Must-Know Tips To Have The Best Dorm Room Ever
You may think a bland dorm room holds no decorating potential, but just wait. We have savvy design and storage tips to turn your new college digs into home sweet home.
Start With Your Textiles
Your bedding, rug, and curtains will likely cover the most surface space in your small dorm, meaning they’ll draw the eye and set the tone of your whole room. Oftentimes, these textiles can mean the difference between a room that feels cold and sterile, or one that feels comfortable and luxurious. Before you get hung up on little accessories, prioritize these elements!
Make Your Own Wall Photo Mural
A printable wall mural makes your room feel much larger without the permanence (or cost) of paint or wallpaper.
This modern lamp will boost the cute factor in your dorm, and give you a little extra lighting during those late night study sessions.
Seek Storage in Unlikely Spots
You have to be creative with your space. Freshmen should remember two words: storage and stacking. Turns every hidden space into a storage area. Managed to be compact and neat by putting your computer keyboard in a desk drawer, sliding emptied suitcases and roll-out storage bins under your bed and filling the floor of closet.
Line Your Bookshelves With Washi Tape
Washi tape (colored paper tape) is your new best friend when it comes to dorm decorating. Like painter's tape, it removes without residue, meaning it's perfect for temporarily decorating lackluster dorm furniture.
You're going to need a place to cozy up and feel at home, so make sure you pick bedding that does the trick.
Turn a Metal Wastebasket Into a Side Table
If you're not allowed to bring in extra furniture, spray paint an inexpensive wastebasket in the color of your choice, flip it upside down, and use as a bedside table.
This mirror serves double duty: It's a spot to get ready and check out your outfit in the morning (crucial) and gives you added hanging space for bags, scarves, or jackets.
Give Extra Thought To Designing Your Work Space
Your desk shouldn’t be a catch-all for stray items (think: mail and packages, syllabuses and class print outs, tape, staplers, and binders galore!), but with little surface area in your dorm room, some clutter is bound to happen. As a student, you’ll be spending a lot of time at your laptop and hitting the books. So while your bed may be the focal point, your desk is the most important part of your room to maintain!
Sneaky Charging Accessories
This minimalist tray will boost the cute factor in your dorm, and let you charge your tech. Here's to never being in the red zone on your way to class ever again.