With college move-in day drawing near for most freshmen, I decided to share 10 savvy suggestions for making dorm room decor and move-in day a breeze.
If you have a soon to be college freshman, you may be new to the dorm (and roommate) scene. Since I went through the process two years ago, I decided to share suggestions, tips, and advice from what I learned along the way.
My twins roomed together so we had an easier go of it as far as decision making. But the roommate thing can run more smoothly by following a few guidelines.
I’ll share 10 suggestions below. The first 5 are suggestions for collaborating with your roommate to make decisions easily and working with her in the design process.
The second 5 suggestions are for fab dorm room decor products that I know from first hand experience work great in a dorm room. I link to many of the same or similar products for those of you who might be in this phase of dorm planning.
5 Suggestions for Collaborating with Your Roomate
- Talk before you shop: Whether you’ll be rooming with an old friend or a new one, have the dorm room decor conversation early on. Most colleges give out a checklist of items needed, rules for hanging (most only allow sticky tape and no nails), and room dimensions which all make the process easier. Divvy up who will get what so that there are no duplicates.
- Be on the same color page: A unified color scheme will make your room look more intentional and elegant as opposed to two competing looks. I think it works beautifully when the overall color scheme is neutral and elements of color area added in pillows, poufs, and accessories.
- Ask for advice: Services like Havenly have a free online chat option with their interior designers that can be helpful for anything from color schemes to styling desktop vignettes. Large retailers such as West Elm offer design services in store and online. And older college girls (and their moms) who’ve “been there done that” are FAB resources as well!
- Give Your Roommate a Dorm Decor Gift: A great way to add a cohesive element to your room is to give a decor gift to your roommate that coordinates with one for yourself. This is a way to start off on a good foot and to enjoy a nicer piece than she might want to pay for herself. I gave my girls each an art piece to go over their beds, painted by my friend Deb. You can read about her in my recent post, Debra Hewitt Designs: My Favorite Artwork (and Artist).
- Keep things in perspective: Resist the urge to go overboard and over budget. A dorm room, especially for freshmen, gets lots of hype~especially on social media. If you worry too much about posting “the final reveal” on Insta, you might make decisions that are out of budget or not really your personal style. Don’t worry about keeping up with the Jones’s. Just enjoy the process of creating a warm, welcoming space that you and your roommate will love.
My twins were freshman at Samford University two years ago; they lived in Vail. I’m sharing a few photos of their space even though it was two years ago. Their look was fairly simple and timeless; they are still using much of these items again in their sorority dorm.
Below are some links to bedding and headboards similar to ones we used in the girls’ room. I wish I had had the resources back then; I had to have headboards and long bedskirts custom made (which is not inexpensive).
5 Suggestions for Fab Dorm Room Decor
- Buy full/queen bedding for the twin beds. You’ll have tons more options, and the beds will look fuller and more chic. Twin sheets are fine; just size up on the coverlet/duvet, quilt, etc……
- Loft beds for extra storage. If you do this, you’ll want to buy extra long bedskirts. You can now buy FAB ones here at Wal-Mart.com; we had to have ours professionally made
- Use acrylic chairs for desks. If you are able to remove and store the ugly desk chair that come in most dorm rooms, using clear, acrylic “ghost” chairs are perfect for desks. They open up the space and are super chic. I have this one in my bathroom and love it.
- Consider a futon. If your room allows, a futon will be one of the best investments you can make. You’ll be able to use it for friends and family who spend the night or visit. This one on walmart.com is actually chic and budget savvy.
- Buy low weave or flat weave rugs. Rugs that are flat or low weave can be kept clean with a roller vacuum or broom. And they are light weight. Just stick a good pad underneath and even place bed feet on them to keep them in place.
I hope some of this helps those of you who are about to move your babies into college! If any of you have dorm room decor or move-in day tips to share, please leave comments in the post! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!