So you’re going to college? Congratulations! You’re finally moving out and gaining some independence. For some young people, college is their first opportunity to decorate their own space. Whether you are a brand new student or a seasoned veteran to the campus scene, you will want your dorm room to reflect your personal style. This tiny room will be your home for months, so you should create a space that is comfortable and inviting.
Decorating a dorm room can be a bit challenging. Most college students don’t have a big budget to work with. They look for décor at Wal-Mart, Target, or even thrift stores. While these stores have some great options, you will still need to get creative to make every penny work for you.
Begin by choosing your bedding. Most dorm rooms are tiny so the bed will most likely be your focal point in the room. You will use that little twin bed as a couch, a table, a desk, and sometimes for sleeping. Because you will be spending so much time on your bed, you should pick out bedding that is comfortable and attractive.
Any color scheme can work in a dorm room, and the bed will be one of your only opportunities to insert color. If you don’t have a particular shade in mind, look for something reversible so you can flip it over if it gets dirty. Remember to check your bed’s dimensions before you buy sheets to make sure you get the right size. Most dorms provide extra long beds, so you will have to find sheets custom tailored to the right dimensions.
Storage is another important part of dorm room design. Because your space is so small, you should use every square inch to your advantage. Try raising your bed with cement blocks painted in a cool color to provide some extra space for plastic crates underneath. Take advantage of every surface. You could put your television on a bedside table or make a computer desk out of a brightly colored storage crate. Get creative to make the most of your space.
Remember that the walls offer plenty of room for storage and design accents. Floating shelves offer storage for books and a place to display art work. Since most dorms won’t let you paint, you could drape fabric over the walls or cover small sections in removable colored contact paper to create a checkerboard effect. Posters also provide splashes of color and an opportunity to show off style preferences.
Finally, don’t forget the floor when you are buying décor for the dorm. Dorm floors are usually cold and hard, so you will want a rug. You can find rugs in every style and shape imaginable so choose one that compliments your color scheme. You could even use a rug as the focal point in your room if you select something unusual or bold. Regardless of your color preference, choose a rug that is soft and comfortable so your dorm room will feel more like home.