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Six college apartment and dorm room items you can find at Habitat ReStore

  • By Riverside ReStore
  • 16 Aug, 2017

It’s back to school time! For those of you heading to college – or have kids doing so – it’s time to start stocking up on the items that can transform a dorm room or college apartment into a space that feels like a home.

Fortunately, your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore has just about everything you need for your back to school furniture and décor shopping, all at prices that won’t break the bank. Check out all the great things you should look for during your next trip to Habitat ReStore below, as well as some DIY decorating tips that are fun and easy to create with items you’ll find at many Habitat ReStores.

1.     Furniture

Filling your living space with places to sit, sleep and eat is one of the biggest challenges – and expenses – of living away at college. Habitat ReStore is here to help.

 Whether you need a sofa, kitchen table, bed, dresser or all of the above, you’ll find a slew of new and gently used furniture options at your local Habitat ReStore. Keep in mind that every store has a different inventory that changes daily based on donations from your community . Check back often to find exactly what you need.

2.     Appliances

In addition to the obvious necessities like utensils, cups and plates, you also may need many other kitchen accessories like a blender, toaster oven and the all-important coffee maker (for late night study sessions). Though these items seem like relatively small purchases, they can add up quickly. Habitat ReStores often carry a variety of kitchen gadgets at great prices!

If you’re living in an apartment without laundry facilities, you may need a washer and dryer. While this would ordinarily represent a large expense, check to see if your Habitat ReStore has a gently used washing machine and dryer that will save you trips to the laundromat.

3.     Lighting

Many dorms are equipped with fluorescent lighting, which can prove harsh on the eyes. Pick up a lamp or two from the Habitat ReStore to reduce this harshness and provide your dorm room with a warm glow.

4.     Storage

Dorm rooms and college apartments aren’t typically known for providing an abundance of space. The wide variety of items available at Habitat ReStore give you a chance to creatively make great use of the space you do have available.

 For examples and inspiration, check out this Buzzfeed article on hacks that will help you get more space out of a small closet. Materials used for the hacks you may find at Habitat ReStore (that you may not immediately think you need for your college dorm room) include pipes, scraps of wood, chains and hooks.

5.     Art

Blank walls provide a great opportunity to turn a generic dorm room or apartment into a space that is uniquely yours. However, purchasing artwork can quickly become expensive. Most ReStores have a large variety of art at great prices. You can even turn some finds into projects to produce your own unique artwork.

 For just one really cool idea of how you can transform an old painting into something new and unique, take a look at number six on this list of creative DIY ideas and decorating tips for dorms . In fact, you’ll probably want to look at all 25 tips on the list.

6.     DIY projects

Speaking of creating your own projects, sometimes the best ways to furnish and decorate your new living quarters are by making something completely new.

 The possibilities for this one are nearly endless. See this HGTV article featuring 40 DIY dorm room ideas for inspiration. These ideas use a wide variety of materials you may be able to find at Habitat ReStore, including room dividers, wooden crates, book ends, rope, trunks and brass fittings.

What items have you found at Habitat ReStores that made great additions to your apartment or dorm room? Let us know in the comments!

Treasure Hunter's Blog

By Riverside ReStore 14 Sep, 2017

Why recycled paint? 

Amazon Select Paints are manufactured from quality, surplus paint that Amazon collects from government, businesses, and consumers. By replacing new paint with recycled paint, resources that would have been used in making the new paint, including the energy used to make and transport the paint and minerals, chemicals, and pigments are saved. 

Using recycled content paint, prevents paint material from ending up in a landfill or, worse, down a drain. Recycled paint saves resources, saves energy, reduces pollution, and reduces landfill waste!

Recycled Paint information from

By Riverside ReStore 13 Sep, 2017

With a large empty wall space, adding a single piece of art or décor could still make the space feel incomplete. If you want to fill the space but do not want to make the wall feel cluttered, consider adding a repurposed table top backdrop, like this one purchaced at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Riverside! The geometric design of the table top adds a rustic yet modern style to this interior wall space while keeping the clock the focal point.

