Here's how to make your dorm room feel like home

Alyssa Tria
·Shopping Editor
Yes, it's possible to make a cookie-cutter dorm feel unique.
Yes, it's possible to make a cookie-cutter dorm feel unique.

Starting university can be both an exciting and daunting new chapter, especially if you're leaving the nest for the very first time to live on campus. Whether you’re living alone or bunking with a roomie, a great way to help you get comfortably settled into your new, small space is with the right decor. For tips, tricks and ideas, we’ve reached out to home-style experts Bed Bath & Beyond to help you maximize and upgrade your new space and make it feel like home.

So while you’re shopping for school supplies and dorm room essentials, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Turn those wimpy residence room mattresses into the best bed ever

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Build a better bed by adding layers of comfort, support and protection with a mattress protector, topper, mattress pad and extra pillows.

Remedy Bed Bug and Dust Mite Mattress Protector in White

Remedy Bed Bug and Dust Mite Mattress Protector in White
Remedy Bed Bug and Dust Mite Mattress Protector in White

Shop it: $54, Bed Bath & Beyond

Therapedic 300-Thread-Count Cotton Mattress Pad

Therapedic® 300-Thread-Count Cotton Mattress Pad
Therapedic® 300-Thread-Count Cotton Mattress Pad

Shop it: $70, Bed Bath & Beyond

Isotonic Indulgence Synthetic Down Alternative Side Sleeper Pillow

Isotonic® Indulgence™ Synthetic Down Alternative Side Sleeper Pillow
Isotonic® Indulgence™ Synthetic Down Alternative Side Sleeper Pillow

Shop it: $60, Bed Bath & Beyond

The mattresses in most residences require twin extra-long sheets

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Choose from luxe cotton, jersey or alternative fabrics in a variety of fun colours and patterns to reflect your personal style.

Intelligent Design Microfiber Sheet Set with Pocket

Intelligent Design Microfiber Sheet Set with Pocket
Intelligent Design Microfiber Sheet Set with Pocket

Shop it: $45, Bed Bath & Beyond

Brielle Feathers Twin/Twin XL Sheet Set in Grey

Brielle Feathers Twin/Twin XL Sheet Set in Grey
Brielle Feathers Twin/Twin XL Sheet Set in Grey

Shop it: $70, Bed Bath & Beyond

When it comes to storage, every inch counts

To help maximize the space you do have, smart solutions would be to simply use the space under the bed, over the door and in the closet. For instance, try using an over-the-door shoe organizer to store T-shirts, cosmetics, toiletries, school supplies and more!

Real Simple 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer in Natural

Real Simple® 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer in Natural
Real Simple® 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer in Natural

Shop it: $30, Bed Bath & Beyond

Arrow Weave Underbed Bags in Grey (Set of 2)

Arrow Weave Underbed Bags in Grey (Set of 2)
Arrow Weave Underbed Bags in Grey (Set of 2)

Shop it: $30, Bed Bath & Beyond

Adding wall décor creates an instant change in atmosphere

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Select fun items that can be easily removed from the walls like inspirational artwork, mirrors or stick on wallpaper. 3M Command™ Hooks are a necessity for damage-free hanging!

Finish What You Start Canvas Wall Art

Finish What You Start Canvas Wall Art
Finish What You Start Canvas Wall Art

Shop it: $30-60, Bed Bath Beyond

26-Inch Round Metal Mirror in Black

26-Inch Round Metal Mirror in Black
26-Inch Round Metal Mirror in Black

Shop it: $110, Bed Bath & Beyond

1991 Framed Wall Art

1991 Framed Wall Art
1991 Framed Wall Art

Shop it: $120, Bed Bath & Beyond

Create a smart room

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Tech it out with a Google Home Mini and more, providing hands-free help.

bObi Classic™ Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

bObi Classic™ Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
bObi Classic™ Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

Shop it: $322, Bed Bath & Beyond

Google Nest Google Home Mini

Google Home Mini
Google Home Mini

Shop it: $35 (originally $80), Bed Bath & Beyond

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo
Amazon Echo

Shop it: $130, Bed Bath & Beyond

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