Laken’s Dorm Room Redo: Before & After Reveal

updated Apr 14, 2020
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(Image credit: Dabney Frake)

Laken, the college freshman we introduced you to last week, is all moved in and set up, and ready to start classes this week. She took her college blah dorm and turned it into something personal and comfortable. Want to see what she did with her space?

(Image credit: Dabney Frake)

Let’s break it down, and see what Laken did to make it work:

1. Configured her furniture, i.e. raised the bed, to allow for more storage. As a result, the dresser, some storage bins and a hamper fit nicely underneath and stay out of sight.

2. Bought a variety of textiles for color, pattern, and texture. Pillows and throw blanket are all from
World Market. The red comforter is from
Target, and finally, the sheepskin is

3. Hung a simple vintage bird print using a wooden skirt hanger and
Command strips (a.k.a. the college student’s best friend)

4. Layed an area rug, also from
World Market, over ugly commercial carpeting.

5. Constructed a bed canopy to cover up unsightly vents, and to create some sculptural interest. Check back in tomorrow for a post on how to create one yourself for under $30.

6. Added minimal additional furniture, by way of a vintage chair that folds up when not in use and can be stowed away in the closet.

Bravo Laken — you are a style maven, and did an amazing job! Thanks for being gracious enough to share your room with us, and we wish you the best of luck in your first year of college…


  • Laken’s Dorm Room Redo: Style Inspiration
  • Laken’s Dorm Room Redo: Before Photos

(Images: Dabney Frake)