Back to College is a time of both joy and sadness. Parents, sad to see their children leave, young adults, eager to start their college adventure. The last moments they have together usually involves checking students into their dorms and decking their rooms out so that it feels less like a sketchy hostel and more like a home. For many, this process will involve a few trips to various retailers, and a big chance that your new ‘home’ looks ends up looking a lot like your neighbor’s. But for those who don’t want to settle for ordinary, here’s a few tips to help you really customize your college dorm room.
1. Picture Collage
A picture collage, if done correctly, can be a nice way to decorate your room, and remind yourself of the loved ones you left behind while pursuing a higher education. If not done correctly, it can be an obnoxious eyesore that takes up your whole wall and makes your roommate hate you from day 1. So do it the smart we, keep it small and leave some blank space for friends you make in college, and you’re sure to have an awesome room decoration.
2. Thank you The College Juice for this great idea. Is it a book, is it a charger…it’s a book charger! We all know you’re really just playing on your iPhone while in class anyways, so might as well turn your books into an iPhone charger.
3. Customized Laundry Bag
At home, laundry bags are usually pretty lame and hidden away in your closet. At college though, a small dorm room could force you to push these laundry bags out into the light. Should that be the case, you want to have a laundry bag that makes a statement. Try decorating your laundry bag using patches, dyes, and paints to give it that uniquely you stamp.
4. Toilet paper roll art
Now expect the first week of school to see at least 20 rooms with the same poster from this summer’s blockbuster movie, another 20 to have reprints of Andy Warhol paintings, and another 100 to have blown up album covers as decoration. Don’t fall into the wall decoration norm here and instead make something yourself. Here’s an idea from what someone made out of toilet paper rolls. But really, be creative and know that the sky is the limit.
5. Earring Rack
Now assuming that you don’t need a safe to lock up your jewelry yet, here’s a great idea that doubles as a decorative piece for your room. But watch you, your friends might become find of borrowing your earrings 😉