It’s that time of year when kids are heading back to school and moving off to college. For many students, the first year in their dorm room is also their first year away from home in their own space that they can decorate however they choose! However, a dorm room can be limiting because, much like many apartments, there are specific rules for what can and cannot be done in terms of decoration. While many dorms may not allow painted walls or nail holes and are likely too small for much furniture, there are some great ways you can make your dorm room your own personal space.
Set up the dorm room furniture layout.
Your dorm room will likely come furnished with a bed, desk, refrigerator, and microwave. These items can be rearranged however you (and your roommate) find works best for you. Want to bunk the beds for a more open space? Go for it! Or maybe you both want to loft your beds to make space underneath for your desk or additional seating. By determining the layout of the room yourself, you can make the room conducive to your specific needs without much work.
Always go for function.
When it comes to your dorm room, the more functional something is, the better. With such limited space, having items that can be used for more than one thing amps up the value of your room. Consider a futon, which can be used as a couch or folded down into a bed for comfortable late night study sessions or a safe place to crash after a fun night out! Also, look for items that provide any additional storage space, like built-in shelving on a desk unit or added drawer systems that can slide right under your bed. Dorm room storage is limited, and by incorporating it in other items, you keep the room from becoming too cluttered.
Personalize with accessories.
Since you most likely will not be able to paint your room, consider adding color and style with accessories! Bring a bold look to the room with a fun patterned throw rug or add detail with trendy accent pillows on your bed. Artwork, movie posters, photos with friends and family, and other trinkets allow you to infuse your personality into your space without making any permanent changes to the room.
If you are sharing your room with a roommate (or multiple!), speak with him or her on the phone before you move. Make sure you know what comes with the room and what the other person plans on bringing so you don’t end up with tons of items that you do not have enough space for. Doing this also allows you to coordinate your design styles if you so choose. Instead of going for a totally matching theme, why not pick a cool color palette you both enjoy? You’ll both have your own style showcased, but it will bring a cohesive feel to your dorm room, too.
Heading off to college is an important time in your life, and your dorm room is one place where you can hang out with friends or buckle down and study for your exams. You’ll want to feel comfortable doing both, so think about these tips and your dorm room will be functional, stylish, and most importantly, yours!
Don’t forget, if you’re in need of furniture for your college dorm room or apartment, you can purchase at your local American Freight store and have it delivered from the store nearest your school!