7 Easy Updates for Your Dorm Room

It’s that time of year again when students all over the country start packing up for the journey back to Uni. If you’re just starting out it can be a daunting time, particularly if you’re concerned about where you’ll be living and what you need to take with you. Even if you’re a returning student you’re living accommodation may be different this year and so the pieces you need to pack need consideration. That’s why I’ve put together a list of easy update for your dorm room that Uni students will need.

It’s not easy making a dorm room or Uni digs comfortable but there are things you can do to make them more cosy and homely.


7 Easy Update for your Dorm Room:

#1 Make a Checklist

For any kind of home update, including your Dorm Room you’ll need to plan. See if you can get hold of room dimensions and layout before you go to help you plan what you need and where you’ll put it. Create a Pinterest board for ideas and if you’re working to a budget start a spreadsheet to list out what you need and what it’s going to cost.

#2 Consider Your Options

Updating your dorm room or uni digs will be so much easier if you’ve identified exactly what it is that’s important to you. Is it that you want a creative writing area, or maybe you’re all about having a cosy hangout space, or maybe it’s food and cooking? Ensure you’re clear on this before you go, so you make the most out of your space.

#3 Storage is King

Oh yes, storage is definitely going to be your friend whilst you’re at Uni. Keeping your room, tidy, organised and clutter free ensures that you make the most of the room, but also keeps you more on track to attend your classes and feel inspired to do your work. Think clothes storage, laundry, storage for books, toiletries, shoes and so much more.

#4 Decoration

uni-deskI know that you can’t always hang things on the walls but check if you can use command 3m strips. They’re removable and make no damage at all, allowing you to hang pictures and hooks with easy. Failing that do you have shelves? Think about displaying art, photos and even noticeboards/clipboards on them to help you stay organised and keep your room looking cool.

#5 Shopping Haul

Once you’ve made your list and done your research take yourself off to just one or two shops. Better still why not hop online. Lots of stores are really geared up for students now. Try IKEA, Tiger, Matalan, and more for down to earth yet stylish bits that won’t break the bank.

#6 Light it Right

Get the lighting right and you’ll easily create a great space no matter how big or small. If you’ve managed to get hold of the floor plan and a contents list you’ll know what kind of lighting is available to you. Add to it. Bring in extra lamps and even change the lightbulbs to give your space a more homely feel.

#7 Plants

dorm-room-plantsThey’re the easiest thing to use to brighten up a room, plants will really change your space. You might worry about looking after them (if that’s the case invest in faux versions!) but a bit of water here and there and you’ll be fine.

If you want more tips, ideas and advice you can head over to Matalan and check out their Back to Uni guide, including a printable checklist and an article from me HERE.

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Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Stephanie
    September 12, 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Great ideas Jen, if I had a dorm room like any of those I would be very happy!

  2. Vivian
    September 13, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    I can’t agree more, a check list and planning a storage is a must! Great tips!

  3. Amit Varma
    October 18, 2016 / 7:19 am

    wow your idea is very good. I loved your idea jen.

    Thanks for sharing this helpful tips for making and decorating house.

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