The ABC’s of Furnishing Your College Dorm Room

It’s back to school time and for the college crowd the C in college often stands for “cram”. For some that spells out hardcore studying. For others, it means: How am I going to cram everything I own into that small dorm room!

When it comes to decking out your dorm, adding your own personal touches will go a long way, but if you really want to make the grade, it all starts with smart, dorm-worthy furniture.

B is for Bed

You won’t get the A’s without first getting some quality ZZZZ’s, so look for a comfortable bed that’s practical and durable.

Starting from scratch? If you’ve got the space, you can save a lot of time and money by getting a complete bedroom set. Along with a contemporary bed frame, most sets will include a night stand and a dresser with mirror. You can even add a coordinating chest of drawers and a matching desk.

If you’re up against the wall for space, or you have a roommate, you might want to look into a loft style bed. Choose one with a full size bed and complete workstation underneath. Made of powder coated metal, these units have storage shelves designed to withstand the rigors of a student’s life. Add a cool, contemporary adjustable swivel chair and you’ll have a complete study and sleep area to call your own, without ever having to leave your side of the room.

By day, a twin loft with a full size futon on the bottom offers versatile seating for you and your guests and by night the futon becomes an extra bed.

L is for Lighting

Nothing makes a space feel more like home than some ambient lighting. Shed some light on the subject by topping off a dresser, desk or nightstand with a portable lamp or dressing up a dark and dreary corner with a decorative floor lamp.

M is for Mirror

Whether you and your roommate are comparing droopy eyed faces after another late night study session or you want to create the illusion of more space, a mirror is a must have.

Hang one near the doorway so you check yourself on the way out or if your dorm has a “no screws or holes” policy, a floor mirror will give you head-to-toe views and really open up the room. Choose a classy mirror with a stand or go trendy with a leaning floor mirror.

O is for Ottoman  


One of the keys to making small spaces work is finding furniture that can multi-task and that puts the storage ottoman to the head of the class. Along with extra seating, the storage area is ideal for stowing away extra blankets and cushions.

Opt for a bench style storage ottoman with two separate storage cubbies with invertible tops that each includes a hidden tray. What could be better than relaxing with your feet up and a bowl of popcorn nearby on movie night?

While college dorm life will be much different than life at home, with the right furniture and your favorite things around you, you’ll be more than ready to embrace the experience.