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LA's Best Shops for Affordable Dorm Room Furniture & Decor

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Not that anyone's keeping track, but summer's almost over—and so are all the freewheelin' days before that university bell rings (at least for the next three months). If your freshman freshperson year involves on-campus living, this is your opportunity to take back-to-school shopping to the next level: today's retail therapy assignment is all about decking out your dorm room.

Whether you're rooming with your BFF (lucky!) or a total stranger, your temporary abode is essentially a blank canvas upon which you can finally unleash your true interior decor identity. Given that most of your funds have likely been spent on all your other educational essentials (textbooks, school supplies, tuition and the like), we've rounded up a range of LA's budget-friendly stores for stylish dorm room furniture and decor, from reliably affordable big box retailers like IKEA and Target to out-of-the-box boutiques like WACKO and Poketo.

If you're looking to get really spendy or are up for a serious treasure hunt, our home goods and flea market lists have you covered.

· Mapped! LA's 38 Best Shops for Home Decor and Furniture [Racked]
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1. angelo: HOME

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847 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 488-9347
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Is your standard-issue XL twin bed begging for some color? That beige(ish) carpet beyond Scotchguard? Pick up printastic pillows for under $50 and colorful rugs starting at $60 alongside vintage finds at interior designer Angelo Surmelis' DTLA shop. [Photo via]

2. Anthropologie

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35 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 397-2819
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A go-to emporium for monogrammed mugs, ruffled pom-pom curtains and all the accessories you need for a cute garden party, the charming retail chain recently teamed up with cool LA shop Lost & Found for a collection of artisanal boho-chic home goods. [Photo: Verbena Simple Living]

3. Bountiful

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1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-3620
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Filled with stacks upon stacks of colorful glass cake stands, this boutique is essentially a shoppable Pinterest board for your shabby chic dorm room. On the sidewalk in front, find bins of mason jars for $8 and novelty knick-knacks, gag gifts and retro candy for $3 and up; inside, expect French linens, candles, vintage furniture and more. [Photo: Kristi Marcelle]
395 Santa Monica Pl, Ste 142
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(323) 848-7111
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The perfect transition between tween-friendly CBTeen and budget-busting furniture havens like HD Buttercup and West Elm, Crate & Barrel's modern Millenial-focused brand is also having a serious end-of-season sale. Stock up on colorful appetizer plates for $1 a pop and kaleidoscopic area rugs starting at $10. [Photo: WeHo News]

5. General Store

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1801 Lincoln
Venice, CA 90405
(310) 751-6393
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Shared living spaces are often subject to awkward situations, including but not limited to weird mystery odors—so clear the air (and the bad juju from that communal bathroom) with a bundle of sage ($12) from this minimalist boho general store. Other dorm-friendly finds include sleek leather coasters for $30 and lunar wall calendars for $20. [Photo via]

6. IKEA

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600 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
(888) 888-4532
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You don't need a fashion blog to tell you that the masters of Scandinavian design will save you mucho dinero (but maybe not sweat and tears) on their build-it-yourself furniture. However, consider hitting up this massive maze of $7 bath towels and $9 cutlery sets before it truly becomes a monstrous labyrinth of domesticity when it relocates and expands at some point before your senior year. [Photo: I Luv Burbank]

7. MUJI Hollywood

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7021 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 785-2013
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Take it from the country that practically invented shoebox living to be the experts in minimalist-cool home decor. In addition to offering perfectly-packaged basics and cute snacks, the modern Japanese retailer's mindblowing Hollywood flagship offers white porcelain dishware for about $5 to $13 a pop—not a steep price when you're stocking up for a party of one or two. As it happens, they're also running a dorm-themed sale through August 27. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

8. Poketo

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820 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 537-0751
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This charming giftables shop is an art major's twee wonderland. Upgrade your desk with stylish planners starting at $8 or inspire your note-taking with printastic click pens for $5. If you're lucky enough to score a window, Poketo's also got minimalist-cool planters for adding some natural green (the decorative kind, we mean) to your space. [Photo via]

9. Rejuvenation

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8780 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 400-1872
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The devil is in the details, and this home goods retailer's Culver City location stocks a selection of individual drawer pulls, switch plates and other hardware in a variety of styles (mid-century modern, Art Deco, or whatever reminds you of home) that are considerably easy on the wallet, given that you're not doing a complete room makeover. They also carry an array of retro decor, like '40s-style desktop fans and vintage-inspired signs. [Photo: Rejuvenation]

10. Soap Plant and WACKO

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4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 663-0122
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Consider this low-brow art haven and self-proclaimed "purveyor of post-pop culture" a slightly more mature Spencer's Gifts. From tiki barware to Psycho-themed shower curtains to oddball coffee table books, your kitschy-cool dorm decor awaits. [Photo via]

11. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

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210 N Avenue 21
Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323) 224-6280
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A mainstay on both our essential vintage and home decor lists, this huge secondhand shop in Lincoln Heights is filled with furniture, dishware, and probably plenty of ironically cheesy wall art.

