Soon-to-be college students, last week’s back to school post was aimed at your parents. This one, however, is just for you. As you might have guessed, most dorm rooms come fully equipped with … well … not a whole lot, to be honest. You’re guaranteed a place to sleep and a place to work; after that, you’re pretty much on your own. Sure, you could look at your new room as a dull and uninspiring space, but you could also look at it as a blank canvas, just waiting for that personal touch. Here are some dorm room ideas from Kirkland’s to help you make the most of your space. (Note: Be sure to check your school’s dorm room standards before you begin hatching your decorative plans.)
Leave Your Mark … Without Leaving A Mark
When most people think about adding personality to a room, they think of more permanent solutions: repainting, hanging artwork and other wall decor, hanging potted plants—all of which are generally no-no’s for college dorms. But you can personalize your space just as easily with accents that aren’t quite so permanent. The first of our dorm room ideas involves redecorating from the ground up … literally. Cover up ugly dorm room floors with accent rugs in fun styles. After that, ease the oppressively harsh light of the ceiling fluorescents with the soft glow of table lamps and desk lamps. Use posters and removable wall decals to dress up drab walls. Finally, if you can’t think of any other way to dress something up, put a pillow on it—seriously. Never underestimate the decorative power of well-placed accent pillows.
When you’re in a small space—like most dorm rooms—the most important way to utilize that space is to cut down on the clutter and unlock the multitasking potential in your decor. If you’re allowed to bring additional furniture into your dorm, make sure it falls into the storage furniture category. Even if you can’t add a storage bench or an extra bookshelf, chances are you can at least add some storage bins to your room. But where should you put them? Under the bed, of course. Use bed risers to elevate your bed a few inches higher off the floor to make room for under-bed storage units. You can even stash the bins with a bed skirt, giving you both a hiding spot for your stuff and another way to add some personality to your room.
Ever Heard Of Washi Tape?
Washi tape is the dorm room decorator’s dream. This decorative masking tape, originally from Japan, is a paper tape constructed with fibers derived from certain Japanese trees, like the mulberry, the gampi tree, and the mitsumata shrub (it can also be made with bamboo or hemp). It’s extremely durable (almost as strong as duct tape) and easily removable. See where we’re going with this? Plain furniture and fixtures (even things like lampshades) can be made fun and exciting with the addition of washi tape. It can jazz up the edges of shelves, decorate planters, add personality to doors; it can even help you create some interesting dorm room wall art. Want to put up pictures in your room? Save the nails; washi tape can help you hang your pictures or posters AND serve as a decorative frame. Just tape all around the edges and you’re done.
College is a fun journey of learning and discovery, but it can also be overwhelming in the beginning. Using some of our dorm room ideas can make adjusting to this new and exciting stage in life a little easier—not to mention a little more fun. So get your to-do list together and get decorating!