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12 Bay Area Dorm-Shopping Spots You Need to Know Now

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Selecting dorm decor is oh-so-exciting because it's often the first opportunity you have to express your home design aesthetic. It can also be stressful. What do you do when you arrive at school and realize that your roomie's ruffles and unicorns clash with your modern minimalism? Go shopping for a compromise, that's what. We've assembled a group of home furnishings options from Palo Alto to Berkeley where you can shop for dorm decor without maxing out your parents' credit card. Consider it a back to school present, from us to you.


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1. CB2 Berkeley

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1730 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
East Bay roomies can head to this Crate & Barrel sister store's outpost in Berkeley for matching bedding and whimsical home goods.

2. IKEA

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4400 Shellmound St
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 420-4532
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The most convenient Ikea to for both Berkeley kids and SF collegians, this is your go-to place for futons and storage solutions.

3. Crate & Barrel Outlet

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1785 4th St
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 528-5500
Discover home linens and small furniture items like bookshelves and chairs at the furniture retailer's Berkeley clearance center.

4. West Elm

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Bay Street Mall
Emeryville, CA 94608
(510) 655-1367
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A step up from neighboring Ikea, this is a great spot for bedding, window treatments, and lamps.

5. CB2 Union Square

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34 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 834-9370
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Located near the Powell Station Muni and BART lines, this budget-friendly modern mecca is a fantastic stop for duvets, curtains, and rugs.

6. Leftovers

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1350 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 409-0088
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Want to class up your room? Check out Leftovers for fantastic chairs and sofas that won't break your meager college student budget.

7. Therapy Furniture

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541 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 865-9758
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We hesitated to include this Mission furniture shop on the list since it's losing its home on Valencia at the end of August, but we love this spot for reasonably-priced furniture. Post-August, head across the Bay Bridge to the new location in Alameda.

8. Past Perfect - Stanyan

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854 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
A stone's throw away from the University of San Francisco, you'll find vintage paintings, prints, mirrors, oversized letters and other objets d'arts for your room at this Cole Valley shop.

9. Furniture Innovation

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(415) 621-0746
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This Dogpatch furniture store is a tad disorganized, but it's a great place to find affordable, mid-century replicas. If you want a non-folding chair for your room, go here.

10. MUJI 無印良品

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540 9th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 694-5981
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11. West Elm

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180 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 329-8086
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Cheaper and hipper than Pottery Barn, this is a great spot for decor items like pillow and vases; the things that make a dorm feel like home.

12. Ikea Palo Alto

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1700 East Bayshore Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
You might need an IPA after battling your peers in the Ikea PA, but this is still your best bet for bookcases and futons.

1. CB2 Berkeley

1730 4th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
East Bay roomies can head to this Crate & Barrel sister store's outpost in Berkeley for matching bedding and whimsical home goods.
1730 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710

2. IKEA

4400 Shellmound St, Emeryville, CA 94608
The most convenient Ikea to for both Berkeley kids and SF collegians, this is your go-to place for futons and storage solutions.
4400 Shellmound St
Emeryville, CA 94608

3. Crate & Barrel Outlet

1785 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Discover home linens and small furniture items like bookshelves and chairs at the furniture retailer's Berkeley clearance center.
1785 4th St
Berkeley, CA 94710

4. West Elm

Bay Street Mall, Emeryville, CA 94608
A step up from neighboring Ikea, this is a great spot for bedding, window treatments, and lamps.
Bay Street Mall
Emeryville, CA 94608

5. CB2 Union Square

34 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Located near the Powell Station Muni and BART lines, this budget-friendly modern mecca is a fantastic stop for duvets, curtains, and rugs.
34 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Leftovers

1350 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109
Want to class up your room? Check out Leftovers for fantastic chairs and sofas that won't break your meager college student budget.
1350 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94109

7. Therapy Furniture

541 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
We hesitated to include this Mission furniture shop on the list since it's losing its home on Valencia at the end of August, but we love this spot for reasonably-priced furniture. Post-August, head across the Bay Bridge to the new location in Alameda.
541 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Past Perfect - Stanyan

854 Stanyan Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
A stone's throw away from the University of San Francisco, you'll find vintage paintings, prints, mirrors, oversized letters and other objets d'arts for your room at this Cole Valley shop.
854 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Furniture Innovation

San Francisco, CA
This Dogpatch furniture store is a tad disorganized, but it's a great place to find affordable, mid-century replicas. If you want a non-folding chair for your room, go here.

10. MUJI 無印良品

540 9th St., San Francisco, CA 94103
540 9th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. West Elm

180 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Cheaper and hipper than Pottery Barn, this is a great spot for decor items like pillow and vases; the things that make a dorm feel like home.
180 University Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

12. Ikea Palo Alto

1700 East Bayshore Road, East Palo Alto, CA 94303
You might need an IPA after battling your peers in the Ikea PA, but this is still your best bet for bookcases and futons.
1700 East Bayshore Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303