14 Dorm Decor Pieces An Interior Designer Would Buy At Walmart

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Heading off to college is an exciting time, but for many young adults, move into a dorm will be their first time living away from home. While freedom is alluring, stepping into a standard, undecorated dorm can be a drastic departure from the comforts of home.

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Yet even on a college student’s budget, decorating Walmart dorms offers stylish options for bringing those empty spaces to life, a decision that Rae Ann Mattson, interior designer and founder of Rae Design Companyexplains can make the transition from home to school easier.

Here are 14 of the best Walmart dorm decor items, according to an interior designer.

1. Better Homes & Gardens Arches Hi Low Rug

Area rugs have the potential to make your dorm room a real home away from home.

“I love the idea of ​​adding a cozy, neutral rug to your space,” says Mattson. “Rugs help define your spaces and create a cozy space for friends.”

A perfect dorm size at 5 feet by 7 feet, the Arches Hi Low 100% Polyester Area Rug from Better Homes & Gardens sports a non-slip backing. Stain, fade and crush resistant, this woven rug has an understated design.

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2. Better Homes & Gardens Green Peel & Stick Wallpaper

Peel and Stick wallpaper is perfect for those who like the idea of ​​a temporary change of scenery.

Mattson recommends removable wallpaper to add a non-permanent touch to the dorm.

“It allows you to customize your space without being a permanent change or ruining your walls, which is an important consideration in a rented dorm space,” she says.

Requiring no water, paste or glue, and creating no mess during installation, Better Homes & Gardens Green Peel & Stick Wallpaper is easy to apply and just as easy to remove.

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3. A&D Home Tustin Convertible Chair

This convertible chair is perfect for lounging, studying, and maybe even a nap after class.

“A 10/10 for versatility, looks, and your budget, this is a great chair,” says Mattson, noting that it converts to a single bed to save space, while still providing sleeping space. additional bedding when mum and dad come to visit.

Available in seven vibrant colors, the A&D Home Tustin Convertible Chair is upholstered in soft polyester fabric and complemented by sturdy wooden legs. Supporting a sturdy weight limit of 330 pounds, this chair even includes a throw pillow.

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4. Better Homes & Gardens Bedford Tilted Office

This isn't your typical college desk and chair set.

Desks are a crucial part of any dorm. Mattson recommends a space-saving desk that leans against the wall like this Better Homes & Gardens 71-inch slanted desk.

“I love this space-saving leaning wall-mounted desk,” says Mattson. “It comes in two finishes and also has shelves you can use for your textbooks and extra storage space.”

The Bedford Leaning Desk offers study, durable construction and space-saving qualities; an essential consideration when it comes to a small dorm.

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5. Kingrack Rolling Cart

Storage just got a lot sleeker with the Kingrack 3 Tier Rolling Utility Cart.

Mattson doesn’t hold back by insisting that “everyone needs one of these carts!”

A favorite interior designer, she says, “You can use them for so many things; clothing, books, toiletries and more. She points out that “it makes a great bedside table”.

Constructed of durable powder coated steel, the Kingrack rolling cart is built to last. Utilizing caster-style lockable wheels, it can easily be moved around. With a 40-pound weight limit for each of the three shelves, the storage options for this cart are endless.

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6. Better Homes & Gardens Storage Ottoman with Tray

Store anything from board games to blankets in this classic cube-shaped ottoman.

“As a designer, I’m always on the lookout for pieces that can be multifunctional,” says Mattson. “And this pouf is just that. It has storage space inside for blankets and pillows, can be used as a seat and even has a tray to hold drinks, meals or homework. Take a few and you can move them around your rooms as needed.

One option Mattson likes for dorm rooms is the Better Homes & Gardens 16-inch Storage Ottoman with Tray is wrapped in polyester and tested to hold up to 200 pounds.

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7. Sauder Anda Norr Input Storage

The Norr Entryway Storage Mirror is slim and perfect for small spaces.

“It’s the perfect piece for extra clothing storage in dorm rooms,” Mattson says. “It can be a great tote near your front door for bookbags, coats, shoes, and purses, especially in dorm rooms where closets are lacking. In addition, there is a mirror.

