So it’s your first year of school and your moving into a dorm, or since it’s already Sunday chances are you’ve already been living in a dorm for about a week now. Depressing cement walls, sketchy carpet you won’t chance bare feet on, and florescent lights that give you a constant headache. Does that sound about right? Well, there are several things to do to cozy up the place and make it feel like home, at least for the few months you’ll be living there.
- Lighting: Turn off those florescent lights and don’t turn them back on. Get yourself a stand up lamp or a good desk lamp and make sure it can significantly light the room. Now make sure it’s got a good lamp shade on it and find a nice sheer scarf that you can throw on top for some nice dim lighting. Twinkle lights strung along the bed frame or across the wall is always a perfect touch as well.
- Walls: Create collages of pictures that remind you of home and friends. Find some great DIY pieces for your walls such as large letters, they’re so easy to make! Back to school time usually means poster sales on campus; find yourself some images that suit you, maybe some that are even conversation starters for new friends. Want something a little more luxurious? Try some wall tapestries.
- Scent: To me, the more comfortable spaces are those that smell good. Find a scent that suits you and that isn’t too over powering. If you have a roommate get their approval of course. Stay away from scents that might be common headache starters such as sweeter smells and vanilla, your new friends may appreciate it.
- Storage: Take advantage of those ‘back to school’ aisles of Walmart and Target where you’ll find great tote bins that can be hidden under your bed or racks that you can hang off the back of a door. Keeping your small space as clean and clutter-free as possible is key to a cozy space. And again, your roommate will appreciate it I’m sure.
How have you decorated your dorm room? Six years ago my four cement walls took a few days to make cozy but all these tips come from my own experiences and it wasn’t long before my small room felt like home!
Enjoy your new school year my friends!
‘Back to School’ for some means moving on to something new, big and exciting – such as heading off to college or university and moving into a dorm. Although that time for me was about 5 years ago, I still love checking out friends dorm room pics and shopping for those little things that help make such a small space pleasant and home-y. Since some of you may be in this “what do I do with this room” state right now, I thought it would be helpful to give you a few little hints and tips as to making a tiny dorm room comfortable.
1. Find a relaxing and comforting scent: To me this one makes the biggest difference. Don’t cheap out on the candles or air fresheners. Find yourself a luxurious, comforting scent that reminds you of home or makes you feel relaxed. My suggestions would be Jo Malone or Diptyque candles. Although those can be a little pricey. So in that case, look no further than the Anthropologie candles. They’re definitely overpowering when you’re shopping there, but one little candle at home is heaven.
2. The Pretty Pictures: Brought along some pictures of home? Take the time to put them in frames – it makes the world of difference. Scared of nailing holes in the wall? Use Command brand picture hooks! They don’t make any marks. If you didn’t bring any along then pick up a few posters, or more luxurious, do some browsing at Urban Outfitters.com for wall hangings and tapestries. If I could do it all again today this would be the first place I’d shop.
3. Take advantage of ‘made for dorm’ items: Target is a great place to shop for back to school, including for dorm shopping. These dorms are tiny, and often you’re sharing with someone else. So take advantage of the ‘made for dorm’ items that will help you stay organized and clean. Such as extra shelving that can hang in your closet, or shoe racks that can hang on the back of doors. Under the bed storage is a big plus as well – take advantage of it all!! It’ll make a huge difference.
4. Green: Get a small plant – place it near the window – keep it alive.
There you have it! Was that helpful? The smallest touches can change the space completely and change it from your ‘small little dungeon’ to your ‘small oasis’. Now if I could give some helpful advice based on my own experience…please don’t stay in your room. Go out there, get involved, meet people. MEET PEOPLE. That was one of my biggest first year uni regrets – its better to have 4 years of friendships than realize these people are awesome friends in your 3rd or 4th year.