School may be out but dorm decor is IN!
It’s back to school season, and we’re a little envious of all the latest college dorm room and apartment products. We’re especially blown away by Big Lots and their huge selection of campus and apartment decor — not to mention the super budget-friendly prices!
Check out our favorite finds and be sure to print out these dorm room and apartment shopping checklists.
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Wall decor and accents
Dorm rooms can be so BLAH. The best part about the selection at Big Lots is that you’ll find wall accents that are both visually appealing AND functional, like decor with hooks for keys, lanyards, or bags or organizers for mail, books, or planners. From fun bright designs to rustic chic, there’s something for every aesthetic! And you’ll stay well within your budget. 🦄
“Keys” 3-Hook Plaque $8 | Rustic Heart Hook Plaque $12 | Galvanized Mail Holder $20 | Floral Ornament Wall Hooks $8.40 | Gold Arrow Jewelry Hook $12 | Blue Double Basket Wall File $22 | “Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces” Jewelry Holder $15
“Believe” Script Plaque $8 | “Inspire” Word Plaque $5.40 | “Gather” Word Plaque $8
Don’t forget to pick up Command Hooks so you can hang your new decor without damaging the walls! Available for purchase in-store only.
Bedding and coordinating decor
Another way to spruce up a dorm room is through the bedding. Start with a base layer of printed sheets, layer on a comforter (reversible styles let you switch up the look with a simple flip), and add throw pillows with designs and quotes that are like art pieces on their own. Big Lots even has coordinating wall signs and decor pieces that seamlessly match the bedspreads!
Floral Gray 6-Piece Sheet Set $20-$23 | Tasha Purple & Gray Medallion 6-Piece Sheet Set $20-$23 | Rose & Blue Feathers 12-Piece Comforter Set $50-$60 | Feather Print Throw Pillow $10 | “The Snuggle is Real” Throw Pillow $10
“Be the Exception” Wall Plaque $5 | “Let’s get Cozy” Wall Plaque $7 | “Keep Life Simple” Wall Plaque $6 | Metal Jewelry Holder $10 | Metal Pillar Candle Holder $10 | Geometric Metal Tealight Candle Holder $12 | “Keep Life Simple” Candle $6
Blue & White Sketched Dot Sheet Set $9-$16 | Black & Green Triangles Sheet Set $9-$16 | Geometric Reversible Comforter Set $30 | Blue & Gray Reversible Quilt Set $25 | “The Future is Golden” Throw Pillow $10 | Color Changing LED Light Box $12
Coral & White Lines Reversible Comforter Set $30 | Coral & Blue Reversible Comforter Set $30 | Coral Pinstripe Sheet Set $9-$16 | Coral & Gray Reversible Quilt Set $25 | “She Believed She Could” Wall Plaque $6 | “You Are Like, Really Pretty” Wall Plaque $6
Pom Pom Sherpa Throw Blanket $15
Storage drawers and bins
Transporting their stuff to college is a lot of work. But since they’ll also need storage for their clothes, snacks, and other personal belongings, why not pack their gear in their storage for the trip? Big Lots offers a variety of sizes, colors, and textures from tote bins to drawer sets and organizational baskets. Pick up some up while you’re out shopping!
Clear Storage Container $4 | Blue 18-Gallon Storage Container $5 | Gray 20-Gallon Storage Container $8.50 | Gray 35-Gallon Storage Container $12.50
Woven 3-Drawer Organizer in Espresso $14.50 | Woven 3-Drawer Organizer Wide in Espresso $23 | 3-Drawer Woven Organizers in Titanium $5.25-$23 | 3-Drawer Woven Organizers in Blue $5.25-$23 | Woven Baskets in Titanium $4-$5.50 | Woven Basket in Espresso $4
Gray Zig Zag Bin in Small $6, Large $8, and Floor $10 |Black Zig Zag Bin in Small $6, Large $8, and Floor $10 | Pink Zig Zag Bin in Small $6 and Large $8 | Blue Zig Zag Bin in Small $6 and Large $8
Gray Paper Rope Bins $12-$16 | Gray Water Hyacinth Bins $8-$12 | Espresso Paper Rope Bins $12-$16 | Natural Paper Rope Bins $12-$16 | Natural Water Hyacinth Bins $8-$12 | Gray Woven Strap Bins $5-$10 | Gray Canvas Bins $7-$15 | Natural Canvas Bins $7-$15
Desk furniture and accessories
Most dorm rooms usually include workspace furnishings, like desks and task chairs. That said, if your student is moving into an off-campus apartment or wants to customize their room, check out these stylish offerings from Big Lots. If a new eye-catching workstation will get them to study a little harder, we think it’s well worth the investment!
