Decorating a dorm room comes with its own specific challenges -- space constraints, roommate tastes and, of course, studying needs and access to late-night snacks. Here are some of the coolest bets for the back-to-college set that combine function, style and a sensible, student-friendly price point.
Student Lounge Butterfly Chair
Sometimes you just want a chair, but you don't always have room for a permanent fixture. This 33-inch-high Student Lounge Butterfly Chair from Kohl's folds up when you don't need it. It's covered in memory foam, so you know it's comfortable, and it comes in black and two different shades of pink; on sale for $49.99 at kohls.com.
Eraser Board Refrigerator
Satisfy your craving for milk and cookies and encourage your creative spirit with the Eraser Board Refrigerator, a 3.2-cubic-foot mini fridge from Haier. The front features a whiteboard that's perfect for lists, notes, memos or random artwork. It's big enough to fit two liter cartons, with a half-width freezer compartment and ice cube tray; $120.27 at walmart.com.
Don't shove everything under your bed. Store it in style with Crates, a modular storage system from Quirky. This linkable, stackable system includes an almost endless variety of options -- wooden legs, rolling casters, cord clips, hooks, cork boards and dry erase panels sold separately; quirky.com.
Kvart wall/clamp lamp
Get light just where you need it -- and don't keep your roommate up (even during all-night study sessions) -- with the adjustable Kvart wall/clamp lamp from Ikea. It comes with fixtures that allow it to mount as a clamp or wall lamp, so you don't have to ruin your walls just to get a little light. It features a 3-inch steel shade and is available in black or silver; $8.99 at ikea.com.
Chrome Laundry Bag Stand
The floor is no place for your dirty laundry. Keep it contained with the Chrome Laundry Bag Stand and Mesh Laundry Bags from The Container Store (sold separately). The sturdy 27-inch-high stand is made from commercial-quality chrome-plated tubular steel, and the mesh bags come in various colors; $24.99; bags, $5.99 each at containerstore.com.
Glow-in-the-Dark Night Lights
While you may not be able to nail all of your favorite art to the walls, putting these bulbs up is no problem. Glow-in-the-Dark Night Lights wall decals are from Long Island-based WallCandy Arts. There are 30 peel-and-stick bulb decals and 18 feet of peel-and-stick cord you may adjust. The bulbs shine without the need for electricity or batteries. They're removable, reusable and won't damage the walls; $48 at wallcandyarts.com.