Mid-Century Modern Dream Dorm: Save on Any Budget

Whether you’re pinching pennies or have a stash of cash saved from your summer job, we’ve got design ideas aplenty for decorating your dorm. For even more tips on how to save, check out the other guides in this series: “Glam Rock Dream Dorm” and “Boho Dream Dorm.”

There’s no escaping the ubiquity of mid-century modern design, and why would you want to? This latest interior design trend is not only the hottest thing on tapered legs but is also a fail-proof style anyone can pull off — even without a subscription to Architectural Digest.

Clean lines demonstrate the style’s versatility, so whether you pair that hairpin-leg desk with a reading lamp from home, or go full out with an Eames-style chair and a starburst mirror, you’ll have a mid-century modern dorm faster than you can say “Don Draper.”

Bonus: MCM’s popularity ensures back-to-school deals won’t be hard to snag, and whatever you buy can remain with you well past graduation. After all, mid-century modern has been alive and kickin’ since the ’40s.

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Lamps

Dime: Kennedy Clip Task Lamp ($55) from PBTeen

Dollar: Mid-Century Task Table Lamp ($159) from West Elm

Whole Paycheck: Aged Natural Brass Desk Lamp ($215) from Lamps Plus

Rugs

Dime: Geometric Yellow Area Rug ($128) from Wayfair

Dollar: Mosaic Triangles Wool Dhurrie ($349) from West Elm

Whole Paycheck: Max Rug ($425) from Joybird

Clocks

Dime: Retro Alarm Clock ($19) from Kikkerland Design

Dollar: Infinity Instruments Retro Style Alarm Clock ($29) from 4AlarmClocks

Whole Paycheck: Moon Beam Clock ($49.95) from L.L.Bean

Seating

Dime: Rocker Lounge Chair ($92.25) from LexMod

Dollar: Baxton Studio Executive Arm Chair ($154.28) from Hayneedle

Whole Paycheck: Barrel Chair ($204) from AllModern

Mirror

Dime: Sunray Mirror ($60) from Kirkland’s

Dollar: Newport Mirror ($150) from Z Gallerie

Whole Paycheck: Sunburst Mirror ($225) from Shades of Light

Research by Jennifer Gravely, a freelance writer and editor based in southern Virginia

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