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Back to School Dorm Essentials for the Design-Savvy Student

Designlines Back To School Guide

From Interior Design to Accounting majors, this guide is for design lovers of any discipline

By Designlines

With back to school season just around the corner, you’ll need more than textbooks and pencils for that dorm room shopping list. We’re here to help you find design-focused and stylish pieces for your home-away-from-home that won’t rack up a price tag at high as your student loans.

Wilet Bedding, Designlines

School Night Slumber

The right bedding can turn even the most uncomfortable dorm room mattress into a dream-worthy resting place. Available now in the timeless Sand Pinstripes colourway, Wilet’s Linen Duvet Set is made of 100% European stonewash linen. This duvet cover and pillowcase set is so soft you might just sleep through your morning lecture. $380, at Wilet.

Bedside Lighting


Set the mood for studying or dorm parties with the Bassoon Table Lamp. This unique bedside table lamp sports an opal shade that casts a calming glow perfect for winding down after a busy day. $129, at EQ3.

Shower Caddy

Squeaky Clean

Whether your bathroom is private or shared, keeping your hygiene and self-care products organized is a must. Made of a durable plastic and topped with a wooden handle, the minimalistic Bellwood Utility Caddy is a convenient storage solution for all your self-care lotions and potions. With a compartmentalized design, this caddy brings style and function to any bathroom routine. $33, at Linen Chest.

Desktop Storage, College Dorm

Art Class

Made to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the minimalist and abstract art movement for which it is named, the MoMA De Stijl Storage Tower brings a splash of colour to your study space. Measuring in at less than 9 inches, this handy design memento is perfect for the Art History major with an appreciation for functional decor. $75, at 313 Design Market.

Dorm Room Furniture

Desk for Success

Compact for the smallest of dorms, the Micke Desk is ideal for the student on a tight budget living in tight quarters. A clean and thoughtful design keeps cables hidden, so it won’t compromise your minimalist setup. $89, at IKEA.

Back To School Shopping

Pencil It In

Keeping up with your classes, assignments, and exams can be a hassle, so using a day planner is a must to stay on top of a busy semester. We decided to keep it simple and professional, with the Nota planner bound in a timeless natural leather. $28, at Indigo.

Back To School Dorm Room IDeas

Fresh Start

Make your dorm smell like a trendy boutique with KROPP’s Orange Peel Room Spray. Made with a blend of orange peel, lemon leaf, and Lebanese Cedar, this spray will refresh any room no matter its mess; perfect for those last-minute visits from your parents. $28, at Modern Komfort.

Dorm Room furniture, nanimarquina

Conversation Piece

Give your generic dorm room some unmatched character with nanimarquina’s Cal rug. Choose from a variety of colours or mix a few of these dynamic rugs to bring a fun look to any college dorm. $755, at Design Within Reach.

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