Gray Long Hair Pouf $60 | Truss Task Chair in Grey $40 (also available in blue, black, and white) | Black & Gray Drawer Rolling Cart $60
Rustic Wood Desk $100 | Faux Leather Rolling Chair $60 | Faux Concrete Desk $100 | Black Orb Rolling Chair $80 |
“You Got This” Chair Mat for Rolling Chairs $15 | Printed Striped Chair Mat $15
Towels and bath products
Since they’ll be living on their own for the first time (you won’t be around to remind them to shower), 😬 get supplies they’ll be excited to use! Keep in mind that the dorm bathroom will be set up with necessary amenities like shower curtains and soap dispensers, but students will still need things like towels, caddies, and makeup storage. Is your student in their own apartment? If so, you’ll especially want to check out this super cute selection of items!
Reversible towel sets in Pink & Gray, Green & Gray, Blue & Gray, and Black & Gray $2-$5
Shower Curtain Sets in Pink & Purple Flowers, Gray Diamonds, Falling Feathers, Blue & Pink Stripes, and Purple Medallions $12 | Rose Gold Vanity Tray $10 | Rose Gold Soap and Lotion Dispensers $16 | Nickel Soap & Lotion Dispensers $16 | Nickel Vanity Tray $10 | Ribbon Tassel Banner 5′ $8
Small 6-Compartment Organizer $8 | Large Countertop Organizer Tray $8 | Divider Bath Tote $17 | Large Organizer Bin $9 | Small Organizer Bin $8 | 4-Compartment Organizer $7.50 | 8-Compartment Tray Organizer $12 | Large 8-Compartment Organizer $10 | Shower Caddies in White, Gray, Blue, Coral, and Black $3
Let’s face it. College students like to sleep in, so when they sign up for that early morning class, they’ve got to be ready to head out the door. Make sure their closet is equipped with no-fuss essentials, like over-the-door racks, slim and sturdy hangers, and a full-length mirror so they don’t have to guess whether or not the outfit they threw together matches. Oh, and don’t forget to send them off with a hamper (and a quick lesson in how to do their own laundry)!
Bejeweled Over-the-Door Hook Rack $10 | Silver & Wood Over-the-Door Hook Rack $12 | Silver Over-the-Door Hook Rack $12
Over-the-Door Storage Mirror $80 | Non-storage over-the-door mirrors are available in-store only
Ivory & Gold Velvet Hangers 20-pack $20 | Gray & Rose Gold Velvet Hangers 20-pack $8
Light & Dark 2 Section Hamper $10 | Pop Up Drawstring Hamper in Blue and Coral $8 | “Laundry” Gray Crunch Hamper $10 | More plastic hamper options are available in store.
Dorm room must-haves
Tie the room together for added comfort with essential pieces like extra cushiony seating and functional finds. When space is limited (like funds), split the cost with roommates and share to save even more!
Truss Task Chair $40 | Round Saucer Chair in Blue, White, Gray, and Black $35 | Gray Knitted Round Pouf $50 | Brown Knitted Round Pouf $50| Natural Jute Round Pouf Ottoman $50 | Black & White Stripe Pouf Ottoman $60
LED Color Changing String Lights $10
Twin Window Fan with Remote $40 | 12″ Black Oscillating Desk Fan $17 | Lakewood 20″ Box Fan $17 | 6″ Clip Desk Fan $10 | 9″ High-Velocity Desk Fan $17
Dirt Devil Power Express Lite $40 | Dirt Devil Cyclonic II Vacuum $36 | Dirt Devil Breeze Upright Vacuum $40
Get the printable!
Need help with your shopping list? Check out these handy dorm room and apartment printable checklists!
Your academic adventure (and cool dorm) await! Have a GREAT year!
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.