The 8 Online Stores That Will Make All Your Dorm Decorating Ideas Come to Life

When you want to spruce things up a bit in your dorm room? You can get the goods from these fun spots — and get them delivered right to your campus.

College students, gather 'round! Do you want to deck out your dorm room, but would rather avoid lugging all that heavy large, or awkward gear across campus? No worries! Check out our 8 favorite online dorm accessory stores for your dorm room ideas, and find the spots that let you get your favorite selections delivered to your door.

Dormify

If you need great dorm room ideas and online shopping is your m.o., give Dormify a glance. Launched by the mother/daughter team of Amanda and Karen Zuckerman when Amanda's freshman dorm shopping reached peak frustration levels, Dormify's mission is "to offer high quality yet affordable, stylish and sophisticated products for styling a small space."

Dormify has all things dormitory, from bedding, wall decor and artwork, to lighting, furniture, rugs, storage options, desk accessories, dorm room ideas for guys, and more.

Our favorites from Dormify were:

LED sign

Put a little love on your wall... or bookshelf or nightstand. This LED sign for $59.00 brightens things up with a soft glow in either white (as shown) or neon pink. 

Removable wallpaper

Give a little texture to a plain, neutral wall with this removable wallpaper

A single roll is $50.00, should cover 30.75 sq. ft., and is simple to apply, reposition as needed, and remove when it's time to move out. It's available in several styles as well. 

Velvet storage ottoman

Kick your feet up and stash your stuff in this round folding velvet storage ottoman. Pretty in plum, this plush ottoman is $30.00 and sized at 15x15x13 inches to hold your tv remotes, charging cords, magazines, and any other trinkets or treasures you need to hide away.

Mosaic Window Panels

Need some window coverings for privacy but still want the sun to shine through? Try these subtle, grey-toned mosaic window panels out. They're marked down to only $30 for a set of two, and each one  measures 42-inch x 84-inch. This set is 100% cotton sateen, 250-thread  count, unlined, and machine washable on delicate in cold. (What's more?  There's a matching duvet and sham set for $79.99 to boot!)

Save 15% on your first order when you subscribe to their email list. Also, get up to 25% off your order with one of these Dormify promo codes.

Pros:

  • Free shipping on orders over $50
  • Reasonable prices
  • Original chic styles
  • Maintains a solid 5 stars after 472 reviews on their store site here
  • Need more help? Book an appointment at their NYC location or schedule a virtual appointment over FaceTime
  • Shop by collection, room, bundles, or take a style quiz to determine your best look. Not sure what you want? Check their College Move-In Checklist here

Cons:

  • Some wished their sham/bedding were a bit softer
  • Some reported misunderstanding/believing the posters they ordered would arrive framed (they won't)

Bottom line:

With nearly all 5-star ratings across review sites, we think you'll be happy with any Dormify purchase you make. Just be sure to read the full description to know exactly what to expect, i.e. will it be framed, etc. If, by chance, you're not satisfied, refunds must be received in original packaging within 60 days of purchase; see details here.

Dorm Decor

Get great college dorm room ideas when you browse through collections organized into color schemes like Blush, Neutrals, Metallics, Grays, Blues, and Brights on Dorm Decor.

You can also search through dorm bedding, bed skirts, headboards, decorative pillows, storage and cubbies, dorm seating, lighting, rugs and drapery, and accessories.

As we searched, our favorites on Dorm Decor were:

Bedside Cubby

Exclusive to Dorm Decor, the Bedside Cubby has an unfinished back, two deep cubby shelves, and a spacious drawer, all aligned narrowly to make the best use of floor space.                

For $219, get this fully assembled cubby in Mountain House, White, or Beach House, each measuring 35.5"H x 15"W x 15"D. 

Clip-on light

For $30.00, this little clip-on light goes anywhere you go and clips easily to any surface nearby so you can read, see labels clearly, or brighten up a dark corner. (Psst — it attaches perfectly to a bedside cubby like our favorite above.)

