Dorm decor ideas: Planning and creating a beautiful college abode

Read Carol’s Examiner.com article for great tips to decorate a dorm room to make it feel like home.

It is that time of year when many move from the comfy parental nest and into the taste of living in their own abode; the college dorm.

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Decor for an easy move in and move out: Way Basics for the dorm abode

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College housing, whether living into a dorm or apartment, often means moving often as each year begins and ends. The decor should provide not only comfort and b

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Make the college dorm abode beautiful with help from Bed, Bath & Beyond

New college freshman are heading off to live away from the comforts of home for the first time. This is a time of mixed emotions; nervous about leaving the comforts of home yet excited about embarking on their first adventure on the path to adulthood.

It can be an overwhelming experience planning for college life.

What is a welcome change from years past is that in today’s world many colleges try to match roommates much like a matchmaking service. This gives roommates the opportunity to get to know each other via the phone and computer, and coordinate what their specific dorm room decor needs are, such as a fridge, TV, mirror, etc, and even colors for bedding and accessories.

The best way to prepare for college needs is to have a checklist

  • Preparing a checklist will make shopping for the dorm room easy. As each item is purchased simply check it off the list.

Bed, Bath & Beyond has made it even easier to go college shopping with their premade checklist

  • The Campus & Beyond checklist is perfect for anyone heading off to live in a college dorm or even for someone heading off their first apartment.

Everything that you could imagine needing is listed neatly in specifically headed columns:

  • Sleep
  • Organize
  • Wash
  • Eat
  • Study
  • Relax

There are items that are specifically noted for apartment living.

Space is provided to add personal touches to the list such as your favorite Teddy Bear under Sleep or some artwork to dress the walls that you can place in the Relax column.

The College & Beyond circular makes shopping for college needs even easier

  • Coordinated to compliment the College & Beyond checklist, the circular giver fresh ideas for each item needed on the list.

Click on an item in the circular and order it right online

Have fun getting dorm room decorating ideas

  • Check out Bed, Bath & Beyond’s dorm room decorating suggestions for ideas for bedding, towels, and décor accessories.

Get into your college spirit with décor

  • Find your college at Bed, Bath & Beyond’s collegiate stuff. Be prepared to decorate to dorm room to celebrate your new college with bedding, hampers, blankets, etc. with your college logo and colors.

When nerves set in it is great to be able to get some practical advice

  • Bed, Bath & Beyond goes a step further than just selling you your much needed décor and supplies it also offers videos giving practical solutions for campus and dorm living.

Beyond bed and bath needs are covered as well

  • The college insider provides links and blogs to useful information regarding campus life, health, financial aid, college tips, and much, much more.

Relax and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience. You are not alone; the other first time dorm dwellers will be filled with the same anxieties. With a simple checklist and organization you will soon be living in your beautiful new room.

Enjoy your new found independence. Be responsible by keeping up your good grades. This is your chance to try new adventures and never be afraid to dance!

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Dorm decorating for your abode away from home

The summer has only just begun and July is already half over. The stores are now filled with back to school items. It may seem early but many colleges begin early in August which leaves little time for students to prepare for their excursions to their new homes in their dorm abodes.

For many nervous students they will be heading out to their first dorm rooms away from the comfort of the home abode. For the first time in their lives, many students will be living with a roommate or roommates.

Decorating your new “abode away from home” can be fun.

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Most colleges give you the advantage of getting to know roommates, through emails and phone calls, before you actually meet in your room.

Roommates can have fun and get to know each other by working on coordinating their décor.

Since most dorm rooms tend to be on the small side, comfort and being organized are very important when planning your decor.

Add immediate comfort with a new bed topper

  • Bed toppers come in many materials such as feathers, memory foam, and synthetics. You will want to make sure your fitted sheets will accommodate a topper on top of your mattress.

New sheets, towels, and pillows will encase you in comfort

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  • It is very comforting when snuggling into bed with brand new cotton sheets and a new fluffy pillow. New towels are fresh and absorbent. Make sure that everything is washed and ready for your new home.

Good personal light fixtures are important for late night studying and reading

  • Consider buying one for your bed and another for your desk. If you do not have a surface next to your bed consider your options such as clip on fixtures that can be attached to a bed frame or a wall mounted fixture.

Accessorize your new room for comfort as well as attractiveness

  • Large throw pillows and body pillows make attractive bed accessories. They provide comfort at night and can turn your bed into a sofa during the day. For company throw the large pillows on the floor for extra seating.

Add style to the room with an area rug

  • Yes, area rugs can be placed over carpeting! Inexpensive area rugs can be found at stores like Target. These will cover boring dorm room flooring and provide some color to the décor.

