Interview: HGTV’s Sabrina Soto Shares Back to College Decor Tips!

With students heading back to college this month, HGTV host Sabrina Soto joined me yesterday to share must have tips and products every college student needs when decorating and organizing their dorm room or first apartment!

HGTV host Sabrina Soto with the must haves in back to college decor!


Candace Rose: What are the first steps college students must take when shopping for their dorm room or that first apartment?

Sabrina Soto: “Well, in a dorm room because you can’t paint or put anything up on the walls, you have to use a lot of color and prints and pattern, especially in your bedding. But you also want to use multifunctional pieces. Two of my favorite products out now- love this floor lamp. It acts as not only a lamp, but a nightstand as well. You can put your alarm clock, photo frames or books.


This great floor lamp doubles as a nightstand.


And I love using storage ottomans. I even use storage ottomans in big places, and I think they’re the easiest way to conceal clutter. You can throw everything in them, then you pop the lid on and all of a sudden you have extra seating for unexpected guests.”


This ottoman is not only great for cutting down on clutter, but serves as space when entertaining guests.


Candace Rose: What are the must haves this season?

Sabrina Soto: “Well, I think- one of my favorite products that’s a must have is this bungee cord chair. I love it! It’s super comfortable and it comes in different colors. But what I like most about it is it collapses. It lies flat, you can put it right underneath your bed or in your closet if you need the extra space.”


Bungee cord chair


Candace Rose: Do you have any tips for the kitchen?

Sabrina Soto: “For the kitchen- use again a lot of color and don’t go with the boring white or black toaster. This fun toaster is less than $15. All of this dishware with this wonderful pattern is less than $2 a piece and they’re microwave and dishwasher safe.”


This bright red toaster retails for less than $15 at Target, and the dishware is microwave and dishwasher safe.


Candace Rose: Are there some other great ways to maximize space?

Sabrina Soto: “Yes! I like to use bed risers in small spaces because it gives you that extra space underneath your bed to put the big containers- things that you don’t necessarily need every day. Floating shelves are another great option. You could use them right next to your front door for your keys and your mail or in your bedroom if you have absolutely no space for a table, this can act as a nightstand.



Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?

Sabrina Soto: “Absolutely! In a dorm room you only have in your closet one rod. You can easily add that second rod with this system. It’s $30, you don’t need any tools. It just hangs right on the first rod. It doubles your capacity. But if you’re trying to figure out exactly what you need to bring to your dorm, go log onto You can download an essential checklist of everything you need. They even have a program called uSTYLER which lets you play around with the products to make sure you’re designing it right and you have everything that you need when you actually go shopping.”


Double closet rod

Candace Rose: Where can viewers go for more information on you, Sabrina?

Sabrina Soto: “You can go to your local Target or for more information on me, you can go to”




  1. Dana Strickland
    September 13, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Where can I get the bungee cord chair? I found two at Target but would like to buy more. I found it of great use in my 3rd grade classroom. It tremendously helps the ADHD kids.

    • September 13, 2012 / 8:50 pm

      Hi Dana,

      I’m so glad to hear that it helps with ADHD kids. I just checked and noticed they’re no longer available; if I hear that they’re back in stock, I will definitely let you know.


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