As anyone who has ever moved into a dorm room knows, itâ€™s not the room that is exciting. The concept, of moving into a building with all of your friends down the hall, or just a walk away, knowing that you always have someone to study with, watch tv with, or have a good time with is really what makes it enjoyable. Not necessarily the room with cement walls, generally painted white, plain oak colored furniture (honestly I think every dorm in America has the exact same furniture), and usually a huge window (that may be okay for an 8am class, but is really not appreciated on Saturday morning).
But what do you do? Youâ€™re only going to be living there for about nine months, possibly less if you get sick of your roommate â€“ but coming from home where you had made your room your own for your last 17/18 years of life, you need to bring a little bit of home with you. Starting with the furniture â€“ live with it. It is not worth the money or the hassle to deal with that â€“ so work around it.
The one thing that often has a great impact is a rug â€“ and its useful â€“ no one knows how clean those floors really are â€“ and it can have a large impact on the look of the room. You can choose a bold color â€“ because you want to make a statement â€“ and chances are you wonâ€™t be taking it with you when you move. You can then choose your bedding to match â€“ any pillows or blankets you add on are all an accent â€“ so donâ€™t be practical â€“ be fun and bold. You also have to dress up the walls â€“ of course there are the typical prints that you can get at the campus bookstore â€“ but bring in some color with cheap canvas paintings or wall art â€“ different shapes that can be adhered to the wall without worrying about how to hang a picture (try not to damage the walls too much when you hang things â€“ they will find a way to charge you).
The other thing to tackle would be the window â€“ chances are aside from the look, you donâ€™t want to wake up early. The best way to tackle it would be to get a blackout shade â€“ if the window is big you may have to go custom â€“ but if you shop around there are good deals, and stores that guarantee low prices â€“ so as long as you donâ€™t get to fancy you may be okay. The other option would be to add curtains. You can get some reasonably priced black out panels that you can mount on a simple rod that you can just pull open and closed.
But at the end of the day â€“ just have fun with it. Take risks you would never take if you were investing a lot of money into a space, or things that your parents never let you do when you lived at home. You are going to spend a lot of time in the room â€“ studying, aside from the fun that I mentioned earlier â€“ and you want to be comfortable doing it!