No batteries necessary. It's 16 inches high and has a cord length of 11' 6".  It plugs into any outlet and the first bulb is included. Although currently sold out, watch this space for re-stocking.

Lumbar pillows

Marked down to $28.00, this Belair Lumbar Pillow is adorned with gold circle medallions and light beading, with a hidden zipper and extra pillow filler included. Measurements are 11 inches long x 21 inches wide. See the rest of the lumbar pillow collection, both on sale and otherwise, here.

You can find Dorm Decor promo codes here.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Some items might be expensive to college student budgets

Bottom line:

With high praises on all review sites, we think you can't go wrong with Dorm Decor - unless the price is too high. And although you'll probably love everything you order, here's the refund policy just in case. And last - If you love Dorm Decor as much as we do, you can apply to become a Dorm Decor Rep campus ambassador here! (well, next year you can...the deadline has already passed for this year's applications.)

LeighDeux

If you're interested in something a little more upscale, LeighDeux has five expertly designed collections made especially for small spaces i.e. dorm room decorating ideas, including an assortment of chic headboards, duvets, bean bags, pillows, and more. 

Created in 2013 when the co-founder's college-age daughter couldn't find suitable bedding for her XL Twin dorm bed, LeighDeux began in hopes of furnishing dorms - and now offers provisions for the every day household, too.

Our favorites from LeighDeux were:

The headboard pillow

Their best-selling product, the Headboard Pillow creates a complete look for your dorm bed while offering an extra cushy reading spot. The Headboard Pillow is $179.00, available in 2 sizes, 10 solid colors (in cotton twill), nine velvet covers, and four metallics.

XL twin sheet set

Guaranteed to fit your dorm bed, the XL Twin Sheet Set is 200 TC, 100% cotton, and includes a fitted sheet, flat sheet, and standard pillow case. At $89.00/set, grab yours here

Shower panels

Spruce up a dreary bathroom with some colorful shower curtain panels, like ours shown above in Akira Indigo.  100% water resistant poly poplin with 12 curtain hook holes at 71 x 74 inches. These are $89.00 per panel and available in numerous prints and colors here.

Be sure to check LeighDeux promo codes here, too.

Pros:

  • High quality products
  • Made in the USA
  • All of LeighDeux's soft goods are designed and manufactured in the Carolinas, purposely adding jobs to "give back" to their home regions
  • LeighDeux created a scholarship fund for deserving students using a portion (3%) of their profits
  • To increase female entrepreneurship, LeighDeux recruits campus reps and brand ambassadors to promote their products on social media

Cons:

  • A little pricey for some budgets

Bottom line:

If you need a pulled together, "high end" look to feel at home, LeighDeux is probably for you - as long as you don't mind the price tags. Not sure whether you love a certain fabric or not? Order a swatch for $5 here. Refunds and exchanges are possible within 30 days of purchase if you follow the instructions here.

DormCo

Known as the leading retailer for college dorm essentials, DormCo offers everything college students need at prices they love. 

Selling directly to the consumer allows DormCo to keep their prices low with nearly all items in their online store shipping from their Buffalo warehouse within 24 hours of ordering.

Our favorites from DormCo were:

The Coma Inducer Comforter

Searching for dorm room ideas for guys? See what they think of this one. At $68.84, DormCo's Coma Inducer® - Twin XL Comforter is described as the softest luxury plush dorm comforter available for Twin XL dorm beds. Available in charcoal grey. 

Not convinced yet? Just watch the site's video to see evidence of the dangers of this coma-inducing comfortability.

Dorm Divider

When you just need a little more dorm room privacy, but you don't have enough to spend on pricier room dividers, why not give this Privacy Room Divider a try?

For $37.92 you can get this thick, creased, collapsible cardboard divider, which temporarily closes off part of a room so you can sleep, study, or get changed privately. 

