Decorating a dorm room can be both a lot of fun and a bit of a challenge – there’s a lot of stuff to be stored in what is typically a pretty small space. Many college and university dorms are being upgraded from the standard room with two single beds, two dressers and two desks but there are still some which fit that rather basic box; more modern dorms tend to be styled like apartments – they feature a shared living area, kitchen and bath and then two or three adjoining bedrooms. Whatever the set-up, planning and preparation are key to a smooth and successful transition from home to dorm.
Typically the school will provide a checklist which identifies what items are provided, prohibited or suggested, along with a list of essentials. It’s a good idea to check out the websites of the major national bed and bath retailers because many will even ship goods directly to the dorm in advance of arrival. Even better, a digital checklist is handy when comparing notes with future roommates plus parents and kids can communicate easily over design and décor ideas and potential purchases.
Whether the bathroom is down the hall or in the suite, grooming aids, toiletries and towels should all be labeled; shower totes or kits are a great way to keep clutter under control and keep tabs on your stuff. Monogrammed towels and bath accessories help to cut down on lost or stolen items too. A shower caddy or plastic bin system is handy, but perhaps the most useful college checklist item is bed risers – they elevate the bed to create extra storage space which is essential in most dorm rooms.