You can already picture it: fluorescent lighting, bare floors and generic (century-old) wood drawers. It’s the stereotypical college dorm room you’ll be calling “home” for the next several months. But this doesn’t worry you, because you’re about to make this dull dorm room into a chic and modern living space. We’re talking sassy throw pillows, stylish lighting and seating so comfortable you’re bound to spend a night or two binge watching your favorite show. Target delivers super-stylish items that are perfect for any student on any budget. Read on for the top back-to-school essentials.

Dorm Storage Essentials

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The best way to lower your stress is to surround yourself with storage essentials that will organize your life. This year, Target gets stylish with pastel colors and metal accents. Choose decor that fits your personality, whether you’re more modern preppy or boho chic, to make sure your new home (however temporary) has that comforting personal touch.

Room Essentials 3 Tier Rolling Cart ($30), Room Essentials Mint Plastic Hangers ($3), Pillowfort Cube Storage Bin Geometric ($10), Room Essentials Yellow Bin ($8), Threshold 3 Tier Shoe Rack ($25), Sterilite 3-Drawer Aqua Cart ($18)

Dorm Room Decor

Back to School Essentials Decors

Making your dorm feel like a functional living space can be tons of fun! Although decorating your room doesn’t have to be about function, it’s certainly important when space is tight. We picked these decor pieces to liven up your life, help you stay organized and, best of all, save money.

Threshold Armadillo Accent Lamp ($30), Room Essentials Decorative Steer Skull ($40), White Ball String Lights ($15), Wooden Plaque With Mason Jars ($25), Room Essentials Decorative Clock ($9), Galvanized Metal Envelope Mail Holder ($10)

Dorm Room Bedding

Back to School Essentials Bedding

Your priority for bedding decor should be all about comfort. Wait, scratch that. Comfort and style are the top two priorities when choosing the best bedding for your room. We’ve selected a few pieces that no dorm room should go without. Hello, chevron prints!

Roma Tufted Wingback Headboard ($299), Xhilaration Hello Lovely Decorative Pillow ($20), Hot Now Quilt Set ($50), Room Essentials Peach Chevron Rest Pillow ($15), Room Essentials Body Pillow Cover ($10), DENY Designs Georgiana Paraschiv Sherpa Fleece Throw Blanket ($80)

Dorm Bath Essentials

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Make your daily bathroom experience comfortable, chic and organized with these cute (but essential) pieces. You’ll come prepared and ready with products like a toilet brush and hand towels in Pantone-inspired hues. Adulting, much?

Threshold Light Weave Wastebasket ($20), Room Essentials Toilet Brush and Holder Set ($6), Threshold Oil Can Bath Coordinates ($8), Room Essentials Bath Rug ($8), Threshold Teal Ombre Shower Curtain ($20), Threshold Lattice Bath Towels ($10), Room Essentials Floral Bath Wrap ($13)

Dorm Furniture

Back to School Essentials Furniture

There’s nothing more surreal than stepping into a brand-new living space, inevitably outfitted with blank white walls and bland university-issued furniture. It can be a bit underwhelming — but fear not! What every empty dorm does guarantee is limitless possibility for a fresh start.

Altra Computer Desk With Shelves White ($133), Threshold Campaign Desk ($150), Room Essentials Upholstered Desk Chair ($70), Threshold Campaign Nightstand ($130), Room Essentials Six-Cube Organizer ($40), Dorel Home Product Orfino Tufted Futon ($360)

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