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Editors’ Picks: Major Dorm Rooms

Aug 12, 2013

by Stephanie Madewell handmade and vintage goods

When I moved into Smith Hall (my college dorm), I took the usual stuff: shower caddies, sheets and towels, rolls of shiny quarters for the laundry and emergency supplies of Haribo gummy bears (essential!). I also took about 350 paperbacks (because you can never have too many books), my own book shelf,  a collection of art postcards and an array of colorful paper lanterns. Having my own funny collection of odds and ends transformed my too-small institutional room into a cozy retreat that felt like home.

As the annual move back to the dorms begins, my fellow Etsy editors and I thought it would be fun to riff on dorm room decorating as a rite of passage by pairing finds on Etsy with prospective majors. Take a look and let us know: which would you pick?


[1. Ceramic Skull Planter by mudpuppy 2. Vintage chart from BonnieandBell 3. iPad case by irisandlily 4. Vintage molecule model by OliveSomeday 5. Science pencils by WeTheSciencey  6. Science pillow by dirtsastudio  7. Solid wood lamp by nordarchitectdesign]


[1. Bookshelf print by Wannanea 2. Herringbone slippers by RomeroAndMcPaul 3. Composition notebook mug by  LennyMud 4. Vintage leather satchel from LarkVintage 5. Leather key ring lanyard by LarkPractical 6. Linen blanket by myBlueMeadow 7. Knot bookmark by LaurensBookmarks 8. Pencil set by thecarboncrusader]


[1. Wood laptop decal by youyoudecal 2. Air and linen spray by HomeIntoHaven 3. Macrame plant hanger by DanceOfTheSoul 4. Crystal bookends from EarthSeaWarrior 5. Vintage flip alarm clock from TheCuriousCaseShop 6. Custom notebook pouch by MontclairMade 7. Pencil holder by roughfusion]

Jonesing to decorate your own dorm? Etsy is giving away a $250 Gift Card on Facebook. To enter, visit Etsy’s Facebook page for all the details. Please note: this contest is only open to US residents. Good luck!


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, age 18 or older. Entries must be received between 10:00 AM ET on 08/12/2013 and 5:00 PM ET on 8/16/13. One drawing from entries received. Go to for Official Rules. Sponsor: Etsy, Inc

1 Featured Comment

  • NinaRaizel

    Nina from NinaRaizel said 6 years ago Featured

    Decorating a dorm room can change your whole year! It's so much nicer to come back to a fully furnished living space after a long day of classes than a room resembling a jail cell. Even if you can't move in your own furniture, there's so much you can do to make the space your own!


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