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Deck the Dorm! 14 Places for Affordable Home Goods in NYC

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What else does a dorm room need besides extra-long twin sheets? In short, everything. Dressing up the blandness of the basic college housing you've been assigned is practically essential for survival, making your home away from home somewhere you actually want to be. But unfortunately, many of our favorite home goods stores in the city just don't work for college student budgets.

So here, we've rounded up 14 affordable shops for co-eds to hit up before school is back in session in New York City. Whether your style is simple or loud, whether you prefer to decorate with monogram candles, bamboo mats, or wine-themed string lights, there's items here to suit every taste—and wallet size. See our full map after the jump.


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1. ABC Carpet & Home Warehouse

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1055 Bronx River Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472
(718) 842-8772
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Sure, the main store on Broadway is for adults who have their lives together, but the warehouse is perfect for those with grown-up taste but a not-so-grown-up bank account. Pieces here are still in the "investment" range for most young adults, but they can grab a good deal at their frequent sales—there's one going on right now. [Photo]

2. Goodwill

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(212) 831-1830
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Goodwill has locations all over the city, but this particular location has been cited as a fashion haven. Add home goods to that list too—score mint-condition glassware, decorations, and even storage ottomans for a fraction of their original price. [Photo]

3. C. Wonder

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10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
(212) 956-9760
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Did you draw the short end of the stick and get an inward-facing room? Bring in some cheer with bright throw pillows for under $50, a monogrammed candle for $12, and trinket trays for $20—seriously, these are a tiny-things-organizing lifesaver. [Photo]

4. Just Bulbs

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(212) 888-5707
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Just lightbulbs? That's it? Sometimes, that's all you need. Their inventory of 12-foot party string lights are so cute, they're worth leaving up all year long. Take your pick from cacti, cats, wine bottles, and so much more. [Photo]

5. Delphinium Home

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(212) 333-7732
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The home goods here serve the purpose of being both purposeful and decorative at the same time—think a wall clock with multi-colored balls replacing the numbers, an over-the-door rack that looks like birds sitting on a branch, or a lamp in the shape of a gnome. Plus, most of what's in stock won't dip into your textbook fund. [Photo]

6. Fishs Eddy

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889 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-9020
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Turn your makeshift kitchen—a microwave, a mini fridge, and maybe a sink if you're lucky—into a fun little nook with accessories from this NYC kitchen go-to. Buy two $12 mugs (perhaps from their "controversial" Skyline collection?) and use one as a flatware holder. Plus, with wine glasses starting at $3 apiece, it's not a big deal if one breaks. [Photo by Brian Harkin]

7. MUJI Cooper Square

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(212) 358-8693
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If the array of loudly patterned bedding and zebra print lampshades you see in most retailers’ designated dorm sections hurts your soul a tiny bit (looking at you, art majors), allow us to direct you to Muji. The Japanese brand specializes in sleek storage units, minimal bed and bath accessories, and perfect stationery. Pick up a pair of cardboard speakers while you’re there—the sound is surprisingly great. [Photo]

8. Kate Spade Saturday

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(212) 431-3123
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Resist the clothing selection by the entrance and head to the back of the store, where you'll find glazed mugs that'll stand out in the communal kitchen, a zigzag wireless speaker cube, and throw blankets that are perfect for tossing over your comforter. [Photo]

9. Pearl River Mart

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477 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-4770
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Bring a taste of the Far East to your dorm space with a bamboo carpet that'll cover that gross stained rug for just $35, or a wall-hanging hand-painted scroll for $60. This shop is an affordable gem in the heart of Soho that's filled with trinkets both functional and frivolous—but almost always frugal. [Photo]

10. Jen Bekman Gallery

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(212) 219-0166
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Leave the Audrey Hepburn poster at home. Jen Bekman gallery, and its corresponding site 20x200, offer prints by up-and-coming artists for as low as $24. Pick up a few Ikea frames and you’ve got yourself a mini-museum. [Photo]

11. Fuego 718

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(718) 302-2913
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Don't even risk the chance of having the same poster reprint as your roommate hanging on opposite sides of the room. This Williamsburg shop is full of fun decorations from Mexico and Peru that'll give an authentic vibe to your dorm—and all before your study abroad trip to Machu Picchu. [Photo]

12. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

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(718) 522-9848
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Amidst the artisinal dog treats, hand-drawn greeting cards, and children's toys is a host of dorm essentials (and not-so-essentials) like a kitschy laundry bag, several Brooklyn-centric posters, a chalkboard you can peel and stick right to your wall, and slippers that double as mops. [Photo by Driely S.]

13. IKEA Brooklyn

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1 Beard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(888) 888-4532
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It may seem like an obvious choice to save a few pennies by building your own furniture from the Swedish retailer, but recall that they just released a whole bunch of pieces specifically designed for tiny spaces. Get some extra closet space with a $25 canvas wardrobe, equipped with wheels, or a $30 lockable canvas, because, you know—roommates. [Photo]

14. Collyer's Mansion

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(347) 240-2227
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If it can fit in Collyer's Mansion, then it can fit in your dorm room with ease. The teeny shop is stuffed with goods that run the price gamut—if you're on a budget, look for pieces like wall-hanging planters and galvanized trays. [Photo by Driely S.]

