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Cheap Dorm Accessories

Updated on March 20, 2011

Dorm Room Accessories

It can be hard to determine what accessories that you or your child needs when going to college for the first time. So, I'd recommend waiting until you get there and get unpacked before deciding what all you really need.

Sometimes desks and chairs are included with the dorm, but sometimes they're not. Sometimes lamps and sometimes not. Well, either way, below are a few of the necessities and accessories that I would definitely want to make sure that you have in your dorm room.

The below accessories are simple and needed. Just remember that the typical dorm is pretty small so you want to make sure that you get something that you have room for.

Get a Desk Chair

Something that you want to make sure tat you have is a chair to sit on while you are studying hard at the computer. Now, if you plan on sitting on your bed all the time working on a laptop, you probably don't need the chair, but sitting on the bed can get old.

Even if your dorm room includes a desk chair, it may be old and raddy, and in that case a new chair doesn't have to be expensive. You can find really nice desk chairs for $25 to $40 on Amazon.

Get CD Storage

Although, having a place to store your CD and DVD collection is not a necessity, it can be a good thing to have in a dorm. Because most dorms are pretty small, you to try and keep it neat, as the neater it is the more room you will have. By keeping your CDs and DVDs all stacked together, you will not have to search far and wide for that one disk that you're looking for.

There are many options that you can choose from. Some are pretty simple, box-like designs and others may have a little more design to them. Either way you can typically find them from less than $10 to over $20, all depending on what exactly you're looking for.

Get a Floor Lamp

Lighting is very important, and not all dorm rooms are well lit. Because you will be studying, reading, watching tv, and playing video games all in your dorm, you want to make sure that you have good lighting. The last thing that you want to do is strain your eyes while trying to study in a dimly lit room.

Floor lamps are great because you can put them by your desk or bed and they don't take up any vital area space, and most of them are pretty thin so that you don't have to worry about too much floor space, either.

Floor lamps can be as elaborate or simple as you want, and depending on what exactly you're looking for the price will vary. Just remember, if you're shopping on a budget, consider the simple, cheap designs.

Get a Desk Lamp

More than likely you will have a small desk in the small room, but it is still pretty important that you have a desk lamp. When at your desk, studying and using your computer, you want to make sure that you have the best light. Remember that your eyes are very important, and you do not want to strain them.

You can find small, and pretty cheap desk lamps on Amazon, ranging from about $20 to $30. Some are adjustable and others not. My favorite are the adjustable ones, but it's all up to you.


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