The Real Cost of Setting Up a Dorm Room

By Bloomberg Rankings - 2012-08-10T20:14:18Z

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The Desk

Aside from serving as an armoire, cutting board and guest seating, the desk provides, well, a change of pace from the bed. Unless your child has a unique appreciation for fluorescent lighting, a desk lamp and a standing lamp will be needed. In the why-would-I-buy-this category, you could pay more for a facsimile of a light than a light itself by springing for a designer-made wall decal of a lamppost ($65) or chandelier ($40) from dormify.com.

$16: Desk lamp -- target.com

$70: High-back mesh chair -- bedbathandbeyond.com

$22: 12-inch table fan -- amazon.com

$64: Able Planet Traveler's Choice foldable noise-canceling headphones (unless you want to go for the $300 Bose headphones at bose.com) -- walmart.com

$50: 5-light floor lamp -- bedbathandbeyond.com

$23: Dry-erase talk board, extra set of dry-erase markers ($3) -- target.com

$10: WallPops removable dry-erase message dot and marker (set of 3) -- bedbathandbeyond.com

The tally: $1,220.50 (leaves out decals)

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