Create the Perfect Dorm Room
A dorm room is the one room that college students have for sleeping,
entertaining and studying. Whether they have to share it with someone else or
not, it's important to be able to create the perfect one so that it is
comfortable. Those who have a great dorm room can feel more at home and thus do
better with the overall college experience.
A 15x15 space with only one window is the reality that most college students
face. You can make it as exciting as you want - especially when you follow these
1. Utilize the Space
Take advantage of the space you have and build up. Shelves along the wall can
give you the space that you would otherwise use a bookcase for. You can also
find storage opportunities under the bed. A little creativity can go a long way
inside of a dorm.
2. Create the Illusion of More Space
Mirrors can be your best friend. By adding a floor length mirror here and there,
it can make your dorm look twice the size. Don't be fooled, it's the same space,
but you are less likely to get claustrophobic with these illusions.
3. Surround Yourself with Loved Ones
One of the best ways to avoid getting homesick is by surrounding yourself with
loved ones. Add photos of family, friends, and even your pet that you had to
leave at home. You can create a photo collage over your bed or even get a
digital frame for your nightstand.
4. Add Some Privacy
If you have the pleasure of sharing your dorm room with someone else, there may
be times when you crave privacy. A folding screen can be your best friend. It
collapsed when it's not needed and can create a makeshift wall when it is.
5. Create a Comfortable Space to Watch TV
Watching a good movie is a great way to unwind. Some dorms today even have
access to programming such as DirecTV which has endless amount of movies and TV
shows to help you forget the stress of college for a minute. You can often make
a small comfortable home theater with a little effort such as big pillows, a
small couch, and a creative coffee table.
6. Make Your Bed Comfortable
Your mattress isn't the most comfortable, so to get the perfect dorm, you have
to work on your bed. Add a pillow top cover for your mattress and invest in a
comforter that's going to last. When you can get a good night's sleep, it will
allow you to concentrate on your studies throughout the day.
7. Incorporate a Theme
Make your dorm a cool place to be. You can make it as geeky or as chic as you
want by adding posters, mobiles, and anything else that you can think of.
8. Create Ambience with Lighting
Don't settle for the one lamp that the dorm room gives you - if they even give
you that. Get a great light for your desk and even another light that throws
some designs onto the ceiling.
9. Decorate the Walls
There are plenty of ways to decorate the walls. This includes temporary
wallpaper as well as wall applique. You can add quotes, patterns, and various
other designs so you don't have to stare at painted cinderblock.
10. Develop a Green Thumb
A great way to add some color to your dorm is with greens. A potted plant or a
sabal palm will liven up your room for sure.
11. Cover the Floors
You never know who or what came before you. If you don't like the idea of
running around a bare floor, you can add a rug of any color. This will make it
more comfortable to walk around barefoot and feel as if you are at home.