For those of you who don’t already know, I am a sophomore at SMU and while I would love to live in an apartment, I am required to live in on campus dorms both freshman and sophomore year, but that definitely didn’t stop me from trying to create my own make-shift apartment for the year. I am just going to give you a little tour of my dorm room, share all the things I did to my room to make it more comfortable, and a few tips I have for those students who want their room to look like they spent a lot without breaking the budget. (For the sake of my roommate’s privacy I only included pics of my side of the room)
So obviously, like most dorms, all the basic furniture came with the room: the bed and mattress (which I lofted to the top level), the dresser, the desk, the desk chair, and the cabinet. Also, most rooms do not come with two windows, but I chose a room on the corner of the building this year because I love the light that both windows bring into the room.
The bed itself is pretty simple, I added my own mattress topper, which I highly suggest, it makes the bed much more comfortable and inviting. The bedding is just a simple white duvet cover from West Elm which is exactly what I wanted so it wouldn’t be too busy in the room. My mom gave me a silk pillow case for the pillow I typically sleep on which I have really enjoyed because it is better for your skin and hair. I also added a few non necessary things like the wedge pillow, the pink runner at the end of the bed, and the headboard. The headboard was actually my friend’s last year, but she was moving into an apartment and didn’t want it anymore so my roommate and I took them off of her for free.
silk pillow case (similar)
bed runner (I bought it in a boutique back home and it is not sold online)
This space is still fairly simple because of all the space on the wall that the window takes up. All I added was the white shelf and some of my favorite fake succulents and decorations. The marquee R is something old I have had for awhile and a liked the way it looked and the large circular macrame was made by mom. If you would like a macrame for a much better price than the expensive ones you see on cites like Urban Outfitters, I definitely suggest that you check out her etsy.
Out of all the tips I have mentioned in this post, this is by far the most important: buy furniture on craigslist. I search for so long for a couch from different department and furniture stores, but they were all so expensive or just not what I was looking for. This couch is one of the best purchases I made for this room. I bought it from a lovely couple not far from campus and wait for it … it was only $125! They had cleaned it and made sure it was in amazing condition before selling it to me and helped me load it into my friend’s jeep and tie the doors closed (story for another time). Other than the couch I have a media stand turned coffee table that was given to me be a friend who didn’t want it, an ottoman that I use for storage and my roommate uses to lessen the distance between her bed and the floor, and the lights behind the couch that my friend didn’t want anymore.
media stand (similar)
This obviously isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing sight in my room, but it is perfect for storage and hiding all the the things that I don’t particularly want people to see. The shelf In my closet is perfect for my nicer shoes and accessories that didn’t fit in my drawers. There isn’t really anything special about this space so I’m just going to move on.
All of the artwork and paintings on the walls were done by me. When I am bored, I find painting and drawing to be very relaxing. It is also a great way to save money on wall art and another way to make sure your personality is represented through your room. I taped the pics to the wall with either some light double sided tape or decorative washi tape and I really like how it has turned out.
The curtains are definitely not necessary. The room comes with blinds, but my roommate and I struggled with the light last year because they don’t do the best job of keep the light out. We went to target and bought simple curtain rods and one curtain panel for each window. I easily put them up myself with a screwdriver and a hammer, but I highly suggest using a power drill, it will just make the process a lit easier.
If your bed is lofted like mine, it is difficult to reach your outlets and chargers. My tip is to tape or command strip a power strip to the foot of your bed, or even the wall if that is allowed on your campus. This is something is started doing this year and got my friends hooked on. Another tip, which isn’t uncommon or new by any means, is to get one of those bed side caddies to hold your laptop, phone, or any other items you need while in bed. The only reason I think you would need this is if your bed is as high as mine is or you don’t have something next to your bed to rest everything on. Last year I had my dresser next to my bed and it was much easier to use at a lower height. One thing that isn’t pictured is my fridge which is under my roommates bed. I honestly don’t think it is that necessary to have a fridge unless you are someone who struggles to eat at the dining halls
By no means is my room perfect, but I am very happy with how it is coming out. I will continue to work on it as the year goes on like adding more decorations and throw pillows on the couch. I hope that my room gave you some inspiration for your own room. If you use any of my tips or ideas, I would love to see. Tag @whodoeshethinksheiss on insta pics or email me at email@example.com