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How to Decorate Dorm Room

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Because of the constraints inherent in decorating a dorm room, it’s very important that you go to the furniture outlets only when you have a clear plan for what you want your dorm room to look like, and what its measurements are. Most dorm shoppers are on fairly tight budgets, too, so it’s a good idea to do some research online to check on prices and what the furniture outlets online have to offer. Plus it can save some needless driving around.

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One of the first things you should find out before shopping is how much existing storage is already part of your dorm room. Many dorms have built-in dressers with a mirror mounted on the wall, and built-in desks with a provided desk chair, for example. You should also find out about lighting. Will a desk lamp be provided, or will you only have the overhead lighting.
It’s also a good idea to talk with your future roommate to see what they might be bringing that they are willing to share, such as a television. This can save on space and money.  While there are plenty of dorm décor websites, don’t limit yourself to them. Traditional furniture outlets often have some great choices for small spaces, and it’s a good idea to compare prices. Some furniture outlets may offer pack and hold shipping service so that your choices can be sent directly to the school at the appropriate time.    You should also find out if certain items are not allowed in your dorm room. You may not be allowed to have halogen lights, for example. If you will have a roommate, you will have to take into account how much of the room you will have to work with. If you want to go with, for example, a very bold look, it might be a good idea to contact your roommate in advance to make sure this won’t be a problem for them.

Dorms may be small spaces, but part of the fun with decorating a dorm room is being creative enough to turn a tiny space into a welcoming, happy retreat from the busy world of college.

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Written by nemolist

January 31, 2013 at 11:21 pm

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