Like most students, we always loved the back to school shopping trip more than the act of going back to school. However, dorm shopping is an entirely different experience as opposed to just picking out backpacks and pens. We've rounded up a handful of online resources that are sure to help freshmen create their first home away from home...
- IKEA In addition to having affordable furniture that can translate when you move into your first apartment, IKEA has an online space maker feature. The service allows you to start from scratch (or with a theme) to plan your space. There are various chapters (starting with an empty space, or changing the rooms floors). In each chapter, you can drag and drop furniture, change colors or checkout with your purchases. We're also really digging the image gallery of 15 plus youth rooms which are great for pulling ideas from.
- Bed Bath & Beyond A free master checklist that includes everything from odor eliminators to bed lifts. You won't need everything on this huge checklist but it's a great idea to pick and choose your must-have items before your big shopping day. In addition, Bed Bath & Beyond also includes a how to guide for your first year with awesome topics, like "So You've Never Used A Community Bathroom" and "Not Enough Space In Your Room?."
- Target Target also has a master list but what's more, they allow you to share your list with friends--or in this case, a roommate. That way, you won't be doubling up on items already purchased (love that).
- Linens-N-Things This home store displays back to school items by category. Organization, wall art, decorative pillows--listing all the extras to make your new home cozy and inviting.
- Best Buy This electronics warehouse has an entire section devoted to dorm room essentials. If you're on a budget, you can shop for items at a designated price or browse categories like, small appliances or office furniture.