Shopping for a room in a campus residence hall may be the first time some students ever select their own home furnishings. But with all the back-to-school commercials flooding the airwaves this time of year, it might be difficult to discern real bargains from rubbish. This handful of products will surely help make that little box otherwise known as the college dorm room into a real home, no matter how small. – Elana Ashanti Jefferson
Residence halls rooms are often short on comfortable seating, but bean bags are so last century. Update that look instead with the Omni pillow from Sumo, the ultimate oversized lounger. Available in various colors for $129-$149 at sumolounge.com.