It’s been years since I graduated from college but I still get excited every summer when I see new dorm room decor roll out. Unlike most people I went to school with, I lived in the dorms all four years. I loved dorm life! There were always people out and about in the common areas when I got bored and I never had to cook a meal! Lets face it, walking into an empty dorm room is like walking into a prison cell. Cinder block walls, beaten down furniture and industrial tile floors are not something to write home about. Here are some tips for designing a dorm room that you can really call home!
1. Decide on a Bed Arrangement
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Get in touch with your roommate before move in day to discuss how you will set up the room and what you will be bringing (TV, mini fridge, etc). This will help you determine how much space you will have for additional furniture and storage items. Bunking the beds is a great option for creating extra space. Most schools also provide lofting equipment at an additional charge, which allows you to create a study space or seating area under your bed.
2. Warm up the Floors
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Invest in a large area rug or piece of residential carpet from your local hardware store. Covering up those cold tile floors with immediately make the space feel more warm and inviting. My grandmother had new carpet installed in her home the summer before I started college so I was able to use her old carpet in my dorm room. It was an awesome way to recycle carpet and keep it out of the land fills.
3. Personalize the Walls
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Everything you buy to decorate your dorm room walls must be hung with foam tape or command hooks. Most dorms these days have cinder block walls so you cant use nails or thumb tacks to hang your decor. With that being said, keep weight in mind because most command hooks can hold up to five pounds. You don’t want things falling on you in the middle of the night! I love the idea of creating wall paper out of Instagram pics (tutorial available at A Beautiful Mess). Get to know your roommate by collaborating on this project and combining photos!
4. Bring in the Tchotchkes
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Add a finishing touch to dorm room with tchotchkes (aka knick knacks)! These fun little treasures create personality and will help the space feel less temporary. Look for small unique furniture and storage items to add interest to the space, while helping to reduce clutter.