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Dorm DIY: Creating a comfy, cozy space!

As hard as it is to believe, back to school time is just around the corner. If your child is heading off to college this year, here are a few easy tips to help them transform their dorm room into a place that’s perfect for relaxing, studying, and, of course, sleeping!

1. Add an accent rug    Why not perk up a basic linoleum or tile dorm room floor with a comfy accent rug? Not only will your child’s feet be happy, a rug will add a dash of color to the room, too.

Carpet by Yos C. Wirinata, on Flickr

Carpet by Yos C. Wirinata, on Flickr

2. Brighten up with extra lighting    Overhead fluorescent lights might be functional, but they’re not the prettiest, and often don’t give off sufficient light for studying. A floor lamp (with CFL bulbs, of course!) is an excellent alternative, as are small desk lamps. 

Lamp by Inspector_81, on Flickr

Lamp by Inspector_81, on Flickr

3. Maximize storage space  We love this unique and stylish idea from Aimee Herring, via Refinery 29, for turning a wall or cork board into a cute space to store mementos. Simply stretch rubber boating straps across a wooden frame or boards to create a chic memory board.

Rubber boating strap memory board, courtesy of Refinery 29/ Aimee Herring

Rubber boating strap memory board, courtesy of Refinery 29/ Aimee Herring

4. Purchase inexpensive seating    If your child has several roommates or lives in a suite, having an extra seat or two can be helpful. Ottomans with added storage are a functional option, and small loveseats also fit the bill.

Couch by Ke7dbx, on Flickr

Couch by Ke7dbx, on Flickr

5. Invest in a mattress pad     Dorm room mattresses are typically pretty lackluster, so mattress pads work wonders in making a comfier bed. As we all know, sleep is essential (especially for busy college students!), so having a cozy bed is a must. Our extra long twin mattress pads and toppers are great for adding extra padding and turning a worn-out mattress into one that’s comfortable.

Cuddledown Quilted Comfort Synthetic Fill and Foam Mattress Pad

Cuddledown Quilted Comfort Synthetic Fill and Foam Mattress Pad

We’d love to read your tips for creating a comfortable dorm room. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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