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Dorm decorations and essentials: Homekit lights, smart speakers, and more

You've made it to college. You step into your dorm room. It's new, it's fresh, it's exciting, it's... really plain? Dorm rooms aren't exactly known for being the most interesting places when you move in, with most colleges providing you with a bed and maybe if you're really lucky, a desk. Now, you want your dorm room to look as cool as possible, so you'll understandably want to fill it with the best dorm decorations and essential accessories you can find to make it a home away from home. that could be some color-changing lights, a Bluetooth speaker like the HomePod, or even something a bit special to watch Apple TV on. Either way, you're going to want some gadgets - here are some of the coolest.

If you were one of those unlucky enough to not get a desk in your dorm room, then we have you covered with the best dorm desks, and then the best office chairs on a budget to make sure there's something comfortable to sit on.

If we could only get two…

We'd start off with the WEWATCH projector (opens in new tab) so that we can have a massive screen in a smaller space. You might need to dim the lights for it to excel truly, but it'll make everything you watch on it look pretty great. We've also seen some other cool uses of one - some use theirs as an atmospheric window to different locations when their own is boring, making a really relaxing space.

Our second pick would be the HomePod Mini (opens in new tab) - yes, we are Apple fanatics, so of course, we'd choose the Apple product, but it's really, really good. It gets plenty loud enough for get-togethers, and it looks great to boot. It can act as a good Siri hub for all your other HomeKit devices as well, so if we were to start anywhere, it would be here.

Tammy Rogers
Tammy Rogers

As the Buying Guides and Deals writer for iMore, Tammy puts over a decade of experience in finding the best prices of Apple products to work, helping you save money on the equipment that you want. An audiophile at heart, she loves all things audio and visual, but you’ll also find her drooling over the latest Macs and MacBooks. With a Masters in screenwriting, Tammy likes to spend her free time writing feature-length and TV screenplays or driving digital cars around virtual circuits, to varying degrees of success. Just don't ask her about AirPods Max - you probably won't like her answer.