A wall-mounted storage unit that uses minimal floor space, the Sauder Anda Norr entryway storage piece is constructed with a powder-coated metal frame and offers a durable shelf, two pegs for storage suspended and a storage room below.

With its five-year warranty, you can feel good knowing this piece is built to last.

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8. Mainstays Premium Ultra Soft Microfiber Sheet Set

Mainstays Ultra Soft Microfiber Bed Sheets are available in over 16 colors and 4 size options.

Whether you bring your own mattress or use an existing one, a cozy sheet set is essential for any dorm room. Mattson says it’s hard to deny the value of the Mainstays Ultra Soft High-Quality Microfiber Sheet Set. With nearly 7,000 reviews at a 4.5 star rating, this sheet set is a steal for under $10.

Available in sixteen different colors in all sizes, including the common XL twin size dorm bed, the set includes a flat and fitted sheet. Sheets are made from Oeko-Tex fabrics and are wrinkle and bleach resistant.

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9. Gap Home Comforter Set Soft and Reversible Organic Cotton-Blend Jersey T-Shirt

Nothing is cozier than a new set of sheets and comforters that are both cotton and organic.

You’ll need a comforter set to go with your new sheets, and Mattson says this Gap Home T-Shirt Soft Jersey Reversible Organic Cotton Blend Comforter Set is a fantastic deal at under $40 for a twin set.

This set comes in an organic cotton blend that comes in five pastel colors. A durable product, this duvet is easy to care for; just put it in the washing machine then tumble dry it on low heat.

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10. Mainstays White Clothespin Collage Picture Frame

This clever clothesline photo frame allows you to hang both photos and positive affirmations.

“Dorms can be tight spaces to customize,” says Mattson. “That’s why a picture frame with clothespin is perfect for hanging over a bed. A great comfort item, you can display photos of your besties, favorite artwork and more. And I’d bet you can even use tape to hang this up without damaging the walls.”

A unique decorative item, the Mainstays Clothesline Clip Collage Picture Frame is easy to hang and use.

Able to be mounted horizontally or vertically, it’s also easy to change the photos on display to suit the season, the occasion, or the faces of the people you miss at home.

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11. Glass Mushroom Lamp

This lamp is a modern take on a classic home staple.

Mushroom lamps look great in any roombut can add a particularly nice touch of personality to a dorm room.

“I’m a sucker for a good turtle shell,” Mattson says. “This lamp is perfect for your bedside table. It adds tons of character to your space, with a high-end design on a student budget.

Simple in design, the Glass Mushroom Lamp has a 60-inch power cord, requires a C9 bulb (not included), and comes with a one-year warranty.

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12. Home Edit Office Desktop Edit

Keep clutter at bay with a desk organizer featuring our favorites at The Home Edit.

Mattson says “storage bins are an amazing addition to college life” and encourages students to “think outside the box” when using them. “Simple in style, this set can be useful for household items, school supplies, clothing and more.”

The Home Edit 4-Piece Office Desktop Edit Transparent Storage Unit is modular in nature and was even featured in an episode of Netflix’s “The Home Edit”.

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13. NeuType Full-Length Floor Mirror

You can choose from two different finishes on the NeuType Full Length Rectangular Floor Mirror.

“A mirror is a must in a dorm or apartment,” says Mattson. “Mirrors help move light through your spaces and help you look your best before heading out for the day.”

Crafted from a durable steel alloy, the NeuType Gold Full-Length Rectangular Floor Mirror can be used on its included stand or mounted on a wall. Offering an “explosion-proof membrane,” this safety-conscious mirror is built to withstand a busy college dorm room.

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14. Retro Countertop Microwave

Use the Galanz Retro countertop microwave because the ones in your dorm's common area won't suffice.

“Every dorm needs a microwave for late-night snacks. As an interior designer, I usually hide them in a pantry,” says Mattson. “But not this one! retro style is cherished and the color choices match a variety of styles and preferences.

Available in four different colors, the Retro Countertop 0.7 Cubic Foot Microwave Oven offers 700 watts of power, six power levels, and a 9.5-inch removable glass turntable.

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