Dormify: Fabulous Finds for Your Teen’s Dorm Room

Looked at one way, it is just another day of online shopping. Your teen needs sheets, towels, a comforter and some useful and decorative items for their bedroom. But, look again.

This is the moment when we begin to prepare them in a practical way for the journey, for the young adult life they will lead separate from us. It is a moment packed with emotional punch as we imagine their college years, and say goodbye to many of the things we have loved about our lives for the past 18 years. Yet as parents, we know we need to be sensible and help our teens to prepare for the year ahead.

dormify dorm room
Dormify has beautiful new colors and furnishings for 2000.

Shopping for college can feel overwhelming for both parent and teen, but the good news about 2020 is that so much of the legwork can be done online. Enter Dormify, an online decorating destination where your teen can design their dream dorm room while carefully monitoring the cost along the way.

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Dormify Shopping Benefits

1. Bed Visualizer

Using their phone or laptop, teens can design a bed with sheets, comforter, blanket, pillows, and a headboard mixing and matching endless combinations before deciding on a final selection. They can see how their choices will look and exactly what they cost before adding a single item to their shopping cart.

2. Wall Visualizer

Your teen can select removable wallpaper, posters, photo displays and more all while moving them around to see what the decor will look like IRL.

3. Shopping Dates with a Stylist

If your teen wants to chat via FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc, they can book a FREE appointment with one of the Dormify stylists who can show them products and answer questions. The experts are college students or recent grads and they can give “big sister” advice about designing your space and dorm life.

virtual stylist
Your teen can book a free appointment with a Dormify stylist.

A Word About Guys’ Dorm Rooms

There is no shortage of Dormify items that would work equally well for any gender. As moms with sons and a daughter whose styles are all very different, we picked items that could appeal to a wide range of tastes.

However, if your sons are like ours and preferred to defer the dorm shopping decisions to us, click here and show them the bundles which include a full set of sheets and a set of towels. One click and you are done with the basics.

dorm bundles from Dormify
Dorm shopping for guys is incredibly easy when you shop for a “bundle.” of sheets and towel sets.

Grown and Flown 2020 Dormify Picks:

Start with the Bed

When it’s time to co-shop with your teen, pour yourself a cup of coffee and get them a snack. Start by clicking on the bed visualizer, slide the laptop over to them, and watch while they create their optimal bed choosing colors and patterns they like best.

Once they’re ready to move onto wall, storage or decor items, Dormify has some unique standout pieces that caught our eye:

Headboards

1. Grey Twin/Twin XL Powered Studded Headboard

These headboards can also be mounted easily on the wall. Added to the functionality are a built-in outlet and USB port so your student can plug in a phone, laptop or clip-on light at their bedside. The headboard has a 6’ long power cord so you teen can plug it into an outlet and have all the power they need, bedside.

Dormify headboard
These headboards have built-in power sources.

Dorm Walls

2. White Brick Removable Wallpaper

The peel and stick wallpaper in a brick pattern is an inventive and attractive way to obscure the typically awful cinder block walls that make dorms look so bleak. (It is easily removable and does not damage walls –  (just be sure to check the Student Housing prohibited list first).

Removable wallpaper is easy to put up and remove.

3. Tapestry + Long String Light Set

Hanging a wall tapestry is a relatively easy and quick way to dramatically upgrade the walls. One news trend is to add a string light to the tapestry – so cute but make sure both are allowed in the dorms.

dormify string lights

4. White Hangit Photo Display

A cute way to display photos is with this “hangit” – that uses clothesline and pins strung between two poles where your teen can display and switch out favorite photos.

This easy-to-hang photo display can hold a changing collection of postcards and photos.

Lighting in Dorms

5. Charging Task Lamp. If the desk doesn’t have a lamp or lighting, here is a desk lamp with a built-in charging outlet plug.

Many dorm room desks need extra lighting.

6. Floor lamp

A floor lamp is another option for adding lighting to a room. It can be adjusted to point light in any direction desired and works especially well in poorly lit rooms. They are a practical lighting source to nestle next to an elevated bed.

The three lights on these floor lamps can be pointed in different directions.

Accent Pillows

7. Pillows

Dormify is known for their fantastic pillows and you will find a wide range of shapes, colors and textures.

Dormify pillows

8. Customizable pillows

Dormify will create a unique pillow with your teen’s name, initials, school name, etc. which makes a great grad gift. The pillows with one large initial might be a simple way for roommates to unify two disparate styles with a pair, one for each bed.

pillows
Consider getting an initial pillow for your teen and their roomie.

Dorm Storage

9.Collapsible Storage Ottoman Chair

We fell in love with this storage cube that doubles as a chair with the back folded up. It also comes with inserts for a perfect place to store shoes. It folds completely flat when not in use.

ottoman chair

10. Tall Charging 3-Drawer Cart on Wheels

This was one of Dormify’s biggest hits last year and sold out quickly. These have USB and charging ports making it even more useful than your typical bed shelf that is sometimes used with elevated dorm beds.

nightstands

The Mother-Daughter Founding Team Behind Dormify

Grown and Flown had the opportunity to tour the Dormify’s pop up shop in New York City last year and meet Amanda Zuckerman. Amanda is the Chief Brand Officer of Dormify, which she co-founded with her mom, Karen, while still in college. She recalled her frustration shopping for her own freshman dorm, which meant visiting multiple retailers to find and assemble the trendy style she envisioned for her new room.

Karen, owner of a DC-area ad agency and entrepreneur herself, agreed to be her daughter’s business partner, using the agency to help launch Dormify. Their vision was to create a stylish and reasonably priced dorm-shopping experience where teens can find everything they need.

All photos curtesy of Dormify

Looking for More Dorm Ideas: 

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