12. Target

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7100 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 201
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 603-0004
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Already a one-stop black hole for everyday living items (TP! Market Pantry! Board games!), Casa Targé houses everything from $44 sherpa chairs from their Room Essentials line to $15 duct tape salad plate sets from their TOO by Blu Dot collab to eclectic frames and stationery from their Nate Berkus Home collection. [Photo: Handbag Honey]

13. Tini (This Is Not Ikea)

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515 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 938-9230
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The name says it all. If your dream dorm looks like a mini Mad Men pad and you can spare a few pennies for non-Ikea prices, TINI is your source for "awesome" vintage gold mirrors for $200 and storage-expanding bar carts for $185 that double as a cool bookcase (but seriously, it's for your shot glass collection). [Photo via]

14. Urban Outfitters

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810 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 627-7469
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No dorm decor list would be complete without the hipster retail chain, which will soon unveil their UCLA-friendly concept shop in Westwood. Here, find all the requisite dorm room merch (mass-produced wall art, clever pint glasses, trippy bedding, beer pong supplies) alongside stylish retro furniture, patterned rugs and more trendy apartment decor. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]

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1. angelo: HOME

847 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Is your standard-issue XL twin bed begging for some color? That beige(ish) carpet beyond Scotchguard? Pick up printastic pillows for under $50 and colorful rugs starting at $60 alongside vintage finds at interior designer Angelo Surmelis' DTLA shop. [Photo via]
847 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

2. Anthropologie

35 North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103
A go-to emporium for monogrammed mugs, ruffled pom-pom curtains and all the accessories you need for a cute garden party, the charming retail chain recently teamed up with cool LA shop Lost & Found for a collection of artisanal boho-chic home goods. [Photo: Verbena Simple Living]
35 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103

3. Bountiful

1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Filled with stacks upon stacks of colorful glass cake stands, this boutique is essentially a shoppable Pinterest board for your shabby chic dorm room. On the sidewalk in front, find bins of mason jars for $8 and novelty knick-knacks, gag gifts and retro candy for $3 and up; inside, expect French linens, candles, vintage furniture and more. [Photo: Kristi Marcelle]
1335 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291

4. CB2

395 Santa Monica Pl, Ste 142, Santa Monica, CA 90401
The perfect transition between tween-friendly CBTeen and budget-busting furniture havens like HD Buttercup and West Elm, Crate & Barrel's modern Millenial-focused brand is also having a serious end-of-season sale. Stock up on colorful appetizer plates for $1 a pop and kaleidoscopic area rugs starting at $10. [Photo: WeHo News]
395 Santa Monica Pl, Ste 142
Santa Monica, CA 90401

5. General Store

1801 Lincoln, Venice, CA 90405
Shared living spaces are often subject to awkward situations, including but not limited to weird mystery odors—so clear the air (and the bad juju from that communal bathroom) with a bundle of sage ($12) from this minimalist boho general store. Other dorm-friendly finds include sleek leather coasters for $30 and lunar wall calendars for $20. [Photo via]
1801 Lincoln
Venice, CA 90405

6. IKEA

600 N San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
You don't need a fashion blog to tell you that the masters of Scandinavian design will save you mucho dinero (but maybe not sweat and tears) on their build-it-yourself furniture. However, consider hitting up this massive maze of $7 bath towels and $9 cutlery sets before it truly becomes a monstrous labyrinth of domesticity when it relocates and expands at some point before your senior year. [Photo: I Luv Burbank]
600 N San Fernando Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502

7. MUJI Hollywood

7021 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Take it from the country that practically invented shoebox living to be the experts in minimalist-cool home decor. In addition to offering perfectly-packaged basics and cute snacks, the modern Japanese retailer's mindblowing Hollywood flagship offers white porcelain dishware for about $5 to $13 a pop—not a steep price when you're stocking up for a party of one or two. As it happens, they're also running a dorm-themed sale through August 27. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]
7021 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

8. Poketo

820 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
This charming giftables shop is an art major's twee wonderland. Upgrade your desk with stylish planners starting at $8 or inspire your note-taking with printastic click pens for $5. If you're lucky enough to score a window, Poketo's also got minimalist-cool planters for adding some natural green (the decorative kind, we mean) to your space. [Photo via]
820 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

9. Rejuvenation

8780 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034
The devil is in the details, and this home goods retailer's Culver City location stocks a selection of individual drawer pulls, switch plates and other hardware in a variety of styles (mid-century modern, Art Deco, or whatever reminds you of home) that are considerably easy on the wallet, given that you're not doing a complete room makeover. They also carry an array of retro decor, like '40s-style desktop fans and vintage-inspired signs. [Photo: Rejuvenation]
8780 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

10. Soap Plant and WACKO

4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Consider this low-brow art haven and self-proclaimed "purveyor of post-pop culture" a slightly more mature Spencer's Gifts. From tiki barware to Psycho-themed shower curtains to oddball coffee table books, your kitschy-cool dorm decor awaits. [Photo via]
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027

11. Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

210 N Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031
A mainstay on both our essential vintage and home decor lists, this huge secondhand shop in Lincoln Heights is filled with furniture, dishware, and probably plenty of ironically cheesy wall art.
210 N Avenue 21
Los Angeles, CA 90031

12. Target

7100 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 201, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Already a one-stop black hole for everyday living items (TP! Market Pantry! Board games!), Casa Targé houses everything from $44 sherpa chairs from their Room Essentials line to $15 duct tape salad plate sets from their TOO by Blu Dot collab to eclectic frames and stationery from their Nate Berkus Home collection. [Photo: Handbag Honey]
7100 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 201
West Hollywood, CA 90046

13. Tini (This Is Not Ikea)

515 S Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
The name says it all. If your dream dorm looks like a mini Mad Men pad and you can spare a few pennies for non-Ikea prices, TINI is your source for "awesome" vintage gold mirrors for $200 and storage-expanding bar carts for $185 that double as a cool bookcase (but seriously, it's for your shot glass collection). [Photo via]
515 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036

14. Urban Outfitters

810 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014
No dorm decor list would be complete without the hipster retail chain, which will soon unveil their UCLA-friendly concept shop in Westwood. Here, find all the requisite dorm room merch (mass-produced wall art, clever pint glasses, trippy bedding, beer pong supplies) alongside stylish retro furniture, patterned rugs and more trendy apartment decor. [Photo: Elizabeth Daniels]
810 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014