Cute, Unique & Practical Etsy Finds To Make Your Dorm or First Apartment Feel Like Home

Whether you're moving into the dorms or your first apartment, these unique Etsy finds will make your new living space feel extra cozy.

By Kristine Fellizar Sep 11, 2022 11:00 AMTags
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Although we're still in the middle of summer, back to school season will be here before you know it. If you'll be moving into the dorms or your first apartment in the upcoming months, we've got a roundup of cute and practical things from Etsy you'll want to snag before move-in day. 

Moving to a new place, especially if it's your first time away from home, can make anyone feel anxious. Finding products that make your home feel warm and cozy can help you adjust to your new living space, and Etsy has all kinds of unique products you can get to make that happen. For instance, you can't go wrong with candles! We came across some playful cereal candles that'll take you back to your childhood days, as well as best-selling luxury aromatherapy candles which have over 9,000 five star reviews. Both of these candles will do wonders at making your dorm or apartment feel more homey.

From cozy blankets to practical storage baskets, we've rounded up a few other Etsy finds that can make your dorm room or apartment feel like home. Check those out below. 

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Cloud Knot Pillow

This uniquely knotted Cloud Knot Pillow from Juju and Jake on Etsy is such a stunner. There's a wide variety of colors to choose from, and reviewers say the pillows are beautiful, soft, and can be used for neck or lumbar support. Juju and Jake on Etsy has other amazing cloud knot items including floor cushions, door barriers and other pillows. Be sure to check those out as well.

Rustic Floating Shelves - Set of 2

These chic floating shelves from Avadir and Co. are perfect for photos, books, small plants and more. Avadir and Co. on Etsy actually specialize in personalized home pieces that can help create an inviting home. So be sure to check out their other offerings as well. 

Original Macrame Fruit Hammock

Keep fruits and other items in this cute hammock by Avadir and Co., the same shop that did the floating shelves above. 

Boho Style Aromatherapy Lavender Weighted Neck Wrap

This boho-style aromatherapy neck wrap weighs approximately two pounds and is stuffed with a blend of organic flax seed, rice and dry lavender buds. Whenever you're feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed, just warm this up in the microwave for a couple of minutes and wrap it around your neck. There are six cute patterns to choose from. 

Personalized Photo Printed Basswood

Got a few special photos you want to bring with you? This personalized photo printed basswood from Etsy is a must-have for your new home. 

Cereal Bowl Candle with Metal Spoon

SouthLake Gifts on Etsy creates wild candles that don't exactly look like candles. Their best-selling cereal bowl candles look just like the real thing, your guests will be shocked that they aren't. The shop recommends lighting these each morning to jumpstart your morning routine.

Aromatherapy Candles

You can't go wrong with aromatherapy candles, especially during days when're feeling stressed, overwhelmed or lonely. These beautiful luxury scented candles from Kindred Fires on Etsy offer scents for happiness, sleep and energy, among others. Over 70,000 of these candles have been ordered, and they have over 9,000 five-star reviews. 

Macrame Leaves Hanging Wall Art

Decorate your wall with this gorgeous wall hanging. You can choose the amount of leaves you get, as well as whether you want solid colors or mixed. Etsy shoppers who have this in their home can't stop raving over how well-made and beautifully packaged these were. 

Coat Rack with Shelf and Magnetic Key Holders

You'll know exactly where you keys and bag are with this cute and practical coat rack with shelf. A must-have for any home!

Crochet Hanging Storage Baskets - Small

If you have a ton of stuff but barely any space, these hanging storage baskets are a great solution. They're cute, practical and highly versatile. Be sure to check out Hayward Crochet's Etsy shop to shop other colors and sizes. 

Handmade Chunky Knit Throw Blanket

Place these handmade extra chunky throw blankets on your bed or couch to give your space a warm and cozy feel. There are five colors to choose from and Etsy shoppers say these blankets are just as soft and comfy as they look.  

Looking for more chic home goods to shop? Check out budget-friendly stores like Anthropologie you'll want to have on your radar.

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—Originally published July 7, 2022, at 3:28 p.m. PT