MOVIN ON UP: Back-to-School Dorm Room Essentials

MOVIN ON UP: Back-to-School Dorm Room Essentials

Congrats, you’re heading off to school! It can be a very exciting time to be away from home and out on your own, but trying to figure out what to bring can also be a bit overwhelming. Don’t worry, we got you ;).

Check out our list of essentials--we cover everything from bedroom to laundry to decor and even sleep (it can be tough to get a good night’s sleep in the wonderful chaos of a dorm).

1. Bedroom.

Let’s start at the foundation and work our way up. Most dorm rooms are equipt with a bed and a desk--your two most important pieces of furniture. If you aren’t getting good sleep, your grades will suffer--if you’re not doing well in class, your sleep may suffer. So, it's important that you optimize both areas.

The foundation of good sleep is a good mattress, and often the standard mattresses supplied in dorms are lacking. Many are uncomfortable and leave you wondering who was sleeping on it before you and what those stains are :S. The catch is: most students don’t have extra room in their budget to buy a new mattress to make sure they are able to get a good sleep. We can help. Check out Logan, our new ultra-supportive and accessibly priced mattress---delivery is free anywhere in North America AND we offer financing.

In addition to a comfy and supportive mattress, you will need one or two good quality pillows, two sets of sheets and a comforter. It pays to have a second set of sheets so you don’t have to laundry right away when you change your sheets.

2. Sleep.

You’d think with the busy schedules that students keep that sleep would be a piece of cake, but, sleeping in a dorm isn’t always easy even when you’re exhausted. It’s a busy place with lots of people that all make noise who may have different schedules than you do and who aren’t always eager to quiet down if you’re trying to sleep.

To get good sleep in a dorm, we use these three survival essentials (in addition to a comfy and supportive mattress, of course): an eye mask, noise-cancelling headphones and an alarm clock. They will help you to get to sleep, stay asleep and wake up when you need to ;).

3. Work Station.

Now, that you’ve conquered getting great sleep, let’s make sure that your work station has all you need to be successful in class. With multiple classes, you’ll need to keep track of assignments and due dates---a dry-erase board is a great way to stay organized! You’ll see it every day and you can update it as you go.

Your laptop will likely be your most important tool, so make sure that you take care of it. If it’s a MAC, invest in Apple Care in case you have some sort of a laptop emergency--spills happen so be prepared.

It’s also a good idea to get yourself a laptop sleeve, some stationery, sticky notes, pens and pencils and a desk lamp for those late-night study sessions.

4. Bathroom.

Not all dorm rooms have their own bathrooms--sometimes there are communal bathrooms instead. If this is the case, you will need a shower caddy to carry your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razor and any other toiletries that you may have. Flip flops for the shower are also a must!

For communal and in-room bathrooms, you will need at least two large towels and two washcloths.

If you have your own bathroom, a bath matt is a good idea along with a hand towel and some Windex, Mr Clean Magic Erasers, regular Mr Clean and, of course, toilet paper.

5. Laundry.

Investing in a laundry hamper that doubles as a laundry bag will make life a lot easier. You will also need laundry detergent and hangers for your closet. Since storing an ironing board and iron can take up a lot of space, investing in a steamer is a budget-friendly way to save space.

6. Decor.

And, finally, it’s important to make your dorm room feel like home. Make it your own by adding some decor. This could be any combination of throw pillows, picture frames, bulletin boards, twinkle lights, etc. that reflects your personal style. If you have enough space, you could also invest in an affordable loveseat for some extra seating if you gave guests. If you are able to do a small sofa, consider a pullout for the duel functionality--it can be a sofa or a bed if you have overnight guests.

And, voila! You’re ready to hit the books in a place you’ve made your own, good luck!


Sleepenvie is a Toronto-based online mattress-in-a-box and bedroom lifestyle brand that focuses on customization, convenience, and charitable contribution.

We make the mattress-buying process easy by delivering it directly to your door in one easy-to-handle compact box. We strongly believe in customizability, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. An easy one-minute quiz matches you to the ideal mattress for your lifestyle and sleep habits.

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