Dorm Style: Seating

Yes, dorm living is a temporary arrangement; but, if you're going to be spending money, spend it on investments that will last you the long hall. Keep this in mind when shopping for new seating.
So, the typical dorm room comes with a standard desk chair. When I was in college,
mine looked something like this

Yeah. Not that great.

I would suggest tucking that chair away under your, now, elevated bed and hunt for a new one. But, before you do, keep in mind that:

1. Besides your bed, it may be the only other place in your room to, the new chair will have to have multiple functions, such as a desk chair, vanity chair, guest chair, etc.

2. Since you're going to be shelling out a few coins, get something that's going to last you at least until graduation. Think classic shape and well-built construction.

3. For comfort, arms are great, but not always necessary. It's the seat height that you should focus on. Keep it around 18 inches and you should be good.

I selected two slipper chairs for my dorm style mood boards, but here are a few more options for you.
Oh, the Eiffel chair...It's a classic chair that will never go out of style! Think of it as the beginning of your dining chair set.

I love the Ghost chair! It would look great just about anywhere. Imagine it tucked off in
a corner of your bedroom, along with a little side table. Perfect for a little reading
corner or a place to sit and put on  your shoes.

Talk about personality! Not only would this chair wake up any dorm room, just think of what a pair could do to a living room!

Seriously! The world is your oyster when it comes to options. Don't settle for the boring
when you can have so much more!


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Dorm Style: Bedding

I chose bedding as my starting point for the above designs. It's  the element that's critical
to making small spaces, like dorm rooms, comfy and stylish. In most cases, your bed won't be
just for sleeping. It's bound to be an impromptu sofa for friends or even a lazy homework
area for when you just can't make it to your desk. You'll want to be sure that you have
several layers, not just for those not-so-controlled temperatures that a dorm can have,
but, also, for protecting your sleeping space from all the creepy environmental things that
can make you sick. So when picking out bedding, you should grab the following:
Mattress pad/cover
Flat & fitted sheet
Euro pillow(s)
Standard sleeping pillow(s)
Throw pillow(s)
Throw blanket

I love how sites, like West Elm, help the not-so-design-inclined how to put it all together.

It's also good to grab a set of risers to raise the height of your bed, which is great for adding extra storage underneath. That space is great for stashing away your out of season clothes or the overflow of your extensive shoe collection.

 Make your bed even more like home by adding a headboard. You can easily come up with one to DIY, whether it's upholstered, made from a poster board, a wall decal or maybe even an extra large piece of art. The options are limitless.

Your bed is quite possibly, the most important destination of your college life; (second,
only to the lecture hall/classroom) so, you need to make sure that you do
EVERYTHING possible to make it your haven and home.


P.S. Need help with your dorm room? Shoot me an email for your design questions at
Carmeon (at) nubiinteriors (dot) com

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