Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s back-to-school season for kids of all ages, including college students who are returning for another semester of dorm life. Creating a cozy home away from home is more than just a matter of taste; it’s vital for students who are away from their families, possibly for the first time, to feel at ease. Dorm room decor can help keep students organized and focused. It’s also a great way for them to express their sense of personal style. Give a dorm room some flair with this college-ready collection of favorite things for the week!


When space is at a premium, a portable work station can be helpful. Dorm room desks don’t always offer smart space-saving solutions, but a computer lap desk makes the most of that valuable real estate and allows you to work anywhere. The fold-able tray is adjustable allowing you to work on a flat surface or a tilt and the legs are adjustable for a comfortable fit. With the built in mouse pad, cup and pen holder, you will have everything you need right at your finger tips.


A dorm may not be able to offer all the comforts of home, but with these microfleece sheet sets, a dorm room bed can be as cozy as the one back home. Suede-like softness, great durability and beautiful colors make these sheets a must-have. In rich purple, soft mocha, quiet ecru or faded-denim blue, the sheets go with any style. They also wash and dry in no time, so they’re excellent for college students who are pressed for time and don’t always have hours to spend at a laundromat. If these sheets have a drawback, it’s that they may make you late for morning classes. It’s tough to get out of bed when the bed is so soft and cozy!

Personalizing a living space is important to anyone, but to a college student who may be far from home for the first time, it’s a necessity for peace of mind. Express yourself with Peace and Love room accents and turn an anonymous dorm room into a unique style statement. The original 1960s peace sign lives on in a new generation with these fun, colorful sets that are perfect for adding a personal touch to a dorm. If all you need is love, go for the set modeled on the iconic Robert Indiana pop art print. Pick pink and black or cool blues and purples, and express your personality through color. Each set includes a plush rug and soft throw pillow to add a layer of comfort to your personal space.

Having a dorm room is a first taste of independence for many college students. With fun decorating accents, space-saving solutions and creature comforts, that first experience will also be an exciting one. Choose some of our favorites for dorm life and create the perfect space for studying, socializing and sleeping.

Back to School: Check out the Great Items we Have for Your Dorm Room!

Your dorm room is your home away from home, but with its plain walls and simple furniture, it may not feel much like your cozy childhood bedroom. You don’t have to spend a lot of time or money to put some personality into your dorm room. With a few key back-to-school pieces from our collection and a few tips on how to decorate, your dorm can become a retreat!

Create a Focal Point

Every space needs a focal point to add visual interest. Your dorm probably won’t have any natural architectural focal points, but you can create one with colors, textures and patterns. If you’re lucky enough to have a large window with an appealing view, this can be your focus. You may not have the option to hang curtains, but you can get a similar effect when you frame the window with art that draws attention to it.

The word dormitory comes from the Latin word for sleep, so it’s no surprise that your dorm room’s bed occupies a big share of the room’s visual space. With a splash of color, the bed’s prominent position is a decorating asset. We love these microfleece sheet sets in vivid jewel colors for dorm room decor. As soft as they are colorful, these sheets will add some life to a dull dorm room.

Deck Your Walls

Even in a solo room, you won’t have much floor space. However, you will have plenty of space to decorate your walls. Depending on your dorm’s construction, you may not have the option of hanging traditional pictures with nails or hooks, but home wall decor and decals are perfect for enlivening a wall without damaging its finish. Choose inspirational sayings for a tranquil oasis, or pick a handful of peace sign decals in rainbow hues to bring some color to plain walls.

Save Space

Because space is at a premium in your dorm room, any furniture that can do double duty or fold away is perfect. Many dorms contain units that already have desks, but others are fairly bare aside from the bed and a shelf or two. Our fold-away desk is a great solution to space problems. When you aren’t studying, it folds into a compact column of storage drawers. Even if you already have a desk for studying, this fold-away version is handy for study groups or as a temporary table for late-night snacking in your room. Sturdy enough to hold a semester’s worth of textbooks, it also has casters and can roll out of the way when you want to clear the floor for exercise.

Your dorm room will be home for at least a few months, so make it somewhere you want to stay with practical storage solutions, comfortable bedding and art to give it personality. Between classes and college mixers, you might not spend much time in your room, but with a little investment, you can make your hours more pleasant.