Dorm Decorating Ideas
by Giorgina Devereaux
The stress of thinking up stylish dorm decorating ideas, combined with the stress of leaving home for college, can suddenly make college a lot harder than you anticipated.
Since it is going to be a place where you will spend a lot of time studying, hanging out, and sleeping, it definitely merits tasteful and fun decor.
However, when it comes to dorm decorating ideas, or any ideas for that matter, some people don’t know where to begin because there’s an overwhelming amount of choices.
Here is a checklist of ideas to help you on your way.
Bins: One of the main concerns for most college students is getting and
Bins are a great
place to store important papers, such as financial aid documents, other
important paperwork, or precious items. You can stack them in the closet or you
can slide them under your bed.
Underbed Box: If bins don’t suit your style for dorm decorating ideas, then consider an underbed box, such as a 3-foot long canvas underbed chest. It fits easily under your bed and features a clear vinyl top cover for easy viewing with a nylon zipper.
Storage Drawer Set: Another great way to store your things is by picking up a storage drawer set (comes with 4 drawers), which is made from plastic. These are spacious storage compartments and you can stack them on top of one another. It’s perfect for storing clothes and under garments.
Rolling Underbed Shoe Rack: If you prefer to store your shoes under your bed, you may want to consider a rolling underbed shoe rack. This rack has eight rungs and can hold up to 12 pairs of shoes.
Over-the-Door Rack: Another fabulous way to maximize space is to hang an over-the-door rack for shoes, coats, or towels.
Organizer: For the closet, you can pick up handy organizers, such hanging
shoe racks, shoe racks that can be placed on the floor of the closet, hanging
jewelry bag holders, small hanging storage organizers with pockets that hang in
your closet or that can be mounted to the wall, and canvas organizers that hold
up to 24 shirts, 18 sweaters, and 8 pairs of pants.
ways to stay organized with your dorm decorating ideas include getting a lunch bag, which is excellent for
bringing along nutritious snacks, an ice pack for your lunch bag, a tote bag for
workout gear or extra clothes, a backpack that rolls on wheels, a homework
holder that has pockets and compartments that helps you stay organized, and a
your dorm room doesn’t have a desk, you can choose from corner desks that have a
hutch and a file organizer.
To complete your desk, consider investing in an ergonomically correct desk
chair. It makes all the difference in the world, especially when sitting for
If you prefer a bookshelf or other shelving, there are many to choose from
in varying heights, widths, and colors.
Space permitting, media storage is fabulous for ensuring that you keep all
of your treasured DVDs in one accessible location.
Dresser/Armoire: These are perfect for storing clothing and other personal accessories. If you have space in your dorm room, a piece of furniture of this sort will add style to your dorm room decor.
Vanity: Having the ideal place to apply makeup and style hair is important. Some vanities feature four drawers with a middle faceplate that folds down to expose a convenient keyboard tray. The mirror hutch is usually sold separately. It can also be used to store jewelry.
Divider: A three panel screen divider is an excellent way to create privacy
in a shared room.
Decorative Trash Can: These are available in different graphic designs and colors. The choices are fabulous and it will add a nice decorative touch to your dorm decorating ideas.
Lounge seating comes in many styles – beanbags (available in funky and fun
colors), ottomans, benches, lounge chairs, butterfly chairs, and a lounge
Bedside/Accent Table: A bedside or accent table is a good place for setting an alarm clock and a framed photo of your loved ones. Some are available with a drawer and a shelf on the bottom while others have several drawers and even feature the Smart Technology with a five-plug outlet.
Bedding Essentials: Since your bed is where you recharge your batteries, it’s important to have the right bedding ensemble. Not only will it make for a peaceful night’s sleep, but it will enhance your dorm decorating ideas.
There are so many colorful styles to choose from. The choices are endless. You can pick from solid colors, floral patterns, zebra patterns, polka dot patterns, paisley patterns, stripes, sports themes, and more.
You can find sets that include the sheets, comforter, and throw pillows, or you can mix and match.
Not only does it feel nice to walk on a rug, but a rug adds warmth to any
room. It gives the room a sense of coziness and helps tie together the other
elements of your dorm decorating ideas.
Treatments: Dress up those lonely windows with window treatments.
Good sources of
lighting is a must have. The last thing you want is to be pulling an
all-nighter cramming under poor lighting because it puts a strain on your eyes
and can lead to headaches. To eliminate this, it’s worth investing in good
you prefer to do without the fancy wall decor and want to stick to something
simple, consider hanging framed pictures.
Art: You can also opt to put up a wall mural, wall decal, or your favorite
quote in vinyl lettering.
Essential Electronics: Other important dorm decorating ideas include a compact fridge, blender, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, iron, fan, portable heater, hand vacuum, DVD player, alarm clock, and iPod accessories.
The nice thing is
that you can find these items in different colors, which will add punch to your
dorm decorating ideas. Some alarm clocks come with an iPod docking station and speakers, which
enables you to wake up to your favorite playlist.
A non-electrical item that is a must have and will simplify your ironing task is an ironing blanket. An ironing blanket will help with storage and space saving. It is ideal for ironing on a bed, desk, or floor.
Bathroom Accessories: Some important bathroom items include having a spare set of towels, a floor mat, and a pop up caddy for transporting shower items, such as, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, shaving cream, a toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. Other handy bathroom items are shower sandals, a shower caddy, a hair dryer, a towel rack, and a bathroom scale.
Check out Bed,
Bath, and Beyond's
dorm checklist for more must-have items.
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