So, it is time to move out for the first time, or it's time to go back to college. Probably the most fun part of the move is decorating your bedroom. Here is a dorm room checklist and some design tips to help you along.
DORM ROOM CHECKLIST TO DESIGN YOUR SPACE
Lucky for me I have two college students now.
One daughter is in her major, and the other just graduated from high school.
I can remember moving to college and designing my dorm room with my best friend. It was so much fun!
Preparing my daughter for college, and my love for decorating my own dorm room is the reason I wanted to share this dorm room checklist and ideas to help you on your journey.
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When you start to plan your space, it is always helpful to decide on your inspiration piece. That could be your bed, a piece of artwork, or a picture of a room you saw on Pinterest or in a round-up post like our College Dorm Decor post.
Once you have found that piece that inspires you, then you can build your color scheme and style.
In my daughter's case, the inspiration piece is this Llama painting, found at Homegoods. It has a Boho look with neutral colors.
It is perfect for this design because initially, my daughter selected eclectic boho-style bedroom pictures on Pinterest.
Now that you have your inspiration piece, start building your bedding design using the dorm room checklist.
Pull some colors from the inspiration piece to use on your bed.
Next, build a statement piece with your pillows.
Layering pillows can make a whole bed design. You can use one pillow that is the same as your duvet and then add other sizes in solids too.
Then, think about adding one or two statement pillows on the front. In our case we choose this beautiful hand embroidered “and so the adventure begins” pillow from Nest of Petals on Etsy.
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Other than a place to sleep in another critical area in your dorm room is your desk. It is good to create a workstation to help you get organized.
In our case, we decided that some desk accessories were needed – like a Rae Dunn pencil holder, magazine holder, a small houseplant, Keurig coffee maker, Amazon Echo (Alexa) and a globe that her sister gave her.
Because space in a dorm room is limited, the desk is acting as a coffee station too.
Remember that Llama print I talked about earlier? Well, he is not going to be the only piece at the party!
To give the space that collegiate feeling she crafted these cool pennants also. The bottom one is a monogram of my daughter's initials.
And if you want another inexpensive piece that makes a big statement check out this piece of wall art we made from a shower curtain.
If you cut the top of a shower curtain off you can use it as a piece of art. If you are allowed to hang things with small nails you can add a frame with these wood stripes.
A great way to divide your space and warm it up if you are sharing a dorm room is with a rug.
In our case, we didn't need a rug, but if your room has a solid floor, a rug will make getting out of bed so much more pleasant. Here are a few of our favorite rugs from Urban Outfitters.
Lastly, let's talk about items for organization.
Consider the space under your bed as a valuable piece of real estate. Purchase under the bed drawers as we have here for extra storage, or if you have a higher bed you can get stack-able drawers or cubes to hold baskets for your clothes.
Another place to put stackable drawers or cubes is inside your closet. The main idea is to be creative and use every inch of your dorm wisely.
Depending on your dorm, many students have coffee and snacks in their rooms. A single-cup Keurig is perfect for this space.
The storage bins under your bed or in your closet is a great place to keep your K cups and snacks.
Amazon Echo (Alexa)
Don't forget your Amazon Echo (Alexa). This small device is very versatile.
My daughter uses her Echo to turn her lamp off at night after she in bed, as an alarm, to play music, and even for a sound machine to block out all the noise at night.
It also comes in handy when doing homework!
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With so many lovely ideas to choose from the most important thing to consider when designing your dorm room is to think about what you love and what will make your dorm room feel like home.
Here is your dorm room checklist to help you design a beautiful space for this coming school year.
- Pinterest Ideas
- Inspiration Piece
- Desk and Chair
- Desk accessories
- Storage pieces
- Amazon Echo (Alexa)
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