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Whether you're new to college dormitory life or are an upperclassman, you can benefit from the tips in Howcast's video series on college dorm life.
You Will Need
- preferably blackout ones
- Screens or freestanding curtain dividers
- A loft bed
- Bed risers
- Cork paneling
Decide private areas
Decide with your roommate what areas you'd like to cordon off as private. Ideally, you want the room arranged so neither of you has to smell the other person's dirty laundry or see them get lucky.
Take stock of furniture
Take stock of the furniture in the room. A dresser or wardrobe can double as a space divider, letting you study — or not — in peace.
Arrange beds strategically
Try placing one bed against a wall, with the back of one desk next to the bed. Arrange the other bed and desk similarly, but against the opposite wall. This way, whether you're sleeping or studying, you won't be in each other's faces.
Hang some drapes
Consider hanging drapes around your bed. Your dorm mates will stop laughing once they see the great night's sleep you get with your blackout curtains.
Put up screens
Move vertical screens or freestanding curtain dividers around the room as needed -- like in front of your roommate when they're sucking face with someone.
Invest in a good set of noise-canceling headphones so you can enjoy your music -- and your sanity -- while your roomie is making a ruckus.
Set up a schedule
Work out a schedule with your roommate so that you both can count on some solo time every week. Maybe they can make themselves scarce on Monday and Wednesday evenings and you can do the same on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Be realistic. Realize there are going to be times when you get on each other's nerves. Hey, there's always the library!