8 Pieces of Dorm Room Furniture That Will Upgrade Your Space

Staying away from home due to studies is probably the most unfair deal birthed by humanity. For students, living in a dorm is probably the best way to make new friendships and enjoy college. It is a great way to skip college monotony.

Since the dormitory is your home away from home, here are some basic ideas for dorm room furniture/essentials that will upgrade your space.

Dorm Room Furniture and Essentials:

Small Folding Desk by Need

A sturdy desk should always be the top dorm room furniture for students. Studying on a desk maintains good posture and increases the retention capacity of the mind. It is a scientifically proven fact that studying regularly at one place accustoms the mind to associate the space with learning. As a student, you should always have a separate space for learning.

This folding desk by Need is perfect for dormitory rooms. Its compact size and light weight make it perfect for college students. The tabletop’s thickness is 3.4 inches. The frame is made of durable and thick tubing steel, which is powder-coated for a smooth finish.

You can use it as a study table without fearing damage. The sturdy build and hassle-free installation make it a perfect deal. If not in use, you can easily fold the table into a compact 4.5 inches board and store it. You will not face any rusting or breaking issues at all.

The small size and the economical price will surely be the right choice for college-going students. If you can make do with a more oversized desk or need a bigger one, you can check local or online furniture stores.

Need Folding Desk Small Desk 31 1/2" No Assembly Foldable Computer Desk for Small Space/Home Office/Dormitory,Teak&Black Frame
  • Small Folding Table★ DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS - The small folding desk has been assembled completely.Folding up and down quickly. The thickness of the folding laptop desk is only 4.5 inches, which is convenient for storage.
  • Small Folding Table★ PERFECT FOR SMALL SPACES - This small space desk is suitable for laptop desk, small writing desk, sewing table,writing table,study table,so many other possible uses since it folds up.
  • Small Folding Table★ MAIN MATERIAL - This teen desk frame is built with high-strength, thick tubing steel that is powder coated for a perfect finish. And the portable desk top surface is 3/4 inch thick, high resistance on scratch & friction.
  • Small Folding Table★ OVERALL SIZE - 31 1/2"L * 15 3/4"W * 29 1/4"H , Net weight about 17.90lbs, Gross weight about 20.00lbs. The small sewing table maximum load capacity 220 lbs.
  • Small Folding Table★ DAMAGE-FREE OR YOUR MONEY BACK - You no longer have to fear buying furniture online. We guarantee that your new small folding table is delivered to you damage-free, or we’ll give you a full refund. We won’t even charge you the return shipping.

Big Desk

You might not be comfortable using a small desk just for studying. Hence, here is an extra option for you. Study tables with extra storage space work well for students who do not like disturbance while studying.

This study table by FURINNO has the right number of spaces for efficiently accommodating books, stationery, laptop, etc. The material used is engineered wood, which is eco-friendly and long-lasting.

The product comes with PVC tubes for attaching the side shelves. You do not need extra help for installing the desk as it comes with all the hardware required for installation.

The desk has a simple yet stylish design. It will fit all spaces, without eating up the extra area. It is a perfect dorm room furniture addition for small spaces.

Furinno Efficient Home Laptop Notebook Computer Desk with Square Shelves, Black/Grey
  • Simple stylish design yet functional and suitable for any room that has limited space for a computer
  • Material: Manufactured from Engineered particle board. PVC Tubes.
  • Fits in your space, fits on your budget. Features cpu storage shelf, elevated shelf for a compact printer or other stationery decor.
  • Sturdy on flat surface. Some assembly required. Please see instruction.
  • Product Dimension: 39. 6(W)x15. 6(D)x33. 6(H) inches

Desk Chair

A comfortable seat is quintessential for concentrated studying hours. Your dorm should have a well-cushioned, ergonomic studying chair. Since your folding table might not come with a separate chair, we thought it would be sensible to add a suggestion for you.

Hbada’s desk chair is ergonomically designed to provide you with comfortable support that will not make maintaining the correct posture difficult. Its backrest has a natural curve like our body to ease our stress on the spinal cord.

The material used for the chair is mesh, reducing the stiffness that often leads to pain after prolonged sitting hours. The increased comfort and breathability make it a perfect addition to your dorm room furniture.

