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10 compact dorm essentials that don't sacrifice style

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Your dorm room might be small, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. These top picks for everything from bedding to lighting and storage will ensure your space looks great and functions optimally. Be sure to shop soon to snap up these deals.

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Plus, now through September 21, you can take advantage of Bed Bath & Beyond's College Savings Pass, which offers students a 20% discount on their purchases as they prep for back-to-school season. The brand also offers a Pack & Hold service, giving shoppers the opportunity to pinpoint items they need in their local store or online and then pick them up at a location near campus within 60 days of moving in.

On top of all this, Bed Bath & Beyond has also launched a new rewards program for customers. Welcome Rewards is free to join and shoppers earn points on every purchase. For every 5,000 points, you'll get $5 in rewards. And if you sign up by September 5, you'll get $5 in rewards immediately. How's that for a deal?

So what are you waiting for? Get shopping!

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Simply Essential Vertical Colorblock 5-Piece Twin/Twin XL Comforter Set

$30$60Save $30
$30 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This colorblock style visually maximizes a small space. Choose from six playful options, from the burgundy/pink shown here to navy and yellow.

College mattresses aren’t known for their comfort but you can make sure your bedding is top-notch with this five-piece set in one of six fun schemes. Each color-block pattern is bold and bright and comes with the comforter, a fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcase and pillow sham. These sets are available in both twin and twin XL sizes for those longer dorm beds built for the tallest freshmen. Machine wash cold and tumble dry low — if you have enough quarters, that is.

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Google Nest Hub Max in Chalk

$174$229Save $55
$174 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This helpful assistant lets you keep in touch with family and friends back home; it also plays music and organizes your schedule.

Your favorite student will be the envy of the entire dorm with the Google Nest Hub Max. This smart-home device isn’t just for single-family residences. Sync your electronics and make life simple with voice control on all applicable devices. The 10-inch screen allows you to sort through your pictures and videos, make calls and leave video messages. It acts as a mini TV screen too, with a built-in Nest cam. The features are endless. You can save up to $55 off select Google Nest devices through Sept. 7.

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Nestwell Cotton Comfort Waterproof Twin XL Mattress Pad

$35$50Save $15
$35 at Bed Bath & Beyond

When your bed also acts as your sofa, dining table and study space, you'll want to protect it from errant spills that may happen along the way (spilled coffee, anyone?).

Protect your mattress and increase comfort with this waterproof mattress pad. It’s made with cotton and a hypoallergenic fill and it’s machine washable, which makes things easy. The pad is available for all bed sizes, including that unique Twin XL dorm-room size. You won’t have to worry whether the mattress is comfortable with this affordable and highly rated pad by Nestwell.

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Blue Pure 411 Auto Small Room Air Purifier

Blueair
$140 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This ultra-quiet and super-compact air filter will have you breathing easy (no matter what the situation is like down the hall).

Remove allergens, mold, pollen and other pollutants you can’t see from your dorm room with this sleek and compact air purifier by Blueair. The device has three airflow speeds but operates quietly at any level. This small-but-mighty gizmo turns over the air in your room about five times per hour, which means you’ll be breathing easier in no time without irritating pet dander, smoke or viruses.

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Shark Vacmop Pro Cordless Hard Floor Vacuum Mop

$100 at Bed Bath & Beyond

This all-in-one tool will suck up dirt and debris from your floor while also mopping up spills. LED headlights mean you'll never miss a spot.

Keep that dorm floor spotless with this handy, lightweight cordless vacuum/mop combo by Shark. Designed with your college student in mind, it's just five pounds and comes with a magnetic charger. Vacuum up debris then follow with the mop feature. Each Vacmop Pro comes with two cleaning pads and 12 oz of cleaner so you’re ready to get to it. But you better hurry, because stock is limited!

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The Novogratz Mason 15-Inch Lamp in Matte Brass

$28$70Save $42
$28 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Light up the night (for late-night study sessions) and give sophisticated style to your space with this sleek brass and glass lamp.

Who said you have to sacrifice style in a dorm setting? The Novogratz Mason Lamp in matte brass melds form and function in a sleek, desktop lighting fixture. Great for those late-night study sessions or for creating daily ambiance. Each lamp requires an A15-sized bulb with an E26 screw base, so you can choose a fun filament to enhance the look and feel.

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Ugg Melange Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket in Grey

$50 at Bed Bath & Beyond

The ultimate in cozy comfort, for when your roommate wants the room colder than you do or you just want to nestle in for movie night.

They don’t just make those boots with the fur. The folks at Ugg will keep you warm on cold winter nights with their Melange Classic Sherpa Throw Blanket. Available in nine muted, neutral colors, you’ll soon have a new favorite blanket. Made with 100% polyester sherpa, it’s machine washable and measures 50” by 70” for maximum comfort.

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Squared Away 3-Tier Utility Storage Cart in Grey

$28$40Save $12
$28 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Storage on wheels is ideal for organizing a small space — just move it around as needed. Use this cute cart for toiletries or keep it near the microwave as your mobile pantry.

Keep things neat and organized with this tri-level cart. Made with metal and plastic, it easily wheels into compact spaces when you need to tuck it away. Great for storing makeup and hair styling tools, toiletries, even office supplies. Available in three colors. This freestanding storage solution requires a bit of assembly, but it’s worth it, trust us.

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Collapsible Laundry Basket in White/Grey

Squared Away
$25 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Pop it open on laundry day to carry your clothes to the basement (or wherever the machines are in your dorm), then stow it flat when not in use.

Designed with compact spaces in mind, this Squared Away Collapsible Laundry Basket is perfect for storing dirty clothes and hauling them to the laundry room. It collapses quickly and easily when you need to create a bit more space in your closet. But don’t let the design deceive you; once opened it can store two loads of folded laundry.

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Folding Storage Ottoman in Light Grey

Simply Essential
$20 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Whether you use it to sit on or store things in (or both!), this convenient cube can be folded flat when not in use.

Prepare to have your mind blown with this collapsible storage ottoman that lets you rest your feet, organize your belongings and fold for easy storage. Simple Essential’s design is sturdy enough to act as additional seating, too. Made with 100% polyester upholstery for easy cleaning. Choose from three fun colors.

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