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Best place to buy dorm furniture... ReStore!

Jared Laabs

It's back to school season, and if you need to find some furnishings for yourself or someone headed to college, odds are you need some storage, cost effective furniture, maybe a bed frame, or some materials to make a sweet loft bed. Here comes ReStore to the rescue!

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Discounted items

If you're new to ReStore home improvement outlet, your one takeaway should be that you'll find all kinds of deals on things for your living space, whether it's for an apartment, home, or dorm room. People and businesses donate unwanted 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. Pretty cool, right?

You'll find:

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

  • New and used furniture such as chairs, couches, bookshelves, desks, and tables of all kinds

  • Interior and exterior doors & new windows

  • Cabinets for bathrooms, kitchens, or storage solutions

  • An assortment of ceramic wall tile and flooring tile, and other flooring such as laminate, carpet rolls, and carpet tiles

  • 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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Make a priority list

We recommend that when you start to shop for a dorm room, you make a list of essentials. AND leave room for surprises. Focus on the 4 S's.


This is a big one and will most likely take up the most space in your dorm. If you need to bring a bed, look for beds that can do more than one thing. 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 vertical space. 


Specifically storage! You're going to need things that can be tucked away, and do double duty. Look for things with wheels or things you can attach wheels to. Items that can be stacked are also a good way to utilize vertical space. Consider low-cost cabinets that can be stacked and screwed together, or cubies. Be creative too... If you find a couple of things that can be combined, you can spray paint everything the same color so it matches.


You're in a dorm because you went (or are going!) to college. And you're at college to study. Well, some of the time! Finding a small desk will be important, but you can always build something that fits a space. Use an old door for a work surface and some filing cabinets for legs and added storage. Check out these cool desk ideas you can easily make.


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 if you save a hundred or two, that's cash in your pocket for other stuff (or books).

Let's save even more!

ReStore is offering new Hot Deals subscribers an 18% OFF discount on your total purchase  through September 2021 (excludes red tagged items)! All you need to do is subscribe and you'll get a coupon in your inbox. Our regular Hot Deals email shares biweekly sales, so you can continue to save all year long. Good luck at school!

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, 2021, Project Ideas