50 Under $50: Dorm Room Essentials
Instantly dress up even the ricketiest of Ikea bookshelves.
Gold Pig Bookends, $29.95 for a set of two, Cb2.com
Stash the standard issue, blocky pale wood desk in storage and work from this sleek, compact station instead.
Computer Workstation, $49.99, Bedbathandbeyond.com
Might even make writing your to-do lists a little bit fun.
Scoop White Chalkboard, $24.95, Crateandbarrel.com
The grown-up, Jonathan Adler-y alternative to the bean bag chair.
Silver Moroccan Pouf, $39, Ekenoz.com
Most school fire codes don't exactly allow candles, so opt for pretty diffusers instead.
Essential Oils Fragrance Diffuser in French Lavender, $24.95, Williams-sonoma.com
A little something to aspire to, so you don't get caught in a wave of North Face fleeces and Ugg boots.
Ralph Lauren Resort 2013 Illustration, $50 for a 13 x 16" print, Sunnygu, Etsy.com
The best (or at least most creative) way to leave passive aggressive notes for your roommate.
Scrabble Refrigerator Magnet Set, $15, Fredflare.com
Give your bed a hint of prep, instead of a total pink & green Lilly Pullitzer-palooza.
Flamingo Decorative Pillow, $20.99, Kohls.com