Decorating your dorm room is a great way to make it feel more like home. Pictures, posters, and color-coordinated bedding are some of the things that you may do to make yourself feel more at home in the dormitory, but here are some things to keep in mind when you set out to put some personality into your new “pad”:
Don’t Go Overboard
Remember, most dorm rooms are big enough for two beds, two desks, and little else. Extra furniture and accessories will more than likely just get in the way and make your room feel cluttered. It’s not necessary to spend lots of money decorating when you can do it rather inexpensively. You don’t need designer sheets—they probably won’t fit your extra-long bed anyway (be sure to buy extra-long fitted “dorm sheets” or flat sheets). As for that futon you’ve been eying? You won’t need that either. It will wind up in the hallway.
Get Your Roommate’s Input
You might be WAY into Star Wars, but your roommate might be less than amused. Before you start painting a mural of the Death Star on your wall and arranging your action figures on the windowsill, keep the peace by talking it over with your roommate. Try to be open-minded and share your ideas without being overbearing. Even if you don’t have much in common, you will more than likely be able to agree on a room that you can both live with…and live in.
Rules are Rules
Some dorms have specific rules that prohibit items such as halogen lamps, hot plates, and candles. Be sure to check on your dorm’s policy on what is allowed before you spend money on things that you can’t use. While most dorms don’t allow students to paint the walls, check to see if this is allowed. A fresh coat of paint is a great way to start out a new school year, and make your new space feel more like yours.
Find Your Inspiration
If you are lucky enough to visit your dorm before you move in, or you visit a friend who is already living in a dorm, take a peek at some of the rooms on the floor. It’s a great way to find creative decorating ideas and to see how to make the most of your space. You can also try home goods stores or websites. They usually have bedrooms arranged in different themes and color schemes, which will help you to focus on decorating your space.