Wednesday, August 22, 2012
DORM DESIGN 101
STUDY HALL AT THE MALL:
1.) If the room has cold, laminate floors, head to the local carpet store and purchase a remnant (most go for well under $50 for 12'x12' pieces. If that isn't available, the Home Depot and Lowes sell inexpensive carpet by the spool right off the floor for as little as $.25/square foot.
2.) Most dorm room beds come with the option of raising them to create more storage beneath. If yours doesn't, head to the local hardware store and purchase 1' risers to place under each leg, allowing for ample storage underneath the bed.
3.) Ask the Resident Assistant on hand if you can paint the walls (usually they say yes, heck, you're paying enough, might as well create a comfortable space to study). Above each desk, use magnetic paint or chalkboard paint to create unique places for class notes, reminders, etc.
4.) Don't give in to the Bed Bath and Beyond Target and Walmart college dorm shelving units that cost $40+, give little storage, take up a lot of room and most likely won't fit in your dorm anyway. Instead, the old standby of milk crates and 2'x4's purchased at the local hardware store goes much, much further for storage and is easy on the wallet.
5.) Make this a fun project for the kids..no better way to get to know your roommate then designing a cool room with them!