I live in a college town. I didn’t really plan it that way, it just so happens that there are like 16 colleges here. The past week or so, I’ve really noticed that the kids are back in town. Stores are starting to get stripped of all the dorm room essentials. Everyone wants the creature comforts from home, right? It’s these dorm room essentials that makes living in a dorm bearable.
This list of dorm room essentials for him is a great starting point. When his dorm room is where everyone wants to hang out, he’ll be the coolest guy on campus. As a side note – many dorm rooms have a desk and chair, so you may or may not need that. Check out our dorm room essentials for her, too.
These dorm room essentials for him are all from Kohls. We’ve listed the regular, non sale prices. Of course, you know what kind of great sales Kohls has, so the actual prices may be (probably are) much lower. May contain affiliate links.
Oh, and these aren’t just dorm room essentials. They make great items for a starter apartment, too.
Dorm Room Essentials for Him
The Big One Bed Set ($130) – This 6 piece set has sheets, pillow sham, bedskirt, and a comforter. All in one package! Plus, it comes in a twin XL. Most dorm beds are Twin XL in size.
South Shore Contemporary Nightstand ($80) – We all need somewhere to store our stuff, and place our gadgets while they charge. A nightstand is perfect for that. One of the oft overlooked dorm room essentials.
South Shore Axess Small Desk ($140) – A small desk that gives him a place to do homework. Some dorms provide this dorm room essential, so check first. It has a little cabinet to keep his stuff gathered up, too.
Techni Mobili Mesh Task Chair ($70) – The perfect chair for homework, or when friends pop over. They won’t have to sit on his bed.
Big Joe Modular Bean Bag Chair ($70) – Seating is one of the things that’s always lacking in dorms and small apartments. This allows the guys to come over and have somewhere to sit that’s not on the bed or the floor. No one wants to sit either of those places! This dorm room essential is great for movies or video games, too.
Cuddl Duds Premium Reversible Sherpa Throw ($60) – Dorm rooms tend to be really cold and drafty. This masculine blanket will keep him warm.
Winsome 3 Pack Leo Baskets ($85) – Let’s face it – guys are not the neatest creatures, and neither are college kids. Combined? Fuhgeddaboutit. These baskets will help him contain his crap and keep it organized. That’s the idea at least.
Be Awesome Framed Decor ($10) – Even though he’s a dude, his dorm room deserves some decoration. This framed print can double as his daily affirmation, too.
Mixed Company Wall Chalkboard ($20) – Everyone needs somewhere to jot down notes or get messages. This chalkboard is perfect for that!
FirsTime Magnetic Wall Clock ($15) – Everyone needs a clock. Yeah, we have our phones, but still. Sometimes it’s nice to not have to whip it out to find out how close to curfew we are. This clock is magnetic, so it will stick to any metal surface.
Convex Framed Round Mirror ($50) – We all know he wants to look good. Now he can check his appearance any time, and make any changes – subtly. He may think this dorm room essential is dumb at first, but he’ll be thanking you for it later!
Basis Desk Lamp ($90) – Who can’t use more light? Dorm rooms can be like caves, so an additional desk lamp is always welcome. This one has a great sleek, modern aesthetic.
Surya Soho Jute Rug ($440) – NO ONE wants to have a bare dorm floor, if they can possibly avoid it. WHO KNOWS what was there before you? Yeah, it’s kind of icky. If your dorm will allow a rug, this is a great one. Plus, it ties the look together and makes your young man look so sophisticated.