Sarah is leaving for college this year and experiencing all the trouble about finding a flat and decorating it, and I remember having the same trouble two years ago! If you can’t afford an appartment (like us) the best and cheapest way to not be homeless is either a tiny flat or a dorm! Your dorm will be your home for at least the next three years of your life, it is where you are going to live, to study and even to eat. Standard college dorms include only bare necessities, resulting in a sterile place void of personal flair. Here are some tips in order to have the coolest dorm ever on tiny budget and to make it feel like home :)
1/ Think multifunctional: Futon or cubed bookcase are great examples. The bookcase can stores books but also kitchen essentials or anything you place on it, if you don’t live alone it can even be used as a room divider. Think about folding table that you can move if you don’t need to use them anymore to gain some place!
2/ Warm up the floor: Decorative rugs, carpet squares, or bound carpets make an eye-catching focal point and bring warmth.
3/ Add some life: place colorfull potted plants all around your room to add a bit of life and nature at the same time
4/ Bedding: lots of pillows is the best way to make your bed cosy. You can coordinate with the outdoor season, grey/red/black/gold during the winter season and and use bold color such as green/yellow, and pink in spring.
5/ Dress up: every bit of space has potential. Door closet can turn into an awesome focal point. Put poster and picture on your wall to warm them up. You need to customize.
6/ Elevate the bed: if you are short on storage, you can use the place underneath your bed for shoes, or clothes. Add a bed skirt and everything is hidden.
7/ Nostalgic items: the first few weeks are period of transition and you are probably going to miss home a few times. Take things from home like a teddy bear, picture or anything that will help you feel better when you are homesick.
8/ Lighten up: light color curtains or small desk lamp are great to add light to your dorm for contrast with the fluorescent fixture attached to the dorm ceiling.
9/ DIY: there is nothing cheaper than DYI items, all over the internet you can find any type of help. if you have older thing you don’t want anymore, instead of throwing them away, give them a seconde a second life. I create my own garland for my flat from DIY tutorial.
I hope this post helped you a liitle and don’t forget to ask about the policy of the place you are staying in. Unfortunately many dorms have precise rules you need to respect. I wish every one of you the best beginning in your new student life!