Dorm Furniture
- What do I need?

Shopping Dorm Furniture is fun, but what do I really need?

Furniture companies go ga-ga over dorm room furniture right about summer time. Funky and fancy compete with contemporary and understated as dormward bound teenagers desperately seek to create their style.

The eternal question being - "Should I merge in or stand out?"

The fun part of dorm room decorating (and an integral part of dorm life) is that you can change your style every year maybe even every six months. This is your time to experiment - find yourself.


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But that is restricted to accessories. When it comes to the furniture, you have to look for long-lasting items.

Whether you opt for a dorm loft bed or simply a headboard covered in color coordinated fabric; try to find pieces that will go beyond the dorm and can be incorporated in your own apartment after college.

You don't have to buy these big ticket items. Most colleges do provide all the basic dorm room furniture. If you don't like their plain looks but don't want to purchase new ones; try to updo them.

Most wall decals easily adhere to furniture as well. This would be a great way to carry the theme of your decor off the wall and into the rest of the room.


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You can change the knobs of the dresser or drawers for a chic look. Just remember to keep the original drawer knobs safe; to be returned at the end of college.

You could also look for cheap dorm furniture from consignment stores, yard sales and graduates leaving college and moving out of the dorm.

College dorm loft beds are big space savers. Although the initial cost can seem a lot, splurging on this one big item might be worth it.

Room Dividers and Lap desks are some of our favorites in the dorm decorating department. Room dividers can be used to create visual division of private space between dorm-mates. They could also be used to cover open closet space for a neater look.

Lap desks also help save space, especially if you can push them under your bed when they are not in use.

Here are some dorm furniture ideas to help you find your unique style.

A key point in any decorating project is to know the dimensions of the room you are working on. Get the correct dimensions along with the placement of windows and doors, so you can be sure that the furniture you have purchased can actually fit the space.

Also, figure out how you would carry it from the street to the room - how many flights up do you need to carry; are there difficult turns on the stairs; and the width of the doors.

Don't forget to buy our very popular Ideas 4 Dorms book - complete with more than 20 inspirational design boards, tips to help you find your own unique style and links to resources that will make dorm room decorating a breeze.

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