When making the transition to college life, there are so many things, lists, and tasks that you are inundated with. You will undoubtedly be handed list after list and issued suggestion after suggestion about what you should probably bring with you to school, but what is actually useful? Let’s break it down for you.
Furniture – When picking out dorm furniture, you want to keep in mind that you’ll only be living in a dorm for a couple years. Most students are living in apartments by junior year, and after graduation many students live in apartments for years to come. Because of this, it is pertinent that you pick dorm furniture that will easily transition with you into full-fledged adulthood. The perfect example of this is a futon, or Mini-Futon to be exact. Not only is a mini-futon a cool way to have seating for all of your friends and floormates, but it will also come in handy when it’s time to move on to apartment life – you’ll already have a couch!
Rugs – Gone are the days where rug shopping was just something that your mother would do when she was bored with her living room furniture. In college, rugs prove useful in making your dorm seem a little closer to home while adding a touch of color and vibrancy as well. Not only will a cute dorm rug make a dull room sparkle, but it’ll also make your room a little warmer if your dorm doesn’t have carpeting.
Security – From the moment you step into your dorm, it is important to protect your belongings. Whether you’re afraid that your roommate will be a nut job, you know you’re prone to walking away from your valuables, or you’d just rather be safe than sorry, security measures are always great. No matter if it’s a Laptop Defender or pepper spray, you can have peace of mind that your items will be safe and secure. It is also important to note that when you move off-campus, college town neighborhoods and/or urban settings aren’t always the safest, so these security measures will definitely come in handy.Storage – Efficient storage is a must in college. While you might be tempted to buy some inexpensive plastic totes from a local retailer, chances are that that purchase won’t last you very long. Rather than spending $20-$40 on totes every year or two, one wise purchase of efficient storage, like a sturdy collegiate trunk, would make much more sense. Not only do these come with a lock for extra security, but they’re also durable enough to last you until graduation and beyond. Bonus: If you run out of places for your friends to sit in your dorm room, a trunk like this is so sturdy that it can also double as a seat!
With some smart planning, decorating, and purchasing, it’s definitely possible to give your dorm room a warm and cozy feeling while remaining quite practical. We all know how important it is to make an easy switch from home sweet home to dorm sweet dorm.