Start with a rug to roll out your design. Jody says a rug can make even the smallest space inviting, plus can double as comfy floor seating for a room full of friends.
Layers and textures can make even an institution-issued bed feel glamourous; mix cottons, velvets, faux fur, tweeds, linens, and metallics. For the win, Jody recommends washed linen for bedding; it’s machine washable and gets better with every wash.
Creating as much storage as possible is the key to a successful semester. Storage ottomans are a subtle hardworking option that provide storage, seating and a step stool to reach shelving or the top bunk.
They can be functional, not just frivolous—who knew? Use them to hide storage drawers and clutter while creating a finished look.
Pro Tips From Your Perfect Dorm
- Invest in a queen-size quilt to carry through more than one year (and changing bed sizes).
- Buy a tower fan. It helps cool the room, circulates air and comes with the bonus of drowning out hallway noise.
- Yes, comfort is possible on a dorm room mattress—a memory foam mattress topper is where it’s at!