Suprima® ultimate height bed risers 

Create storage space where there once was none! DormCo's ultra strong carbon steel bed risers lift your standard size dorm bed over 20.5 inches higher, allowing for greater storage space underneath the bed (as shown.) When you've finished organizing, you can throw a bed skirt over it all for privacy if you wish, like this:

These bed risers fit all standard college dorm square wooden bed frames (with posts at least 2 inches in diameter). Set includes 4 legs with rubber stoppers, metal insert protectors, and tightening knobs.

You can find LeighDeux promo codes here.

Pros:

  • There's a flat $2.95 per order shipping fee
  • Maintains 4.5 stars on SiteJabber after 13,952 reviews
  • Easy ordering
  • Prompt delivery

Cons:

  • Some didn't care for the return policy
  • Mixed reviews on customer service

Bottom line:

DormCo offers quality products at reasonable rates for everything needed in college dorms - with nearly 14,000 customer reviews landing them at 4.5 stars. Make sure you read the full description of what you're ordering and familiarize with the return policy in case you're not satisfied.

Decor 2 Ur Door

This family-run company brings all the trend-setting style you'd imagine it would with the founders' 20+ years interior design experience and a combined 3 generations of creativity.

Choose from Decor 2 Ur Door's epic dorm collections of bedding, pillows, window decor, and more - or design your own

Our favorites were:

Design-your-own dorm chair cover

Tired of looking at boring chairs? Starting at $80.00, you can choose your own fabric for customized dorm chair covers here:

Design-your-own pillow shams

To create your own sham design, choose your fabric for one side starting at $44.00:

Select a monogram to see if it works:

Choose a monogram color, then add your monogram text, include any instructions for the designer, and voila! 

Dorm bedding

Shop the sale section for dorm bedding separates and bedding sets with pricing adjusted from low to high for the best prices on the site here:

Pros:

  • Customers like the unique decor and customization options, with the ability to see how customized fabrics look on the piece before ordering
  • Well made, stylish, modern products
  • Customer service is excellent, very patient, and happy to answer any questions you may have
  • Free shipping on order over $275 (with code)

Cons:

  • None found

Bottom Line: 

You'll get compliments on these items, and they'll last a nice long while too. Note: They also offer custom nursery decor now, so for any expecting parents - head back over when you're ready!

IKEA

Another must-see on our tour of online dorm decor shops is IKEA's Back to College collection. On this site, you can search by essentials (i.e. by bedroom necessities, cooking/eating areas, study spaces, etc.) or by your style (pastels, minimalist, bohemian, and so on). 

Our favorites from IKEA Back to College were:

Rigga Clothes Rack

Here's a helpful notion in the dorm room storage ideas category: there's rarely enough room for clothes in a girls' dorm closet, so an extra rollable clothes rack like the Rigga is bound to come in handy!

At only $12.99, it's a steal - as well as sturdy and super easy to assemble. You can also adjust the height to suit your needs as the rack can lock in place at 6 fixed levels.

Stolpa clock

Keep track of time without any extra. The Stolpa is a 5 1/2 inch bedside tick-tock-less clock for the minimalists who simply need to know what time it is.

It's only $12.99, too.

Tjena

The TJENA desk organizer in pink and black helps you stay organized for only $4.99. Standing 7 x 6 3/4 inches at its highest points, the TJENA's 5 boxes are removable and can be arranged as you wish.

Be sure to check IKEA's promo codes here as well before you shop.

Pros:

  • Reasonable prices
  • Innovative, chic, minimalist designs
  • Excellent starter furniture, as well as short term or temporary

Cons:

  • Some items may be difficult to assemble (although the ones we chose look pretty simple)
  • Repeated assembly and taking apart for multiple moves may cause breakage or weakening of furnishings over time

Bottom line:

IKEA maintains the gold standard for simple furnishings, innovative design, affordability and (hopefully) easy assembly. If you think you'll run into trouble, you may want to consider looking into TaskRabbit assembly service here.

