This time of year reminds me of spending an entire weekend helping my daughter get settled into her college dorm a few years ago—her first home-away-from-home. Already facing the stresses of being away from home, finding her classrooms, and making new friends, I wanted to help her create a space that she felt comfortable and relaxed in.
In addition to the necessities like linens, office supplies, toiletries, lamps, laptops, and other electronics, Here are some inexpensive, easy to install, stylish suggestions to help turn a bland dorm room into an inviting, homey place that your student will be happy to come home to—and hopefully study.
An accented wall. When most colleges have rules about what you can and can’t put on walls—specifically no paint, personalizing a dorm room can be difficult. I wish these Accent Planks from Inteplast had been around when my kid was in college. These self-adhesive, removable planks that look like reclaimed-wood are easy to apply and even easier to remove. Put them up on the wall to define a study corner, or create a headboard. You can get these at Lowe’s too.
Small storage options. Dorms are typically tight on space, especially if you have a roommate. It’s important for students to have a space for their personal things like keys—instead of tossing them on an end table. Here is a unique DIY hidden storage cabinet that doubles as a picture frame. You can make this as stylish as you want from Inteplast’s varied color and profile selection of moulding.
Familiar photos. A bout of homesickness can strike a college kid at any time; especially if they’re stressed. I made sure my daughter had lots of photos of family and friends hung prominently on the wall that she could look at every day to remind her how much she was loved. Again using prefinished moulding from Inteplast that you can purchase from Lowe’s, you can create this inexpensive rotating photo frame that students can easily switch out photos or other artwork.
Updated furniture. Having a piece of furniture from home is another way to feel at home in a dorm. It also means you don’t have to go out and buy something new. But sometimes old furniture is, well, old. Maybe a childhood piece of furniture just needs some visual interest to make it new again. You can easily do this by adding prefinished decorative moulding profiles like they did to this dresser. Minimal DIY know-how required.
It’s not easy when your kids go off to college, but knowing they’re comfortable and safe can make life a little more worry-free. All of these Inteplast Building Products can be purchased at Lowe’s. Of course if you aren’t the DIY type, there are lots of other ideas out there to personalize a dorm room. Let us here your suggestions. Thanks for reading.