By Riverside ReStore 30 Aug, 2017
The Riverside ReStore recently started carrying Amazon Recycled Paint! Amazon paint may be used on interior or exterior surfaces, and can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. It applies easily and provides excellent coverage. Amazon paint is every bit as good as the more expensive, ‘virgin’ paint sold in the big box stores. Amazon Paints are premium quality, eco-friendly latex paints. Amazon’s paint reprocessing system ensures that every gallon sold meets strict specifications for color, gloss, viscosity and coverage. Amazon Select™ meets or exceeds the performance specifications of national paint brands.
By Riverside ReStore 25 Aug, 2017
We rely on donations from local residents and businesses to keep our store stocked with quality products. We typically price merchandise 30% to 90% off retail, plus we run sales discounting items an additional 10% to 75% off every week. Be the first to learn about our weekly sales by signing up for our Treasure Hunter’s Email.  
By Riverside ReStore 16 Aug, 2017

It’s back to school time! For those of you heading to college – or have kids doing so – it’s time to start stocking up on the items that can transform a dorm room or college apartment into a space that feels like a home.

By Riverside ReStore 28 Jul, 2017

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Riverside has a large selection of new patio cushions in stock. In addition to adding a new flare to your patio furniture, single cushions make great dog and cat beds!

By Riverside ReStore 01 Jun, 2017

For example, DIY expert Theresa Clement transformed a wooden box and a chair into a unique flower planter.

Though the chair and the box could have been bought and used today, Theresa saw that with a little creativity the items could be reused tomorrow in a completely new way. On a recent trip to the Smyrna Habitat ReStore near Atlanta, she documented her process in the following video.

By Riverside ReStore 01 May, 2017

I love working with pallet wood.

Each pallet board is unique in character, and has a mysterious story of travels and escapades that I’ll never know. It’s fun to think that the parts to this planter box could have been anywhere in the world and transported anything from tools to furniture to books and so much more.

So enough about my romance with pallets, let’s dig into the DIY of making this pallet planter box.

The Supplies

By Riverside ReStore 01 Apr, 2017

Home is the foundation for our lives, and should provide an atmosphere where individuals can thrive. Everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home.

For many families in the United States, the concept of home seems out of reach. Often, this is a result of living in inadequate conditions or paying rent beyond their means. Home has become a place they need to escape from, rather than escape to.

This April, support Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s local work as we participate in #HomeIsTheKey by shopping or donating at the Riverside ReStore.

You can be part of a key moment in a family’s future.   Become part of the movement:

By Riverside ReStore 01 Jan, 2017

Restored Furniture Extraordinaire, Beth, found this side table in perfect condition, only problem was that it lacked a bit of spark and color! She restored it using primer, paint, and dark glaze. Now this fun piece brings life and character to any room!

Supplies needed:

  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • General Purpose Paint (Beth used Red Bay by Sherwin Williams)
  • Paint brushes
  • Dark Glaze
  • Furniture Piece (Check out your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for your vintage furniture needs)


  1.  Take off hardware to avoid accidental spills
  2. Sand down the entire surface to get rid of any paint or stain on the piece.
  3. Paint the entire surface of the piece with primer, then with paint (use multiple coats of paint to create a solid finish)
  4. After the paint has completely dried, age the project by applying dark glaze and then wiping the rest off with a rag
  5. Reattach the hardware and admire your finished product!

 How have you repurposed your #ReStoreFinds to add a pop of color to your life? Post your projects with #RiversideReStore, your creation might get featured in our blog!

About our DIYer:

Local entrepreneur, Beth Eckstrom, creator of Custom Furnishings , has taken what began as a project of necessity and turned it into a thriving business breathing new life into old furnishings. As a mother of two young children she began looking for a way to make the money that would allow her to stay at home with them. Beth has a knack for seeing beyond the worn and dated to create a look that is completely unique, decorative, one-of-a-kind and functional.

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