Summer is winding down (sniff, sniff), and it’s time to get your college student ready for life in the dorms. Whether you’re a parent or student reading this post, we all agree on one thing- a beautiful and comfortable space makes a regular dorm room feel a little bit more like home. Here at Dolphin Carpet & Tile, we’ve compiled our favorite tips for the ultimate dorm room decor, including our stylish area rugs that you can find on our online Rug Shop!
Get the Guidelines
Every college or university has guidelines when it comes to what you can do decor wise in your new dorm room space. Also, some dorm rooms come with basic furniture and others might need for you to purchase your own desk or dresser. Many campuses offer a diagram of the dorm room, which is really helpful so that you can work on the room layout in advance. Whatever the case, studying beforehand (pun intended) is helpful.
Collaborate with Your Roomie
Dorm room interior design has turned into its own professional sport and can be intimidating. Throw in a stranger- your new roommate- into the mix, and it’s even more stressful. However, designing the perfect dorm room with your new roomie can be unifying and fun. Build a shared Pinterest board together and visit sites like Dormify so that you can exchange ideas. Selecting one foundational item first, such as a fabulous area rug like this one, can also guide on how you pull the entire room together.
Floors and Walls
The floors and walls of your dorm room are a blank canvas! Removable wallpaper, whether used for an accent wall or on all your walls, is an instant way to add style, color, and texture. We’re loving this Speckled Dot removable wallpaper from Target. For your floors, don’t be afraid to layer area rugs for comfort and texture. Consider a large sisal rug as your base with a luxurious shag rug in a smaller size on top. Swoon!
It’s All About That Bed
Sleep, school, study, socialize, repeat. The centerpiece of your dorm room is all about your haven of sweet dreams- the bed. Upholstered headboards remain a trend and are now offered especially crafted for dorm beds. We love the faux headboard option from Pottery Barn Teen that comes with removable adhesive strips that won’t damage the wall. Accent your new headboard with great complimenting bedding, of course. Fun pillows and throw blankets add coziness and style.
Fashion and Function
When designing your dream dorm room, don’t forget functionality since you’ll be sharing a small space for months and months. On move in day, try different furniture configurations with solutions like scooting the dresser into the closet. The right layout helps you maximize space, add more storage, and gives you room to invite friends over for late night chats.
Still feelings overwhelmed? Check out this handy dorm room checklist from Dormify. Also, your friends at Dolphin Carpet & Tile are standing by to help with expert design advice and creative flooring solutions. Be sure to order your dorm room rug today from our online Rug Shop! We can’t wait to see pics of your dorm room. Wishing you an amazing school year!