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Best place to buy dorm furniture: ReStore!

Best place to buy dorm furniture: ReStore!

It's back-to-school season! For college students, that often means shopping for more than pencils and notebooks. If you need to find furnishings for yourself or someone headed to school, odds are you're looking for strategic storage, cost-effective furniture, a bed frame that's easy to move, or even materials to make a sweet loft bed. ReStore to the rescue!

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Discounted Items

If you're new to ReStore home improvement outlets, your one takeaway should be that you'll find all kinds of deals on things for your living space, whether that's an apartment, house, or dorm room. Individuals and businesses donate items such as furniture, building materials, and more. ReStore then sells those items to the public at a discount, and the money raised supports Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Each year, ReStore helps build five homes—and keeps more than 4.5 million pounds of materials from the landfill. Pretty cool, right?

You Might Find the Following at ReStore:

  • Lighting, such as pendants, flush mounts, lamps, and bulbs

  • New and used furniture like chairs, couches, bookshelves, desks, and tables

  • Interior and exterior doors

  • Tools, hardware, and building materials

  • Items for plumbing and appliances

  • Great value paint and painting supplies like tape and brushes

  • All kinds of décor, mirrors, and interesting knick-knacks

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Ready, Set, Shop! Make a Priority List

Before you visit one of our ReStore locations in Minneapolis or New Brighton, think about what you need for your space. We recommend making a list of essentials when you start shopping for a dorm room. But be sure to leave room for fun surprises! Focus on the four Ss: sleep, store, study, and save.


This is a big one—literally and figuratively. Your bed will probably take up the most space in your dorm. If you need to bring a bed, look for beds that can serve more than one purpose: sleeping, hanging out, and room for storage. Building a loft bed is always a fun idea to take things to a new level so you can maximize the space.


Storage is a necessity! You're going to need things that can be tucked away and used in multiple ways. Look for pieces with wheels (or things you can attach wheels to). Stackable items are also a good way to utilize vertical space. Consider low-cost cubbies or cabinets that can be stacked and screwed together. Be creative, too. If you find a couple things that can be combined, you can spray paint everything the same color so they match. Check out our simple DIY storage solutions for ideas!


You're likely in a dorm because you are going to college. And you're at college to learn. (Well, some of the time!) Finding a small desk for studying or doing homework will be important, but you can always build something that fits your space, too. Use an old door for a work surface and some filing cabinets for legs with added storage.


The items you take to college will get plenty of use, but you'll also want to save your money for tuition. ReStore is a great launching pad to find discounted items. You may not be able to find everything you're looking for, but saving on furniture, materials, or décor is cash in your pocket for other things (or textbooks).

Year-round Savings

Our back-to-college sale is on! Show your student ID to save 10% from August 1 to September 1, 2023. But don't worry—you can save at ReStore all year long. Subscribe to our Hot Deals emails or join the VIP text club to get exclusive deals throughout the year. Finally, from all of us at ReStore to you, have a great school year!

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