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1. ABC Carpet & Home Warehouse

1055 Bronx River Avenue, Bronx, NY 10472
Sure, the main store on Broadway is for adults who have their lives together, but the warehouse is perfect for those with grown-up taste but a not-so-grown-up bank account. Pieces here are still in the "investment" range for most young adults, but they can grab a good deal at their frequent sales—there's one going on right now. [Photo]
1055 Bronx River Avenue
Bronx, NY 10472

2. Goodwill

1704 Second Avenue New York, NY 10128
Goodwill has locations all over the city, but this particular location has been cited as a fashion haven. Add home goods to that list too—score mint-condition glassware, decorations, and even storage ottomans for a fraction of their original price. [Photo]

3. C. Wonder

10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
Did you draw the short end of the stick and get an inward-facing room? Bring in some cheer with bright throw pillows for under $50, a monogrammed candle for $12, and trinket trays for $20—seriously, these are a tiny-things-organizing lifesaver. [Photo]
10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

4. Just Bulbs

220 East 60th Street New York, NY 10022
Just lightbulbs? That's it? Sometimes, that's all you need. Their inventory of 12-foot party string lights are so cute, they're worth leaving up all year long. Take your pick from cacti, cats, wine bottles, and so much more. [Photo]

5. Delphinium Home

353 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036
The home goods here serve the purpose of being both purposeful and decorative at the same time—think a wall clock with multi-colored balls replacing the numbers, an over-the-door rack that looks like birds sitting on a branch, or a lamp in the shape of a gnome. Plus, most of what's in stock won't dip into your textbook fund. [Photo]

6. Fishs Eddy

889 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Turn your makeshift kitchen—a microwave, a mini fridge, and maybe a sink if you're lucky—into a fun little nook with accessories from this NYC kitchen go-to. Buy two $12 mugs (perhaps from their "controversial" Skyline collection?) and use one as a flatware holder. Plus, with wine glasses starting at $3 apiece, it's not a big deal if one breaks. [Photo by Brian Harkin]
889 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

7. MUJI Cooper Square

52 Cooper Square New York, NY 10003
If the array of loudly patterned bedding and zebra print lampshades you see in most retailers’ designated dorm sections hurts your soul a tiny bit (looking at you, art majors), allow us to direct you to Muji. The Japanese brand specializes in sleek storage units, minimal bed and bath accessories, and perfect stationery. Pick up a pair of cardboard speakers while you’re there—the sound is surprisingly great. [Photo]

8. Kate Spade Saturday

152 Spring Street New York, NY 10012
Resist the clothing selection by the entrance and head to the back of the store, where you'll find glazed mugs that'll stand out in the communal kitchen, a zigzag wireless speaker cube, and throw blankets that are perfect for tossing over your comforter. [Photo]

9. Pearl River Mart

477 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Bring a taste of the Far East to your dorm space with a bamboo carpet that'll cover that gross stained rug for just $35, or a wall-hanging hand-painted scroll for $60. This shop is an affordable gem in the heart of Soho that's filled with trinkets both functional and frivolous—but almost always frugal. [Photo]
477 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

10. Jen Bekman Gallery

6 Spring Street New York, NY 10012
Leave the Audrey Hepburn poster at home. Jen Bekman gallery, and its corresponding site 20x200, offer prints by up-and-coming artists for as low as $24. Pick up a few Ikea frames and you’ve got yourself a mini-museum. [Photo]

11. Fuego 718

249 Grand Street New York, NY 11211
Don't even risk the chance of having the same poster reprint as your roommate hanging on opposite sides of the room. This Williamsburg shop is full of fun decorations from Mexico and Peru that'll give an authentic vibe to your dorm—and all before your study abroad trip to Machu Picchu. [Photo]

12. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

232 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
Amidst the artisinal dog treats, hand-drawn greeting cards, and children's toys is a host of dorm essentials (and not-so-essentials) like a kitschy laundry bag, several Brooklyn-centric posters, a chalkboard you can peel and stick right to your wall, and slippers that double as mops. [Photo by Driely S.]

13. IKEA Brooklyn

1 Beard Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
It may seem like an obvious choice to save a few pennies by building your own furniture from the Swedish retailer, but recall that they just released a whole bunch of pieces specifically designed for tiny spaces. Get some extra closet space with a $25 canvas wardrobe, equipped with wheels, or a $30 lockable canvas, because, you know—roommates. [Photo]
1 Beard Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

14. Collyer's Mansion

368 Stratford Road Brooklyn, NY 11218
If it can fit in Collyer's Mansion, then it can fit in your dorm room with ease. The teeny shop is stuffed with goods that run the price gamut—if you're on a budget, look for pieces like wall-hanging planters and galvanized trays. [Photo by Driely S.]