Moving into a dorm room can be a daunting experience, these tips to help you make your dorm room feel like home will help settle those nerves!
1. Bring something that reminds you of home
It could be anything from a teddy bear that you’ve had since you were little to a jar of sand from a beach where you live. Bringing tokens of your home with you to university will help you feel a bit less lost when you’re whole life is being upheaved and moved to a new city. There’s also loads of great artwork you can find on sites like Etsy and eBay that illustrate your home town in different and beautiful ways.
2. Lighting is everything!
In most cases dorm room lighting is probably not going to be the most relaxing, think a single bulb hanging from your ceiling with no lampshade around it. A top tip to make your dorm room a more relaxing environment is to invest in some warm lighting to go around your room. One very popular option is the classic fairy lights while lamps also do the trick nicely.
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3. Invest in a good rug
Chances are your dorm room will have the kind of rough patchy carpeting you see in a teacher’s office. It’ll also probably be covered in stains of unimaginable kinds so it’s best to get yourself a nice fluffy rug to cover this up and make your dorm feel way homier. Try checking out the size of your room before moving in so you know how big you’ll want it to be as well.
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4. Comfort is key!
You’re gonna want your own space to be a place of relaxation and comfort, so it’s important to make sure your bed is as comfortable and homey as possible. Your mattress will probably be a bit stiff so a great way to fix this is to buy a mattress topper that will add another layer of thickness to your bed. You’ll also want a lot of fluffy pillows and an extra blanket to wrap up in when it gets cold. There are so many great places to get these things from and for reasonable prices too! Any big supermarket brand will have a range of home goods that you should check out and if you want something on the more luxurious end highstreet shops like Urban Outfitters also do a great range of home goods.
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5. Get a comfortable chair
We all need ‘the chair’, you know the one that you end up throwing all your clothes on when you can’t be bothered to put them away properly. Investing in a nice chair is also a great way to have your own space to do things like reading (or scrolling through Instagram). Try avoiding the uncomfortable looking dining table like chairs and instead opt for one with plush cushions or even a beanbag would be great. You can also buy this item without breaking the bank, one great way to find nice furniture for your room is by going to flea markets or second hand / antique furniture stores, where you’ll probably be able to find great pieces for a low price while also helping small businesses in the process!
These tips will help make your dorm room feel just like home and you’ll have a comfortable space of relaxation to come home to after a long hard day of studying!