Urban Outfitters

With a range of provisions focused specifically on the dorm space, including bedroom, living, and study areas, desk accessories, bathroom and laundry necessities, and more, Urban Outfitters On Campus helps keep students focused on their coursework instead of worried about furnishings.

Our favorite items from Urban Outfitters were:

Sketched Floral Medallion Tapestry

In gentle hues, this large tapestry gives us deep dorm room decor ideas with a splash of bohemian style, perfect on any bare wall. It also pulls together several colors in a color scheme at once. It's a deal at $49.00 - but don't forget to check for Urban Outfitters promo codes as well.

Cotton, machine washable, and 84 inches x 84 inches, this wall hanging makes a perfect square. (Bonus: Reviews on the Urban Outfitters On Campus site said this tapestry takes up most of their dorm wall and similar Pinterest dorm room ideas state the same ideas for a girl's dorm wall). Going on a picnic or plan to relax in the park after class? Bring this with you whenever you might need a picnic or beach blanket. They have it as a shower curtain for $49.00 too.

Himalayan salt lamp

If you don't already have one, it's time to bring some good Himalayan salt lamp juju into your space.

Although without much scientific evidence, proponents of the lamp believe it provides air ionizing and purifying effects, especially when left on long enough for it get warm. Whether it does much of that or not, we can't promise - but we do know that it casts a lovely glowing hue and is made of natural materials.

And the price? $34.00 out the door, available in 5 colors!

Star curtain string lights

These little string lights aren't just for Christmas anymore. In fact, you can find them in countless settings year round.

Don't skip the sale section when you're on Urban Outfitters On Campus - that's where we just found these string lights marked down 20% to a total of $20.00. Be sure to check your promo codes for additional discounts as well.

Pros:

  • Decent, quality, unique items
  • Well-known company
  • Afterpay financing is available for those who cannot afford the whole price tag
  • Maintains a 3.9 star rating on Influenster after 3,280 reviews (which is the highest ratings they've received on any of the review sites)

Cons:

  • Although some stated their delivery was prompt and order was accurate, others had difficulty with delays in delivery and mistakes in their orders

Bottom line:

We love Urban Outfitters, and the products look great online — but do make sure you read the reviews (if there are any) on your item before purchasing. Pay attention to their refund policy just in case you need it.

Our Campus Market (OCM)

If you're looking for great deals on rugs, pillows, throws, bedding, and wall decor, Our Campus Market should be a first stop. Our favorites? Get a gander at these discount prices:

Statement pillows

Statement pillows like this are as low as $14.95:

Micro fleece throw

This cozy blue micro fleece throw, also available in grape, kiwi, deep pink, and red, is marked down to $8.95 (originally $17.95):

Area rug

Tie the room together with a super plush area rug like this one, marked down to only $34.95:

Care packages

Want to send a care package to your favorite dorm dweller? Try one of OCM's care packages, like the Exam Survival Kit at $25.00, Healthy Hot Soups and Teas package at $54.00, and this Fruit Pack at $25.00:

You can get up to 20% off your order with one of these Our Campus Market promo codes.

Pros:

  • Affordable products
  • Decent quality
  • Prompt delivery
  • Some products, such as their Residence Hall Linens, are guaranteed until graduation

Cons:

  • Although their official BBB rating is an A+, average customer reviews only rated OCM at 1.5 stars
  • Some reported care packages were not received on time, or at all, and refunds can take as long as 6 weeks or longer to process

Bottom line:

Although some were pleased with their Our Campus Market haul, others rated their experience poorly. We recommend getting a sense of what your dorm mates, neighbors and RA may have experienced before ordering.

Still not sure which spot you'll order your dorm goodies from? Keep browsing for dorm room ideas through the following sites:

And good luck to all our students on a fun and achievement-filled year!

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Posted on Jan 23, 2014