Dorm room Furniture Arrangement

Private Dorm Room LayoutAs the beginning of the school year comes closer, dorm room organization and decoration has become a favorite discussion topic among my group of friends.

Our future dorm rooms vary in almost every aspect (size, shape, location, wall color, and floor material, to name just a few), but the one thing we've got in common is the standard issue furnishings our colleges and universities so generously provide us.

Everyone can rattle off the list: a closet or wardrobe, a dresser, a desk with a chair, and of course a bed. How to arrange these cookie-cutter fixtures, however, is a subject not often breached by us as we madly compare comforters and accent rugs, though it's just as important as our decor. A room layout can give off a multitude of vibes, and is integral to one's college experience, whether you want to focus on welcoming visitors or having a private place to study.

Now that we've learned how to organize our rooms around a color scheme, this article will teach you how to create your own dorm room layout, based on your needs. Since the vast majority of college students live in doubles, these are the rooms we will be focusing on.

For easy explanation, we will be utilizing Design Your Dorm's 3-D dorm room design tool to illustrate these sample dorm room layouts. (We're not big fans of the shopping part of the site - you can get better items for much cheaper elsewhere - but the free dorm design tool is great.) Below, I've created three rooms: one that emphasizes privacy, one that emphasizes a social atmosphere, and a taste of feng shui.

Before we start...

You will need to:

  • know your room furnishings (call your Residence Life office to find out)
  • know the dimensions of your room
  • have a Design Your Dorm account, or a pencil and graph paper
  • know what kind of room atmosphere you (and your roommate(s), if applicable) want

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