Your Guests Will Never Guess These High-Design Picks Were Made for Dorm Rooms

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We can't be the only ones who get a powerful pang of nostalgia whenever "Back To School" time rolls around, right? For years, the end of summer was tempered by the excitement of trendy clothes, crisp boxes of colored pencils, and snappy new lunch boxes, purchased all at once in a triumphant blaze of glory come September.

While the adult shopping calendar is much less of a rollercoaster, we find ourselves missing this annual opportunity for reinvention. Or at least we did, until we realized that the dorm-friendly furnishings retailers start pushing every fall are actually ... pretty much perfect for our non-student housing, too. From rugs to desk chairs to minor kitchen gadgets, it's all on sale this time of year. And the best part? You don't need your old student ID to get in on the action.

PBteen Mathis Desk Chair
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Plush velvet and contrasting metal legs give a decidedly polished vibe to this desk chair — we think it'd look equally handsome flanking the ends of a dining table, too. (Use code SAVEMORE to get in on this awesome deal.)

Because you're really not supposed to stack your records, and keeping them in an old milk crate is so last year.

Aazura Rainbow Striped Bench
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Entryways aren't usually the most memorable part of a home ... but this bench has us thinking about them differently.

PBteen Benefit Gorgeous Beauty Cart
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We're pretty sure this so-called "beauty cart" for teens is just dying to let loose and become an ultra-glam bar cart at your grown-up digs.

Target nuLOOM Moroccan Rug
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We can't resist something soft underfoot, and this muted take on the Moroccan rug trend promises to be extra plush.

A little extra prep space is never a bad idea. Use it as a kitchen island if you don't have one already, or sidle a few stools up to it to create an impromptu bar when guests drop by unannounced.

Overstock Mid Century 3 Shelf Bookcase
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A statement-making way to corral books (remember books?), candles, and your favorite succulents without crowding your coffee table.

Keurig K-Mini Coffee Maker
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As we remember it, pulling all-nighters was a HUGE part of dorm life. But if you've been eyeing a new Keurig, don't sleep on this deal. The retro avocado hue is especially enticing.

Nostalgia Electric Kettle
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Tea enthusiasts, we didn't forget about you. Finally, an electric kettle so cheery and chic, you won't mind seeing it on your counter every day.

Corvus Walnut Mid-Century Accent Chair
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There's something ultra-Instagrammable about this sleek, Eames-esque chair. Prop one in the corner with a cozy throw and smile mysteriously when guests ask if it's vintage.


Emily Bihl

Emily Bihl

Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.