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How to Make Your Dorm Room Livable

A few handy tricks can turn your school cell into a cozy suite.


  • Step 1: Investigate dorm room Investigate dorm specifics before you spend any money. What furniture is provided? What items are prohibited, like certain kinds of lamps or electrical appliances?
  • Step 2: Buy reversible comforter Buy a reversible comforter that is machine-washable and has a color or pattern that hides dirt.
  • TIP: Most dorm room beds are extra long, so purchase bedding accordingly.
  • Step 3: Buy large floor pillows Buy a few large floor pillows for propping yourself up in bed and to provide seating for guests.
  • Step 4: Raise bed w/ cinderblocks Raise your bed with cinderblocks to create storage space underneath. Place infrequently used items in plastic containers so they
  • Step 5: Hit local thrift shops Hit a couple of local thrift shops for deep discounts on scatter rugs that will warm up a cold institutional floor.
  • TIP: Check out secondhand stores for old-fashioned hard suitcases, which can be stacked to create an end or coffee table while storing off-season clothing or bedding.
  • Step 6: Buy a shoe bag Buy a shoe bag in a color that complements your comforter and hang it on the wall near your desk. The pockets make great storage spots for small items.
  • Step 7: Make drapes Can
  • Step 8: String holiday lights String holiday lights around the room for a year-round festive feel.
  • FACT: The average college freshman spent $344 on dorm d

You Will Need

  • A dorm room
  • An agreeable dorm mate
  • And some money

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