10 Back to College Decor Lessons


It’s that time of year where you’re still enjoying the lazy days of summer. If you’re a college student, it’s also the perfect time for dreaming up one’s college dorm decor while poolside.  While we’re really looking forward to seeing the new IKEA catalog, the back to school section has already gone live for a little scheming and dreaming.

  • College decor tips and tricks! 1 of 11
  • Grab a Neutral Color 2 of 11

    Not only is this chair affordable, it's super comfy and the chair of choice in our little bloggity office. We have two of them, and it's possible to work for hours sitting on this chair without any back, neck, or leg problems. I swear by it.
    Decor Lesson: Pick a color that will blend in easily into any scheme. Either white or black is pretty well the best choice!
    SNILLE Swivel chair, black $24.99

  • Stencil It! 3 of 11

    Keep things super organized in small spaces with a drawer unit like this. The several drawers make it so you can easily find what you're looking for.
    Decor Lesson: Add a little pizazz to the drawers by stenciling in numbers in a fun color!
    HELMER Drawer unit on casters, $39.99

  • Washi Tape It! 4 of 11

    Just a few desk accessories are so helpful to keep things just so and out of the way. A must-have for a small space!
    Decor Lesson: Add your personalized design to a plain desk set with just a few strips of washi tape!
    This accessory set is not yet listed on IKEA's website but should appear early July/13. Get organized by clicking here!

  • Button It Up! 5 of 11

    A beautiful matte black color makes for a sophisticated look.
    Decor Lesson: This one's fun! Glue a few pretty buttons to add a bit of a tailored personalized look!
    This accessory set is not yet listed on IKEA's website but should appear early July/13. Get organized by clicking here!

  • Duvet It 6 of 11

    Duvets are definitely the way to go for a college student on the go! Duvet-outfitted beds are super easy to make and oh so cozy!
    Decor Lesson: Grab two of the same design and color, making it easy to switch out on cleaning day! Budget won't allow? Buy one now and the other a few months later.
    This duvet set is not yet listed on IKEA's website but should appear early July/13.  See all bedding here!

  • Smart Decor 7 of 11

    A clock is a must-have on campus. This one can hang easily on its own hook.
    Decor Lesson: It's smart when decor also has function, so why not add a little decor to your clock.
    FNITTER Wall clock, black $12.99

  • Faux Desk 8 of 11

    This laptop support is easy to clean with a removable and washable fabric cover.
    Decor Lesson: When there's no room for a desk, opt for a laptop support or breakfast in bed tray to do the trick!
    STÄDJAN Laptop support, black $12.99

  • Go Monochrome 9 of 11

    Add some sophistication to your dorm with a monochromatic color scheme.
    Decor Lesson: Pick up a table with swappable legs, to switch out when you like, or leave as is!
    LINNMON/ LALLE Table, gray $69.99

  • Small Space Solution 10 of 11

    Two people can work comfortably at this desk with a long table top.
    Decor Lesson: A smart way to save space, a long single desk makes room for two.
    BESTÃ… BURS Desk, high gloss white $269.00

  • Smart Space Savers 11 of 11

    Look up for space saving ideas by hanging things on the wall.

    Decor Lesson: Use shelf brackets or even toilet roll holders as mini shelves to hold things in small spaces.

    More info here.

Ready for the new school year?
Here is a Back to College Checklist to help you get started!