Dorm rooms aren’t simply places to rest your head at night. Being far from home, dorm rooms serve as a safe space to relax, study, snack, hang out with friends, and yes – sleep. So, how do you create a space that works well for all those activities at once?
This list of must-haves for a dorm room is a quick starting point to get you focused for back-to-school. These dorm room decor ideas will allow you to plan for a cozy, relaxing, comfortable home away from home.
Dorm Room Decor Tips:
- In such a small space, you’ll want each piece you add to perform more than one function—have your additions do double duty.
- Don’t just go for pretty products, have the things you include in your dorm room be beautiful and functional. A great example would be houseplants.
- Purchase things that will last for next year’s dorm or your own place off-campus.
Dorm Room Must Haves:
- Filing cabinet or drawers—organize it by class or by type: one drawer for essays, and one for everyday lecture notes.
- A comfortable chair. Though some students end up spending a lot of time in the library studying, for some alone quiet time, you’ll want to make sure that there is an ergonomic chair available especially for late-night essay writing.
- A full spectrum light bulb – for a task lamp. With all the fluorescent bulbs in classrooms, your eyes will want a bit of a break when you get into your dorm room.
- Extra blankets—perhaps with a favourite pattern or colour combination.
- Corkboard—for reminders, to pin up family photos, or snaps of your puppy.
- Water Filter—Stay hydrated with clean, convenient water right in your dorm. Skip bottled water and opt for a filter. HomeWaterResearch is a good starting place for reviews if you’re unsure what to buy.
I’ve written a lot of other blog posts related to dorm rooms and back to school, which may help you out:
I also shared my tips with Vancouver Sun writer Claudia Kwan recently: Dorm Room Décor Done Right.