Dormify: Our 15 Top Picks for Dorm Rooms (2021)

Dorm shopping was one of my favorite parts of preparing for college. Having a dorm room that feels like home is so important and it alleviates a lot of the stress of moving into college when you have everything figured out in advance. Enter Dormify, an online decorating and shopping destination where teens can design their dream dorm room, stress-free, while carefully monitoring the cost along the way.

Now through May 31, get 20% OFF your dorm purchases with code SUMMER20 at checkout. 

dormify dorm room
Dormify has beautiful colors and furnishings for 2021.

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15 favorite dorm ideas from Dormify

Start with the Bed

Picking out bedding is your first step. Then, once you’re ready to move onto the wall, storage, or decor items, Dormify has some unique standout pieces that caught my eye. Many of these things can also be good for apartment furnishings in future years when you start searching for “apartment decor” instead of “dorm decor.”

Headboards

1. Grey Velvet Twin/Twin XL Powered Tufted Headboard 

Dormify headboards can be mounted effortlessly onto the wall with included sturdy velcro strips. And, added to the functionality are a built-in outlet and USB port to plug in a phone, laptop, or clip-on light at their bedside. The headboard has a 6’ long power cord so your teen can plug it into an outlet and have all the power they need right at their bedside. 

Having a charger near your bed is so important during college, especially on days where you just want to relax and do homework!

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 removable and does not damage walls – just be sure to check the Student Housing prohibited list first. This wallpaper is so trendy and perfect for a college dorm. Removable wallpaper is simple to put up and remove.

3. Tapestry  + Long Light Set

Hanging a wall tapestry is a relatively easy and quick way to dramatically upgrade the walls. One new trend is to add a string light to the tapestry – so cute but make sure both are allowed in the dorms. This trend is very popular among current college students.

dormify string lights

4. White Hangit Photo Display

A cute way to display photos is with this “hangit” – that uses a clothesline and pins strung between two poles to display and switch out favorite photos. This is a simple way to hang up photos of friends and family from back home to alleviate homesickness. This easy-to-hang photo display can hold a changing collection of postcards and photos.

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

5. Wall Prints 

Wall prints are absolutely necessary for adding personality to a dorm room. Dormify has so many cool prints to choose from. I love looking through all of the different print options and deciding which would go with the theme of my room.

Lighting in Dorms

6. 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. As mentioned before, having chargers accessible is crucial for college. 

Many dorm room desks need extra lighting.

 

7. 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. 

Accent Pillows

7. Pillows 

Dormify is known for its fantastic pillows and you will find a wide range of shapes, colors, and textures. Fuzzy pillows are especially popular among college students right now!

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

I genuinely love 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 them even more useful than your typical bed shelf that is sometimes used with elevated dorm beds.

nightstands

12. 24 Pocket Over the Door Shoe Organizer

Having a shoe organizer is definitely a dorm essential and, because this one is over the door, you could even use it to store snacks or other small items. I used my shoe organizer to have a variety of snacks and candy that I can grab as a midnight snack or share with friends!

Other Essentials 

13. Rugs

Rugs make a dorm room feel much more like home and are a nice addition to add more color to the room. Dormify has so many rugs to choose from — patterned or fuzzy rugs are definitely in style for college students at the moment. 

14. Pop Up Hamper With Carrying Strap 

Having a pop-up hamper makes packing and unpacking simple because it barely takes up any space. I have a pop-up hamper and it makes doing laundry very easy. 

15. Throw Blankets 

Throw blankets are perfect for the dorms when having a movie night with friends. Dormify has some of the cutest throw blankets that are very soft. 

What makes Dormify shopping unique

Although dorm shopping can sometimes feel overwhelming, the good news is that you can do much of the legwork online which makes the decor shopping experience easy to do before you make any purchases. Dormify offers so many styles to choose from and has innovative ways to shop. There is something for everybody, which makes the dorm shopping easy and fun.

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

You are able to select removable wallpaper, posters, photo displays, and more all while moving them around to see what the decor will look like IRL. This is great because you can actually see how you could arrange your walls, making sure the prints or wallpaper you buy will look good together.

3. Shopping Dates with a Stylist

This feature is so awesome! If a student wants to chat via FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangout, etc, they can book a FREE appointment with Dormify’s style advisors who can show them products and answer questions.

The experts are college students or recent grads and they can give “big sister” advice on small space decorating. They understand the college lifestyle and can help freshmen with their shopping. Whether you are style-obsessed or just want the basics, they can help you create distinctive decor. 

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

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.

However, even if boys preferred to defer the dorm shopping decisions to their moms, Dormify is where they can easily find  bundles which include a full set of sheets and a set of towels. One-click, an easy online experience, and they’re 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.

More for 2021

Dormify products can also be found online and in store at American Eagle Outfitters. Also, watch for more info about the 2021 pop-ups planned for headquarters in New York City, Chicago, Dallas and other cities where fashion-minded teens can shop the products in person. 

About the Founders

Dormify’s growth in the dorm furnishings industry has ben led by the mother-daughter team of Amanda Zuckerman and Karen Zuckerman. Beginning in 2011, after they went shopping for Amanda’s freshman year dorm room at Washington University, this duo created a company that has become a trusted resource for college students with exclusive products and original ideas. Amanda was named as one of Forbes “30 Under 30” in 2018.

All photos curtesy of Dormify

Looking for More Dorm Ideas: 

How to Decorate a Dorm Room – Adorable and Easy! These are some of our favorite ideas for dorm decor.

25 Bestselling Dorm Essentials for 2020 College  If you are still looking for additional items for a dorm, here are some of the most popular one.

Shopping for college can feel overwhelming for both parent and teen, but the good news about 2019 is that so much of the legwork can be done online. Enter Dormify, a decorating destination where your teen can design their dream dorm room while carefully monitoring the cost along the way. #dormroomideas #dormify #ad

About Madeleine Korn

Madeleine Korn will be a senior communication student at UC Santa Barbara. She was an intern for United Airlines in both 2018 and 2019, where she was involved in projects to improve the customer experience. This past year she was advertising director for The Bottom Line newspaper at UC Santa Barbara. She loves writing and creating videos and is very excited about being an intern at Grown and Flown.

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