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