The handles can be flipped up, making it easier to fit under the desk. The silenced rolling casters make mobility smooth and easy. You do not need to invest in a different seating arrangement and can use this one too.

It is a great studying chair with an excellent design, perfect for your dorm room.

Hbada Office Chair with Flip-Up Armrests, Desk Chair with Saddle Cushion, Ergonomic Office Chair with S-Shaped Backrest, Comfy Mesh Chair for Home and Office, White
  • 【Space Saving】 Introducing a new office chair with flip-up armrests that won't get in the way when the chair is not in use! Simply flip the armrest up 90 degrees when not in use to give yourself more space for other activities. Whether it's in a study, bedroom, or office, just push it under the desk and save another square meter of space. There’s no need to worry about clutter blocking the passage. It will also make the space look tidier. Make life more comfortable and create a better mood.
  • 【Soft & Wear Resistant Cushion】 This desk chair's cushion uses a new 4.9'' thick memory foam. The saddle-shaped contour fits the curve of the hips and legs, increases the sitting area, and further disperses pressure caused by sitting for a long time. The high-quality materials also ensure product durability for long-term use.
  • 【Extreme Comfort while Sitting】 This ergonomic office chair has a medium-high backrest. Compared to chairs with high backrests, this one is smaller and won’t make you feel confined. The curved backrest conforms to the curve of the back, effectively supporting the back and protecting the spine. The flexible mesh is skin-friendly and breathable. Even after long periods of sitting, your lower back won’t feel strained, allowing you to work and study comfortably.
  • 【Relaxing Rocking Function】 The computer chair is equipped with a 105-degree rocking function. Just pull the lever to activate the rocking. Between long periods of work and study, use this feature to shift gears and relax. Then, you can work and study more efficiently.
  • 【Three-year Warranty, Guaranteed Service】 Hbada provides a three-year warranty that is processed in the most hassle-free way possible(90-day Returns and Exchanges for free 3-year Maintenance (Free part repair & replacement & refund with no excuse). Customer-first is the original aspiration of Hbada. No matter what problems you encounter during use, you can contact us. We will provide you with professional services for the product. Product size: width 25.9'' x depth 25.9'' x height 34-37.9'' (seat height: 16.7-20.6''); weight 26lbs; static load capacity approx. 280lbs. Material: breathable mesh , high density memory foam, reinforced nylon base

Tapestry Wall Hanging

Your space should always be your comfort zone. It should be your haven. To make sure you are comfortable with your surroundings, customize your living area with things you like. It can be books, fairy lights, drawings, and everything that makes you happy.

Here, we have a Tapestry Wall Hanging as a suggestion. Tapestry has been in trend for a while now, and the reason lies in its aesthetic appeal. Mandala tapestry amps up your space like no other decor. There are a plethora of options available in the market.

This one from the Popular Handicrafts Store is made on a 100% pure cotton sheet. The design is digitally printed and remains the same after multiple washes. You can add fairy lights or artificial plants around the tapestry to make the decor more fun.

You can find various designs in online stores. It is not dorm room furniture, but it will work as a great piece of decor to accentuate your room and furniture.

Popular Handicrafts Tapestry Wall Hanging Hippie Mandala Bohemian Hippy Intricate Indian Tapestry 54 x 82 Inches (140cm x 210 cm) Black & White
  • Fabric: 100% Cotton Fabric, Screen Printed Design..
  • Twin size 82 x 54 inch
  • Makes a great wall hanging, tablecloth, beach cover up, Dorm, couch cover or window curtain other Home Décor purposes
  • Made In India
  • CARE: Dry Cleaning Or Cold Water Wash

Corner Shelves

You cannot be putting everything on the floor as dorm rooms have limited space. It is natural for you to have multiple books, and to invest in a traditional bookshelf would mean less floor space. A wall-mounted bookshelf will save space and work as adequate storage for all your books. It can even add up to a great decor addition.

Corner shelves are perfect to utilize the corner space. Wall-mounted corner shelves by Greenco will be a fantastic addition to your wall decor cum storage space. The side by side mounting gives a chic look. It is an excellent combination of utility and decoration.

