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IKEA’s New Curated Dorm Kits Will Save You Time and Money (They’re Cute!)

published Jun 5, 2024
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Moving away to college for the first time is exciting and emotional. There’s so much to look forward to! But there’s also so much to do. That back-to-school shopping list can feel incredibly overwhelming — especially if you’ve never lived on your own before. If you’re like me, you probably can’t wait to have a space of your own to decorate. But first, you need to make sure you’ve got the essentials

My advice? Find any way you can to check the “boring” stuff off your list as quickly and easily as possible — and at IKEA, they’ve got you covered. The beloved Swedish retailer just announced their new collection of dorm room Starter Boxes, full of power strips, snacks, shower caddies, and way more — all conveniently packed into a versatile storage bin and priced between $30 and $100. 

IKEA is offering five different iterations of these starter boxes: The Dorm Essentials Starter Box ($99.99) includes everything from pillows and linens to cleaning tools and kitchen utensils. The Bed & Bath Starter Box ($49.99) features those same linens in addition to a shower curtain, bath mat, and other cozy essentials. The Utility Starter Box ($59.99) has all the basics, from chargers and lightbulbs to lint rollers and shoe organizers. And finally, the Cooking & Eating Starter Box ($69.99) serves up cookware, flatware, and servingware, while the Study Snack ($29.99) Starter Box comes with ready-to-eat food, like packs of chips, cookies, and chocolates. 

These boxes don’t just save you time, either — they also save you money. You’ll spend 15% less when you buy these bundles than if you were to purchase all of the items individually at IKEA. That’s a win-win in our books! 

Each of these boxes is available now, so don’t forget to add them to the list for your next IKEA run. Check the essentials off your list early, so you can enjoy the summer worry-free — and start college off right, knowing you’re prepared for anything that might come your way. 

Emma Dangel


Emma Dangel is a recent graduate of New York University, Class of ’21. She studied Media, Culture & Communication with a minor in English Literature. Emma now works at Apartment Therapy Media and loves her job as the Marketing & Brand Partnerships Coordinator. In her free time, Emma likes to crochet, write, and spend time with friends. She now lives in the East Village of Manhattan in a one-bed apartment with her cat, Phoebe.

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