Look No Further: We Created an IKEA Dorm Checklist Just For You

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By Eva Recinos Each year, college students and their parents flood the aisles of IKEA. After all, it's hard to beat the chain's low prices and quirky style. It's also got all the staples of a college dorm: desk, chairs, bookshelves, stylish bedding and more. But when you make a trip to IKEA, the amount of bright and functional items can quickly make the trip overwhelming. To help you find the most chic and essential items, we picked our favorite IKEA items for a dorm. This checklist takes into consideration not just basic needs, but also decor desires. From accents to bathroom supplies, check out our round-up of IKEA items that will take any dorm from average to super stylish: All images via IKEA

starting small

The little decor in your room matters as much as those big purchases. To add a bit of glitz to your space, consider decor with gold accents. You don't have to buy big items — something as simple as a gold-lined bowl can add a nice shine. We also love a good vase to add a little something to your desk or nightstand. ANGENÄM bowl, $24.99 ANGENÄM vase, $14.99 VINÄGER decorative vase, $24.99    

telling time in style

Time is especially of essence when it comes to school. Keep track of the hours in style with these unique wall clocks. A black-and-white clock does the trick for a sleek look, but those with a more adventurous decor side might love this bright wall clock. They are both easy ways to make your walls more fun. FNITTER wall clock, $12.99 SMYCKE wall clock, $14.99  

chic light

You always need a good source of light when working late into the night. Light up your space with these modern and quirky lamps. We love the look of a square lamp with a curved base. These choices are a great way to mix function with design. KROBY work lamp, $19.99 KLABB table lamp, $29.99

side tables

To keep things organized, it's a good idea to invest in a side table besides your typical night stand. Plus, this is another opportunity to show off your personality. We love this simple side table with legs partially dipped in gold (they'd look great with the first few accents, we might add). For a side table that also funcitons as storage, we love this multicolored item. Just a couple of examples of what a side table might add to your space. LÖVBACKEN side table, $59.99 IKEA PS 2014 storage table, $69

the coolest bathroom

Though you might not think of the bathroom right away, it's also a space that deserves great decor. The biggest challenge is keeping your things organized yet pleasing to the eye. We found a few great items to help with that decor conundrum. IKEA also offers some cute additions like shower curtains that will make your bathroom space the coolest in your dorm building. TVINGEN shower curtain, $6.99 FRYKEN box with lid, set of 3, $9.99 NOTUDDEN hanging storage, $9.99

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