Move-in day will be here before you know it. The cramped dorm room you'll call home for the next semester is waiting for you, but worry not. There's plenty of fun to be had while you give it a complete makeover to transform the space into your own personal (and functional) refuge. You'll have a bed, desk, closet and not much else, so it's time to conjure up some creativity to get your dorm feeling personal and inspiring. While you might not have a lot of space to work with, you can have the coolest dorm on the hall with a few carefully chosen accessories from PBteen.
There's usually not much furniture in a dorm room, so you might spend lots of time hanging out on the bed. Make your sleeping area cozy and attractive with comfortable bedding. Putting a fun duvet cover on the bed is one of the easiest ways to add some unique color and personalization to your space to make it feel more like home. Aside from cheering up your room, a duvet cover slips onto your comforter easily, making quick work of getting your bed remade on laundry day.
Dorm rooms typically have linoleum flooring that benefits from a bit of texture and warmth. Kill two birds with one stone by adding a decorative rug at your bedside that keeps your feet cozy and adds a pop of color to the room. Rugs or carpet squares in bright colors and bold patterns create a focal point and add personality to the room to make it feel more welcoming.
Quickly change the look and feel of your dorm room with a few fabulous accent pillows.
Choose throw pillows of different shapes and sizes for visual variety. Alternatively, choose pillows with fun patterns, witty messages or monograms of your initials to create a custom look that reflects your style.
Chances are, you have a dorm with cinder block walls that are painted white. Dress them up by hanging a painting or vinyl wall decal, or install a small floating shelf and place a vignette of pictures or accent pieces to add a bit of depth and dimension to the room. Choose just a few tasteful pieces of wall art to create focal points. Our no-nails pinboards, organizers and wall decor make quick work of mounting artful hangings on solid block walls, and they don't leave any holes behind.
Keep bright morning light softened with a blackout curtain or Roman shade. Replace existing mini blinds with decorative curtains to make the room feel warmer and livelier, and opt for a bright color or pattern to cheer up your dorm and make it more inviting. Coordinating the colors with your accent rug can really tie the decor together and have you looking forward to returning to your home away from home.
With all of your notes, study materials and homework, desk space might be limited. Stay organized by hanging a bulletin board on the wall near your desk. Tack on important reminders for yourself or notes to your roommate, and add pictures of family and friends to keep them close by. Choose a bulletin board in a fun shape or with a patterned frame to add some pizzazz.
Most dorm rooms rely on bright overhead fluorescent fixtures and perhaps a window or two as their main sources of light, which requires some creative illumination solutions when you need to study and your roommate wants to sleep. Opt for a decorative desk lamp with softer, warmer light that's easier on your eyes and keeps your roommate happy. With these personal finishing touches, your dorm will become your ideal home base while you embark on one of life's great journeys.