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These utilitarian pieces will last for years but, admittedly, they might not take your breath away with their beauty. No worries. You can have fun with the bedding, pillows, desk lamps and other practical accessories that will add style to the space.
Plus, you can switch things up each new school year with the latest trends in smaller accessories. For bonus marks, try tackling small decorating projects that personalize your space, like painting or wallpapering the inside of a bookshelf (as long as it’s not the university’s). Make it yours!
The dream closet
The benefit of most dorm room closets is that they are spacious and incorporate many storage needs: rods for hanging, shelves for folded items, mirrors for primping, and hooks for hoodies, robes and jackets. But we always need more storage, right?
So, whether you’re in residence, an apartment or home, consider adding a shelf above the existing top shelf in the closet (go for a temporary shelf if in residence) and a multi-level shoe rack that can triple the closet floor space. Over-door hanging organizers both inside and out keep your dailies (bathrobe, shower supplies, hats, knapsacks, and more) in clear view and off the floor. By doubling or tripling your storage capacity, you should be able to forgo a bulky dresser in the room.
My advice is to also make the closet as attractive as the rest of the room. In residence, that might be limited to choosing coloured hangers to co-ordinate with clothing colours: whites, dark and coloured. You could try an easy-peel wallpaper on the door to help add pattern and colour to inspire creativity in your study space.