The best dorm furniture to shop if your room is missing a few things

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If your college room looks a little empty, you might need some new dorm furniture. Some dorms don’t come with everything you need (annoying), that means it's important to make sure you have all the essentials, so you can utilize your new room to the fullest.

While I was super lucky to have everything in my dorm, some of my college friends didn’t have all the necessary furniture. They were stressed out trying to last-minute shop, so if it's possible, try to get a list of what's included or pictures of your place before moving in and plan ahead if it doesn't have basic pieces.

Whether you’ve scoped out your new room or have rocked up and found it’s super bare, I’ve got you. I’ve rounded up a range of furniture pieces that will be super useful and will enhance your dorm room decor

Fill out your dorm room with these dorm furniture buys 

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I’ve broken this down into desks, ottomans, and chairs, and chosen a range of different styles, so you can find what will fit your room best.

The prices below were correct at the time of publishing this article.

Best dorm desks

Because college isn’t just about the parties — you’re there to study, too! 

Best dorm chairs

As cozy as it is, you can’t sit on your bed all day. Instead, go for a desk that you can place by your desk or use as an accent. 

Best dorm ottomans

Need some extra storage space? Ottomans are a stylish way to keep all your pieces contained.


What furniture should you put in dorm room?

Your dorm room should, at the bare minimum, have a bed already. Other essential dorm furniture pieces include desks, chairs, wardrobes, and ottomans.

Where is the best place to buy furniture for college students?

How to choose dorm furniture

Picking out dorm furniture? There are a few important things that are worth keeping in mind. "Choosing the right furniture for a dorm room is not just about aesthetics; it's an exercise in maximizing comfort and functionality within a limited space," explains Jing Ju, founder of spatial design practice JUJU Studio. When selecting furniture pieces, she recommends considering the following factors:

Size: Always measure your room before you start furniture shopping. "Space is a premium in a dorm room, and you want to make sure you're not overcrowding it," she says.

Usability: "Whenever possible, it's a good idea to go for multi-functional pieces whenever possible," she recommends. For example, a desk with built-in storage or storage ottoman that doubles as seating can make a world of difference.

Material: You'll be spending a lot of time in your dorm, so durability is key. She adds: "Metals, hardwoods, and high-grade plastics generally offer longevity."

Personal Style: "Last but not least, your dorm room is an extension of your personality," Ju says. Select pieces that not only serve a functional purpose but also make you feel at home.

It's definitely a smart idea to these points in mind when buying. Ju finishes by saying: "Balancing these factors can result in a living space that is not just practical but also inspirational — a haven for both study and relaxation." Now that's a win-win.

How we chose these dorm furniture buys

As a former college student, I get how important it is to find furniture that’s good quality and that will last even beyond college life. That’s why I made sure to pick pieces that are versatile in shape and style. I also only chose pieces with plenty of five-star ratings and reviews from shoppers who have bought the products and loved them.

These furniture picks are all perfect for making your new room more comfortable and easier to use. Want to make your dorm work even better for you? Check out these dorm essentials, which will help you keep everything stylish and tidy. 

Eve Smallman
Staff Writer

Hi there! I’m a staff writer at Real Homes. I've been a lifestyle journalist for over five years, previously working as an editor across regional magazines. Before this, I graduated from Nottingham Trent University a degree in journalism, along with an NCTJ gold diploma. I love running, decorating my rented Victorian home, and discovering new cheeses.