The Dorm Essentials Every Freshman Needs in Westchester

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Starting college can be stressful. We’re here to help with dorm room essentials recommend by colleges in Westchester.

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With fall right around the corner, it’s almost time to begin back-to-school shopping. For upcoming college freshmen, crafting a dorm room with both aesthetic décor and practical furniture is crucial. A dorm room is a safe haven for every college freshman, a space that doubles as a study room, gym, and kitchen. We’re here to make sure you have all the necessities checked off your list before the start of classes in Westchester.

Bedding and Home Goods

Twin XL Bed Sheets: The bed is the centerpiece of any dorm room. Meaning, it’s only right to grab yourself a set of high-quality, cozy sheets. Plus, match your sheets with a decorative pillow or a knit throw blanket.

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Blanket or Quilt: Picking out a comforter can be tricky. However, you can never go wrong with a pop of color that helps to personalize your space. This Billie Pom Pom Stripe comforter boasts a chic, sea foam green color, while this comforter is all about the texture.


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Mattress Topper: Whether you’re having a late-night study sesh or just hanging out in the common area, it’s crucial to have a comfortable bed that will leave you feeling refreshed every morning. Get a good night’s sleep with this two-inch gel-infused memory foam topper fitted for a twin XL.

Storage: Having enough storage is key within any dorm room. And there are plenty of ways to go about it. This six-shelf hanging organizer is the way to go for closet storage. Under-the-bed storage is useful for jackets, shoes, and other bulky items you don’t wear daily. Keep your pens and knick-knacks organized with this desk storage set.

A Comfy Robe: Whether you’re headed to the showers or just lounging around, a robe is a must. This plush robe comes in three colors.


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Bedside Caddy: Not all dorm rooms come with a luxurious side table. And instead of loading your bed with items or making a trip to your desk every 10 minutes, try this bedside caddy.

Eye Mask: A silk eye mask can come in handy when the sun is peering through the blinds a little too bright for your liking.

Rug: Make the room your own with a stylish rug. Try a hand-braided boho rug with recycled cotton material for a colorful option, or go for a minimalist striped area rug.


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Laundry and Personal Care

Shower Goods: It’s important to have a shower caddy to carry your belongings from your dorm room to the shower. Plus, don’t forget about non-slip, quick-dry shower shoes.

Toothbrush and Toothpaste: It’s time to splurge on that electric toothbrush you’ve been eyeing. If you want to go the extra mile, pair it with a water pick.

Shampoo, Conditioner, Deodorant, Soap: Don’t forget all your essentials!

Yoga Mat: When you don’t have time to hit the campus gym, opt for an at-home workout with the help of this eye-catching yoga mat. After your workout, hydrate in your dorm or on the go with a reusable water bottle.


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Clothes, Shoes, and More

Hangers: We recommend velvet hangers for all your newly bought clothes for the school year.

Mirror: A mirror is essential to make sure your ‘fit is on point. For a sleek, full-body mirror check out this easy-to-mount mirror. If you want a funkier mirror, check out this bold acrylic mirror that comes in five colors.


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Shoe rack: Organize your kicks with this stackable shoe rack.

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