The MDF laminate material used is durable and will withhold the weight of books conveniently. The package comes with all the hardware required to mount them on the wall.

Corner Shelf, Greenco 5 Tier Shelves for Wall Storage, Easy-to-Assemble Floating Wall Mount Shelves for Offices, Bedrooms, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Living Rooms and Dorm Rooms, Espresso Finish
  • DECORATIVE - These wall decor living room shelves will look great in any room and are an ideal choice for kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, offices, etc.
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL - These are great not only as house decorations living room shelves but also as dining room wall decor for storing spice bottles and dishes in the kitchen, bathroom shelves for toiletries and towels, mens bedroom decor for room accessories and wall decorations, home office decor, bedroom accessories, and more!
  • DURABLE - These shelves for living room decor are lightweight yet sturdy. They are made of durable MDF laminate & will hold up to 11 pounds.
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE - Our house decor room shelves are easy to assemble & mount with all necessary hardware included.
  • PRODUCT DIMENSIONS - Each living room wall decor shelf measures7.75" L x 7.75" W x 48.5" H.

Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes

Living away from home has its hardships. You are entirely responsible for your belongings, and there would be no mom to find missing socks and shirts. One way to tackle this problem and keep your stuff organized is by using storage boxes.

Storage boxes come in handy for keeping unwashed laundry, storing other essentials, or only keeping your cupboard organized. You can get these Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes for the required purpose.

They are collapsible and take little space when not in use. The fabric used is breathable, making it perfect for use in closed spaces. Your clothes will not retain a foul smell, and your dorm room will be well organized.

You get a one-year Amazon Basics warranty in case of any damage or defects.

Amazon Basics Collapsible Fabric Storage Cubes Organizer with Handles, 10.5"x10.5"x11", Black - Pack of 6
  • INCLUDES: 6 collapsible storage cubes in Black for storing, organizing, and reducing clutter
  • PORTABLE: Each cube includes 2 sewn-in fabric handles for easy room-to-room carrying or removing from a shelf or cube nook
  • DURABLE FABRIC: Lightweight yet sturdy fabric offers strength and breathability
  • VERSATILE: Function as open-top bins or as drawers when used with a storage-cube organizer (not included)
  • PRODUCT DIMENSIONS: 10.5 x 10.5 x 11 inches (LxWxH)

Foldable Storage Ottoman Footrest

Talking about confined spaces, whatever you install needs to be multipurpose for saving space. If you are not keen on using multiple storage boxes for different stuff, you can get this storage box cum seat/footrest. It can be used interchangeably and will take up less space.

The box is collapsible and has a cushioned top. The frame is made of hardwood, covered with beautiful shades of non-woven polyester. You can use it as a dressing stool, store shoes in the box, or makeup essentials. It will add up as excellent multipurpose dorm room furniture.

Amazon has a plethora of these storage boxes to choose from at reasonable prices.

Bedside Shelf

Bedside tables are an old story now. Today’s world is all about meticulously designed furniture for multi-functional use. Bedside shelves are the in thing now and for all the right reasons!

You can easily attach this bedside table by BedShelfie under your mattress and put weight up to 15lbs upon it. You do not need any extra hardware to install it, and it can easily be removed from the bedside.

The material used for the body is bamboo, which will last you for years to come. It is not only an excellent dorm room furniture but an extremely functional addition for all homes.


Living away from home is a task. You always need to be responsible and aware of your surroundings. You are about to experience a lot about home improvement and if you feel like documenting it, welcome to our ‘write for us’ program.

Your dorm room is one of the places that can provide you comfort and peace. Decorating it with accessories and wall arts will give the whole room a relaxing vibe. Adding dorm room furniture will keep you uncluttered, organized, and motivated.

The above-listed products are suggestions for dorm room essentials. You can choose what you like based on the suggestions, budget, and availability of space.

Jack Palmer

Jack Palmer holds a PhD in Education from the University of Oxford and has been influencing the field of educational research and policy for 10 years. He joined our editorial team in 2019, enriching readers with insights on educational trends and teaching methodologies. Jack’s prior experience includes a professorship at a prestigious university and a policy advisor role in education reform. He is a passionate advocate for lifelong learning and enjoys playing the piano in his free time.

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