Dorm Room Ready

Bright and happy dorm room inspiration via Better Homes & Gardens

Ready to go back to school?  If you’re like me and college is way behind you, perhaps you know someone who is moving into their first dorm room. Last week my sister-in-law moved into her new dorm room.  And in honor of her design questions I’m sharing my favorite dorm room finds.  Del Mar Fans & Lighting graciously asked me to create a guide for dorm room necessities.

bunk bed dorm
Ideas for dorm with bunk beds via HGTV
dorm room kichenette
Mini fridge storage and coffee maker for a dorm room kitchenette via Handmade Charlotte

It’s good to have the basics in your dorm room like storage, nice bedding, and furniture. It is also important to showcase your style!  Accessories are the pieces that can bring out your personality and add happiness to a dark little corner.  The most important accessory for any space? Lighting. I think it’s worth it to splurge a little on lamps and Del Mar has a great collection of lighting online.  I kept my lamps for all four years of college and  wish I invested in something a little better.  There are a lot of late nights spent studying in college and having to strain your eyes is not fun!

Modello table lamp from Del Mar, $81 |  Grey patterned throw from Crane & Canopy, $85 |  Mint stapler and tape dispenser from Poppin, $26 |  Mini Keurig brewer from Bed Bath & Beyond, $99 |  Threshold fretwork rug starting at $29 |  Pink polka dot bean bag from Casa, $113 |  Raskog kitchen cart from Ikea, $49.

I think a dorm room is the perfect space to have fun with bright colors and start to build your own style.  My old dorm room filled with pink, turquoise and Hello Kitty, was a perfect example of my style in college.  My roommate and I loved flowers and feminine details.  A dorm room is your first chance to experiment with design.  Have fun, be playful but always keep quality in mind.  Save up and invest in accessories that you can enjoy for your entire college career or beyond!

Some dorm pieces can be cheap, like storage bins or bath accessories.   Accessories that have potential to last all four years should get a little more of your dollar. It’s expensive to buy a dinky accessory every single year. Instead buy a higher quality as a freshman. Del Mar’s collection of lighting has options that can graduate from dorm to first apartment to first house.  If you’re worried about the cost, split the bill with your roommates.  Just because you’re young and starting out doesn’t mean you should skimp on quality!

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with Del Mar Fans & Lighting All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for Planning Pretty. 

  • Jasmine

    what great ideas! now if only we had a time machine so we could put some of these things in our old dorm rooms : )

  • Camille Iman Simmons

    Right! That terrible futon we had! The coffee maker alone would have helped so much.