Small Space Solutions: Vanessa & Emily's Dorm Done Right

Small Space Solutions: Vanessa & Emily's Dorm Done Right

Janel Laban
Sep 29, 2011

We love getting a glimpse of smart design solutions that exist, to some degree, against all odds. Dorm rooms, with their institutional furniture and limited space, are often rooms that end up being just a place to crash and cram. Vanessa and Emily wanted to create more of a living room style space in their room so their friends could hang out and, thanks to good space planning, made it happen…

Vanessa writes: This is the dorm that my roommate Emily and I shared two years ago at Georgia Tech. I'm studying Architecture and Emily is studying Industrial Design, so naturally decorating our dorm was very important to us. We wanted to create a "living room" feel where we could hang out with our friends, but the space was tight and we couldn't change out the furniture.

By lofting our beds next to each other we maximized the floor space. The biggest challenge was that by doing that we could no longer get to the beds. That's when we got a little from Emily's dad who build us a custom ladder.

We also turned our wardrobes into a closet, hanging curtains to create a more cozy feeling.

We used area rugs to divide the space and added fresh flowers whenever possible. We loved how the space turned out! It was a great hang out spot!

Thanks, Vanessa & Emily!

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