Ideas to Help Make Dorm Room Design More Cohesive?

Ideas to Help Make Dorm Room Design More Cohesive?

Janel Laban
Sep 13, 2010

Q: It's the start of a new semester, and I'm looking for advice on how to improve my white box dorm room. I have a single this year, approx 10x11 with tile floors. Here's a set I made that features the prominent items I have in my room so far.

1. Bed Bath and Beyond drawers for storage and mini fridge.
2. Standard dorm furniture. Everything, including the desk chair, must stay in the room.
3. Standard twin xl bed. My bed is different in that it doesn't stand on 4 legs, and can't be raised.
4. Brown floor rug
5. My bedding from last year. It's green with white polka dots, from Target. I still have the comforter and 1 sham with me that can be used for something, perhaps other than bedding, if necessary.
6. Bedding I bought this year. A white IKEA duvet cover with a greyish/blue leaf print. Blue/green/cream polka dot sheets from Target. I also have pale blue and lime green sheets.
7. Some decorative items: a white lamp from Target, wooden owl statue, green leaf dish, and tree branch jewelry organizer.
8. Vintage sheet music cover art that I found abandoned outside a thrift store. I haven't hung these yet because I'd like to frame them, but haven't figured out the best way to hang frames in a dorm.
9. Pretty requisite NY subway map (I go to school in NYC). I have this hanging as a poster, but would love to frame it.

I like eclectic, but my room seems too mismatched and I'm really looking for some cohesiveness. The standard dorm caveats are: I can't paint or alter the walls in anyway (including nails, tacks, sticky tack, and anything that would remove paint), and I can't hang a traditional curtain rod. I'd love any design ideas AT readers have, as well as suggestions for cheap frames and ways to hang them without damaging the walls.

Sent by Mari

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