How to Have the Best Dorm in Your Hall

Guest post from our friends at AroundCampus.

While you don’t have to renovate your dorm room completely, you might want to consider a few changes that will help you make the most out of the space you’ve been given and ensure that you have the best dorm in your hall. After all, you’ll most likely reside in your dorm room – or live on your own – for the next four years. Why not bring a little bit of home and personality with you? Two important factors that really spruce up a boring dorm room is organization and decor. These helpful tips will guarantee an easier transition into college living and make sure you have one less thing to stress about during move-in day, and long thereafter.

Think Vertically

Rather than taking up valuable floor space in your tiny dorm room, consider going up. Tall bookshelves, dressers and shelving units – to name a few – provide ample storage space without overcrowding your room. Opt out a standard floor bookshelf for a Dorm Desk Hutch so your desk stays organized and your textbooks and other school supplies stay off the ground. And a compact Over the Bed shelf means you can ditch the nightstand and have convenient access to your favorite items before bed.

Multifunctional Storage

When organizing your dorm room, it always helps to be creative with the storage you have. If you’ve purchased a storage trunk to assist with move-in day, it’s likely that trunk will stay in your room for the rest of the year. Put it to good use and don’t let it collect dust! Not only are trunks necessary for storage, they can be used as coffee tables, benches or even TV stands, making them both a practical and fashionable addition to your dorm room.

Utilize Every Space

Every space in your dorm room should be utilized to its fullest extent. If there is no more space left on the floors, hanging items on the walls and over doors or storing under the bed is a useful space-saving trick. Stick-on items, like this Peel N Stick Weekly Schedule Dry Erase Board, free up floor space and allow you to stay on schedule in your daily life all at the same time. And instead of a full-length mirror that stands on your floor, try a hanging mirror, like this Jewelry Cabinet Mirror, over your closet doors. The cabinet function keeps your accessories organized and your room clutter-free.

Compact and Open

Avoid bulky furniture that cramps up your dorm room. A compact Dorm Reclinercreates more seating when guests arrive, but when not in use it can be folded up and tucked away until it’s needed again. And this leggy Hexagon Bedside Table is ideal for small spaces, as it doesn’t obstruct views of your floors and makes your room more breathable. The geometric shape also makes it easy to slide into awkward corners and tight spaces.

Color Coordinate

While you may be tempted to splash your dorm room in different colors, going with a specific color scheme completely changes the atmosphere of your room. Choose between bright, airy colors or bold dark colors to create a theme that works with your personal taste. Go minimal or go all out, but make sure you’re choosing colors that complement each other and that suit you best. At the same time, don’t be afraid to step outside of the color box once in awhile and experiment. You may be surprised at what you come up with!

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