By Kaylin Meyer

Are you getting ready to send one — or more — of your kids off to college? While it’s normal to feel some sadness that they’re leaving the nest, isn’t it exciting to be able to welcome them to adulthood? We think YES! And, we want your kid to be one of the coolest kids (errr, young adults) around. How might we do this? By starting where it all begins, their dorm room.

Everyone likes someone with great style. Savvy style is pleasing to the eye and to the soul, so, let’s decorate your college-bound baby’s new home with the ultimate in style. Since this will officially be their own personal domain for at least the next nine months, give them the creative freedom to decorate exactly how they want!

That said, if you are already on a financial short stick because you are sending your kid off to college (hello!) you can absolutely shop for their dorm room décor on a reasonable budget. We have collected 10 of the most contemporary chic and stylish décor pieces for your baby’s new dorm and guess what? All of them are under $40!

If this is your first kid going away to college there a couple of things you should take into consideration. Number one, they are either going to have a desk provided for them in the dorm room or they — uh, you — will have to purchase one. In any case, suitable desk organization and reasonable décor is essential for any living standards. So, let’s go over some of the desktop bare necessities.

1) On/Off

They will absolutely need at least one lamp in their new pad, but more importantly, they are going to need a small table lamp for their desk. It’s proper study etiquette to say the least, and, let’s get real here, we all want our kids to study hard! So encourage studying, in style. Try this lavish Architect Desk Lamp ($29.99) from Bed Bath & Beyond (.6%/6.6% Cashback).

Architect Desk Lamp, $29.99 | Photo by Bed Bath & Beyond

Architect Desk Lamp, $29.99 | Photo by Bed Bath & Beyond

2) To-Do

Parents – help them stay organized early in the game. It’s important we (as individuals) stay on top and ahead rather than get left behind. So, make sure your kid stays up-to-date and be on trend with this clutter free Bulletin Board with Chalkboard ($23.99) from Target (1%/7% Cashback). It’s called utility intelligence and we promise that they will love it. Maybe you should even get one for your home office!

Bulletin Board with Chalkboard, $23.99 | Photo by Target

Bulletin Board with Chalkboard, $23.99 | Photo by Target

3) Mason Jar Love

Everybody loves some good ole fashioned mason jar swag. Use the jars to store pens and pencils, q-tips and cotton balls; mason jar organization is today’s modern-must! Try this stylish Wooden Plaque ($19.99) from Target (1%/7% Cashback). It’s not only stylistically cool, it’s ideal.

Wooden Plaque, $19.99 | Photo by Target

Wooden Plaque, $19.99 | Photo by Target

4) Have a Seat, Dude

Now, that you have tricked out their desk space, let’s get the rest of their room furnishings up to par. Of course, they are going to have a desk chair and a bed to sit on, but wouldn’t it be nice to have a lounge chair for you to sit on when you come visit? Or perhaps, just extra seating in general for when they have guests over? Sure it would and we have just the solution! It’s an Oversized Bungee Chair ($39.99), available at Bed Bath & Beyond (.6%/6.6% Cashback) and it comes in 6 different colors.

 

Oversized Bungee Chair, $39.99 | Photo by Bed Bath & Beyond

Oversized Bungee Chair, $39.99 | Photo by Bed Bath & Beyond

5) Fashionable Lifestyle

You want your new college freshman to show their down-to-earth vibes in the most subtly cool way possible, correct? How do you do that? A plant will do the trick! Try this effortlessly chic Half Moon Planter from Urban Outfitters (3.2%/9.2% Cashback) for only $14.

 

Half Moon Planter, $14 | Photo by Urban Outfitters

Half Moon Planter, $14 | Photo by Urban Outfitters

6) Clean Up

Hopefully, most kids have learned to clean up their own messes after 18-some years, because as soon as they go off to college, cleaning up after themselves will become a necessity. Encourage cleaning early on and inspire them with stylish cleaning materials. Try the Full Circle Mini Dustpan + Brush Set ($10) from Urban Outfitters (3.2%/9.2% Cashback). Functional and purposeful, yet decidedly fashionable.

Full Circle Mini Dustpan + Brush Set, $10 | Photo by Urban Outfitters

Full Circle Mini Dustpan + Brush Set, $10 | Photo by Urban Outfitters

7) Refined Dinnerware

Your student will probably eat at the commons or student union more often than not, but for those times when your baby is hungry at their new home, they’ll need some refined dinnerware. Try this sophisticated Medallion Noodle Bowl + Chopsticks ($14) from Urban Outfitters (3.2%/9.2% Cashback). Our advice, you might as well get two so they can share with a friend (or you).

Medallion Noodle Bowl + Chopsticks, $14 | Photo by Urban Outfitters

Medallion Noodle Bowl + Chopsticks, $14 | Photo by Urban Outfitters

8) Convenience

When helping decorate your student’s dorm room, remember that space is limited, which means you must get crafty! Try this Double Decker Wall Shelf ($29) from Urban Outfitters (3.2%/9.2% Cashback). It offers perfect storage space their living arrangement. They can use it to store their kitchen necessities or even their toiletries! Either way, it’s a win-win.

Triangle Jacquard Calisto Bath Towel, $16.99 | Photo by World Market

Triangle Jacquard Calisto Bath Towel, $16.99 | Photo by World Market

9) Geo-Inspired

Speaking of getting crafty, grab some over-the-door hooks and dress up the back of the door with a few geo-inspired towels like this Triangle Jacquard Calisto Bath Towel ($16.99) from Cost Plus World Market (2.6%/8.6% Cashback).

Triangle Jacquard Calisto Bath Towel, $16.99 | Photo by World Market

Triangle Jacquard Calisto Bath Towel, $16.99 | Photo by World Market

10) Lights, Camera, Action

Remember when we said that they are more than likely going to need additional lighting for their new room beyond just the desk lamp? Well, instead of getting the stereotypical boring floor lamp, try one-upping their hallmates with some string lights! They will give any room the proper decorative authority in no time, which is exactly what your college-bound son or daughter is going for! Try these Paper String Lights ($12.74) from Target (1%/7% Cashback).

Paper String Lights, $12.74 | Photo by Target

Paper String Lights, $12.74 | Photo by Target

Now as you drive off leaving your freshman to start their college adventure, dry those tears. You’re leaving them in a dorm room decked out to the nines, and you didn’t even break the bank to do it! Well done parents.

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