So this is perfect for adding that personal touch.
Oil Diffuser With Night Light
Living in a small room with one window, a mini-fridge, food all around you, and a trash can will kind of leave your room smelling gross a little. While we do recommend airing out your room as often as possible (like once a day), we understand that sometimes you need that extra help. Many schools have old dorms, so air fresheners are probably not allowed. Oil diffusers like this one are perfect for two reasons. One, it’s a night light. Two, depending on the scents you use, it’ll make your room smell amazing!
Throw pillows are perfect for making your room feel homey, and if you have people over, it’ll help them get comfortable when you don’t have extra chairs to sit in.
Travel Toiletry bag
Spring break in Mexico, a weekend trip to your roommate’s hometown, a weekend trip with the guy your seeing, or maybe you just need to take home some toiletries because you ran out. Whatever the reason, this bag is perfect for lugging everything around in an organized way that you don’t have to worry about anything opening or breaking!
What’s better than making your room feeling open and free? Nothing. A plant helps, and sometimes plants like the one shown here are so low maintenance that you’ll feel accomplished when you watch it grow.
Unlike a doormat, this is more for you than anyone. Most dorm room floors are aluminum, are cold, and honestly feels like a grocery store floor. This is perfect because it makes your room look amazing, and you don’t have to plant your feet directly on the floor!
Another Etsy product that is practical, cute, but not necessary. This is great because we all know that sometimes coffees spill and messes are made. This is perfect for easy cleanup!
Mini Sewing Kit
This is perfect for when you need to hem something quickly. After four years, I needed to hem my comforter, I have jeans that needed hems, buttons that needed to be sewed back on, and this is small and effective for all of your needs!
The only lights you have in a dorm room is a fluorescent one. Trust us, computer lab lighting sucks for everything except studying, which is why Etsy products, lamps, are a perfect touch to bring some personality into it, and better lighting.
This is great to keep in the closet (if there is room), under the bed (if raised), and maybe if you have – a cubby! The storage bins/baskets also come personalized, so you always have a bin for something and a place for everything.
In case your dorm doesn’t have a bulletin board or something, this would be perfect! You can hang important papers on there; you can attach photos, lights, or anything your heart desires. It’s multi-functional.
Sure, you can personally make these, but where’s the fun in that? Etsy products are great to have, functional, and it supports small businesses! With that being said, wooden photo holders are great because it gives your dorm room a great personality change, plus you won’t damage the walls by hanging them up!
Hands and Dishes Decals
In case you do have a bathroom in your dorm room (lucky you!), then this is perfect. No one supplies you with soaps to clean your dishes (if you have any, and you will) or hand soap! Which is why it would cheaper to buy the refill bottles instead of the already bottled ones. That way, you can use one for an entire semester without spending more money. These Etsy products are perfect for this reason alone.
These are nothing more than recommendations, but recommendations, I believe, are essential to have in your dorm room. The reason why many people don’t do well in college is that they feel like their spaces have been invaded in a way that makes them feel stressed. This is perfect for making your space your own. Etsy products are the ideal way to make your dorm room your ‘home away from home.’ Do you have a favorite Etsy product in your dorm room? Let us know in the comments!
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