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How to Design the Perfect Dorm Room



If the time has come where you’re off to college, it’s important that your dorm room feels like a home away from home. When designing the perfect space, knowing where to start can be overwhelming, especially if you’re living with a roommate. However, to get the most out of your studies and ensure you get the best grades possible, your dorm room needs to provide maximum comfort and relaxation. To help you out, here are a few tips on how to design the perfect dorm room.

Coordinate with Your Roommate

If you’re sharing your dorm room with a roommate, before you get set to work on designing your space, it’s vital that you communicate with them to find out what their own personal style and preferences are. You may find that you need to compromise on your own ideas, to avoid clashing with the person you’re going to be living with for the next year. So, making a plan before you move in is key. It’s important that both your styles are incorporated into the space and flow well together. 

Choose Subtle Colors

After a long and busy day of classes, it’s only natural that you will want to return to a dorm room that exudes peace and tranquility. When designing your dorm room, your first port of call should be to invest in a subtle color scheme that promotes relaxation. Bright and bold colors may catch your eye at first, but they can be a head trip when it comes to chilling out, so sticking with neutral colors like white and beige is a good idea. 

Keep Things Simple

Regardless of what your personal taste is, your dorm room should look simple, cozy, and sophisticated. To get around your dorm room with ease, you should leave three feet at a minimum between your bed and side walls. Many dorm rooms aren’t the most spacious, so you may have to make do with what you have already. When moving away from home, you may want to bring anything and everything that reminds you of your family and friends, but remember that the more clutter you have, the worse it can be for your health

Bring in Natural Light

The lighting in your dorm room can have a big impact on productivity and efficiency levels. No matter what course you’re studying, it’s likely that you will have lots of coursework and reading to do in your spare time, so bringing in plenty of natural night can make all the difference and boost your mindset. When exposed to natural light, there are tons of health benefits you can receive, such as boosting vitamin D levels and improving your sleep. To increase natural light in your dorm room, there are several things you can do, such as adding more mirrors, adding skylights, and washing your windows. 

Add Artwork

When moving into a dorm room, it’s likely that the walls will be stripped bare. To feel at home within an instant, there are lots of items that you can put on the wall, such as quirky artwork. Adding your own personal touches will put your stamp on the room and help you settle in quickly. Many students feel out of their depth when moving away from home for the first time, so you may also want to hang photos of your family and friends to reduce stress levels and help you feel more relaxed. Try not to cover your entire dorm room in photographs and artwork as it can make your space appear smaller. It's best to choose a feature wall that you dedicate to artwork and photos. 

Choose the Right Bedding and Mattress

A good night’s sleep is critical for success during college, so it’s vital that you invest in the right bedding and mattress for your dorm room. When selecting a mattress, you need to make sure it will fit in your room, so taking the time to measure your space beforehand will avoid any issues later down the line. Once you’ve found the right mattress, your next step should be to pick good quality bedding. If you don’t have tons of space and find your bed doubles up as a seating area, you may want to consider purchasing a stylish throw that can be used to protect your bedding. To liven up your space, adding throw pillows can transform how your bed looks.

Have Plenty of Storage

Whether you have the luxury of having your dorm room all to yourself, or you have to share with a roommate, it’s vital that you create plenty of storage space to house your personal belongings. As a college student, you may be the type to throw all your clothes on the floor, but a cluttered room can make your space appear smaller. There are lots of items that you can purchase to free up space, such as trays, boxes, or baskets. To keep all your accessories organized and contained, make use of hooks that can be placed over your closet door.

Use Multi-Functional Furniture

If you have a small dorm room, there will be several challenges that you will need to face. Finding the room for all your belongings can be difficult, especially if you’re sharing the space, so one of the best strategies to take is by asking more of your furniture. A pouf, for example, can act as a table, ottoman, and seat. You may therefore want to buy an ottoman that has hidden storage, which can be used to keep your personal items safe and secure. 

Use Rugs

When the winter months come into play, it’s important that your dorm room feels cozy, warm, and welcoming. If you have laminate flooring, you should consider laying down a rug which can keep the heat in, provide extra comfort and help in noise reduction. 

Leaving the family home and going off to college should be an event to look forward to, rather than fear. If you’re about to move into a dorm room, there are lots of tips and strategies that can help you design a functional, stylish, and cozy space for your studies.