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College Decor

Do you have a child that is getting ready to head off to college and instead of setting him or her up on a cold and uninviting room, you want to do something to make the room homey. The great thing is that you can transform a sterile room into something that is cozy without spending a fortune. Simply follow these guidelines and you will be amazed at the difference in the room:
  • Rugs You can choose several smaller throw rugs or one large area rug to soften the look of the room and create a warm look and feel. By using a rug or rugs, your child and the roommate can sit on the floor to do homework or simply hang out.

  • Featherbed Mattress Topper You can purchase these toppers at most department and retail stores and they completely change the feel of the bed. You want your child to sleep well while at college and this will do it. The topper is fluffy and cozy and if your child is allergic to feathers, you can buy these mattress toppers with fiberfill.

  • Lighting - Be sure the room has quality lighting. This would include a good desk lamp for studying, a good lamp by the bed if your child wants to read before going to sleep, and good overall lighting.

  • Chair - A comfortable chair that can be used for studying, chill out and listen to music, or just to sit back and visit with friends is imperative. Throw in a few pillows so that he or she can relax while talking on the phone or just relaxing.

  • Closet Most dorm rooms and even college apartments are small, leaving much to be desired when it comes to the closet. Find ways to enhance the space with over the door shoe racks, containers for shoes and accessories, stackable boxes or drawers, and so on.
  • Body Pillows If the room is too small for an extra chair, a body pillow is the perfect solution. Because it is soft and flexible, it is easier to move out of the way yet it offers a wonderful place where more than one person can sit or sleep.

  • Laundry and Shower Items Simple and inexpensive plastic totes are perfect for staying organized. Your child can keep the laundry soap, softener, and hangers all stored away in the container and then double its use as a laundry basket for taking to and from the laundromat. For the shower, you can purchase a small plastic tote that has handles and is perfect for storing shampoo, conditioner, soaps, and so on.

  • Bulletin Board You can purchase a bulletin board, which is essential, and paint the border a color that will spruce up the room or you can enhance it with stenciling, ribbon, or whatever you like.

  • Mirror A full-length mirror can be purchased for less than $20 at a retail store and attached to the back of a door where it is not in the way but can be used to check out the look before heading off to class, out with friends, or on a date.

  • Filing Cabinet A small filing cabinet can be used as an end table or nightstand and also keep paycheck stubs, school papers, tax information, and other important documents in place where they are organized and easy to access.

  • Wall Décor While you might not be able to paint if your child is staying in a dorm, you can do other things to brighten up the room. For instance, create a picture board where family and friend photos can be displayed, use artwork found at garage or estate sales, or you can take your favorite photos and take them to a photo lab to have positive and negative images made and framed.
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