7 Stylish Essentials for Every Dorm Room
Summer is flying by, and it’s already time for some to be thinking about back-to-school season. For all those headed off the college for the first time, leaving home can be a taunting task. Make your new residence hall feel a little homier than the cinderblock square it really is (sorry), by adding these seven items to your back-to-school shopping list. In no time at all, your home away from home will start to feel like, well, home.
Cold linoleum floors are hardly conducive to feeling warm and welcomed. Jazz up your dorm with a fun area rug in a bright hue or eye-catching pattern. Avoid anything too delicate since it’s bound to get a little beat up in such a small space.
Many schools supply a ho-hum desk lamp with your dorm room’s other standard furniture. Switch out a non-descript task lamp for something with a little more style. Lamps add a warm glow and helpful lighting to a space, and good-looking options are available at a range of moderate price points.
Add another layer of cozy comfort to your study spot by throwing a textured throw or furry blanket over your desk chair. You’ll (hopefully) be spending a lot of time at your desk, so make sure your seat is comfortable.
Add color and texture to the room by piling on the decorative throw pillows. Since the beds in dorms rooms are often the main seating option, having plenty of pillows for your friends to perch and lean on will ensure your space is everyone's favorite place to hang.
Iconic photos and posters are the go-to of dorm room décor, but don’t pull out the sticky tack just yet. Ensure your walls have a polished look by popping those posters into inexpensive frames with Plexiglas fronts. For only a few dollars more, your photos and pictures will look much more sleek.
Dorm rooms are small, and you need a lot of stuff. Do away with the visual yuck of clutter and unattractive items by stashing them in baskets or boxes on your bookshelves. The items will still be in reach but visually, your place will look more pulled together.
You read that right. By grabbing a clear socket kit with a cord and a decorative lamp shade, you can make your own plug-in light fixture to add major wow factor to your new digs. Attach the cord to the ceiling with adhesive hooks, secure the cord to the wall in a corner where it will be out of sight, and you’re set!