By Julia Friedman
You spend more time in your dorm room than you do in your room at home, so why not put in a little effort to make your dorm room a little homier? Make the most of a small space with these simple tricks and transform a temporary living space into a room that you can call home. It’s not always easy with fire codes and regulations set in place by Res Life, but there are plenty of ways to make your dorming experience a more enjoyable one.
1) Tension Rods are perfect for hanging up curtains and tapestries. They’re easy to use (no assembly required!) and won’t cause damage to walls. You can find these at any home improvement store and they come in a variety of colors and lengths to fit any door or window frame. Loop a curtain or tapestry through the rod to make window drapes or a makeshift closet door.
2) Picture Frames are an absolute must- have if you want your room to feel remotely homey. They’re simple but will add instant charm to your room. Fill the frames with family photos or pictures of your most memorable moments.
3) Area rugs will cover up ugly carpeting and keep your feet warm if you live in a tiled or hardwood- floored room. “I love my pink area rug! It adds a splash of color and makes my room feel really cozy,” exclaims Michelle Caplan ’12.
4) Command Hooks are the best thing since sliced bread. They’re safe on most surfaces and will instantly make your room more organized. Use them to hang up big items like coats and towels or use them for smaller objects like jewelry or a backpack. They’re also great to hang your keys on so they won’t get lost! The hooks come in a variety of sizes and colors for any practical or decorative need.
5) Throw Pillows are not as silly as you might think. They add a coziness factor and character to a wimpy twin bed. Not only do they serve a decorative purpose, but they’re just the right size for head- propping. Plus, they’ll make your bed look more inviting for guests, if that’s what you’re going for.
6) Flowers are pretty. They’re also colorful and brighten up a room. Fresh flowers are always nice, but if you don’t have time for the upkeep, invest in a fake bouquet.