Heading off to college and living in a dorm room with a roommate can be emotional and exciting. This is a chance to begin your life in the adult world. Decorating and arranging the dorm room is your first step to having a say in your own living space outside of the family home.
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Dorm rooms are usually not very large so it takes some imagination to arrange a nice and productive room.
Get together with your roommate to discuss each other's needs, concerns and wishes.
Many dorm beds will have the option to be made into a bunk bed, opening the room up to extra living space. If roommates can agree to who gets the top bunk this could be a great option.
Want some privacy when studying; place the desks back to back with the sides against the window wall.
Most dorm rooms have two high chests for each roommate to store clothes. These can be stored either next to each other or at the foot of each bed against the wall.
Use store bought bed risers to lift beds off of the floor for added storage space.
Both beds or one bed can be transformed into a loft bed with a little work providing room underneath for a desk or sitting area.
Basically the arrangement of the dorm furniture will be based on the dorm room size and the people living there.
- Take measurements of the room including doors and window openings.
- Draw the room on graph paper to make a floor plan. Each graph square should account for one foot.
- Measure the beds, dressers and desks.
- Draw up the beds dressers and desks on another piece of graph paper, then cut out each item.
- You should now have two paper cutouts each of the beds, dressers and desks to scale to play with by moving around on your floor plan until you create a plan that you both agree upon.
This is the perfect opportunity for you and your roommate to get to know each other. Have fun with the planning. When everything is decided go online together to look for accessories to add your own decor to the room. Enjoy and never be afraid to dance!
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