Staying organized also means keeping spaces neat and tidy, ready for work and guests

  • Command products have reusable hooks and caddies that make organizing a snap. They are easy to install and remove without any harm to the walls. Command has beautiful decorative hooks, as well as simple clear hooks and wire management systems, picture hangers and poster clips, and caddies to organize your walls. They will hold your art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, at the end of the school year.
  • Dorm rooms do not usually have a full length mirror. Full length mirrors can be purchased that hang simply with hooks fitting over your room door.
  • Do not forget memo and cork boards to hold notes and reminders. You can use your mirror to post any reminder notes you may have for yourself or your roommate.
  • Laundry will need its own space and will have to be portable so that can easily be carried to the laundry room. Find a corner in your closet to keep it.
  • A tote to hold all of your personal bath supply items is a must have. Just grab your handy tote and a towel and head to the bathroom for a shower or a splash to the face.

Closet organizing accessories are a must.

  • Depending on your closet space, there are many options to choose from; hanging or over-the-door shoe racks, belt holders, and hanging shelves are all available.

Studying will come easy when you have important papers and documents in order.

File your schoolwork, and documents; insurance papers, pay stubs, tax info.

  • Cube storage ottomans are perfect for keeping files and providing extra seating for company.
  • File crates take up minimal space if there is no room for a full-size cabinet.

Enjoy your first steps into the world on your own. Do not forget to be responsible and to keep your grades up as you balance the enjoyable college life. The more organized you are, the more you will get accomplished, resulting in more time to experience college fun.

Celebrate your good grades and accomplishments; turn up the music and never be afraid to dance!

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Necessities for Dorm Décor

It is that time of year. It seems like summer has just begun and it is over in a flash. It is time for all of the new College students to head out to their first dorm rooms away from the comfort of the home abode. Many students will be living with a roommate for the first time.

Decorating your new “home away from home” can be fun. Try to coordinate with your roommates. Most colleges give you the advantage of getting to know roommates, through emails and phone calls, before you actually meet in your room.

Most dorm rooms tend to be on the small side. Comfort and being organized are very important when planning your decor.

coordinated dorm room

Add immediate comfort with a new bed topper. These come in many materials such as feathers, memory foam, and synthetics. Make sure your fitted sheets will accommodate a topper on top of your mattress.

You will need a good personal light fixture. Consider buying one for your bed and another for your desk. If you do not have a surface next to your bed consider your options such as clip on fixtures that can be attached to a bed frame or a wall mounted fixture.

Do not forget a comfortable pillow along with your new sheets and towels.

Large throw pillows and body pillows are nice bed accessories. They provide comfort at night and can turn your bed into a sofa during the day. For company throw the large pillows on the floor for extra seating.

seating created with fun pillows

Inexpensive area rugs can be found at stores like Target. These will cover boring dorm room flooring and provide some color to the décor.

Purchase command (http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/?WT.mc_id=www.command.com&WT.ctod=11:30) products hooks and picture hangers to organize your walls. These are great. They will hold your art, robes, towels, etc and are easily removed, without marking the walls, at the end of the school year. Check out my articles, http://www.examiner.com/interior-design-in-new-york/how-to-decorate-your-abode-s-bare-walls, and http://www.examiner.com/interior-design-in-new-york/tips-for-hanging-art-and-accessories-your-abode, for decorative and hanging art ideas. You will probably want to hang up some sort of cork board to hold notes.

For those more adventurous check out my article, http://www.examiner.com/interior-design-in-new-york/enjoyable-alternatives-for-your-abode-s-walls, for decorating ideas that will personalize a boring dorm room wall.

Closet accessories are made to organize. Stores like Target are good sources for these items. Depending on your closet space, there are many options to choose from; hanging or over-the-door shoe racks, belt holders, and hanging shelves are all available.

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Do not forget the need for cleanliness. You will need a laundry bag or tote that can easily be carried to the laundry room. Find a corner in your closet to keep it. A tote to hold all of your personal bath supply items is another must have. Need a shower or to just cleanse your face, just grab your handy tote and a towel.

It is very important to learn how to keep your important papers and documents. File crates take up minimal space if there is no room for a full-size cabinet. File your schoolwork, and documents; insurance papers, pay stubs, tax info.

Many dorm rooms will not come with a mirror so do not forget to bring your own full length mirror. This is a good place to tape up any reminder notes you may have for yourself or your roommate.

Enjoy your new found freedom. Remember you are now in the adult world so you are expected to act like one. Keep your abode organized and clean and you will find it easier to get your work accomplished.

Most important, never be afraid to dance!

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