Sophomore Sophistication: The Coolest Dorm Ever

Heading back to school? Check out these photos of student Aaron Francis' college room in a rent house. The whole room is 10 feet by 11 feet, but Aaron manages to pack it with high-tech function and miles of style—it's a youthful, sophisticated room that any college student can admire.

Aaron has a bunch of unique goodies hiding in this tiny space.

An external monitor is mounted above the lofted bed (hey, it's college!), primarily for watching The Office on Hulu before hitting the sheets. Aaron says he uses the iPhone application Air Mouse to control his MacBook Pro while in bed.

Aaron's rocking the Target-bought shelves that you could spy in any dorm room, but he's styled them in a way worthy of a catalog. We love that he used the James Dean screen (the one he used to print the art above his desk) to hide an outlet and his charging camcorder and power cord.

And as if the whole desk weren't stylish enough with super-minimal lines framing a gorgeous MacBook Pro, Aaron installed low-voltage LED lights to the bottom of his lofted bed frame that are tethered to and powered by gator hooks clamped to a length of cable.

We also need to add that, although it's not tech, we love Aaron's magazine magazine table: A reading table crafted from old issues of—what else would a cool techie like Aaron read—WIRED magazine.

And guess what? Apartment Therapy's very own Re-Nest gave him the know-how to make it. If you want your own magazine table, check out the DIY instructions here.

Images from aarondfrancis @ Flickr, via the Unplggd photo pool

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Taryn is a writer, maker, and designer based in Atlanta, and editor of lifestyle blog Formal Fringe. She loves her fiance, her dog Bacon, and collecting beer koozies when she travels.

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