Back to College Dorm Furniture Buying Guide

Heading back to college is an exciting time, filled with new classes, friends, and of course– creating your perfect living space. One of the most crucial (and fun!) parts of setting up your dorm or apartment is picking the right seating. Whether you need a comfy spot for studying, gaming, or just hanging out, there’s a perfect seat out there for you. Let’s break down the factors you should consider and explore some of the best dorm furniture options available. 

Factors to Consider:

  • Seating: First things first, figure out how many people you need to accommodate. Are you looking for a cozy solo dorm chair or something that fits a crowd like a dorm couch or dorm futon?

  •  Comfort: Comfort is key! You’ll spend a lot of time in your seat, whether it’s for marathon study sessions or late-night gaming. Make sure it feels just right.

  •  Style: Your seat should match your personal style and the vibe of your room. From sleek and modern to quirky and colorful, there are options for every taste in college dorm furniture.

  •  Material: The material of your seat impacts both comfort and maintenance. Choices range from polyester blends, plushies for soft comfort, and memory foam for ultimate coziness.

  •  Maintenance: Think about how easy it is to clean and maintain your seat. College life can get messy, so a low-maintenance option might be your best bet.

  •  Space Saving: Consider the size of your room. For shared living spaces, a large or extra-large seat (like an XL Fuf) can be perfect. For smaller rooms, medium or large options are more suitable.

  •  Multi-Functional: Seats that can be easily moved and used for various activities (like tailgating, quad events, etc.) offer great versatility. 

Types of Seating

Ultimate Lounge Chair: Fuf® Medium and Fuf® Large

Perfect for chilling out with friends, a lounge seat is all about relaxation. Think big bean bags or cushy chairs that you can sink into after a long day. These foam-filled chairs are so cozy, that you will feel like you’re relaxing on a cloud! 

The Versatile Chair: Milano with Vibe

If you’re looking for style, comfort, and portability the Milano with Vibe checks all the boxes. Perfect for relaxing after class, or cozying up with a book, and its vegan leather fabric makes a classier option than a more traditional bean bag chair. 

College Dorm Chair with Girl Relaxing

Relaxing Reading: Dorm Chair

If you’re a bookworm, a reading chair with good back support is a must. Look for something with armrests and or maybe side pockets to hold your water bottle and book like the Dorm Chair. 

Man relaxing on the dorm chair bean bag

On the Go? Get the Grab & Go!

For those who need portable seating, look for lightweight, foldable options. The Grab & Go is great for tailgating, outdoor study sessions, or impromptu gatherings. 

on the go travel bean bag for tailgating, stadium seating, or outdoor events

Game On with the Roma

Gamers, this one’s for you! The Roma is designed with ergonomic support, and low-profile comfort to further enhance your playing experience. 

perfect gaming chair for a dorm room

For 2+ People: Fuf® XL

Need to accommodate a study group or a bunch of friends? Look for larger seating options like a double-sized bean bag such as the Fuf® XL! 

dorm lounger foam beanbag chair for 2 or more people

Accessories/Features to Consider

  •  Fabric: Choose a fabric that feels good and fits your lifestyle. Soft and cozy, or sleek and easy to clean. 

  •  Cup Holders: Never spill your drink again with built-in cup holders. Perfect for movie nights or intense gaming sessions.

  •  Handles: Handles make it easy to move your seat around, whether you're rearranging your room or taking it to a friend’s place.

  •  Arm Rests: Extra comfort for those long hours of studying or chilling. 


  • Pillows: Extra pillows can add comfort and style to your seating area. They’re perfect for added lumbar support or just for hugging!

  • Ottomans: Put your feet up with a matching ottoman. They can also double as extra seating in a pinch.

  •  Side Table: A handy dorm bedside table can hold your books, snacks, or laptop. It’s a great addition to any seating setup.

Finding the perfect seat for your college space doesn’t have to be a chore. With a bit of consideration and creativity, you can create a comfy, stylish, and functional area that fits all your needs. Wondering where to buy dorm furniture? Check out your local home stores, online retailers, and campus sales for the best deals on dorm room essentials. Happy seat hunting, and here’s to a fantastic year ahead! 

Additional Dorm Worthy Seating


What furniture should I put in my dorm room?

A Big Joe fan fav is our Milano with Vibe! It is designed for comfort and style with lightweight design allowing you to take it with you wherever you need to go! Bonus features include a built-in message function to help you wind down after a long day of classes.

Learn more about the Milano with Vibe 

What should I consider when buying dorm room essentials?

When considering buying dorm room seating essentials a few options to consider are: 

  • Space Constraints: Understand the dimensions and layout of your dorm room. Know how much space you have for furniture and storage.

  • Comfort and Necessities: Pick a comfortable chair that you can see yourself spending a lot of time in and cozy accessories like pillows, and blankets make your dorm feel like home.

  • Budget: Plan ahead of time how much you’re willing to spend. Keep an eye out for back-to-school sales, and deals to save money. Subscribe to company emails to get discounts straight to your inbox!