Decorating your College Dorm Room is Challenging Dorm Room Bedding Solutions

Published: 20th May 2010
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Decorating your Dorm Room is Challenging- Dorm Bedding Solutions

Dorm rooms are small and drab. We understand this and want your new home away from home to be the room of your dreams.

Good bye blank walls and boring dorm bedding. Exciting things are on the horizon. Let's get started.

1. Get your dorm room layout. If possible get the furniture measurements and work with your roomie(s) to get a plan that works for both of you. If one snores, the beds should be across the room from each other. Also, if one is a night owl and the other a morning riser... across the room. Place lighting (lamps/floor lamps) for late night studying in appropriate spots- near desk or over bed etc. Decide if you want dressers back to back.. side by side as room divider Play with it. Decide who gets the bunk, if beds are on risers etc...

2. Got your plan... now get your color scheme. If possible, try to coordinate with your dorm roommate for the best dorm looks. However, this is not a must. Make sure you reach a happy medium here as you don't want to start off on bad note. Try to each have your own style and link colors.

3. Add rugs for buffering those cold and often dirty floors. Add by sink (small) and larger size off the bed. Try a yoga mat as a rug... long, colorful, and cushy.

4. Windows Add panels. I prefer long panels for color pop and light diffuser. Use a small pvc pole cut to size and add "finials" with round Styrofoam balls covered in fabric and hot glued to the ends. Panels are also great to cover the closet. Remove the doors and store under the beds for another option(look)

5. Walls- Many options here. Get a memo board or bulletin board. LOVE vinyl wall art for walls. These allow selection of font, color, size... and are removable. Very popular are monograms (giant) and collage frame collections- these are inexpensive and major impact and way to show off friends and family.

6. Now for my specialty and favorite part... DRUM ROLL... dorm bedding. Don't get caught in the bedding blahs. Get creative!

Load up with pillows for comfort. I design pillows that are removable for cleaning (you will spill) And reversible fabrics (you will get bored). Add many sizes and feels to make your hangout popular and cozy. Definitely get a sham. King shams make great pseudo-headboard.

Add a custom dorm headboard for great look and cushy dense foam comfort. You'll by spending lots of time here so make it durable, fun and comfortable.

Dorm sheets- TXL sheets are often required; however, jersey cotton twins are often sufficient when pinned in corners. Check for thread counts- I find girls love the jersey cotton feel and they wash well. Beech cotton are also popular. Add monogramming for special touch and ability to keep up with your things are the laundry.

Make sure you get mattress protector/pad. Those mattresses need life and help for a dreamy sleep.

Dorm duvet covers are very popular for cleaning and ability to specify down/poly inserts for feel preference. Select fabrics you love! Fix the inset to the cover with Velcro spots or safety pins.

Get a great throw blanket. So many fun patterns and cuddly feels are available. Find one you LOVE! One that gives you that hug back.

Last but certainly not least, the bed skirt. This serves a double purpose...1. style-add color/pattern 2.function-hide the storage. Make sure you determine the drop needed(are you using risers?) and how it will be situated as maybe you only need a 1-sided bed skirt panel and not a foot panel depending on the furniture configuration.

Storage Be as organized as possible in such tight quarters. Use under the bed bins with rollers. Stackable crates. Large pack-rat totes. Invest in these as they will make your life so much easier.

Dorm Chair Slipcovers These are really popular now. With your "designer" look dorm and the oldie chair- clash! Add a slipcover to jazz it up and make you want to sit in that desk chair and STUDY!

These thoughts should get your creative juices flowing! If you need assistance, please let me help. Years of designing and two daughter's dorms and sorority houses qualifies me as "Dorm Diva"! Enjoy decorating your dorm and your college dorm experience.

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